54 In Life

We’re Ready

We’re ready inside & out…




John Martin is ready too…


He’ll be going as a 15 month old BOY.

Now, if the temps would just drop below 90.

Exterior paint and doors post coming soon. My sister-in-law made our ghosts and dropped them off outside our door a few weeks ago! What a pleasant surprise they were!  Aren’t they so fun!? She made them with white felt and they are sitting on upside-down tomato cages…  I added the lights for a glowing effect! 

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  • CC
    October 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    HOW CUTE!!!!! LOVE THIS!!!!

  • valerie
    October 7, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Ohh your decorations look absolutely marvelous. awesome. I love it all. I bet your children love it all. My nephew LOVES holiday decorations.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • katy
    October 7, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    So cute! I love the wreaths and the pumpkin lights hanging from the ceiling. 🙂 Poor JM, his eye just breaks my heart! that was a rough fall!

  • Dianne
    October 7, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    It all looks like such fun! I cannot wait to see the exterior reveal!

  • Susan V
    October 8, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Cute Halloween decorations!! We love Halloween, but I am not much of a decorator. I may have to try the ghosts. Love the candy corn banner too.

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    October 8, 2009 at 12:05 am

    So cute! Absolutely adorable ghosts and pumpkins! You are on the ball. I’m pretty sure I still have some beach decor around this house now that I think about it… 🙂

  • elizabeth
    October 8, 2009 at 12:19 am

    i love it! everything is super adorable!!!! your kids must love the ghosts with their names on them. cute idea!

  • eringianni
    October 8, 2009 at 4:37 am

    once again… you’ve exceeded all expectations! growing up with you as a mommy must be the dreamiest. rock on with your bad self:-)

  • alison g. (brazil)
    October 8, 2009 at 5:51 am

    How Fuuuuunnn!!!! We’ll come trick-or-treating to your casa, ‘kay? 😉

    Your front entrance is so beautiful and inviting – love it!!

  • duchess
    October 8, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Looks wonderful. I thought it was a spread from Martha Stewart’s magazine. Great job! (love the front doors)

  • Ms. Bright
    October 8, 2009 at 6:35 am

    While watching DIY last night I saw your orange bath! That first pic popped up and I was like, “hey, I’ve seen that somewhere”! Loving the holiday decor and I love those exterior lanterns, we almost bought the same ones!

  • MC
    October 8, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Perfect combo: totally elegant yet welcoming and fun!

  • ZoeB
    October 8, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I’m in the Uk and am gobsmacked that your preparations for halloween are started so early ! and on such a grand scale. The churches here are beginning to offer children alternatives to Halloween such as ‘Light’ parties, as they don’t like the children celebrating evil spirits. I think they’ve probably lost that battle before starting it !!

  • Brooke
    October 8, 2009 at 7:42 am

    That is so cute!! That makes me wanna go out and get some things to decorate my house RIGHT NOW!! Love it!

  • Jennifer Morena
    October 8, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Love it all and your house looks great!

  • Carrie
    October 8, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Love the front doors and the lights! Can’t wait to see it all 🙂

  • angela
    October 8, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Everything looks great! Will your sister-in-law do a mini tutorial on the ghosts…..????????? I want to make them!!

  • Mandy Norris
    October 8, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Your house looks great, the ghosts are precious and the children are so cute in the previous posts! Sloane does look like ya’ll…I know that is fun for you! Have a good one…can’t wait to hear about the trip and see the outside of the house re-do posts….Mandy

  • Melissa
    October 8, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Totally agree with one of the earlier comments. Your decorations are fun, yet elegant. So many people go WAY overboard with Halloween decorations, and it just looks tacky!

  • Chelle
    October 8, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Oh my goodness those are just too cute. I just called my daughter and told her we have a weekend project now to call papa at work and tell him I need some of those cages. Love the new entryway it looks great.

  • mag
    October 8, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Those doors are making me want to RIP mine off their hinges!! So pretty, now if I could talk the hubby into it. Though I am not sure they could withstand our brutal winters!!

  • Tara
    October 8, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Love the candy corn, love it all very M.Stewartish. My son decorated his room with spiders and rats last night (they can only come out when pranking MeMa 🙂 How are those doors working for you?We have debated the 15 lite door, but people will be able to see in like were in a fish bowl. So we may plant new trees right in front. Let us know how you handle it or if you worry about that at all.

  • Mommasissy & Sloane
    October 8, 2009 at 10:04 am

    PLEASE!!!!!!! That is all so cute I can’t stand it!! Love it all so much! Your doors and lights look fabulous!!!!

  • Jessica
    October 8, 2009 at 10:18 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the outside of your home! I can’t wait to see the whole project! BTW how do you keep your ferns so big and pretty? Mine ALWAYS seem to struggle and never grow.

  • brandy
    October 8, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I love the pumpkin lanterns!

  • Melanie
    October 8, 2009 at 10:45 am

    JM can be a “Black Eye P” for Halloween!!! …Just put a “P” on his shirt!!!

  • Tiffany
    October 8, 2009 at 10:49 am

    So festive! Love it all!

  • Julie M.
    October 8, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I just love it! My twins are 15 months old and they worry me so much when they take a spill and fall down. The doors look great. Do you think you’ll frost the glass or do a curtain fabric overlay?

  • Kathy
    October 8, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Your house looks great! I love the decorations as well as the exterior light fixtures. Did you pick them out or were they there? If you selected them — who are they made by and where did you get them? They are perfect…

  • Malerie
    October 8, 2009 at 11:54 am

    What a shiner! Such a boy 🙂 I actually did like your old doors- but now I love your new ones!

  • The Blushing Hostess
    October 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Wow, you really are ready, well done! Looks beautiful!

  • Kelly Thompson
    October 8, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Love the decorations! Where did you find the chinese lantern-ish jack-o-lanterns?

  • Bon
    October 8, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Haha, I was thinking along the same things as Melanie… the Rover can be a Black-eyed P. Although it will probably heal nicely by the 31st.

    You & Justin did a fab job on the front entrance. It really does look so inviting and chic. Love it 🙂

  • Sasha
    October 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I gave you an award on my blog 🙂


  • Tara
    October 8, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I love your new doors! I originally wanted doors like that, but decided on a solid door last minute. Seeing your home makes me wish I would have thought about that a little harder! Looks great!!

  • Kristen
    October 8, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    The decorations are so FUN! I LOVE your doors! Hoping the ghost fairy might drop a couple of those off at my house:)

  • jessica
    October 8, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Darby it looks amazing! I reallly really like your new doors! The ghosts are too cute, also.

  • Susie
    October 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Your house looks awesome!

  • iman
    October 8, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Very cute! The doors look great.

  • Jennifer
    October 8, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    YAY for non-scary, adorable Halloween decorations! 🙂

  • Amanda
    October 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I love all of your decorations! The ghosts are adorable. Your house is gorgeous, too!

  • Carly Winborne
    October 8, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    when my little girl was 17 months at halloween, she went as a black eyed pea for the very same reason. she fell down days before our big halloween party after i had spent hours making her an adorable (if i say so myself) peppermint costume. it just didn’t “go” with the black eye. so on the way home from the ER after she fell, i decided she would be a black eyed pea. she wore black pants, a long-sleeve onesie that i put a huge P on and pigtails. she had a ball at the party, black eye and all.

    whatever you decide to do, i’m sure will be so much fun!!

  • Melanie
    October 8, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Everything is beautiful! Love the decorations especially the ghosts!

  • lauren
    October 8, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    please tell us where you got those cute lanterns! i’ve been looking all over for them! 🙂

  • Courtney
    October 9, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Where did you get your paper ball jack-o-lanterns? Love them!

  • Brittan
    October 9, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Poor little guy! West gets his cast off today ( 22 months old ) . We are ready for fall also, with our decerations up but also like you it needs to cool off!

  • JoAnn
    October 9, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Perfect. I love the simplicity of the decorations and that they’re not “scary”

  • Jill Cribb
    October 9, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Love the renovations. Your house is gorgeous, as well as your family. Poor JM…that’s a big shiner. Love the decorations. Halloween is fun! Can’t wait to see what the kids are dressing up as!

  • Becky
    October 9, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Love all your decorations! I assume you made those paper lanterns by just buying orange lanterns and modifying for the season, huh? Brilliant!

    My 21 month old had a shiner like that a couple of months ago and I took pictures every day to show how quickly it healed. It was like watching time lapse photography! Boys sure are fun, huh?

  • Rebekah (Yeebird)
    October 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Spooktacular, Darby!
    Your blog is such a fun place to visit!

  • AJ
    October 10, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I absolutely love your Halloween decorations!

  • Anne
    October 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    The house looks great…..cute idea to put the lights underneath/inside the ghosts.

  • Jennifer
    October 15, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Everything looks terrific! I love the exterior of the house and think your Halloween decorating is really cute.

    Will you share where you got the pumpkin paper lanterns?

  • allison
    October 16, 2009 at 7:52 am

    I love the jack-o-lantern paper lanterns and have looked for them but with no luck. Where did you find them?