The Link Up: Emily’s $10 BIG Front Porch Halloween Decor Hack, Jess’ Cool Jeans, And The Perfect Toy For A Toddler

Happy Sunday everyone! First and foremost did you see the sunroom reveal and watch the YouTube video!! Not to keep talking about it but we are just SO excited about them. However now that it’s officially fall, are you also digging up your fall/Halloween decor? If you watched Em’s stories this past week then you know she has something very fun in store for you:) A sneak peek is below. Ok, now links!

This week’s house tour is technically a kitchen we talked about in our 2023 kitchen trends post but this week it got it’s OFFICAL DEBUT! EHD friend, Bri Emery, may have the most fun kitchen out there. The colors are bright and happy, the design choices are bold, and you can only feel joy when looking at the photos. Go see the before and afters now!

sneak peek photo by kaitlin green

Orange Light Bulb | Wreath (similar) | Skull | Dewdrop Halloween Fairy String Lights Garland | Pre-lit Twiggy Trees  | Birdcage (similar) |  Twig Broomstick | Halloween Bats with Flashing Eyes (Set of 3) | Skeleton Dog

From Emily: Y’all I feel like I have been living under a Halloween rock (partly because if you aren’t in a neighborhood that decorates, you don’t really have the motivation). And now that I decorated for Halloween (coming next week) I realize one of the best hacks is switching out your exterior sconces for orange bulbs. It’s INSTANT IMPACT. Gretchen suggested it as if this is a thing everyone does so I ordered these and these (less expensive and more of them but technically shouldn’t get wet so keep them on a covered porch). I can’t believe the difference it made. In fact, here is a sneak peek so you get it. Living in CA this is less of a thing because it stays so much lighter, later, but if you want to have an instant Halloween ambiance (and perhaps less work in the decor) then switch out these bulbs (and just save the boxes to store for next year).

From Arlyn: This Melissa & Doug wood-cutting fruit set is a GODSEND for my toddler. She will happily sit on the floor in the kitchen while I cook, “cutting” her little fruit for at least a solid 10 minutes, which might as well be 10 hours in toddler time. Similar sets charge extra for the little wooden crate to hold all the pieces, others have magnets on the inside (choking hazard!) but this one uses velcro and is just challenging enough for her to slice open on her own. For around $20, it’s money well spent for you or someone who has a tiny human they are trying to entertain. 

From Jess: I guess all I can talk about this weekend is pants (yesterday was my love letter to trousers) because I just bought a new pair of Madewell jeans. Now, I have been dabbling in some new shapes but this one was for sure a change for me. As a short, not uncurvy gal, having denim looser around the butt and legs isn’t always my favorite look. But when I tried on these they were perfectly high-waisted, fitted in the midsection, then had this slightly voluminous look towards the bottom, oh and they’re cropped (which at almost 5’4″ means I don’t have to get them hemmed if I don’t want…jury is still out on that for these). These aren’t barrel pants but have a slight barrel nod if that makes any sense. They aren’t necessarily the jeans you feel super sexy in but they are the ones you will feel super cool in. I got the curvy version but here’s the none curvy option too! Also not for nothing but Madewell is having a crazy sale where everything is 25% off and an extra 40% off sale items.

From Gretchen: I’ve been long overdue for a work bag upgrade. My H&M “leather” tote has finally bit the dust.  The chestnut-colored coating is peeling BAD, like an old, pleather Facebook Marketplace couch, and there is no structure or shape left to speak of. Knowing I needed something that would last AND look good, I started browsing Portland Leather Goods and was so excited to see they were having a fall sale!! Perfect. I got the Oversized Leather Tote Bag in Nutmeg and can’t wait to bring it to work for all my schlepping! They have an “Almost Perfect” section where they price some of their goods at a hefty discount if you don’t mind a small mark or missing stitch–and I don’t.

From Mallory: My favorite boots are officially available again (and they’re on sale for almost 50% off!!) I have them in black and have worn them for almost a year now. They’re super comfortable, easy to walk in because the heel is chunky and it isn’t too high, and they have a give to them (so it’s not a super stiff leather). I’m a big fan of the brand Franco Sarto because the quality is there but it’s a really lightweight boot which is so refreshing for this style! Plus at $89 you really can’t find a more affordable tall boot:)

From Caitlin: I have some cold-weather trips planned over the next couple months, so I needed an affordable fall/winter coat. Enter: this half-priced modern barn jacket (!!!) in a cheery olive hue. (J. Crew is carrying a lot of outerwear in this shade right now and I love it – it’s a vibrant, happy take on a traditional fall color.) I hate splurging on jackets since I live in LA and only need them for trips, but I also want pieces that are high-quality, durable, and easy to mix and match…and this one checked all the boxes. It’s easy to layer, simple to style (it looks SO COOL – though my mom’s been riding horses for years, so I think I have an affinity for this type of quilting and collar), and it’s a compliment magnet. I know coats are a more infrequent purchase for those of you who live in colder climates – I bet you have pieces that you turn to year after year! – but if you’re in the market for something a little special, you’ve gotta do a quick scroll of all of J. Crew’s outerwear here. Their pieces are so freakin’ cute and fresh this year!!!

So while we don’t have a YouTube to show you a sneak peek, we still have an incredible reveal tomorrow so see you then! xx

Opening Image Credits: Design by Emily Henderson and ARCIFORM | Photo by Kaitlin Green | From: My Favorite Spot In The Farmhouse: Our Sunroom Reveal!