I am not a Stepford Resident; I’m just Weird {plus the Harvest Living Room}

I have had a great week of not having to get up and go to work. As I stated previously, I did enjoy my six-week teaching stint. However, I really came to miss being at home, calling my time my own, and keeping caught up on housework. Housework???? Yep, you read that right. I actually missed doing my housework. This week I have had this revelation: I AM WEIRD. Only weird people like housework, and only weird people do a blog post about housework, right?

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I promise you that I am NOT a Stepford Wife. Now let me say, that I am not a neat freak and have never kept a really clean house. If you walk in my house, you might think it is clean just because I don’t leave a lot of clutter around. But the dust and grime is there, and it really bothers me when I can’t get to it on a regular basis. But this past year of my retirement, I have stayed up on the cleaning for the most part, and I have discovered that I like knowing the house is clean. Going back to work stressed me out in knowing that I would not be able to keep caught up on things around the house. So I AM weird, and this weirdness has just developed since I retired. Maybe this desire for a clean house might even make me a candidate for residency in Stepford, but we remember how all that turned out, don’t we? (If you don’t, you can actually watch the entire 1975 movie [the best of all of them] on You Tube. Look for a young Mary Stuart Masterson playing her real-life father’s daughter.)

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 Does anyone else think like me that this last scene in the movie (when all the Stepford Wives are shopping in the market) is the MOST CHILLING scene in the movie? But I digress.

Therefore, this week I have started catching up on housework. I’ve done the front part of the house-the part that people see when they walk in the door.  It took me a couple of days to get the living room done because I also dragged out the fall decorations and bedecked the living room at the same time. I won’t tell you how nasty my dust rags were or how gross the stuff that came out of the vacuum was. I won’t mention how many Swiffer pads it took for the floors or how black they were. Hey, these confessions alone prove that I am not a Stepford resident!

I’ll just tell you that the front of the house, the living room, computer room, and dining room, were really dirty and needed a thorough cleaning. Yes, I actually enjoyed doing it. It gave me great satisfaction to know that the rooms are really clean deep down, not just on the surface.  So I am rejoicing in my weirdness!!

Above is the before of the mantel. I always have it decorated with my small collection of Hull pottery and  wedding pictures of my son and his wife. Other than Christmas, I seldom change the mantel decoration.

But all of your great decorating blogs out there have infected inspired me, so here it is dressed for the fall!

I used the $3 garland that I mentioned in my bargain post as a starting point. Then I added the fall pumpkin plate (last year’s Wal-Mart purchase) and the Give Thanks plate (last year’s Cracker Barrel purchase).  I added my vintage glass pitcher. The sunburst color is perfect with the autumn hues.

I added my ceramic gourd and pumpkin, but I still thought it needed something. I remembered the pretty green bucket that my husband had given me and added it. The color and size really worked.

Then I tried several different candle holders for the orange pillar candle, and I finally settled on the black one and dressed it up with a few fall leaves. Of course, I had to leave the wedding photos of handsome Russell and beautiful Callie there!

Once the metamorphosis of the mantel was complete, I decided to do the rest of the living room. Then I moved on to the sofa table, which I last blogged about here.  Remember my pictures always turn out a little dark due to the dark colors in the room, but I think you can get what I intend in my decorating.

I turned to the Wal-Mart fall plate again (this one with fall leaves), and the candle holders made by my son fit perfectly here.

I added the fall metal bucket last seen here and some various fall plates, the pumpkin/sunflower bargains and a fall leaf, last year’s Dollar General purchase.

The coffee table was next. I tried several different things, but nothing looked right. I finally remembered my black tray, a reliable standby in my tablescapes.

I filled it with faux fall fruit and vegetables and stuck a few leaves in it here and there. {I cut up last year’s fall wreath to get my leaves for here and other places in the house.}

I added my vintage paperweights, last year’s Family Dollar leaf dish, and the autumn leaf votive holder.

I also used the plates which match the ones on the sofa table. I really liked how the tray turned out and can foresee using it in several different places.

I next just put a touch of fall on the stereo cabinet. We have an antique jelly cabinet that we use for the stereo, and the top shelf always needs a little vignette on it. I usually put pitchers from my collection here, but changed them out for a fall Give Thanks plate, some fall leaves, and my vintage tins. I really like this little vignette.

So my living room is now decorated for the season! I will change it slightly when I put out the Halloween decorations and post photos afterwards. For now, I am embracing my weirdness as well as the fall season! {And rejoicing that I live in Mississippi, far, far away from Stepford.}

Leave a comment telling me your favorite part of the movie, or your favorite movie of the several that were put out, or anything else you want to say about Stepford.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday (vignettes, tabletops, tablescapes), Sunny Simple Life (decorating, projects), Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday (tablescapes) and Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage (crafts, home decor, thrifty finds),  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday (deocrating, garden, projects),  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase (any project or idea made by you this week),Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish (tablescapes), Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill (home decor, projects, recipes), The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday (tablescapes),The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday (thrifty decorating, tablescapes),Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now (recipes, crafts, home décor), Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much (projects, decorating, recipes),  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter (recipes, crafts, home décor),Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound (anything pink),You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E (recipes, crafts, home décor), Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor (projects, decor, recipes), Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style (recipes, crafts, home décor), Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House (decor, projects), Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia (projects, decorating, recipes),  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life (home decor, projects), Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters (centerpieces),Open House Party at No Minimalist Here (crafts, home décor), Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage (memories, projects), Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable(projects, home décor, recipes),Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner (projects, home décor, recipes), Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design (home décor, projects)

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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20 Responses to I am not a Stepford Resident; I’m just Weird {plus the Harvest Living Room}

  1. LaVoice says:

    My house will never be cluttered, but you might find a dust Bunnie. I find if I do not turn on all the lights, you cannot see them. I have a sister that her house is always spotless. In fact, they recently downsized and when the inspector came, he told the realtor he had never seen a house as clean and well cared for as theirs. I do get in the mood to clean more now and then. It is different when you are by yourself..

  2. I like being at home puttering and decorating. It seems like the colors for Fall decor are the coziest! I love lots of candles, too. I have never seen this movie…but I watch a lot of movies! We just Finished watching ‘Bobby Jones’ and it was excellent! Hugs!

  3. Debra says:

    It looks very nice….and CLEAN 🙂

    I try to keep up but true cleaning ( as in deep cleaning ) is hard to get to during the summer when the outside …yard,flowers, etc keeps me so busy. Once the windows are truly shut for good and the animals stop shedding, then the deeper cleaning begins here.

  4. Ann says:

    It’s wonderful being retired and having so much time to clean and keep things neater. I love to decorate for fall and Christmas and your fall decorations are lovely. Great plates on display.

  5. austine says:

    I don’t think your weird because you appreciate a a clean house. I love the fall decorations and the mantel. It makes me want to bust out some cleaning and get going on setting up for the holidays.

  6. Barbara N says:

    I’m not a Stepford wife either.I liked the book better than the movie..but I agree..the original was the best.movie. I have a dog that sheds all over the back half of my house…so cleaning never feels deeply clean.Have a good week, Barb

  7. Alana says:

    I just love all your fall decor!

  8. Carol Thompson says:

    So here’s your sister who is not a blogger, tablescaper, or retired. I too enjoy keeping a cleaner, neater house than when Kaci was growing up and we were so involved in what she was doing almost every night. Mik the dog makes keeping things spotless impossible, so it’s a good thing I do enjoy sweeping and swiffering! I have a scheduled day to clean specific rooms and that is what helps me keep up with things as best I can. I love the mantel display. The pitcher is my favorite.

  9. Love all your pretty autumn things! I can totally relate to the need of cleaning the house. I am definitely not a neat freak but, when I have not been able to clean for awhile, I feel a strong need to get back and get my home back to being “happy”! It makes me feel like all is back to being the way it should be. Thank you for joining us for TTF last week. I hope you are having a great day!

  10. Linda says:

    I like your mantel and your vignettes a lot. Coming from Katherine’s Favorite Things party as co host. Thanks for sharing… Linda

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