Archive for September, 2011

Fall is by far our FAVORITE season at the Wharton house!

The weather is finally starting to cool down. (As in, the high for Friday is only 97 degrees…) My birthday is in fall, there’s Haloween, Christmas preparations, and of course Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is Matt’s favorite holiday. (Just ask him about the year he ate 5 Thanksgiving dinners in one day… Seriously.) My favorite thing about Fall though, is the fact that you get to enjoy everything about the holiday season without the chaos of Christmas. There are plenty of family gatherings, and everyone seems to be in a better mood. There’s an air of anticipation and usually relief due to the weather change, and the colors are just beautiful!

Last year we did some minimal decorating for Haloween/ Thanksgiving, but we were really more focused on moving in and getting settled at the time. This year however, we decided to do a little bit more. We even started this weekend with some spider webs, candles, orange lights, and a wreath.

 We found a double bookcase to replace the old ikea shelf near the loft. This one is larger, and definetly fits the space better.

If you don’t remember what the old one looked like, here it is:

I also hung the new burlap drapes in the office!

Note: I realize that just about every room I have showed you has had chair rail. I promise you, we are not obsessed. None of the larger rooms or hallways have chair rail, and what you see is what you get… we won’t be installing any more.


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The past couple of weeks have been very busy for us… About two weeks ago, Matt and I helped move my grandmother into an assisted living facility, and since then, I have been working with my parents renovate her old house… painting, cleaning, finding a place for the things she decided not to take with her.

It is definitely work in progress, so needless to say, there haven’t been many projects at my house. I was, however, very lucky to acquire a beautiful antique piece in the process of the move.

This buffet has been in my family for several generations. I’m not sure of the exact history, but I know that it started on my father’s side, and was then passed to his mother. Later, it was given to my parents, and then to my Mother’s mom (the one who just moved)… and now it’s mine.

As a child, I remember storing all of my coloring supplies in the cupboards. There were also pens, scissors and other office supplies in the drawers. I know I wasn’t very gentle with it, and I probably created many of the nicks and scratches which caused it to look like this:

Needless to say, the buffet had seen it’s better days… but, with the help of Howard’s – restore a finish (the best product I have found for antiques), some gel stain, wipe on poly, AND polyurethane, it’s looking better than it ever has in my lifetime!

In other news… I also found this great Belgian linen chair for the master bedroom. Yay! We now have a reading nook! (and somewhere to sit other than the bed)

Oh, and I couldn’t go without mentioning the recent marriage of Sofia Coppola. The Italian wedding of my dreams… Swoon!

(I do have to agree with Nicole on the dress though.)

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