Dining Nook Fall Updates

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Hi everyone! Thanks for all your sweet, kind compliments on our bookshelves last week!  Today I'm sharing a quick update to our dining nook and, quite possibly, the easiest DIY tip ever.  It's so easy, in fact, I'm not sure it's fair to call it a DIY!

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If you've been following for a while, you'll likely notice the update to the dining nook. To say I'm obsessed with this new artwork is an understatement.  I found it at an online yardsale, of all places. When I saw it, I knew it would be perfect in our kitchen. I think it was fate that she ended up at Chaney Court ;) 

The colors are beautifully punchy and the piece looks like it was painted to go right in that spot.  Its splashes of navy help the kitchen relate to the dark walls of the dining room and allows the rooms to visually flow together.  On our first floor, the dining room is the only room that's painted a saturated color (navy).  Instead of thinking about the kitchen and the dining room as separate, the navy in the art helps the rooms flow from one to the other  

While I love a simple canvas, the frame on this piece adds an extra layer of interest and weight.  I'll likely frame canvases in the future because I find that it's a detail that really pops and finishes a piece of art. 

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And while I'm willing fall to come to the Carolinas, the 90 degree weather has other plans.  Still, I wanted to start to bring autumn into our home-- not full on pumpkins, yet-- but more of an acknowledgement to the changing season.  

I added in some gray velvet pillows to add a darker layer to the banquette.  A faux sheepskin is a perfect way to bring in a warmer texture, and looks effortless casually draped over a chair.

The easiest DIY ever?  Bring your kitchen scissors outside and cut a few interesting branches off a tree in your backyard. Look for leaves with unique shapes and branches that aren't perfectly straight.  Arrange in a simple vase, and you have a high impact, FREE floral arrangement that will last around a month!  It's an easy, easy way to add a little fall into your home while we are between seasons.

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What ways have you brought in autumn to your home?  I'd love to hear other ideas!  

Have a wonderful week!  We are in the middle of a few different projects over here, so, I find that I'm enjoying this finished space (well, nothing is really finished when you live with me!) quite a bit these days.