It’s officially fall y’all. I don’t consider myself to be a huge, go-all-out kind of gal when it comes to seasonal decorating, but I love a few touches here and there. The one thing that I’m a stickler about is that each season is celebrated in its own right. Mid-September is the time of year to bring out a few pumpkins, to bring some of the natural outdoor elements into the house and to celebrate the changing of the season. Those decorations go up in September and stay up through Thanksgiving. They celebrate Fall. In our house, I pull the Halloween-specific decorations down the first of October and put them away the day after Halloween. A little silly? Sure, but it works for me!
My fall decorating is pretty simple and easy to execute. One box comes down from the attic, filled with several woven(?) pumpkins purchased in the dollar section at Target a few years back, some plastic mini-pumpkins that get painted every year and a couple of items I’ve colllected here and there. One trip to the farmers market yields a bag full of miniature white pumpkins, several pie pumpkins and a couple of fairy-tale pumpkins. The combination of real and faux is all I need to make the house feel like falling leaves and roaring fires.
So without further adieu, here are some snippets of fall from around our home…
This year, I’ve craved the juxtaposition of rustic and natural elements and the metallic and glam look of antique gold in my fall decorating. You’ll see those elements repeated around the house again and again.
I think my door monogram has been sprayed every color under the sun, but I think the gold may be my favorite so far. The combination of the formal gold-painted font and twig wreath is perfect for the front entry.
Our side entry is the more casual one… the door that friends and family use to enter our house. My old lanterns got a mini-makeover this fall with the additional of flameless candles. The fact that they are on a timer and come on every night at dusk makes my heart very happy.
The side entry has a simple burlap banner with an “L” on an embroidery loop. The combination of the gold lettering and burlap ties in to the rustic/glam look of the front door wreath while providing a more casual door hanging for our more casual entry.
Our side foyer is the first room you see coming in through the side door… and it could very well be my favorite room in the house. This room was a long time coming together and the chest has been fun to add some seasonal touches to. Just like the family room mantel, the major elements on the chest stayed the same. A few miniature pumpkins and a rustic little fox and wood pumpkin are all that’s needed to make the space warm and cozy.
The mini pumpkins in the glass lamp have a tiny bit of sparkle… it’s not even noticeable unless you look closely.
The family room is where we spend most of our time at home and after a lot of tweaking of the furniture, the fireplace is finally the focus of the room. The larger elements on the mantel stay the same season to season… the mirror and votive garland are mainstays throughout the year. For fall, I added a small grapevine wreath to the mirror and mixed real white pumpkins with sprayed faux pumpkins among the votives. My owl got a coat of gold paint this year (he’s been changed as much as my monogram). Grapevine pumpkins whose lights no longer work flank one side of the fireplace, while a wood carved goose Mike and I received as a wedding gift flanks the other side.
The only other seasonal elements in the room are the addition of a white “fairy tale” pumpkin on the coffee table and a woven pumpkin atop some books on the console table.
Our dining room is still a work in progress but it always gets a good bit of use this time of year, so I didn’t want to leave it out of the decorating. I filled my favorite dough bowl with a mixture of white pumpkins, twine balls and a berry garland. More woven pumpkins flank the pewter candlesticks on a very simple burlap runner. There’s lots of rustic in the dining room center piece and not a lot of glam, but I feel like the formality of the room makes up for it.
A little rustic, a little glam, a lot of easy! Fall decorating defnitely isn’t an all-out affair in this house. These little touches around the house stay up for a couple of months and don’t get packed away until Thanksgiving passes and Christmas is upon us. With 2 little boys, Halloween, however, is another story… so stay tuned for those decorating adventures next week!