Fall Decor

My home fall décor.


Dale and I plan to spend our Thanksgiving here at home with family. We make the traditional turkey, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and my favorite crescent rolls! A little feast it is! Of course someone always brings a pecan pie for desert! Yum! Late in the evening, we will have a little campfire and relax and ponder about all the things to be thankful for.

I am so thankful for many things, like loved ones, health, etc. But this year I am specifically thankful that our home did not flood and plan to jot that down in my journal for Thanksgiving 2017.

Pictures of my fall home décor. My favorite are the pumpkins!


Fall Wall Gallery

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Fall sandwich.

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Fall Home Décor

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Outdoor Fall Décor






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Last year 2016 Thanksgiving selfie, snapping green beans.

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Wishing you all a Happy and blessed Thanksgiving!


Front Stain Porch

Fall is the perfect time to paint or stain here in Texas! Even though it is a little warm, it’s not so HOT! Ha-ha! Happy to announce we finally had our front porch stained! Best part is we hired someone to do the job! Yay!

Dale and I like doing our own projects, but at the time, we had too many things on the burner and the porch was getting to the point were it desperately needed some attention. The hot summers can wear on decking.

I called Mark McKinney the painter and he was happy to do the job! Dale and Mark were both thinking that I would just pick a stain color and have the whole thing done easy breezy. (SMILE) In my mind’s eye I had a look I wanted. I originally wanted to paint the decking and lattice, but Dale said, “No paint.” His reasoning, “paint doesn’t last, paint peels and stain is easier to re-stain.” Mark brought me Sherwin Williams stain samples and to my surprise, they have wonderful stain colors! I choose a semi-transparent stain “White Birch,” for the railings and the lattice. For the deck and the stairs I choose a solid stain “Driftwood.”

The front porch looks absolutely perfect! It is exactly the way I pictured it in my mind! Happy to say that Dale was pretty impressed too! The porch reminds me of the beach. I wanted it to look light and airy and the stain compliments the house. I cannot wait to give it some curb appeal, but for now the stain needs to cure.


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Sherwin Williams Solid Stain “Driftwood”

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Sherwin Williams Semi Transparent “White Birch”

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For now I put up a Fall Wreath, letting the stain cure.

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Pretty Fall Day at the Phillips Place

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Till next time, have a wonderful weekend!








Master Bath

I love the double sinks and separate shower and tub this model had to offer.

The master bath was one of the decision makers for us! I love the double sinks and separate shower and tub this model had to offer. I also like the wall color, it’s like a brownish gray and I will not paint anytime soon, but I do have an idea about replacing the strips and trim later. The updates we have done so far, installed towel racks, toilet paper holder and Dale added some shelves inside the vanity for more storage. He also added some electrical strips, one inside the vanity to plug in our toothbrushes and another strip on the side of the vanity to easily plug my hairdryer.

As far as the décor I like to use plenty of towels and have displayed a couple of pieces of my milk glass collection and some blue pieces. My favorite décor piece is the vintage window displayed on the tub wall. I found this at Goodwill for $8.00! The wreath I purchased at an antique shop for under $20.00. I love the natural look of the twigs. The towel rack wall I found the “LOVE” sign at Wal-Mart for under $5.00! I put a nice collage picture frame next to the towel rack under the love sign and inserted pictures from our fourth wedding anniversary. It’s okay to put up candid pictures in your bathroom. I don’t worry about the humidity ruining them, these days you can always order more pictures very inexpensively. Every time I see our pictures they make me smile.

I do have plans to better costume this master bath and will keep you up to date!  Enough said! Enjoy the pictures!


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Shelves added inside vanity for more storage.

Electrical strip added to the side of vanity which makes it easier to plug in blow-dryer, etc.

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Electrical strip installed inside vanity for toothbrushes, leaves counter tops clear.

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Towel rack and toilet paper holder purchased at Wal-Mart.

Wall hook we use for our hand towels.

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Our Tub Spa

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I kept the décor pretty simple and it’s amazing how filling baskets with some hand towels makes it cozy. I like the dark bronze towel rack and paper holder and the dark picture frames, they stand out against the brownish gray wall. I wanted to add a colorful rug and choose the royal blue pattern which adds some much needed color.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful week, till next time!

Cup Hooks

This project was fairly easy and a quick one too! Adding the cup hooks made a big difference!

Today I am sharing with you our small home project. We actually have a few little home projects going on at the moment. Dale is working on installing a dimmer switch in the small bathroom and we are in the process of hanging a vintage light that we found a few years ago. I’ve also been busy taking pictures of our master bath for my next blog and can’t wait to share! But today it’s about cup hooks! Ha-ha!

One of the many things I like about our home is the kitchen cabinetry! We definitely have plenty of storage space, but felt like adding some cup hooks to the inside of our cabinets, would make it easier for me to reach for my coffee cups and leave more room for the dishes. This project was fairly easy and a quick one too! Sometimes the smallest things, makes life easier. Adding the cup hooks made a big difference!

Kitchen Cabinetry

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Cup hooks found at Wal-Mart


We decided to install the hooks below the shelf above. Dale used a small drill bit to make it easier to screw in the hooks. The hooks were placed 6 inches apart.


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Finish Cup Hooks

Better Homes & Garden, Red White & Blue Pattern, Wal-Mart Finds

Installing the cup hooks makes it much more organize. We extended the hooks all the way to the end. To accommodate my white dish set too.

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Threshold White Dish Set, Target Finds

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Clayton Homes the “Anniversary”

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Thank you for stopping by the Phillips Place! Happy Fall Y’all!

Our First Anniversary!

We have created so many memories here in such a short amount of time.! Happy One Year Anniversary!

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been a year since we moved into our new home! We have created so many memories here in such a short amount of time! We even survived Harvey, so very grateful! Thanksgiving was our first official dinner here, spent with family and friends. Afterwards, we held an open house celebration with a live band! Next event, we had our whole family here for Easter, egg toss and all! In between all this, installed a concrete driveway, side walk and stone garden patio. Some inside projects, customizing our pantry, laundry room and master closet. Wow! Sounds like a lot! Huh! One of our greatest memories was during the heat of summer! Fourth of July concert, featuring, family members jamming with their musical instruments. What fun! You see we are not all about just work! We do have some play time! Ha-ha!

To celebrate I wanted to share some pictures of our home décor. I like changing things up to reflect the time and seasons. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! Happy 1 Year Anniversary to us!


Home Sweet Home

Welcome to my home.

Fall 2016


Homemade Café Mocha


Pine box handed down to me from my grandmother.




Simple Home Décor.


Winter 2016






Winter Tablescape


Winter Treat

Chocolate Chip Cookies!


Birthday Brunch for mom.


Fruit Salad


Spring 2017


Coffee Bar


Yes I am a coffee lover.

My homemade latte.


Better Homes and Garden dish set, love this pattern.

Elizabeth’s Latte


Spring Tablescape


Kitchen Buffet


Magnolia Journal

Framed a picture from the magazine.


Back Porch


Breakfast on the porch.

Wal-Mart finds. Placemats, Pioneer women cloth napkins.

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I had to sneak Mr. Phillips in here.


Wine rack purchased at a thrift store.

Placed next to the back porch door and where I keep my garden hat.


Guest bedroom wall shelf. Spring Décor.


Dining Room




Summer 2017

Purchase this piece at Rooms To Go, meant for a TV but I use it as a sideboard.


The white tablescape looks classic.


Wall Gallery Summer 2017


Fall 2017

I just started decorating for Fall. Purchased these white pumpkins at HEB.


We’ve been here four seasons at the Phillips Place and feel really blessed.

Stay tune we are looking forward to sharing more of our future projects with you. Have a wonderful awesome day! The Phillips

Small Bathroom

The bathroom originally came with a basic light fixture, nothing fancy but an easy fix!

Hello my friends! Today I wanted to show you our small bathroom. The bathroom originally came with a basic light fixture, nothing fancy but an easy fix! Changing a light fixture can really give a room a more custom look. We kept the light fixture that was in the Bonnell in my dressing room and replaced it. It was such a beautiful piece, we knew we could install in our new home. So happy we kept it! We then installed two new towel racks, one for the shower and the vanity and a new toilet paper roll.

Forgive me for some of the pictures that came out dark. It was hard to get good shots with no natural light.


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It’s amazing how just adding the shower curtain, towels and carpet gives it some life.

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The anniversary did not come with a towel rack. I’m okay with that, I would prefer to add my own and place it where I want it.

New chrome towel rack to match the light fixture.

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Original light fixture.

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New Light Fixture



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I added my Egret painting for some color.

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Chrome toilet paper holder.

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This double picture frame hangs in the small bathroom. I had the frame and found these cute pictures of tulips in the Magnolia Journal. I inserted them in the frame and thought they made a nice décor piece.

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Now think of all the possibilities for this small bathroom. New vanity, mirror, trim and some paint! Wow! Ha-ha! Someday!

Flood update. People here are still in the beginning stages of recovering. Many homes flooded in our neighborhood. We are waiting for the county to pick up the trash/debris. Last we heard from our commissioner is no definite date at this time.  Please pray for Texas and Florida.


The Anniversary Survived

Summer before we did everything we could to try to prevent from flooding again, raising our home paid off.

Hello my friends and thank you for all your concerns. Dale and I are doing good. So much has happen since my last post. The good news is our home did not flood. When I posted my last blog about my flower arrangements, I knew Harvey was coming and did not want to think how it would affect us! I was in denial!

Last summer after our home flooded we spent most of our time and money preparing for the foundation for our new home. Cutting down shrubs and trees. In edition we did everything by the book, inspections upon inspections, building permit and hauling dirt. Most importantly installing a concrete foundation.

Clayton homes installers made sure to raise our home as high as they could possibly go, which was 2 1/2 feet higher then our last home. Now all this would be put to the test! Unbelievable!

When I first heard about the tropical storm on Tuesday August 22, I decided that day to stock up on water, can goods and non perishables. While at the store I notice plenty of water and no one at the time seemed to be concerned. I think by Wednesday it sunk in that Harvey could be serious. For a while we did not know where Harvey was going to land. ?? The news forecast that Harvey would bring 20 to 30 inches of rain! Dale knew we needed to be concerned about the River.

To be prepared we both packed our bags, incase we had to evacuate. Sunday August 27, 5:30 in the morning we received a phone call from a neighbor that our creek was filling up with water, which is the day we evacuated. Before we left our home Dale moved both of our lawn mowers up onto the back deck. We turned our main power off and emptied our refrigerator. Earlier, Dale made a high shelf in his workshop to put all his tools up.

Dale made sure when we had the deck installed the ramp was wide enough to drive the riding lawnmower up the deck.

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All I can say is the rain that was pouring down was constant for days. We stayed with some friends and we were all glued to the news. Seeing many having to evacuate their homes. So many hero’s coming out! People helping people. By the time it was over according to our friends rain gauge, we received 32 inches of rain.

Between Sunday and Monday the Brazos River went over it’s banks and flooded our neighborhood. The river rose 36 feet. Five feet of water surrounded our home. We did not know if our home had flooded at the time until my husband received a picture from one of our neighbors, he was able to go into the subdivision with his Jet Ski and he took pictures of everyone’s homes.

We received this picture from a friend who was able to go in with his jet ski. He took pictures of all the homes in our neighborhood.

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We returned home on Saturday, Sept. 2nd. Most of our neighbor’s homes flooded. It made me sick to see this again. When we finally made it home we immediately notice the water line, we knew our home did not flood. At first we were concerned that maybe the underbelly might have gotten wet, but with further inspection it did not. Summer before we did everything we could to try to prevent from flooding again and raising our home paid off.

Picture taken before the storm.


I am so thankful that I was able to enjoy my garden for the most part of the summer.

Elizabeth’s garden after the flood.

Our week has been busy. We’ve been treating our well water, cleaning my garden shed and pressure washing everything we can little at a time. As much as I hate cleaning river mud off of everything! We got this! So grateful our home did not flood.

Some of our family members did not escape this. My brother who lives near the Brazos River, his home flooded, my uncle’s home flooded. Friend’s and co worker’s homes have flooded. So many affected by Hurricane Harvey! Please continue to pray for Texas.

Pray for Texas

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So thankful for the Red Cross, they have been here daily handing out water and a hot meal.

I personally thanked them and told them I don’t want this to be a yearly thing!

Ha-ha! You just gotta laugh once in a while!

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May 28, 2016 Flood


Our hearts go out to the islands that have been hit by Hurricane Irma and we are praying for Florida.