Loving Fall!

I love everything about fall! It is the most therapeutic season there is for me, especially after our hot summer with almost 33 days in a row of over 100! We had days where it reached 114 degree here in Tulsa, Oklahoma! It was grossly hot. Our water bill would make my eyeballs pop when I would open the envelope – and then their was the electrical bill! But that all is in the past – now we focus on fall and all it’s glory.  

Now that we have more reasonable temperatures our plants are coming back alive. My lavender plants finally bloomed and they are gorgeous and the smell is breathtaking! The hydrangeas got out of their droopy stage. Oh are they not beautiful???

Our Rose of Sharon Tree  finally shows her glory. I love their bloom and look at those precious little buds.


This is our Blue Butterfly Bush – and it’s name says it all! Butterflies feast on it all day! I was lucky enough to capture this beautiful blue and black butterfly. This plant or shrub will die back in the winter and come back in the spring – but in late summer it starts showing off big time with its lavender plumes of color.

Our May Night Salvias even decided to bloom again in the cooler temps. The yellow flowers are Gailardias – I was not able to plant them when we lived in Houston but here in Tulsa I am going to give them a try. They are a perennial plant which  I try to plant most of the time. They cost you more when you buy them but they pay you back year after year!!

Not everything is blue in our garden – even our angel wing begonias stressed during the heat but came back alive with the cooler temps.

This is Autumn Joy Sedum which I have planted in a pot – it totally dies back in the winter – comes back during the summer but its flower appears late summer. Right now all sorts of creatures are enjoying the smorgasbord of delight!! It is worth planting this sedum just to watch all the visitors it gets during the day.

The leaves from our Japanese maple are the most gorgeous red!

and when they fall in the green fescue lawn with leaves from other trees it is a beautiful arrangement of fall!!

or when it finally rains and their beautiful red color is such an accent on our wet deck.

Of course I love the pansies, mums and oh my gosh – the pumkins!! Are they not wonderful? Isn’t it a shame we can only display them just a little over 2 months??

I wish I could say these next pictures were part of our Fall display at our  house ………….but it is at the Bellagio in Vegas!! Over the top but I love all of it!! But it hard to capture good pictures because of all the people who are also enjoying their gardens. Every season is an incredible display at the Bellagio.

Halloween decor that makes me smile!


Seriously! There are some very creative people out there! I am amazed at others talents.

How cute is this? I would duplicate this in a heartbeat but then ugh! ya have to store it!

If you want to make this go to birshykat.blogspot.com

Here is another adaption of the same idea and still stinkin cute!

Here is our front porch – some real pumpkins and some fake ones. After looking at other front porches ours looks kinda sad!

Do you think they really have a orange front door – or just painted it for the occasion?

And everyones favorite from Pottery Barn last year – still lovin it!

This front porch is over the top and wonderful! I love it!

This is also a lovely fall front porch.

And don’t forget to add  your house number!!

Source: twigandthistle.com via Kathy Sue on Pinterest

Elegant Fall!  Grandinroad.com has some of the best “drool worthy” outdoor assessories.

Topiaries with lights are great on a front porch


This window box is too darn cute!!

Gilded pumpkins – beautiful!

I love these black and white pumpkins


Pumpkin Bling




Monogramed Pumpkins

Argyle Pumpkins




Lace Pumpkins

Mummy Pumpkin – actually this would be easy to make. Think I already have the supplies in my first aid kit

Velvet Pumpkins – so gorgeous!
velvet Pumpkins
PW Big Ranch Set
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Happy Fall!

Coffee Tables – and decorating them

I snagged a coffee table at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago.  It is not a “to die for” coffee table – but it will fill the void for a while. I really have been looking for more of a rectangular one – and of course I did find it but I think they made a mistake on the pricing!! Way too many digits for my budget!!

Once I got it home I started with the “tablescape” thing – I did one, then another, and another!  There just are so many options and ways to decorate your coffee table. I love to stack coffee table books, use trays and also some sort of greenery. By using these items it allows you to give scale to your table. When you get that winning arrangement it will be pleasing to the eye.

Here is how my coffee table is arranged for now – knowing me, it will be changed up all the time.

I found lots of other coffee table arrangements – hope you enjoy them.

What a healthy looking orchid.

Now this is a rather large coffee table but you can see tabletop books – not an orchid but very pretty flowers that really give this room focus.

Here is another angle of the same coffee table. Using books is a great idea especially when used to bring height to a piece of art.

Such a beautiful room. No books but there is an orchid.

Books and a pretty antique box.

Whoa there……………I am not sure about this arrangement, it just seems like a bit too much going on. Beautiful objects but which one do you look at?  Too much for the eye to take in. Hope I don’t hurt anyones feelings.

Books and orchid – and another beautiful room.

Ah – ha……….no orchid or greenery – but books.

I love this table – actually I love everything about this room.

This is Joni from Cote de Texas table in her family room –  she is a bit like me in that she is always changing things up! Every “change” of hers is awesome. She may not have an orchid on her coffee table but there is one on the end table

I really like this casual arrangement. Isn’t the wicker wonderful.

The great thing about trays/ baskets is that in an informal setting it allows you to keep things organized and neat. I have a large platter in our family room to keep our remotes in – it is a great in theory but my husband doesn’t seem to return them back to where he found them.

How do you decorate your coffee table? I would love to hear your ideas and see your photos!

Thanks for stopping by!!