november colors

november colors | madeline made


welcome to our yard. isn’t it beautiful? we are very blessed to live on five acres of land and to live in the rolling hills of tennessee, where we have four distinct seasons. fall is particularly beautiful here at our home. we have two soaring sugar maples that turn bright yellow throughout the fall, also gingkos and a japanese maple you will see in this post. i wanted to capture them before they are gone…the fall is both uplifting and sad because it is so finite and fleeting. i have to enjoy it while it’s here. my husband, josh, is in full no shave november mode and has a serious beard, which i love. what does your fall look like?


….and sampson wishes you a wonderful wednesday tomorrow!


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xoxo madeline


date night: bruce monro light

bruce monro exhibit | madeline made

for date night on friday, we finally visited the bruce monro outdoor light exhibit at cheekwood botanical gardens in nashville entitled ‘light.’ it was a beautiful night with cool crisp air, bourbon apple cider, and fiber optics. ‘field of light’ was especially beautiful with 20,000 optical spheres. this reminded me so much of the synchronous fireflies in the smoky mountains that twinkle in unison (has anyone seen these?!) every piece of the exhibit resembled a dream, something out of the wizard of oz… i will let the images speak for themselves.

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this last one was my favorite of the night. i could not stop staring at it – reminds me of the nike of samothrace at the louvre. these are floating fiber optic spheres on a reflecting pool. the indoor images were chandeliers installed inside the cheekwood mansion. we had a crepe breakfast visit with my aunt this morning and sitting out in the adirondacks till dark. what did you do this weekend?


month in instagrams: october

i hate winter. i guess i just haven’t been ready to say goodbye to october yet….it is my favorite month, the best weather, and also happens to be when we celebrate our anniversary and my birthday. this is my formal bid farewell to fall and a summary of our month in instagrams. second anniversary * 27th birthday * natalie and matthew visited * catbird seat * started this blog  * neighborhood party * trip to chattanooga. farewell october. you have been the best!

anniversary | madeline made

{celebrated our second anniversary sept 24th, almost october}

downtown franklin | madeline made

{hot air balloon season in downtown franklin}

iron gate | madeline made

{lighting shopping for my birthday at the iron gate}

bests birthday | madeline made

{dinner with my best friends}

mason jar salads | madeline made

{mason jar salad experimenting}

pumpkin pancakes | madeline made

{pumpkin pancakes, naturally}

concert confetti | madeline made

{michael buble concert “all you need is love” heart confetti}

plaid season | madeline made

{plaid season in chattanooga}

have a great saturday. we have family in town staying with us (aunt lark!) and headed to the dog park today. rundown of the bruce monro exhibit tomorrow! top image: kate murphy photography, the rest are my own.

xoxo madeline

fall drink: mulled wine

mulled wine | madeline made

when the weather gets cold enough, i love making festive fall drinks. this mulled wine recipe is one of my all time favorites – given to me by my sister-in-law, brittney. you can add whiskey if you like the flavor or keep it simple. josh and i will be enjoying this around the firepit this weekend.

mulled wine

1/4 whiskey or brandy, optional
1 bottle red wine, i use cabernet sauvignon or merlot
1/3 cup honey or sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1-2 oranges, sliced
7 whole cloves
1 tsp allspice or ginger, can also add star anise

combine all ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes. add brandy or whiskey if you like the flavor. strain and serve, serves 4-6. enjoy!

xoxo madeline

november reading list

november reading list

for any of you readers out there that enjoy a good book, here is my november reading list. when the weather gets cold and i am hibernating…i love having a long list of books to enjoy all winter. there is nothing better than a blanket, a cup of tea, and a novel to lose yourself in. it is such an escape when work is stressful or life is busy. here goes…

1. beautiful ruins jess walter – the story is set in cinque terre, italy, in the 1960s, where josh and travelled on our first trip together. sold.

2. the lowland jhumpa lahiri – pulitizer prize winning author and national book award finalist. enough said.

3. life after life kate atkinson – i want to see what all the hype is about. the story sounds incredible  – unending chances at a second life.

4. all that is james salter – i love his writing and if you haven’t read one of his books, start with a sport and a pastime.

5. where’d you go, bernadette maria semple – i am halfway through this one and love it. so witty.

6. the signature of all things elizabeth gilbert – new book by eat, pray, love author and was well received. excited for this one.

happy reading. let me know if you have any recommendations!

xoxo madeline

five fall things

happy halloween! the title of this post should be ‘girl stays in on halloween; hates herself.’ the weather is terrible tonight in tennessee so we will be staying in, catching up on magazines and eating inhuman amounts of candy. i am sad to say my ideas for halloween costumes will have to wait till next year-idea one and idea two.

besides tonight’s weather, i love this season. i love october. it is not only my birthday month, but the most beautiful time of year and i am sad to see it go tomorrow. to celebrate october, here are five things i love about this fall and also a little peak into this past weekend.

1. front porches (cinderella pumpkins)

Cinderella Pumpkin

2. firepits and smores


3. fireplaces filled with wood…furbabies (meet sampson!!)


4. flowers – decorative kale

Kale and Pansies

5. family – my sweet cousins


a few fall links from around the web. how to cozy up your home for fall. spiced pumpkin seed recipes. thirty wonderful autumn ideas. ten halloween movies to watch tonight. festive creepy cocktails for tonight.

and check out my lovely ‘fall’ pinterest board.

all images in the post are mine. xoxo madeline

monday wishlist

online shopping is a bit of a problem for me – i love browsing pinterest at night for things I would love to add to my collection – but I have no money. it is nice to dream. the disjointed theme of today’s wishlist seems to be rose gold, gold, black and a little malachite. i love all of these looks for the season and just bought a similar parka at asos. enjoy fall shopping!