Fall Mantel Decor 2017

With being renters, one of the few areas I love to change with the seasons is my mantel. The early 2000s decor is dated and I try to give it a facelift as much as possible.  This fall, I wanted to mix in some newer decor to give my fall decor an update.

Simple changes that I made were a new wreath, a different shade of leaves for my garland, a few new floral harvest items and some different pumpkins with varying textures for interest. The rest was grabbing things from around the house.

Using simple dollar store harvest floral items, I created a simple arrangement. I loved using the wheat and feather accents.

These dollar store pumpkins were the best easy way to give a little pop. I know people are over burlap, but I can resist when it’s in small doses. The other pumpkins are covered in small beads. They give tons of sparkle when I light a candle.

You may have seen my new letter board on Instagram, when my in-laws came into town, but I thought it was such a fun way to add extra height and interest.

The letter board words give so much interest and a fun spin on this trend.

One of the newest thing I finally tried was sprucing up the front. Evy is finally at an age where she can leave certain things alone if I tell her no (thank God!), so I added a basket of pumpkins and gourds with this boho blanket.

The extra pop of color in the teal helps tie the fall oranges and creams to the rest of my existing everyday decor. Sadly, the fireplace is still baby-proofed.

What new pieces have you added to your fall decor this year? What’s your favorite trend right now?

Moodboard Tuesday

Happy 4th of July! Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend with your family and friends. We spent time at seeing Evy’s first fireworks, spent an afternoon at Rehoboth Beach, DE, saw an outdoor movie with the fam and just spent time together. Cool, laid back (cheap), and fun.

I was feeling a vibey kitchen all in my signature color palettes of cool blues, teal, and whites. I love wood grains and complex patterns. Love these birdcage pendant lights. So unique!

Moodboard Tuesday

With the beginning of summer officially here this past week, so I was thinking of something light and airy. This fun wallpaper gives a fun spin without being too overbearing. The gold accents warm the room up. I love these sconces with the campy gold accents. So cool!

I could lay all day in this tub. Anyone with me?


Mommy’s Day Off

Like many women in the United States, I am a working mother. I support any family in how they raise their kids, but our family needs me to work and I enjoy doing so.

As part of a work perk, we get half days off on Fridays during the summer. Sometimes, I get asked if I am going to pick up Evy or if I miss her. So here is my answer, yes I miss her when I work. I am very fortunate that my daycare has live webcams I can check in on her at any time. I do not, however, miss her enough to regularly pull her out of daycare. Especially on Fridays. If I was to pick her up, I’d arrive right when she’s going down for her normal naptime. And all mothers know, you don’t mess with naptime. Another reason I don’t get her until her normal time, I need time for myself. That is what those half days are for. Me to recharge and refocus. I also have no family help for chores and such so I try to get some done then as well.

Moms take every minute you can get for yourself. It makes you more present and you can enjoy your kids more. For now, I’m raising my glass and enjoying summer! Cheers!


well…I’m back

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Maureen or Moe, and I used to have a DIY home blog called the Parkland Project. The blog was based on the remodeling of our foreclosure home we bought on Parkland Avenue in Brown Deer, WI, just North of Milwaukee.

Life changed. I took a new job. And we sold our little project.

I will be honest, taking a break from blogging was good at the time. I couldn’t keep up. I was re-evaluating myself. AND I became a mom. Wowza.

Lately, though, I have been itching to share and be connected again. And let’s be honest, you all missed me.

I have decided to keep my blog more generalized with home and lifestyle so if I have something random to chat about its totally normal. For the most part, just trying to live a happy life in a happy home.

If you know me, comment about some of my ramblings you enjoy!