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Maker’s Monday: James + McLain

October has flown by and we are already at our last Monday of the month. Boy, does time sure fly! I can’t help but get the itch to start changing up decor in the house to transition with the seasons. Down come the jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and spider webs for a much cozier, homespun atmosphere. No, I’m not going full-blown Christmas (that would be crazy!), but hints of evergreen, wood and other natural elements to slowly transition to a full-on Christmas wonderland. This Maker’s Monday featured shop has just the decor to get me there, James + McLain.

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James + McLain specializes in hand-painted wood signs and decor with a pleasing neutral palette and extremely high-quality. Their wood signs are the perfect addition to any gallery wall, fireplace mantel or coffee bar.

Here is a glimpse at some of James + McLain’s beautiful work:

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James + McLain, located in the heart of Texas, offers custom sign orders — perfect for a wedding gift, housewarming gift or to welcome a new little one to the family.

Special promo

Enjoy an exclusive promo for James + McLain and check out these amazing wood signs. This week enjoy 10% off your purchase with promo code HAPPYFALL at checkout. Happy shopping!

IMG_1855Check out some of the other House Fenway Maker’s Monday Shops:

Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.

Curious Timbers

Gam Gam Handcrafted

The Vintage Nest

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Maker’s Monday: Say It In Burlap

Say It In Burlap

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and it’s Maker’s Monday! It’s hard to believe October is almost over and we will be soon switching gears for Christmas. Wait, WHAT! OMG….Where has the time gone? I’m not ready. Well, I guess with wonderful makers like this week’s Maker’s Monday feature, you can ease your way into each season with style.

Meet Say It In Burlap, owned by Allison Bressler from Pennsylvania. A busy mom of 3 and a wonderful creative talent who crafts in burlap. Her beautiful seasonal banners and prints add the perfect rustic touch to your home.

Here is a small selection of some of Say It In Burlap‘s products:

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Special promo

Enjoy an exclusive promo and stock up for the holidays. This week enjoy 15% off your purchase at Say It In Burlap with promo code FENWAY15 at checkout.

IMG_1855Check out some of the other House Fenway Maker’s Monday Shops:

Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.

Curious Timbers

Gam Gam Handcrafted

The Vintage Nest

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Make Your Bedroom the Coziest Room in Your Home

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Your bedroom should be the coziest space you have in your home. It should be your haven that is exactly as you want it. A place where you can do away with convention and be perfectly at ease. Some of the suggestions would make your grandmothers hair stand on end, but it is more vital that your bedroom is your space where you can be the real you.

Fewer Sheets

Sets of bedclothes usually have a top sheet included. This can be a nuisance. They never stay in the right place with your other bed linen, and can get very uncomfortable, so do away with them. You won’t miss them and in fact, will have a better nights sleep without it.

Choose The Right Window Dressing

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Regardless of if you have a small window because your bedroom is in the attic, or a large window that opens onto a terrace, the window dressing can affect the whole atmosphere of your room. The choice is enormous from blinds at Carpet One to drapes that are flimsy or heavy. Pick the window dressing that you think best suits your room.

Lighting

Lighting is very important. Traditional lights and lamps can be boring, so why not try something totally different. Fairy lights look good and add a warm glow to the room. If you need something brighter to read by, have a statement light at the side of your bed.

Replace The Comforter With Throws

Big, chunky throws can be much more comfortable to curl up in than a traditional comforter, and they take less looking after.  You can have 2 or 3 on your bed, and then there are no arguments when your partner curls himself or herself up in one, there will still be plenty left to keep you warm too. There will not be so much bed making either if you use throws. There is no rule that says you must make your bed each day, and with throws that really is the case because as the name suggests you just throw them on and it does not matter how they land.

Headboards

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Just a bed frame against the wall can make your interior feel cold. Invest in a headboard to make it cozier, or even make one yourself.  They do not have to be fixed to the bed or the wall as they can be totally free standing.

Add A Canopy

Placing your bed in a recess will make it feel cozier, but if that is not possible consider adding a canopy. That enclosed perception can go a long way towards you feeling snug and warm.

Use Cozy Colors

Bright colors will not encourage rest and sleep and will have the opposite effect, Use cozy colors that will enhance a relaxing mood, such as beiges, greys and even white.  Autumn shades are good for this purpose too.

Your bedroom should be the place where you go to relax, and not just for sleep. Make it a room that is great to be in for you, and your partner, as no one else matters in this particular space.

 

 

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Lock in the Heat This Winter

Now that the weather is becoming cold and harsh outside, we will start to feel chills in our homes in the evenings and it will soon be time for us to turn the heating on once more. We all know that heating is expensive, and when it comes to keeping the house warm and toasty all winter long it can cost us a lot of money if the home won’t lock in the heat. Here are some of the ways you can make sure that when the heating is switched on, that precious heat stays in the house.

Secure the roof

It is incredibly important to pay attention to your roofing this winter because the roof will be the first place heat tries to escape from out of the house. Heat rises, and if you have small gaps in your roof you will lose the heat before you even notice that you have it in the first place. Make sure that you spend some time filling in gaps, stopping moisture from entering the house and also insulting the home too.

Insulate everything

Insulation is the buzzword when it comes to keeping our homes warm all year long, and if you don’t already have enough insulation in your home, you will be losing over half of the heat which you pour into it right away. There are several ways to insulate the house, you can use boards in the walls, use cavity wall insulation and you can also think about insulating under the floors for some extra protection.

Light it up

What’s the best thing about winter in your home? Being able to snuggle up in the evenings with the fire burning and scented candles everywhere. If you want to keep your house feeling cosy and warm all through the winter there really isn’t a cheaper way than to light lots of candles in your living room. You can buy huge packs of tealights online for a small cost and they will last you for a few months as you light up the home each evening and bring in that fiery heat to the room.

Bring in the blankets

If you are on a pretty tight budget for your home this year and you are looking for a better way to keep you and your family toasty, you can go out to your local homeward store and buy some plush blankets for everyone. You could have one each or you can share them and they will keep you all feeling super warm and cosy in the evenings without having to spend a single penny on your heating bills.

Drink tea

A good cup of tea can solve all of life’s problems, and it can also help us stay warm during those unforgiving winter nights. If you find yourself freezing cold in the evenings consider drinking a cup of tea or a hot cocoa and you will immediately feel better. It will warm you up from the inside and it will make you feel super warm and toasty for the evenings.

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A Guide to the Best Baking Apples

It’s that time of year again — apple picking and fall baking! With so many apple varieties to choose from, it can be hard to decide which apple is the best to use when baking. The best baking apples offer a balance of sweet and tart flavors as well as firm flesh that doesn’t break down in the oven while baking.

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Here is a list to help when deciding what apples to use in your fall baking.

8 “go-to” apples for the perfect Fall apple dish:

Jonathans

A classic American variety, and widely regarded as one of the best flavored with a good sweet/sharp balance. You’ll recognize Jonathans apples by their deep red-stripe skin and classic apple shape. Grown in many Midwest states, Jonathans are a great apple for pies, juice and cider.

Honeycrisp

The name says it all! Honeycrisp apples are one of the sweetest apples around. They are distinctively crisp and firm, holding their shape while baking. Mix Honeycrisp apples with a tart apple like Granny Smith for a stellar pie packed full of flavor!

Granny Smith

These pretty green apples are tangy and tart with a firm flesh. One of the most popular apples for pie making, pair them with your favorite sweet apple for the perfect flavor combination.

Braeburn

This deep red beauty is spicy and sweet. It’s stores well with it’s firm texture and holds it’s shape well while baking. A great apple to eat raw. It makes the perfect portable snack!

Golden Delicious

This golden beauty is sweet with a thin skin. Golden Delicious apples require less sugar in recipes due to it’s innate sweet nature and breakdown quicker in the baking process. These are the perfect apple if you like your apple pie to have a softer texture. Great sliced in salads and to make apple butter.

Cortland

The cousin to the very popular Macintosh, Cortland’s are sweet with a tart aftertaste for a little kick. This  red, plump apple has a snow white flesh that is slow to brown after slicing.

Gala

This crisp apple has a sweet, mellow flavor. A beautifully marbled apple is ideal for applesauce and is the perfect apple to eat raw.

Macintosh

Sweet and juicy, Macintosh apples have a thick red skin with a soft, meaty flesh. Macintosh apples flesh is softer in consistency and will breakdown quickly while baking. Pair Macintosh apples with a firm, crisp apple like Granny Smith for the ultimate pie combo.

Ok, now that you are educated on all the apple facts, it’s time to make something yummy and I have just the recipe, Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumble.
Enjoy ~M

Homemade Apple Crisp