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Fall Decor

We did not move into our new home until mid-Novemeber. Instead of unpacking and organizing all the Christmas decor, I started decorating for Christmas as I found decor. I have never decorated for the fall season before so I was starting completely from scratch. Of course I went to Pinterest first to find some inspiration. I have all the blue and white decor so I wanted to see how other people mix fall colors in with their chinoiserie accents.

The rugs in the dining room and foyer are colorful but mostly burgundy and navy blue so I wanted to avoid the orange and other typical “fall colors.” I found a couple of fall floral arrangements using mauve, peach, navy blue, and deep red. I skipped the peach but liked the mix of soft pale colors and deep moody blues.

I went to Hobby Lobby first. I found white pumpkins, pumpkin picks, greenery picks with tiny pinecones, eucalyptus garland, and navy blue pumpkins. Hobby Lobby’s “fall floral” was limited to typical fall colors as well as deep purples, but no blues or mauve tones.

I went to Michael’s and that is where I found “fall” floral in a variety of shades. I found shades of blue, mauve, and burgundy as well as eucalyptus stems.

Once I returned home, I spread all of the floral stems and picks on the dining room rug and happily realized that all the flowers perfectly matched the colors in the rug. The blush pinks may technically be more “springy” but they were labeled “autumn” at Michael’s so I went with it. I like the mix of blush, navy, burgundy, and dark green. I may even use some of this decor after Christmas until Spring.

I definitely stocked up on supplies. I purchased more than I thought I absolutely needed just in case and I am glad I did because I ended up using everything except one strand of garland and one stem.

I started with the floral arrangement, consulting with my mother via text and Snapchat. I then moved on to the wreath. I only needed one strand of garland and once I figured out I didn’t need any more greenery, I finished up the dining room table and entryway table.

I decided to use one of the extra strands of garland and blue stems to make a kitchen centerpiece. I used the other navy pumpkin and extra eucalyptus pick to make an arrangement for the half bath.

I was ready to change up the floral arrangement that had been on the dining room table since springtime. I am sure I will stare at everything for the next few weeks and find things to change up and move but right now I like how everything turned out. The next fall decor project will be finding a garden flag and pumpkins for the back patio.


Summer Updates

Time really does fly. We have lived in the house now for almost 9 months. We have a few more projects planned for this year, which include replacing the light on the front porch and finishing the backyard drainage project. I would also like to replace the backdoor and door frame.

It has become clear that Colter has no interest in the swimming pool. We decided to take down the black mesh fence left by the previous owners and the wooden fence Matt built that surrounded the pool. Colter got his own pool.

We had all three of the tall palm trees removed. Matt also completed phase one and two of the drainage project. In addition to installing pipes and drains that that tie into the French drain and remove rainwater from the backyard, he also repaired the sprinkler system, moved and replaced all the rock on the other side of the pool with sod, and removed the metal fence blocking off the left side of the house. The backyard looks much better.

Phase three and four of the drainage project will focus on installing pipes and drains in the middle and on the right side of the backyard. These phases will also include lifting the pool pump and storage shed, pouring a concrete slab to replace the rock walkway, and laying sod.

We purchased a table and chairs a while back. I found some cute outdoor pillows recently and finally found an outdoor pouf.

More House Updates

The next project is the backyard drainage, fence, and yard. The upstairs living room is coming together. We just need to purchase a sofa and a media cabinet. We will be replacing the light fixture on the front porch next month but no other electrical improvements are planned right now. Here are few updates.

We have never had palm trees. They have proved expensive to maintain. They make for a pretty view from the pool, but I’m not sure if the view is worth it.

Wicker Accent Table I Outdoor Rug
Just Chillin’ Pillow I Home Sweet Home Sign
Three Piece Bistro Set I Outdoor Rug

Dragonfly Garden Flag I Flag Stand

Lucca Chandelier I Piedmont 4-Light Lantern

Rust Tribal Medallion Temptation Rug I Cambria Sapphire Rug

The guest bedroom has finally come together. The room is rather small with high ceilings so originally I wanted a canopy bed but my mother pointed out that it was too small of a space for that kind of bed. I think the room looks nice and satisfied with how it turned out.

Light Blue Mystic Medallion Waverly Rug

Black Headboard I Throw Pillows I Coverlet

Brass Lamp I Audubon Artwork I One Drawer Side Table

Spaghetti Squash Yakisoba

I love yakisoba. My grandmother and my mom make it and use the Bulldog Worcestershire Sauce . You can make your own yakisoba sauce but if you can find the Bulldog brand, I highly recommend it.

I was taught to make yakisoba with cabbage, egg, onion, and hotdog weenies (it is also good with chicken). I only had carrot and onion this particular day so that’s what I used with the spaghetti squash noodles. Next time I will scramble an egg and add meat. This was a super quick and easy way to make a healthier version of yakisoba. Of course, if you’re concerned with the amount of sodium, use less sauce than me. I cooked the spaghetti squash in my slow cooker the day before but you can microwave or bake the squash.


  • 1 Spaghetti Squash (cooked and shredded)
  • 1/2 Onion (chopped or sliced)
  • 1 Carrot (julienned)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Yakisoba Sauce (or to taste)


    1. Cook and shred spaghetti squash. If you want to cook and shred the squash beforehand instead of microwaving or baking the same day, see Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash Recipe
    2. Julienne carrot and chop onion
    3. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to pan or wok and heat over low-medium, add onion and sauté
    4. Add carrot to pan
    5. Turn heat up to medium-high
    6. Add shredded spaghetti squash to pan and pour yakisoba sauce over noodles and stir until sauce has evenly coated
    7. Cook for 2 minutes or until noodles are warm.
    8. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

Ruggable Review

I needed a rug for the entryway and because of the depth of the antique console a runner would not work. I originally picked out a rug made by Magnolia Home. The Magnolia Home rugs are comparable in price to retailers like Pottery Barn but the particular rug I found and a number of other rugs made by Magnolia Home received a lot of negative reviews regarding the quality.

My mother had mentioned Ruggable and I was seeing a lot of ads online for the brand so I thought I would do a little research. Ruggable makes washable rugs that consist of two pieces, a pad and a cover. The pad is rubber and the cover sticks to the textured top. This two-piece system is less expensive than a regular rug and since the cover can be removed and washed in the washing machine I thought a Ruggable rug would work great at the front door. You can vacuum the rug (on a hard floor setting), you can wash the rug, and it still feels similar to a regular rug.

Ruggable carries a wide variety of rug styles and sizes including runners and rugs as large as 8×10. I purchased the 5×7 Cambria Sapphire cover and pad because the colors appeared to be similar to the dining room rug. The Cambria Sapphire is a bit more than tan that I expected but I think it coordinates with the dining room rug nicely.

I am pleased with the purchase so far. I haven’t had to wash it yet so I have no experience with the durability but based on the reviews it seems that these rugs hold up well. The nice thing is that you can buy other covers so if you get bored with one cover or overtime, if the cover is in a high traffic area and does start to show signs of wear and tear, you can replace the cover at a significantly lower cost than a regular rug.