Welcoming Fall


Last weekend it finally felt a little like Fall here in Houston. Just like last year, I’ve had my Fall decor up since after Labor Day but after moving stuff around, adding a few new things from the Target Fall Catalog, and moving my Saturday football-watching fixture off the couch (you have one of those?) it is already October! I decided I wanted to put a few fun Halloween things in the kitchen but I still need to get that box out. I never realized how much seasonal decor we had until it was all in the attic together and not stored in random closets all over the place!

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Target | all the Fall things


It seems like I am always traveling during the official launch of the Target Fall Catalog. If only I could convince the Mr. that a trip to Target is totally necessary – today! Last year was all about PLAID. And while plaid is still hanging out, there is a much more organic shape, romantic, softer vibe going on with the linear stripes. I pulled out my Fall decor last weekend, but the house was not quite photo ready after a fun Saturday night celebrating my mother-in-law and watching the Aggies win. Now that Target has some exciting new pieces, I think I need to wait for those to arrive!

So Emily Henderson beat me to the punch with her favorites. And she has some awesome picks, but I can’t hoard the entire decor section of Target in my house every season. So I picked out a couple of things as gifts (only 94 days until Christmas) and a few things for the house.

Here are a few of my favorite looks from the Target Fall Catalog:


The dark blue walls remind me of our Master bedroom. I love how the studded nightstand pops against the blue and midcentury vibe. The different textures from the textiles and nightstand provide interest while letting the bold walls standout.  Continue Reading →

2nd year house update

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Last Saturday marked two years of living life on Linton. Reflecting back, I feel like we have accomplished so much – like rocking married life, owning a home, paying off our cars and student loans, and improving our green thumbs. When I look at our home, I am really proud of what it represents for us. The first year was very much working on the insides. Not unlike a butterfly, we hid under our old cocoon and only recently did the exterior really start to transform.

I joking call our home an old lady sometimes. But really. She is 61 years old. Sometimes things leak, creak, or need a little lift!

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This Spring we replaced our water heater with a new Rinnai tankless version and updated our fencing. I added some new window treatments in our front living area. After we got started outside, the momentum really got going. I refreshed all the concrete with a fresh power washing and added some mulch to our back beds. We had the exterior siding and trim repaired/replaced and had everything painted. Most recently, we upgraded all of our exterior lights. Much like jewelry, it finished off our 2016 house updates! Continue Reading →

Getaway to Sonoma


This weekend we flew off to Sonoma for a date weekend. It was a nice treat to travel together to California and drive up to Sonoma. We spent an entire day in the wine country, exploring our way through Pinot Noir country. We opted to fly into San Francisco so I could drive over the Golden Gate bridge. It was my first and second times! The weather was gorgeous both ways, and we really lucked out with traffic. sonoma1

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We started our getaway to Sonoma at Willi’s Wine Bar in Santa Rosa. We had some great tapas on their patio and a bottle of wine. After traveling to Sonoma we enjoyed the great service and easy living. On Saturday, we began our day at La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, we had a great time enjoying the best of their barrels out on the patio.  Continue Reading →