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Oh, What The Neighbors Will Say…

You know those people? The ones whose front porch displays the spirit of Christmas year-round? It begins innocently enough in the month of December. They pick a frigid Saturday afternoon, lean that 14-ft ladder against their roof, and then adorn their home with glowing lights that will soon spread holiday cheer throughout the neighborhood.

Then January rolls around.

Then February.

Then July.

Before you know it, it’s November and they’re the ones getting credit for being “the first in the neighborhood to ring in the holidays.”
And the cycle begins all over again.

Well, that’s kind of what it’s like at our house right now. Only for us, it’s not a string of lights – it’s a pumpkin patch.

Case in point, last week I sat down to watch TV… and had to look twice upon finding a new display on our mantle.

 (no need to check your calendar — it’s still August)

You see, one of the most remarkable things about my husband is his passion for mastering his next new hobby. When he gets his mind on something, you better believe he’s going to study, learn and practice that craft until reaching ungodly perfection. And this year, the hobby is growing pumpkins.

Let me rephrase that.

This year the hobby is growing the BIGGEST pumpkin he could create within the cozy, suburban corner of our Midwestern backyard.

He spends hours during the day researching the methods, then hours in the evening putting his research to work.

Many a neighbor has strolled by, politely inquiring about the greenery poking through our fence. “So, I noticed there’s something in your yard.” or “Now, ahh, what exactly is that you’re growing?”

And, with pride oozing from his grin, Lucas shows off the harvested goods.

With the hot St. Louis summer, some of the pumpkins have already been picked. So the festive yard has slowly made its way into our home.

(if you noticed in my previous post, the “after” shot was a little cropped…had I shown the whole room, this is what you would have found).

The pumpkin on top weighs nearly 100 lbs. That would be the Atlantic Giant (pretty impressive considering the seeds were bought at Lowes and our summer has been awfully hot).

The others were a mix of  Jack-o-Lanterns, pancake pumpkins, white pumpkins (which turned out to be orange with traces of green), gourds and miniature pumpkins.

And even the dogs are enjoying the summer crop.

I definitely see our pumpkin patch as a tradition in the making. And Lucas already has plans on how he’s going to triple the size of that giant for next year.

So watch out Charlie Brown (and the whole neighborhood), the Great Pumpkin is here to stay.

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Our Living Room

This blog first began via my growing interest in sprucing up our home, all while imagining future possibilities, should we ever move to another…i.e. I get to start from scratch. ;)

Yet, I am far from saying that my talent in my home serves as an ability to host a blog purely on “interior design.” There are many, many other women out there who already put both my taste and my executions to shame (they also happen to always give me fresh, new ideas on what to do next). Inspiration for my home is drawn from visiting the houses of friends and family, browsing etsy.com, checking out blogs of true interior designers…and of course walking the aisles of Target and paging through my growing stack of Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel catalogs.

etsy.com

The world of clever, never-ending inspiration

The decision to call my blog “Living Room” started by thinking that I’d love to share updates when I do something new or fun to my home. It evolved when I started to think about what “Living Room” really means.  By definition, living room is: a room in a house for general and informal everyday use. But I began thinking about it in a broader sense, and, without getting too philosophical, thought about the idea of what is our own personal “Living Room?” It’s not just a place…

It’s about making room in your life to live and laugh, a little more.

And it’s about discovering the things that can cause it. It could be traveling, firing up a new grill,  hanging a fresh piece of art, planting beautiful hydrangeas or seeing my dog’s ears perk up out of sheer, rub-your-nose-in-the-dirt happiness…

Tito

Tito relaxing on the shores of the Current River

I’d say that right now my husband’s “living room” is his garden. He’s transformed our everyday, suburban fenced-in backyard into his own pride and joy – a pumpkin patch.  He’s out there every night tending to those pumpkins, and it fuels him. He constantly works to make it bigger and better.

The Pumpkin Patch

The early stages of Lucas' pumpkin patch

Another example – I recently went to dinner at my friend, Laura’s, home. Her literal living room is absolutely beautiful, and definitely inspiring. She has two young children, and you would never, ever guess they live there…it is spotless.  While my other friend’s and I gawked over how clean it was, she simply said, “I recycle their toys.” Her method is easy ­– her kids play with their toys for two weeks, she puts them in storage, she pulls out a “new” round of toys for the next two weeks. She claims the kids get just as excited as if it was a brand new toy from the store. To me, that’s part of her “living room” (and something worth sharing on a blog once this thing gets up and running!)

To make a long story short…my goal is to post anything from friends, websites, shops and travels that, well, inspire me!

So…enjoy!

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