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Fall Home Tour 2016: Abby’s Home

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Posted by Abby Branham

Welcome to the final day of the Button Jar Fall Home Tour!  Earlier this week we showed you how Katie and Alicia decorate for the season.  Today I am happy to show you my own house that was specially cleaned just for your visit.  Make sure you read to the end, where I am sharing a bonus recipe for Creamy Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip, which is by far my favorite Fall treat.  In fact, after the girls went to bed I ate the entire thing by myself!  So I will just have to make some more.  But for now, let’s get started on the tour.

Welcome to the Branham’s

Welcome to the Branham Bunch household, where twin two-year-old girls (Meika and Harper), a dog (Sherlock), and a cat (Smokey), keep a Mom (me) and a Dad (Drew) very busy.   I strive to be a minimalist, which is fairly difficult to accomplish with all the members in our family, but a work in progress.  Fall decorating served as the perfect excuse to de-clutter and spruce things up!

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I made one of the “10 DIY Fall Wreaths to Decorate Your Front Door“,  from my post earlier this month, for the Fall season.  Drew and I decided on the Felt Leaf Wreath for Fall by Lia Griffith.  It was an easy wreath to create, and I smile each time I pull in our driveway, so mission accomplished.  If you decide to give this wreath a try, be sure you have sharp scissors to cut out the leaves!

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I tend to decorate with things that  easily transition from one season to the next because I don’t enjoy putting things away at the end of a season or, worse yet, finding a place to store them.  I love items that I can easily change or add to, offering the chance for creativity and a fresh start.

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I have had this bell jar for a long time.  It is easy to add a seasonal touch to.  The fake moss covered stones remain inside throughout the year and I find little items to add that speak to the season.  Hopefully, you notice the wooden acorns.  The tin tray on top of the console table is easily transitioned from season to season as well. The girls love the pumpkins and gourds!

As a side note:  I have to tell you that the pumpkins on our front step and the minis and gourds on the tin tray cost me a total of $14!  Unbelievable, right?  I found a little Amish Stand on the edge of a corn field, and they were selling these beauties for very reasonable prices.  I told the young boys that helped me I’d give them a shout out.  So if anyone lives in my area, I’d be happy to tell you how to find them.

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We live in a townhouse, which has beautiful, open space, but there is never enough storage.  I am always looking for creative, and aesthetically pleasing ways to store things throughout our living space.  I love baskets and boxes.  I also love my new 3-tier decorative stand, which I am currently using for fruit.  My girls love seeing the fruit out for them to choose. I added a chalkboard decal to the decorative box in the center of our table, which will make it easy to change the message.

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As you can see I have eclectic taste.  I enjoy decorating with natural and industrial farmhouse items.

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The simple box in front of the Buddha head statue  gets updated seasonally.  Right now it has pine cones, which I think are an easy and natural way to decorate at this time of year.   The serene, peaceful look on the Buddha head statue just serves as a gentle reminder for me to keep it Zen, and be as present and mindful as possible.

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This final space is our “sun room”, it connects openly with the kitchen and our living room.  You may remember our DIY Reading Nook Bench, which has been a practical way to store the girls growing library of books.  It was important to me that their books weren’t “stored away” because I wanted the girls to be able to see the books and have access to them.  Atop our richly patterned ottoman is a large woven tray. I enjoy displaying seasonal and current favorite books for the girls on this tray.  You will probably notice that Smokey, our cat, is enjoying a good book too.

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So that is a quick whirlwind tour of our home.  Before I let you go,  I also wanted to share with you a quick, easy, and totally addictive fall appetizer.  Check out this Creamy Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip from Clean Eating Chelsey.  It is ridiculously good, and my new favorite go-to treat. Enjoy!

Creamy Pumpkin Peanut butter dip

INGREDIENTS

1 c pumpkin puree
1/3 c peanut butter (I used chunky organic)
1/4 c maple syrup
1/2 c almond milk (I used a coconut/almond milk blend)
1 t vanilla
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg

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LET’S GET COOKIN’

Put all of the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat, and stir.  When the ingredients come to a slow boil, turn the burner down low and let it cook for 5-10 minutes.  Stir occasionally while on low to avoid scorching.  Serve hot or chilled with your favorite fall fruit, baked goods, or crackers!  Honestly, you could eat this as pudding, it is just that awesome, in my opinion.

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5 thoughts on “Fall Home Tour 2016: Abby’s Home

  1. Sarah Gallup says:

    So I see you made one of the wreaths you featured before on the blog! It looks great! I absolutely love the centerpiece on the table and all of the beautiful little items on it! Good use of the fruit – colors are perfect for fall. Beautiful home.
    I am going to take the pumpkin dip for a Halloween cocktail party Bruce and I have been invited to. It’s bound to be the most talked about appetizer there (I love that!). It looks fabulous and what could be better with drinks and friends!

    • Linda Murrelle says:

      Sarah, your girls have grown into such beautiful young women. I was thrilled to find their blog and to reconnect with them. Hope all is well with you and Bruce.
      Linda

  2. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    What a lovely home and it is decorated in a natural way. Nothing over the top here. Just subtle touches of fall all over the house. I especially like Buddah who is looking over the pinecones keeping them in line. The dip also looks really yummy, I’ll have to try it out.

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