Fall is a time for nesting and celebrating – a time to gather at home with family and friends. True, the gathering part may look different during these evolving times, but I believe now more than ever, it’s important to not let the Pandemic hyjack our celebrations. As nature lets her leaves fall, Autumn is our time to let the past 9 months of the year go and nest as we prepare for Wintertime. In the spirit of letting go, I drug out my fall decor and switched things up a bit around the house this week.
After some general housekeeping, I began the transition by moving some furniture pieces and accessories around – swapping out summer fabrics and throw pillows for heavier, cozier pieces. Something as simple as replacing my linen throw pillows for velvet added warmth to the bedroom. Flipping my dining room rug so that the reverse faced up – lightened the saturation of color on the floor, giving the room a more contemporary look.
10 Ideas For Creating A Beautiful Fall Home:
- After some quick housekeeping, store away any spring/summer decor, linens, and accessories till spring 2021.
- Recycle dingy towels and sheets into the household cleaning supply bin and replace them with clean white towels and linens.
- Clean, donate or toss any dusty houseplants, and consider replacing them with fall foliage like eucalyptus or twigs.
- Before you go out and order any decor, search your home. You will be surprised at what you already own.
- Gather bowls and containers and fill them with fall fruits to visually communicate the change in season.
- Layer pumpkins. An assortment of pumpkins in a range of hues will instantly transition your home for the fall season. Place them on your kitchen island as I did below, or on a bookshelf, or coffee table.
- Layer real plants with faux on wreaths, centerpieces, and mantels.
- Switch to darker tableware.
- After you use what you have, make a list of those few items that will enhance what you have, ie: napkins, candles, real pumpkins, fall florals, feathers, chair slipcovers etc.
- Spruce up outdoor pots and borders by deadheading or removing summer annuals, replacing them with fall color.
In The Kitchen/Great Room
Get your Fall Spirit on, and escape to a Pumpkin Patch. My daughter and I found the most unique pumpkins while visiting the Earthbound Farm Stand in Camel Valley (VIEW MORE HERE).
Too beautiful for squirrel bait on my front porch, I layered a few of my favorites; Flat White Boer Ford and Fairytale pumpkins on a rattan charger, creating a festive centerpiece atop our kitchen bar. An edible variety, come the end of November, I plan to bake these into a yummy dish!
In The Dining Room
My fall table always begins with a gorgeous pumpkin garland, purchased at Pottery Barn over 15 years ago (SIMILAR available at Pottery Barn, PRESS HERE). From there I added pillar candles, my favorite roosters (I have a rooster/chicken problem), and potted Kalanchoe ($5.99/pot) in yellow to coordinate with these beautiful green and yellow Paisley Wood Block Printed Napkins (ETSY SHOP HERE)| shop all Block Print Napkins at ETSY (HERE) and Pottery Barn (HERE).
Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Short on burlap placemats, I used burlap napkins on the two table ends to compliment the 4 placemats in the center of the table. Did you catch that? I came up short on 6 matching napkin rings as well. By using the same napkins, I was able to combine my Thanksgiving Rings and favorite Bee Rings and still keep the look consistent.
I love how the green stripe linen pillows from my bedroom worked beautifully with the Paisley Wood Blocked Napkins. Bonus, I didn’t need to find a place to store the pillows!
Oh, how I love these acorn bowls and plates. Remnants from back when we were flipping and staging homes, I found these years ago on clearance at TJ Maxx for $3.00 a piece! You never know what you’ll find when you’re not looking!
As with the Paris Jar, this glass cheese dome was filled with lemons during the spring and summer months. I love how the faux gourds look against the brown leopard plates on the hutch next to my fall table.
I hope this post has inspired you to change up your home up this fall. Even if you simply ditch that dusty houseplant and switch up your linens, a fresh start always feels good.
From my home to yours, Happy Fall y’all!