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Go Glam this Halloween with Copper Foil Pumpkins

While some early birds have already dusted off the Halloween decor, others are just about ready to dive in to the pumpkin patch and decorate accordingly. From fruit inspired to calligraphy, options run a-plenty but this version just might be our new fave. See how Rachel Shingleton gave these painted pumpkins a pretty pop of glam. And for more Halloween inspo, click here!

Inspired by a foil Easter egg project I created a few years ago, this year I decided to try my hand at applying foil to pumpkins. The result was a fun, if imperfect, DIY featuring real pumpkins painted in chalky nontraditional hues and then copper foiled. Perfect for fall tablescapes, holiday decorating, dinner parties, weddings, etc.


acrylic paint
chalk paint
mod podge
copper foil sheets
paint brush


Paint each pumpkin with acrylic paint, and then apply a layer of chalk paint to give it a matte quality.

Apply a water based adhesive (mod podge) and allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes. Don’t let it get too dry, but make sure it’s still tacky to the touch.

From there, apply sheets of foil in the color of your choosing. Copper is hot for fall 2016, and makes a beautiful warm sheen.

Carefully brush away the excess — but remember, the look here is purposefully imperfect. The more brushstrokes the better!

No Carve, No Mess Pumpkins
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No Carve, No Mess Pumpkins
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photographer: Rachel Shingleton | designer: Rachel Shingleton

5 Tips to Create a Color-Happy Home

Infusing color into your home can be daunting — there’s a fine line between a color-happy home and one that looks like a rainbow exploded inside it. But, today is your lucky day, because we’re teaming up with Kid & Coe and Oh Joy! for the Joyful Family Homes Giveaway! One lucky reader will prizes from favorites like Kid & Coe, Oh Joy! For Target, Hygge & West, Maryanne Moodie, Aelfie, and Gray Malin. The giveaway ends October 5th, so click here before you miss out!

Create a Color Story

Look at your entire home as a ‘color story’ vs. each room on its own individually, choosing one to three main colors that will create a cohesive look throughout.

Start with a Favorite Design Piece

Inspiration can come in the smallest forms! Dying over that coral patterned throw pillow at your favorite boutique? Let that hue and/or pattern inspire your entire look. Layer in varying shades or complimentary colors for a truly beautiful home design.

Don’t Breakup with Neutrals

So you want a colorful home? Appreciate the beauty in contrast. A pink velvet couch would look amazing in your sitting room, but that doesn’t mean it will look amazing with loads of equally pink pillows on it. Balance out your brights with neutrals where it makes sense to. This is especially important when considering larger furniture pieces!

Give Your Front Door a Happy Hue

There is just something about a sweet little cottage with a sunny yellow entrance or a stately brownstone with a high gloss black door. It’s such an easy way to let your personality shine through from the very moment people lay eyes on your home sweet home.

Create Balance

Just as you want to appreciate contrast when it comes to colors and neutrals, practice the same concept when incorporating textures and patterns into your color-happy home design. You can have too much of a good thing when it comes to texture, pattern and color!

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How to Add a Personalized Touch to Your Dream Nursery

From a London print that gives a nod to his British roots to adventure wallpaper inspired by his parents travels and all the special moments in between, Hudson’s nursery is the perfect example of beautifully designed and totally personalized. Plus it mixes neutrals and really cool prints like a boss. Tour the full space crafted by mom and designer, Jennifer Swadling of Amy + Jen, along with sweet photographs by AMBphoto.

We had dreamed for so long of becoming parents that when it became a reality I already had an idea of the look and feel of the room I wanted for our babe. Our little one’s gender was always going to be a surprise which made the design process that much more fun!

Our home is a fixer upper and not the lovely kind with gorgeous doorways and exposed brick, we are talking putrid green tones and essentially a lot of work. In saying all this I am a self described procrastinator and with two months to go I told my husband we had loads of time to get everything together.

 My pregnancy however took a downturn and I was hospitalized with severe preeclampsia at 32 weeks. Bed rest, amazing chats (and cries) with my fellow warrior soon to be mommy’s was super helpful in pushing me to press purchase on all my outstanding’s (crib included). Creating a room from a hospital bed makes you realize how very wonderful the people you work with are.

In the end we lowered windows, added wainscoting, wallpapered, and gave the room a lovely and fresh coat of Benjamin Moore’s Dove White & Simply White Paint.

My incredible vendors were wonderful in keeping up to speed with facetime chats, texts & emails and even without me physically there they took the time to understand what I wanted and made it happen.

 There are so many things I love about Hudson’s room and each and every piece is intentional. The London Rifle Paper Co Print is a salute to his British Heritage, the Safari Wallpaper speaks to adventure and is an ode to how my husband and I met in Australia on our very own adventures.

We have lots of stuffed animals in the hopes that his love for them will match mine. His rocking chair is Canadian made just like him. His room is bright and beautiful and it is most definitely our favorite in the house. It makes me smile each and every time I walk in. (well maybe not during the night feeds)

10 Sweet Storage Solutions for Baby's Nursery
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10 Sweet Storage Solutions for Baby's Nursery
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Photography: AMBphoto | Design and Styling: Amy & Jen | Florals: Vintage from Presh Floral | Makeup: One Fine Beauty | Hair: Showpony Hair | Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete | Blanket: Baby Mori UK | Crib, Dresser, Bookcase, Wooly Rocking & Elephant Toy: Restoration Hardware | Hudson's Outfit: Le Carrousel Paris | Jen's overalls: Anthropologie | Jen's white dress: Aritzia | Pennant: This Paper Book | Print: Rifle Paper Co. | Rocking Chair: Fab Baby Gear | Rug: Urban Outfitters | Toy Stacker: Sarah and Bendrix