Living Room Before and After

So yesterday was the day…


The fall decorations were officially taken out of storage and brought upstairs for display. Talk about flippin’ excited.

But before I got to work on any of the decorations, I made sure to put dinner together in the slow cooker.


Gosh, I just love this contraption. Seriously…does it get much easier than this? I’m so looking forward to making some of my favorite crockpot recipes this season.

So within a couple hours, fall had officially exploded in my living room.

I also realized that, although you’ve pretty much seen the (almost) finished product, I haven’t really given you guys the final living room before and after. Soooo…

Here’s what it looked like before…

(you can see all the before photos in this post)

Here was some progress…

(with more decoration details in this post)

And now, here we are today!


The lighting is a little funky, but you get the idea. Winking smile




And, of course, the fall decorations are proudly on display too.



Including the candy corn. Winking smile


I just feel like everything is so much cozier and I am absolutely in love with our new set up. The only thing we really have left that we want to do is sand and paint our window sill and frame (we want to paint it white to match the new floor molding). Once that’s done, I think that will make even more of a difference…hopefully we’ll get some time this weekend!


So now, back to that dinner. Yesterday’s delicious slow cooker recipe was not my own and came courtesy of Skinnytaste and her Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili.


I only made a few slight alterations to the original recipe, but not enough to re-post it here, so definitely be sure to check it out. It was amazing, and even got rave reviews from the man of the house.


And no, I’m not talking about Cody.

Along with our chicken taco chili, I heated up the remaining slices of our Hearty Oat Loaf with some more honey butter to round out the meal.


So sad to have it gone…but so glad to have made it through the whole loaf before it ended up going bad. #WIN.

Jay and I finished off the evening with a Redbox movie and a couple small dishes of ice cream for dessert. If that isn’t heaven, well then I don’t know what is. Smile

This morning I’m off to a much-needed massage appointment. I’ll be back this afternoon!

Question for the Morning:

What are some of your favorite recipes you’ve discovered on blogs? Feel free to link ‘em up…even if they’re your own!


  1. says

    I love all of the fall decorations!! I always want to decorate for the seasons, but usually by the time I get around to doing it the season is almost over :(

    Some of my favorite recipes I’ve made a few times…
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  2. Lynn says

    Your living room looks great, we are getting a new floor put in this fall and I am thinking about touching up the paint to something more “us” while it is ripped apart. Your post encourages me to do that (and to hang up more of our pictures).

    I have made a ton of blog recipes, and it is hard to pick a favorite but your caramel icing definitely tasted great when I put it on zucchini cake last week.

  3. says

    I love the new set up in your living room! It’s really warm and cozy looking now especially with all of your fall decor up!

    PS – I made your hearty oat loaf & veg soup on Monday night – SO GOOD!! I linked up to it in my What I Ate Wednesday post because it’s the perfect Fall dinner!
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  4. says

    One of the most popular cupcakes I’ve made was from your blog (the Oreo cookie cupcake)!
    I’ll have to get in on this slow-cooker chili action, too!
    And your home is soooo beautiful! Love the colors and the warm atmosphere :)
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  5. Laura says

    i feel like every recipe i cook is from a blog! what redbox did yall rent? i am always on the lookout for redbox movies… never would imagine paying for more than $1.50 for a movie now!! we just rented What to Expect When You’re Expecting… and it was adorable!!

  6. says

    LOVE the new I said before, I think your pictures look perfect- and the fact that you just ‘winged it’…let’s just say I’m a tad jealous of how GREAT it looks ‘just winged.’ 😉
    And mmmmm that is one of my favorite recipes of yours- the Hearty Oat Loaf…I can’t wait to make some- it’s beginning to be the perfect time for it- stews, soaps & stoups galore 😀

  7. Shannon says

    Your living room looks so cozy. I love it!!!! :)

    I find Pinterest to be a great source for finding recipes. I just made the Instant Macaroni and Cheese that I pinned yesterday for last night’s dinner. It was good, but I put a 1/4 cup more milk than I was supposed to. Oops. I’ll try it again, but it turned out great. I also found Funfetti Cookies, which turned out awesome. Don’t make a double batch of them though, because the batter is THICK. I learned that lesson the hard way.

    I follow you on Pinterest, so if you want to follow me, I’m @ShannonMHunter. You’ll find the recipes that I mentioned on my pinterest boards.

  8. says

    ahhh I love that centerpiece! I think it’s time to hit up the 99cent store for me and decorate our place too~:D You just inspired me, hehe. And I looove love the crockpot! Yesterday I made some meat in it a la mexicana and came back home and it was falling apart at the TOUCH of a finger. After coming back home I whipped up a whole mexican meal in 15 minutes just because of the crockpot! It seriously needs more attention from the public 😀
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  9. Julissa says

    Your living room looks great! I love the big window which (it looks like) looks out to the front of your house. My mom & I plan to get out the fall decorations tomorrow- so excited :)

  10. Jen says

    Oh Court!! The living room looks wonderful!! :) It’s definitely cozier. Props to you and Jay for all the hard work you did on it.


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