Fall Home Decor Roundup – Fresh, Fun, & Fabulous

Fall Home Decor Ideas

If you’re like me, you’re tired of pulling the same old orange and tan fall decorations out of storage every year. This year I wanted to change things up and give my fall home decor a more modern, unique vibe. Today I’m sharing four fabulous bloggers’ fresh twists on fall home decorations, as well as a peek at my own fall decor.


1. Lindi & Russell’s Fall Home Tour at LoveCreateCelebrate.com

Who knew cozy and modern could coexist so well. Check out Lindi & Russell’s fun fall decor, which includes graphic black and white touches and that sweet little metallic pumpkin. You know I love black, white, wood, and plants for a clean, modern look, so this decor is right up my alley.

Love Create Celebrate Modern Fall Home Tour

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2. Laura’s Fall Home Tour at HarperHomeDesigns.com

Pops of turquoise, copper pumpkins, and bold graphic prints are some of the characteristics of Laura’s fall decor. See more of her porch, as well as some indoor decor, in her fall home tour.

Fall Home Tour Harper Home Designs

Photo Credit: HarperHomeDesigns.com


3. Kelly’s Black and White Halloween Tablescape at LiveLaughRowe.com

When you think of a Halloween tablescape, you probably think of kitschy grinning jack-o-lanterns, cartoony witches and spiders, and loads of garish orange and black. This black and white tablescape is hauntingly beautiful and simply elegant, while still having an element of fun (check out the vintage photograph). I’m proud to say Kelly is a friend of mine in real life, and she truly is a creative genius.

Halloween Tablescape Live Laugh Rowe

Photo Credit: LiveLaughRowe.com


4. Ariel’s Colourful & Magical Fall Dining Room at PMQforTwo.com

Who says fall decor has to center around brown, tan, and orange? Ariel has created a feast for the eyes that surely brings a smile to anyone who walks into her dining room. Those bright, cheerful colors are something to be thankful for. And best of all, I spot a couple of  little Target dollar spot pumpkins in there (the white one with glittery black spots and stripes): I only know because I have the same ones. 🙂

Colourful and Magical Fall Dining Room PMQ for Two

Photo Credit: PMQforTwo.com


My Fall Decor

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Okay, now that you’ve seen the good stuff, I’ll show you how my own home decor was inspired by the amazing bloggers above. This year I tried to avoid orange, incorporate some black and white, drop in touches of metallics, and choose a fun, different color than I don’t usually associate with fall: green. My inspiration came from these ladies as well as the Target dollar spot where I found the green and white ceramic pumpkins as well as the little plastic black and white glittery ones.


Black White Green Fall Decor

Creepin’ it real, yo (that cute little sign is from Gordmans). Loving how the white, black, and pale green look with the warm woods in my living room.


Black White Green Ghost Fall Decor

Hey there, cute little ghostie.  You look pretty good next to my thrifted copper planter and little fake succulent from the Target dollar spot.


Green White Black Fall Home Decor

It’s just a little HOCUS POCUS! (Have you watched it yet this fall? I have!)


Green White Gold fall decor

Don’t you love the little gold stems on these ceramic pumpkins?


Mrs. Meyers Pumpkin Spray

Have you tried this stuff? IT SMELLS SO GOOD! Hours after cleaning my kitchen counters I can still smell the pumpkin spice. You can buy just the Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner spray or you can get the Kitchen Basics set with spray, hand soap, and dish soap. Mmmmmmm, love it. If you are #teampumpkinspice then you need this. You can thank me later.


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Target Metallic Pumpkins

Gold target pumpkin


Are you changing up your fall decor this year?

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Fall Feels + Jord Wood Watch Giveaway!

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Fall is finally here! If you’re a teacher or mom (or both), you’ve probably made it through the back-to-school madness and started settling into the routine. I love October because I feel like I can finally come up for air after getting my classes off to a good start, and bonus, it’s apple cider donuts and pumpkin spice everything season! Crisp, chilly evenings mean the cozy sweaters and boots come out of the closet, and there might even be some chili in a crock pot. Even though our schedules are crazy-busy, time seems to slow down as the season sets in. Speaking of time, to celebrate this beautiful season, I’ve teamed up with Jord Wood Watches to host a giveaway! More about that below.


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I absolutely LOVE Jord watches! Not only are they beautifully crafted of different types of real, sustainable wood, but the quality and durability is excellent. I also love that Jord is headquartered in St. Louis, MO, which is not so far from where I live. This is my second partnership with Jord Wood Watches (read about my first Jord watch here), and I am so grateful to have another beautiful wood watch that complements my lifestyle AND my style life.

Note: I was given this Jord watch in exchange for sharing it with my followers and hosting a giveaway. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. Shopping via these links means I may earn a small commission at no cost to you. As always, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I only share brands and products I love and think you will, too.


Jord Wood Watch Cassia Series Ebony


Lately I haven’t been wearing much jewelry at all other than statement earrings now and then. However, the one accessory I try not to leave the house without is my Jord “Cassia” series watch (mine is the ebony and sable, but it also comes in walnut and vintage rose or olive and Aegean blue).


For one, it’s sleek and dark, meaning it goes with everything I wear. This fall I’ve been wearing lots of leopard prints and camo, as well as colors like mustard, olive, burgundy, and rust. The watch looks equally great with a comfy, cozy weekend outfit, trendier styles, and even classroom outfits.


Jord Cassia casual style

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Jord cassia with leopard boots

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Another reason I love wearing watches is that you can check the time without looking at your phone. You know how dangerous looking at that cell phone is — one minute you’re checking the time, and the next you’re cruising through Instagram stories. Plus, as a teacher, I always need to know how much time we have left in any given class to pace my lessons.


My Cassia is sleek enough to be worn to meetings, trainings, and parent-teacher conferences, but the large face gives it that element of on-trend fun that totally fits my style and makes it great for everyday, too. It’s smooth and comfortable (you know comfy’s my thing!), and luckily it’s also splash-proof, so no worries unless you totally submerge it, moms.


jord wood watch with pumpkins


To me, fall fashion should be easy, comfortable, and cozy, right along with being stylish. When you are comfortable, you’re better able to bring cheer and comfort to those around you: a requirement for moms and teachers. Whether you’re decorating the house for fall, making dinner (or at least defrosting it – LOL) for the family, working inside or outside the home, or just enjoying the season, take some time to think about all of your blessings.


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Jord Giveaway!

So about that giveaway…. I am so excited to announce that one lucky follower will win a $100 gift card to Jord Wood Watches! And bonus: everyone who enters will be sent a 10% off coupon code just for entering. Jord has a variety of styles and options for every taste and budget, and you can even get your watch custom-engraved. Click below to enter!


This contest will close at 11:59 p.m. on October 28, 2018. The winner will be randomly selected. Good luck, my friends!


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What are your favorite fall feels? Whatever they are, may you experience them to the fullest this year.


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Do or Don’t: Socks with Mules?

socks with mules

Well, what do you think? Are socks with mules a do or a don’t? I’m not talking about wearing them with cute summer mules. My dilemma is, do you wear socks with mules in the fall and winter when it’s cold outside. I’ve asked around and gotten everything from YES! to NEVER! to JUST DON’T WEAR MULES WHEN IT’S COLD! to HMMMM… DON’T KNOW. So today I did a little super-scientific (LOL) research. The verdict? It’s mixed, but there are ways to make it a “do”! Here are some examples I found that tell me maybe it’s not so bad, style-wise, to keep your feet warm.  (Thank goodness!)


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Fall/Winter Style Mules + Chunky, Slouchy Socks

Love the easy, casual look of the slouchy socks and fringed mules.

socks with fringed mules

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Fishnet Socks with Flat, Sleek Mules

Okay, these socks really wouldn’t help with warmth, but fishnets with mules was the past couple of fall seasons. I’m not sold on this look for my typical casual, comfy vibe, but I do like how it looks on other people. I might even do this same thing, but with some tailored black knee-high socks.



Mules with Fishnet Socks

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Statement Mules with Bright Socks

I love this fun look, and if the heels on those fab Gucci mules were a little lower (uh, and they weren’t Gucci-priced), I could totally see myself replicating this. My question: would you wear bright socks with mules that weren’t open-toe?


mules with bright socks

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Furry Mules with Socks

I did see quite a few people sporting these furry mules last winter (Target had some!) with socks. I’m guessing this look will be on repeat again this winter.

furry mules with socks

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MY TURN! Mule + Sock Pairings for Cooler Weather

Here are some mule and sock pairings that I would totally wear this fall or winter. Click to shop each look.

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1. Comfy + Cozy

Vionic mules are the comfiest, and these socks have the perfect complementary warm, cozy colors and feel. Oh, and p.s.: I picked only mules that I thought would be comfortable, so you won’t find any sky-high heels or super-pointy toes here.

Vionic Nellie Mule   Treasure & Bond Socks

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2. Chic + Dressy

I can see wearing these for parent-teacher conferences or to present at a conference on a chilly day. These shoes also come in black and beige, and I can see wearing the black ones with a bright colored sock, or the beige ones with neutral or white socks.

loft loafer mulesPaul Smith socks

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3. Sporty + Casual

These snake-print metallic sneaker mules are fabulous, no? They also come in black leather with white soles for a more classic look.

Vionic Dakota MuleA New Day color block socks


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Tips for Wearing Mules in Cold Weather

Weather you sock up or not, here are a few tips for making mules work for you when the weather turns colder:

  1. If it’s a little rainy or snowy, choose mules with thicker soles. The higher the open parts are the shoe are from the ground, the less likely you are to get your feet wet. Obv, if it’s too rainy or snowy, mules might not be your best bet.
  2. Choose materials that are thicker. Again, sort of obvious, but the more material you can put between your skin and the elements, the better. Plus, thicker, more substantial leathers or faux leathers and suedes just look better in fall and winter.
  3. If you’re going with socks, think about whether you want to emphasize the mule with contrasting colored socks or have more of a sleek, monochromatic look where your mules and socks are the same color.
  4. Tights or thin trouser socks are a great option for a more classic, dressy look when temps are cooler.
  5. Stick with simpler shapes and heels. Kitten or spike heels not only don’t play well with icy walkways, so unless you’re going for a dressy night-out look, stick with block heels, wedges, or thicker flats.


I’m still in the middle of #nosphopseptember2018 (check my Insta for more info on that, as well as a $110 PayPal prize!) and the only mules I own are some summery leopard espadrille mules from Target. I love the look of mules for fall and winter, though, so when I’m back in shopping mode I might pick up one of these pairs of mules to try, both with and without socks. But what about you? Would you (or DO you) wear socks with mules?

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