Saturday Sharing from the She-Shed Volume 37

I am always so thrilled for Saturday mornings.

Especially when the weather is cool and I have a warm cup of coffee in my hand.

We arrived home from our trip on Wednesday, and I am trying to play catch up.

It is already the middle of October, and you know what that means: Christmas is coming…..

Ideally, I would have everything up and ready to go by Nov. 1, but I’m not so sure that is going to happen this year.

A Ralph Lauren room with dark wood, a staircase with green carpet and a blue wall. Decorated with dark wood tones and vintage finds.

Family Time

Instead of digging through Christmas boxes, we enjoyed our visit to Chicago, where we visited one of our youngest sons and his family.

Father with a baby boy smiling
Mom and baby boy smiling away

Catching Up With Friends

I also got to catch up with one of my blogging buddies, Lynn @livinglargeinasmallhouse. It was a beautiful day to visit her lovely home and take a boat ride down the river. Meeting up with my friends from all over the country is always a treat.

Lynn and Wendy on the Fox River in Illinois

Downtown Chicago

Skyscrapers of Chicago with a blue sky and trees

I fell in love with Chicago. The pretty blue sky, and can we just talk about the stores???

This store was truly extraordinary, boasting four levels brimming with exquisite items, spanning from home goods to clothing, and even housing a delightful coffee shop. Can you recognize this store? It’s remarkable how easily we can identify an iconic brand.

A Ralph Lauren room with dark wood, a staircase with green carpet and a blue wall. Decorated with dark wood tones and vintage finds.
Staircase in the Ralph Lauren Store in downtown Chicago. The stairs and walls are covered with natural grasscloth. Pictures and clocks hang on the walls.

I have no doubt that you guessed it correctly, but just in case you need my help, it was the Ralph Lauren store.

Geneva, Illinois

This quaint and historic town was full of beautiful buildings, shops, and the nicest people. We enjoyed an afternoon with our grandson strolling the streets, shopping and dining,

White charming house with a red door and two beautiful planters on either side of the door. It is now a restaurant with the name James above the door.
Historic green victorian house

What Happened This Past Week

Before I left, I was back in the garden, deadheading my zinnias. You can learn everything you need to know about deadheading zinnias.

How To Deadhead Zinnias Correctly

Zinnia Bouquet by WM Design House

Amazon Prime Days – Many Items are Still On Sale

Blue books used as a riser under blue and white china for display.

How to Create The Perfect Rusty Patina on Glass

Things that Have inspired Me this Week

I never miss a great blog post; there were many this week. Here are just a few that I loved and wanted to share with you.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? My friend Brooke has some great ideas for hosting a small gathering at Thanksgiving.

And these adorable pumpkins from Michelle @thistlekeylane would be perfect on your Thanksgiving table.

no carve pumpkins

Maybe you are looking for some black pumpkins, well you don’t have to look much further because Ann and AnnMarie create the cutest jack-o-lanterns ever!

Black jack o lanterns

Susan has a delicious recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving soup!

And Niky has fantastic ideas for those empty closets you may have.

Rachel made some adorable leaf projects this week!

You will love these four recipes Missy shares for simmering pots.

And wait until you see all of the darling projects my friend Diane made out of lambs ear.

lambs ear ornamaents

What I Bought Prime Day

I am all about comfort, and these are my new favorite pants! I think I bought them in 5 colors.

jogger pants

Fsshion under $50

That wraps up my week in a nutshell. I hope you enjoyed it and are looking forward to another great week at WM Design House.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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  1. Chicago is one of my favorite cities, Wendy! I love that you got to visit with your family and I love the picture of you and Lynn on the boat too. You two need to share your skincare secrets because you both look amazing. That Ralph Lauren store is fabulous. It makes me want to come home and put plaid and horse decor everywhere. It’s stunning! Hope you had the best week, CoCo

    1. Thank you Coco, it was a wonderful trip, and always great to see family and friends. I agree, I wanted
      to go home and do the same thing, LOL.

  2. It looks like your trip to Chicago was fantastic! Oh, your family is beautiful! And how awesome to see Lynn! Thank you so much for sharing my simmer pot recipes! Looking forward to talking to you soon!

  3. Chicago is a beautiful city. You definitely made the right choice to spend time with your youngest son and his family instead of unpacking Christmas boxes! It was a bonus that you got to see Lynn from Living Large in a Small House! I am always amazed by you veteran blogger ladies! You have so much to balance and make it all look effortless.

    1. Awh, thank you, Anna! It was well worth it. We had such a great tip, and I loved every minute.

  4. Welcome home from your travels, Wendy. Chicago is one of my favorite cities … and oh, yes, I recognize that store! I’ve never been to Geneva but looks like I’ll have to spread out to the charming ‘burbs next time I’m in the Windy City. Happy weekend! xo

  5. Your Chicago trip sounds like a great getaway. Ralph Lauren would be my first stop! How fun that you could visit with Lynn. Happy weekend!

  6. Ohhh! What a treat to visit the RL store. Visiting our kids and their families… so heart enriching. Have a good week.

    1. Thank you so much, Linda. The store was amazing…

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