All posts filed under: Design

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

New Home Updates

We have made a lot of updates to the house. New plugs, plates, light switches and light fixtures have made a huge difference. Touching up paint on the walls, doors, and cabinets, installing new toilets, cabinet knobs, new door stops and air exchanger covers, plus deep cleaning the tile and grout, wiping down the walls, and many other projects have kept us busy. I still need to paint the bathroom cabinets, install a new backdoor, paint trim and the ceiling, but for now, the inside projects are at a stopping point. Lucca Chandelier I Table Runner I Silver Chargers I Chinoiserie Napkins After extensive shopping for a floral arrangement for the dining room, I decided to make my own using green hydrangeas, white peonies, and white roses I purchased previously. Rug Piedmont 4-Light Lantern Gold Frame I Thin Gold Frame I was not crazy about the gold gallery wall in the living room so I took those pictures down and hung them separately in the hallways. Picture Light Our focus is now on the outside …