Ahhhh, fall. The crisp cool mornings. The cozy sweaters and boots. The pumpkin spiced… well, everything. I, like many others, love it all. I think every change in season comes just in time, like a breath of fresh air that rejuvenates and re-inspires. Living in the south, with the almost oppressively hot summers, fall is an especially welcome break from the heat and humidity. People tend to get a little ahead of themselves these days with the upcoming seasons and holidays (myself included- I blame stores and Starbucks), but with October nearly here, I felt it was time to fully embrace my love for all things autumn.
I have always been a big holiday decor enthusiast. I used to have bins and bins full of Halloween and Christmas themed objects, and would get quite giddy with the prospect of decorating for the next holiday. However, as the years have gone by and my tastes have changed, I started to find that I would get almost as much joy out of packing the said objects away at the close of every season, and would tire of looking at them far before that.
In the great purge that overtook our household when we downsized a while ago, I decided to do away with almost all of my holiday decor and instead bring in natural objects that would reflect each season. Rather than filling my home with witches and Happy Halloween signs and things that would inevitably leave me feeling cluttered and anxious as they clashed with my everyday decor, I would savor the joy of picking out the perfect pumpkins and fresh autumn flowers to bring into my home, the softest and coziest throw blankets, the most delicious fall scented candles. This new way of decorating has served me very well as of late, and I have been quite inspired by some of the images I’ve been finding on Pinterest lately. Below are some of my favorite scenes, none of which are particularly spooky or themey, but all of which exude the joy that is the fall season.
Let’s start with the front porch. It is the first thing people see even before entering your home, and it is a great way to make a statement and participate in the seasonal fun. I am all for super elaborate and spooky displays, and love oogling them from the sidewalk, but in my own home I prefer simplicity, something that will not only work in October for Halloween but will take me right through to November and Thanksgiving (the poor holiday that is forgotten between Halloween and Christmas), as well. Potted mums are a traditional choice, and I also love the plants in the photo above- a slightly more tropical feel but with gorgeous autumn colors. Pile some interestingly shaped and colored pumpkins on either side, and there you have it! A welcoming front porch that you are happy to come home to each day.
Add some seating and maybe a cozy throw blanket, and you take it up another notch, into a space that you want to sit and sip your pumpkin spice latte in the cool mornings.
The next best place to bring in a little fall is the entry way. It is the place where you and your family and guests come and go each day, and will create a warm and comforting feeling each time you enter. I love how the images above include apples, logs and simple fall greenery to subtly exude elements of the season.
When it comes to the rooms inside the home, I prefer to use objects that go with my current decor. It is for this reason that I am slightly obsessed with white pumpkins (although if the classic orange pumpkins fit right in in your home, go for it!), and think they look so cheerful propped on a buffet or coffee table, or mixed in with other objects on a bookshelf or cabinet. Textiles also go a long way toward bringing in that fall feel- wools, furs, knits, and plaid patterns in throw pillows and blankets can totally transform your space. Finally, there’s nothing like the soft glow of candles (especially pumpkin scented ones!) to make you sigh and bask in the warmth of your holiday home.
I hope you have been inspired to incorporate a little fall decor into your own home! In the meantime, I am going to go and pick up just a few more white pumpkins to appease my current obsession.