And just like that, Summer faded into Fall…
Well, not quite yet. But here at the farmhouse, Fall has come and is here to stay.
One of the things that I love most about the changing seasons is how much it has the ability to change the feel of the home. The bright colors of Summer turn into the muted tones of Fall, and suddenly a season that seems to be dying brings forth a beauty and warmth that no other time of the year can. I don’t know if it’s the feel of the crunch of leaves beneath my boots or the smell of harvest in the air, but Fall is by far my favorite season. And there’s no better way to embrace the season than by inviting the outside in.
I wanted to put together a few things for you to think about when you’re getting your own house ready to fall into Autumn.
1. Consider your space
When looking at your main living area, the first thing you want to do is take a look around. What is your main living area primarily used for? Do you have a lot of open shelves to fill with Fall goodies? Are there any places that are high wear and tear that you might want to shy away from decorating? Do you want the space to be comfy and cozy? If you have little kids, will they be getting into the decorations that I want to put up? What does the flow of my space look like? These are all great questions to ask before you even hit the aisles of Hobby Lobby.
2. Consider continuity
If you look closely at all of my pictures, you will see the same Fall foliage through our entire living space. This creates a certain continuity in our home that I absolutely love! When I first started decorating, I had so many different patterns, colors, and textures that I loved, but all of them together looked more like Hobby Lobby threw up rather than a well, thought out home. For me, I fell in love with these glittery pumpkins from Hobby Lobby and I’ve based my whole house on them ever since. Adding aged moss and other muted pumpkins and gourds around these sweet, sparkly beauties gave me a great color scheme to build on, and was a relatively cheap way to make things flow from room to room with out breaking the bank.
3. Consider comfy
I don’t know about you, but as much as I want my house to look beautiful, I want it to be comfortable! Adding your favorite throw blankets and cute pillows to your furniture is a sure way to add comfy to your Fall inspired living space!
4. Don’t be afraid to play around with what you already have.
Just because the season is changing doesn’t mean your whole house has to! Take your Spring wreath and add some Fall sprigs to fill it out. Put a few pumpkins around a sign that you absolutely love. Don’t be afraid to take an hour after the kids have gone to bed and play around with what you already have. You may find that you have more than what you originally thought you had to buy!
5. Consider easy
One of the biggest conundrums is that of the kitchen and coffee table. We have a great idea from Instagram of what we think they should look like, but they totally aren’t functional. My biggest piece of advice is to stick with something easy and LIGHT. This chicken feeder filled with aged moss and pumpkins and gourds took me 5 minutes to put together and is super easy for me to move for dinner time or when we want to do a craft. In my mind, the lighter, the better!
6. Consider your heart
The biggest and best piece of advice I can give you is this… decorate how your heart feels the most happy. At the end of the day, you want your home to feel like you and your family. You know them the best. What things bring them joy? Is it sparkly twinkle lights that you can turn on and enjoy once the sun goes down? Do silly Halloween pumpkins make your kids squeal with delight? Does a happy mum on your table bring you joy? Or do you love the most simple of a few pumpkins placed by the front door? Whatever makes your heart sing, that’s how you know it fits in your home.
… Like the initials of you and your love on your mantle to always be reminded of the gift of your friendship.
Or brightly lit pumpkins with cute, cut-out stars.
Or the simple joy of a sweet, glittery pumpkin on a vintage scale.
Whatever makes you feel the warmest, as long as you love Fall most of all.