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Turmeric: How to Decorate with Fall's "It" Color

The temps are starting to drop, which could only mean one thing.....fall is near! And as much as I hate to say good-bye to summer, I admit that thoughts of autumn decor have started to creep into my cranium. Lately while perusing the world wide web for a few fall wardrobe staples, I started to notice there was one particular color I can't stop obsessing over; turmeric! 

Yes, you read that right! This ginger, golden yellowish, orangeish color seems to be everywhere lately.  I'm not usually one who gravitates to yellows but this color has really swept me off my feet. And although most of us to tend to associate the turmeric spice with curry (yum!), it makes perfect sense for fall decor considering it's a shade that dominates nature during the Autumn season (thank you leaves!)

Today I thought it would be fun to share all of the beautiful turmeric-colored decor that has caught my eye. Remember sometimes just adding a touch or two of that season's color to your decor is all you need to welcome fall into your home! 
Turmeric Fall Color

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One of my favorite things about the color turmeric is that it's versatile and pairs well with so many other shades. Of course, I'm loving it partnered up with blues (I mean could that rug up there be any more beautiful?!), but it also plays nicely with browns, greys, mint or hunter green, cranberry reds, and of course, creams, for you neutral-loving folks.

Turmeric Colored Throw Blankets
Turmeric Colored Throw Blankets
Woven Throw Blanket | Ginger Yellow Cable Knit Throw

Updating your pillows and throws is always the best way to decorate for a new season with out breaking the bank. I love this yellow pillow combo below and what a great price!
Fall Yellow Plaid Throw Pillows

Fall Yellow Plaid Throw Pillow Set

Turmeric Colored Throw Pillows

Patterned Cushion Color | Chenille Turmeric Pillow | Grey Plaid Grateful Pillow | Embroidered Floral Pillow

I saw this table runner last week when I ran into Joann's and am eyeing it for my own fall decor.
But I love the sunflower one too! Which one is your favorite?

Pumpkin Spice Plaid Table Runner

Golden Yellow Sunflower Table Runner

Fall Sunflower Table Runner

Hosting a fall get-together or looking for tablescape inspiration? I can't stop swooning over this page in the new Pier 1 Catalog! Mind you the whole catalog was FULL of yellow and turmeric hues. Excuse my poor quality phone pic but you can find the golden yellow dish set here and the adorable sketch pumpkin dishware here. The runner is gorgeous too!

fall tablescape with blacks whites and yellows

Here's some more budget-friendly tableware incorporating the beautiful, spicy color. Bonus tip: When your searching online for turmeric-colored decor make sure to switch up your search terms. Not every retailer will label their stuff with the word "turmeric". Golden yellow, ginger yellow, and even pumpkin spice were terms that I saw a lot of these items labeled under.

Turmeric Fall Tableware
Pumpkin Spice Buffalo Check Napkins | Fall Floral Arrangement | Pumpkin Shaped Soup Bowl | Turmeric Tonic Candle | Yellow Fall Plaid Napkins | Mustard Yellow Dinnerware

Also, I don't think I have loved a paper napkin as much as these! I can't get enough of them!

Sunflower Paper Napkins

And nothing screams fall more than pumpkins, right? Look at these handmade gems! Loving the leather leaves on them.

honey yellow linen pumpkins
Handmade Linen Yellow Pumpkins

I can't wait to see more of this rich color as the season progresses! What's your thoughts? Are you excited for fall?

Oh, and just for fun, remember at the beginning when I said I couldn't get enough of this color for a fall wardrobe?  Here's 2 pieces I recently picked up; both great for transitioning from summer to fall! I've also got my eye on this cozy gem and this pretty basic top with a lovely twist (love that back!) . OH! And this too (see I told you I can't stop with this color!)

Ruffle Turmeric Tiered Women's Top | Gold Yellow V-Neck Tee

Small Deck Makeover Plans

You know how they say "every cloud has a silver lining?" Well, our future outdoor living spaces is proof of that! We experienced a bad hail storm a few months ago-it shredded our window screens and my freshly, planted flowers (yeah, I'm still bitter about that!) Damaged our siding, roof, fence, and deck. It pretty much beat the crap out of our backyard.

I mean look at this sad state of affairs! Womp, womp.

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Sooooo...you may be asking where's the silver lining in all of that? Well, we're getting a new roof, our deck and fence will be repainted, the siding will be fixed AND best of all? It was the total kick in the pants we needed to start focusing on our patio and outdoor "rooms".

We've lived in our home for a little over 5 years and I've spent about ten minutes of those five years working on our patio decor (see underwhelming picture proof below)🤣 I mean even before the storm damage, this space of ours was rather depressing. I didn't even move the slip n' slide to stage these photos because this is reality when you have kids, right? No place is safe from all their toys!

backyard makeover plans

 My philosophy has always been finish the interior first, worry about the exterior later. Anyone else share that same thought?  But all this focus on fixing things up made me realize I wanted to get a lot more use out of our backyard NOW, and so for the past few weeks I've been gathering inspiration and shopping for patio decor to help spruce up our outdoor spaces.

Essentially there are 3 different outdoor zones I'm working on. Today I thought it would be fun to share what I'm envisioning for the smallest area of the 3 zones; our second-story deck.

This is the view our back kitchen door opens up to.

small patio makeover ideas

 Because this deck is small and even more limited on space thanks to my husband's 4 grills (Insert eye roll). Just kidding, honey, I LOVE your grilled food! My main focus is to just create a cozy, welcoming spot to sit down and maybe enjoy a fresh lemonade (or in my case, a black cherry White Claw, anyone else obsessed?) It would also be nice to have a spot to park to keep an eye out on the kids when they're in the yard, with out always having to go down to the ground floor patio.

So these are the pretty items I have my eye on! I'm super excited to get started.
I personally love the idea of designing your outdoor spaces to be an extension of your indoor living, so it should be of no surprise that I'm aiming for a blue color scheme.

small deck decorating ideas
Natural Wood Umbrella Frame | Natural Cotton Umbrella Canopy | Outdoor Goose Neck Light | Blue Deck PlanterWoven Texture Outdoor Pillow | Stackable Outdoor Wicker Chair | White Outdoor Side Table | Blue Glazed Planter | Large Blue Glazed Planter | Blue Diamond Outdoor Rug
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 We're still waiting on some final quotes and confirmation before they can start working on repainting the deck (there's also the part where I need to pic a new color and we all know how I LOVE making decisions!)  As always, I promise to share our progress and final outcome when it's all said and done. I often share sneak peeks of our projects on Instagram first, so if we're not hanging out yet, come say hi!

Scalloped Coffee Table Makeover

AT LAST! The scalloped coffee table makeover is done! I shared a peek of this thrifted $30 table back in May when I was discussing our living room plans. And to most of you the table probably looked finished, BUT in true Jennifer fashion, it wasn't. Don't you know I always like to draw out the last few steps of a project for a looonnng time? 🤣

scalloped coffee table living rooms
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Let's rewind a bit though....to last summer, to that glorious day that I made a quick pit stop into our local Salvation Army and laid my eyes on this beauty. It only took me a whole ten seconds to decide it was coming home with me. The scalloped shape of the tabletop was what sucked me in. Oh, and the $30 (ish) dollar price tag.

coffee table makeover
Side note: I don't have any pics of it's original state because my hubby pretty much started sanding the top of the table down before I could even get it out of the trunk. But other then the wood on top being a little orange-ish, this is the state of the table I bought it in. Not too shabby, right?

Some of you may recall from the living room discussion, that I also fell hard for this table because it reminded me of the Pier 1 coffee table I had been eyeing for months (but for $260 cheaper! 😉)
Natural Stonewash Square Coffee Table

That piece ended up being the inspiration for our table and other than one or two minor hiccups (more on that in a bit), I absolutely adore how this turned out!  So let's dive into the specifics quickly of how I transformed this little gal.

As I mentioned, the hubby sanded the top of the table down for me. He used a hand sander and fortunately, it didn't take as long as I thought it would to get rid of the original stain color. However, the sander did get a little too vigorous in two spots and left a distorted-burn-like-mark. One spot is more noticeable than the other. I was super bummed about it at first.

sanding a coffee table

I reached out to my Instagram friends for ideas on how to fix it and I did receive a few tips, however, I was only able to lighten the blemish a bit. Hence for the delay in this post! Does it still bother me? Sure. But I'm moving on. It's one of my things I love the most about our home-it's perfectly imperfect.

sanding blemish

After the sanding was completed, I painted the base. I went with my favorite tried-and-true paint color, Benjamin Moore "White Dove". It's what I had on hand and it's quite possibly my favorite white paint color EVER. It took a few coats of paint to cover all the green ( I probably should of primed first but I'm impatient when it comes to finishing projects!)  

Then it was onto staining the top. I don't have many progress pics of this process (see "impatient" above) but you get the point. For the stain color, I went with another favorite, Miniwax's Golden Pecan. (If there's anything you take away from this post, just know that if I painted something white or stained a piece, it's 99% most likely BM's White Dove and Miniwax's Golden Pecan 😉)

thrift store coffee table makeover

Just last week, I finally got around to sealing the wood and paint. I like to use Miniwax's Polycrylic in Clear Matte to protect our furniture projects. It doesn't turn our white paint yellow over time like polyurethane does. It's also far less smelly to work with.

I wouldn't label this the most extreme furniture makeover EVER. As I mentioned, I was fortunate to find it in such good shape, but boy am I extremely pleased with how the coffee table turned out! Originally, I planned on using it in our family room, but it's convinced me otherwise. I guess you could say it's found it's new home!

wood and white coffee table

two tone coffee table

As for the rest of the room, aside from the curtains (which I'll share about in an upcoming post), I feel like things are kind of on a standstill right now. In my mind the next step would be to get a new couch and accent chairs ( I still can't stand how that couch matches all of my wood tones!), but other projects and financial commitments have kind of pushed those things to the side right now. Plus, it's summer break and my kids allow me ZERO time to window shop. Geesh, darn kids.

P.S. You can see all of my living room plans here along with the new gallery wall I revealed back in spring! Sources for our decor are included.