Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Monday, October 7, 2013

"Deck-orating" For Fall...Finally

 Outdoor Fall Decor by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Are you still into the Autumn spirit, or have you moved on to planning your Thanksgiving dinner menus? 

Outdoor Fall Decor by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Honestly, I'm just getting into the mood for Fall. It's been very warm here since the calendar said Fall arrived, and until recently, the leaves were still mostly green. 

I mean, it's hard to feel Autumnal when I'm still wearing shorts and flip flops... and suffering from humidity-driven "bad hair" days.

So, I am actually trying...yes trying...to be the very last blogger to show off my Fall decor.

Outdoor Fall Decor by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There's another reason, if you must know.  

I'm too cheap to buy a bunch of pumpkins and mums just to do an early blog post, and then have to replace them later in the fall.  

Outdoor Fall Decor by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

If I started my fall decorating according the the Bloggers' calendar...like late August/early September, my mums would be dead, and the pumpkins would rot well before Halloween.

Outdoor Fall Decor by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I like my outdoor fall decor to last till Thanksgiving, so I restrain myself from buying anything until the last weekend in September, at the earliest.  

And I do mean, restrain myself.

Do you know how hard it is to go to the supermarket, and see the most beautiful mums... at "3 for $10"...and not buy any???

It's TORTURE, I tell you! 

Outdoor Fall Decor by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Do you know how many times I almost gave in? 

But I didn't...

Outdoor Fall Decor by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

So now, while you are probably pulling out your stuffing recipes and Thanksgiving platters, you'll need to bear with me, as I've finally gotten my back deck all spruced up for Fall. 

I think it looks its absolute finest in Fall. Once all of the leaves are at their peak colors, they will be a perfect backdrop to the furniture, pillows and flowers.

Outdoor Fall Decor by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
You may remember that we did some work on the deck this spring. It was the "Year of the Deck," and I was determined to get it fully "deck-orated."

When I finally decided on pillows, part of the reason was because I knew they'd look great in Fall, as well as Spring and Summer. My goal was to have the deck be my three-season "Happy Place." 

Outdoor Fall Decor by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Yes, it will be a little chilly, but I'll bring out a platter of doughnuts, with some hot apple cider, rather than watermelon and lemonade...

...I'll need a sweater instead of a tank top...

...socks in place of sandals...

Oh, and some chain mail and armor...because...do you know how much it hurts to  get pelted with falling acorns? 

Ouch.

Outdoor Fall Decor by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've got company coming this weekend, and I'm hoping to be able to serve one more round appetizers on the deck.  The forecast doesn't look promising, though...

Outdoor Fall Decor by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

But if it's glorious, I'll be ready!











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58 comments:

  1. Everything is beautiful! I love the mini pumpkins in the lanterns. Looks like a nice spot to sit and have a glass of wine :-)

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    1. Yes, wine! Much better than apple cider! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Everything looks great. I will still be pulling out decor when the high octanes will be putting up their first of at least a dozen trees!! But it is all Good! Or Tood!!! xo

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    1. HaHa! Tood! I like that one! Yes, I think I will never have it together enough to blog in advance...I'll always be on my time!

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  3. I love the way your porch looks with all the fall touches!!

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    1. Thanks, Therena! I'm hoping the weather holds so we can enjoy it a little longer.

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  4. You are cracking me up. You are not the last one. I just bought pumpkins last weekend. I started to work on my deck and we finally got some much needed rain. I love your deck. Beautiful mums. My favorite are the stacks of pumpkins and apples in the lanterns.

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    1. We got some rain yesterday, too. More is forecast but I am crossing my fingers that Saturday will be clear. Glad I am not the only one first decorating for fall!

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  5. Your deck looks beautiful. REALLY pretty. I don't do my stuff until this time either, Amy. I want my stuff to last until Thanksgiving, too. You did a great job-Fall has arrived at your place! xo Diana

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    1. Thanks, Diana! Really hoping to enjoy it this weekend!

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  6. Your deck looks gorgeous! I'm pathetic. I never get any of this done. We hardly even see our house during the fall soccer season!

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    1. My son gave up soccer a couple of years ago, so fall is now much more "free." It's not easy shlepping the kids all over the earth for sports!

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  7. Bloggers' calendar? Never heard about it! No wonder no one reads my blog!!! ;-)
    Wonderful deck-job, though, love it! Reminds me of our wooden deck in my former DC home, makes me a bit nostalgic, but I'll refrain from decorating around here. Somehow I like to swindle my way into Christmas season with the white covers still on the sofas.
    My family decided to give in to my wish of celebrating Thanksgiving the Saturday before the fourth Thursday in November, the more time to prepare for Christmas season the weekend after (no Thanksgiving holiday around here).
    Wishing you beautiful autumn days to celebrate the season out on your deck,
    Merisi

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    1. Ah, didn't know you lived in DC, Merisi (now I get the doughnut post you did!)! Enjoy your Autumn days, as well!

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  8. I don't start early either. When my flowers outside are all done, and it is cool weather, and the leaves are turning colors, then it is time : ) Your deck looks great and I hope you have many mild days to enjoy it out there :)

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    1. I'm still holding onto whatever summer flowers are still blooming, and lots are! Hope you are enjoying fall, too, Deb!

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  9. You are skirting dangerously close to being a very good decorating blog - watch out!
    The deck looks like a lovely place to sit on a fall afternoon, so I hope the weather cooperates for you.
    Like you, I wait to decorate for the seasons/holidays. Our Thanksgiving up here is next week, and then I'll leave the fall things out until December 1st. The rest of Blogdom will have Christmas all up by early November, but not this blogger!

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    1. Haha! Now my secret is out -- I can't make up my mind what to blog about -- a little of this, a little of that. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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  10. Beautiful photos (and I love the commentary... those darn acorns! XD)
    I found you on the blog hop and am a new follower! :)
    www.artevolve.blogspot.ca

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    1. I appreciate the follow, Ashesela! Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  11. I love your deck--looks great! It's just beginning to cool off here, and after experiencing my fair share of rotting pumpkins, I stick with the craft kind until right before Halloween. :)

    Dee

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    1. Good idea about using the craft kind...I bet they are all on sale already. I'll have to look!

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  12. Amy, your outdoor living space is, indeed, all decked out in the season's finest colours and patterns, representative both in living and inanimate ambience! Your fall, floral cushions are charming against the soft neutral upholstery and all your accents add warmth and familiarity to this lovely and relaxing outdoor scene. You might want to serve your appetizers out here, but I'd stay there the whole evening, right up until dessert! Gorgeous and worth the wait!

    Poppy

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    1. You are the kind of guest I'd like to have, Poppy! One who doesn't want to head inside as soon as it gets a little cool. I only wish I could have a fire pit in order to linger longer outdoors, but I haven't figured out how to make that work on a wooden deck!

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  13. 1) Love your post title!
    2) Love your deck-orating.
    3) Hate it when people show you their fall decorating in July!
    4) Haven't begun fall decorating yet as we're having the most perfect Indian summer here and weather dictates me what to do, not blogs.
    5) I can hear an owl in the garden nearly every night and that's all the Hallowe'en decoration that's been going on so far at my cottage!

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    1. Thanks for 1 and 2, Magali! I would love to hear an owl in my garden. It's a rare thing around here, but I did get to see one once. Do you ever see your owl, or just hear it? I'd love to see pictures, if you do!

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  14. You are such a great decorator Amy. And here you are decking out your deck and I'm in my attic sorting JUNK! I love the fall :)

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    1. I should be in my basement sorting junk! We've been saying it for the last year, but there's always something else that I'd rather do. Enjoy this most glorious season, Eileen@

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  15. I love that you don't jump the gun and decorate so early - I like how you think! I'm always a bit of a late bloomer on all such things. Your Fall Deck-orating is beautiful Amy! We have our Thanksgiving this weekend and it's time for me to pull those stuffing recipes very soon indeed :).

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    1. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Rosella! I hope you take some pictures and blog about it!

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  16. Amy, Your Fall Deck is gorgeous!! I love all the pumpkins displayed everywhere and the beautiful flowers! Fantastic!! Thanks for sharing your photos, just beautiful!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  17. what a wonderful space! I love all the pumpkins tucked in the flowerpots. hope you get to enjoy this weekend!

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    1. Thanks, and yes, we did get to enjoy it this weekend. The weather was surprisingly beautiful on Saturday.

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  18. How I wish I could pop by this wknd! Love your deck and your fall decorations! I really like that you chose the perfect all-season pillows - lovely! Good for you being thrifty and waiting till now to fall-er-ize your space! It is Canadian Thanksgiving this wknd so we've HAD to get our "fall" on early!
    DD

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    1. I wish you could have stopped by, DD! I like that word, "Fall-er-ize" :) Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  19. Your deck looks amazing and inviting........hope you get some nice weather for the weekend so you can enjoy your beautiful deck and backyard. Your pillows are very pretty.
    Blesssings, Nellie

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    1. Thanks, Nellie! The weather was very cooperative and it was great to have friends over to share the day with

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  20. It looks just beautiful!! I love the cushions you have on the seats around your table - the colors are amazing. Hope you get to enjoy several more appy's on the patio :)
    Cindy @ Diy beautify

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    1. The weather cooperated, so we were able to have those appy's on the deck, after all! Thanks for stopping by, Cindy.

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  21. I love your fall deck-orating! Our weather here has been warm too so I'm just now getting excited about everything autumn! I'm visiting from Serenity Now--have a wonderful Friday!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by - glad you are catching the "autumn bug!"

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  22. I absolutely love love your deck . the pillows are gorgeous and they go perfectly with the chrysanthemums. Beautiful all.

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    1. Thanks, Riet. I love the colors, too. It's pretty much what I have throughout my entire house.

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  23. Oh so pretty. I love your deck and you did choose just the perfect mums and pumpkins, so pretty and what a great place to entertain. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that will be live this afternoon at 2:30 Pt. www.astrollthrulife.net Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Hi Marty, I will check out the party! Hope I'm not too late!

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  24. I so agree about waiting until it is cooler to decorate outside for fall. Your outdoor setting is the perfect spot to side and enjoy the fall decoration of mums and pumpkins. The pillows certainly are a pretty choice for three seasons. Have a great week!

    Pam

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    1. Thanks! I'm really happy that we got to entertain outside this weekend -- it may be the last time this season! Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. Hi Amy, I've been all over your yard and home...took the tour! Your home is gorgeous and the deck and woods are, too. I just blogged last week about being in New Jersey....Lambertville! That mirror that I didn't justify buying ...I don't need it! I am mirror crazy, but that federal mirror, I have a feeling you know what I mean. Also, about a month ago, I decided I'm going to be ready for Christmas and go with red, green, and gold colors when I redo rooms. Thanks for the fun stop!

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    1. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the tour! I really appreciate it that you took the time to look around!

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    2. I haven't been to Lambertville. It's not that close to me, but you have made me went to go!

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  26. Your deck is just beautiful, and all of your fall touches look perfect with your furnishings!

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    1. Thanks so much, Carol! I'm glad we go to enjoy sitting out there this past Saturday. Not sure how many more there will be this season!

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  27. I just love your back deck! It's so well planned out with plenty of privacy and room for entertaining. You're so lucky to have that. Love how you jazzed it up for the Fall too.

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! I think I like the way it looks best in Fall. It's actually more colorful than summertime.

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  28. What beautiful Autumn decor! Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two!!
    Make it a pink day :)

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  29. Beautifully done! Love the colors and the textures! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  30. Beautiful makeover of wooden deck. The color is matching perfectly with house exterior. Have you followed this work with Brighteners & Sealers?

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