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5 Totally Fall Things to Do This Week

Cross these things off your fall checklist
September 25, 2016

Fall is officially here, friends, and we are so excited about it!  With the change of seasons, comes pumpkin-flavored everything, cozy decorations for a little home refresh, great fashion trends and so much more.  The temps are cooler (thank goodness) and it’s the perfect time to head outside and enjoy the changing seasons and crisp fall air. We rounded up a few must-do’s in our fall checklist in the slideshow above because we’re just giddy that the fall is finally here.  Check them out by clicking on the image above.  Cheers, Kat

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Decorate Your Home

Decorate Your Home

Fall welcomes the perfect excuse to give your home a little refresh, and that includes rustic, natural and textural additions to really make it feel cozy. We love adding feathers, straw and warm brass accents to any space this time of year.

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Enjoy Time Outside

Enjoy Time Outside

Now's the perfect time to take advantage of cooling temps, and head outside! Find time to talk a stroll and enjoy the crisp air. And why not grab your bestie or partner and go apple picking? This diagram has us drooling to take a bite!

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VIA WILLIAMS-SONOMA
Stock Up on the Cold-Weather Staples

Stock Up on the Cold-Weather Staples

Okay maybe it's not cold enough to pull out the sweaters yet, but it's never too early to snag your next go-to pair of fall shoes, your new perfect pair of jeans or the best clothing pieces to layer this fall!

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Savor Fall Flavors (aka Apple and Pumpkin Everything)

Savor Fall Flavors (aka Apple and Pumpkin Everything)

Bring out the apple cider and the pumpkin bread...because fall flavors are some of the best around.

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VIA WILLIAMS-SONOMA
Start Planning Your Halloween Party

Start Planning Your Halloween Party

It's time to start thinking about your take on the haunting holiday with a party setup that's just as stylish as it is spooky. And right now, enjoy 30% off all Halloween treats at Williams-Sonoma!

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Featured image, Gal Meets Glam

The Week in Review // 10

MUST-READ LINKS, NOTED BY THE WOM TEAM
September 24, 2016

This week's links roundup via @waitingonmartha

1 // A Drake-themed yoga class now exists.  And we’re dying to go.  #Namasdrake

2 // We announced our week-long giveaway for a chance to win a 16-piece Le Creuset set (color of choice!).  Have you entered?! 

3 // A visit to the world’s oldest library is next on all of our bucket lists. 

4 // I discovered a few new genius ideas for monthly subscription boxes for personal care necessities.  Definitely trying out Boca’s deal

5 // We found these five tasty fall food and wine pairings (and maybe drooled a little). 

6 // Fellow Harry Potter fans, listen up!  You can take the test to find your patronus (we’ve got a buzzard, blackbird and Siberian cat over here on Team WOM). 

7 // We’ll be following along on Holly’s adventures in Morocco.  Just look at the riad they will be calling home!  #sojealous

8 // As lovers of a good cheese plate, we were taken with this roundup of the best cheese shops in Paris.

9 // What’s your relationship with work like?  I’m intrigued with Create + Cultivate’s Marie Kondo-take on your career. 

10 // Reading David Netto’s interview about his recent book on the ultra luxurious design expert François Catroux sparked my interest in knowing more about this talented designer and his star-glittered clients. 

11 // I think these three ways to enjoy muscadines, the South’s native grapes, sound divine! 

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How to Choose the Perfect Blue Paint

discussing the art of many shades of blue, and what to look for when settling on the one
In Partnership with BEHR Paint
September 23, 2016

Picking the Perfect Blue Paint, @waitingonmartha

It’s really no surprise that blue is one of the most calming and healing paint colors you can choose. We’ve often seen it used to create a relaxing oasis in the bedroom, but it can also promote a cleansing, tranquil feel in the bathroom and a bold, fierce ambition in the home office.  The versatility and wide range of beautiful blues is infinite; the color is a go-to when infusing depth into spaces all around the home (check out these nine different rooms that prove it!). 

I, of course, have always gravitated towards blue when decorating my own home.  I’ve learned how the endless shades can work perfectly together, whether that’s through throw pillows, accents or paint.  Decorating with blue offers so many possibilities as it’s a lot like the ocean; a multitude of blues, constantly changing and effortlessly mixing. And unlike most colors, decorating with a myriad of multiple shades works no matter what. 

When settling on your own blue paint options, rest assured that this color family is probably one of the best ones for you—even if you’re a little hesitant to paint.  It’s a classic, timeless color that both men and women can usually agree upon, and it can transcend redecorating for years to come.  But as you decide on what exactly blue to paint with it’s good to remember a few things. Blues, much like greys, can take on a chameleon-like quality on your walls as light changes throughout the day so test swatching all over is a must.  Dark blues can have some sneaky purple tones in them, and the darker the shade the more it will affect the amount of light you actually get in the room.  So when going bold make sure you’re ready, and remember the paint on your walls usually reads darker than you planned.  When painting with light blues keep in mind they can read very baby-ish so it’s best to keep them to nurseries, small powder rooms, and accents. And lastly, never forget about the ceilings and doors.  I turned to a deep, almost-indigo blue on my ceilings, doors and island (rather than paint the entire downstairs) to keep things light and airy, while still giving a nod to my absolute favorite color around. 

Below I’ve rounded up my favorite blues and provided some helpful insight as to how I’d use each shade.  Let me know which shade is your favorite and I’d love to know if you’re as big of a blue fan as me?  Truly, MKR

The best blue paint by @waitingonmartha @BEHRpaint #spon

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with BEHR Paint, a brand we love and adore. All opinions are 100% our own. 

Colors pictured: Sailors Bay M510-5, Optimum Blue M540-7Very Navy M500-7Ice Drop M530-1Elegant Navy M530-7Hawaiian Sky PPU14-07Brisk Blue S530-SNight Flight S520-7Blue Me Away M510-1

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