Summer is fading. The days are getting shorter. Here in the mitten it means it’s time to start decorating for fall, or at least thinking about your fall decor. I’m not sure I like the shorter days part, but I don’t have a choice! Today I’m excited to share a little decor in my easy fall home tour, my celebration of the changing seasons.
I love gathering with my friends and sharing our seasonal home decor. Today I’m participating in the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tour hosted by my sweet friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew! Each day this week, six different bloggers will be sharing their fall homes with you. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a fall decorating newbie, join me as we celebrate the changing seasons!
If you have landed here at my cottage from my friend Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm, thanks so much for stopping by! I’m Kim and have lived in the beautiful mitten state my whole life. Each season is a joy to experience and fall is one of the best! I’m married to Big Al, I love home decor and sharing a little bit of my lifestyle with my readers. If you are new to my Cottage in the Mitten I’d love for you to follow along!
Each season I look and see what is on trend. I have a lot of blue hues in my home and need something that will blend well. This autumn, I chose hues of honey.
Introducing honey-colored decor pieces such as throw pillows, blankets, and accessories was just the look I needed!
I mixed faux branches of richly colored leaves, hop branches, acorns, a pampas wreath, and dried hydrangeas into my fall decor. It’s a mixture of old, new and forged. Forged is free, so what could be better?!
“It’s a new season. A perfect opportunity to do something new, something bold, something beautiful!” – Unknown
Celebrating the Changing Seasons
Ever since owning our first home, I’ve always enjoyed changing some of my decor as the seasons come and go. I’m not talking huge changes like furniture, just little changes that make a big decor difference. You don’t have to buy new each year, either. Buy a few pieces and rotate what you have or forge some items to save yourself some money. I know I do!
Below is a list of the various changes that I often make.
Seasonal Decor Changes
- Seasonal Color Palette: Swap out your decor to reflect the colors associated with each season.
- Natural Elements: Bring the outdoors in by incorporating natural elements. In spring and summer, use fresh flowers and potted plants. In the fall, decorate with pinecones, acorns, colorful leaves, and pumpkins. For winter, evergreen branches, pinecones, and cinnamon sticks can add a cozy touch.
- Fabrics: Change up your curtains, throw pillows, and blankets to match the season. These items are a great investment and can be used over and over.
- Seasonal Decorations: Invest in or make your own seasonal decorations. This can include wreaths, garlands, and table centerpieces that are specific to each season or holiday.
- Fragrance: Consider seasonal scents through candles, essential oils, or potpourri. Citrus and floral scents for spring and summer, apple and pumpkin spice for fall, and warm, comforting scents like cinnamon and vanilla for winter.
- Art and Wall Decor: Chang out or rotate your artwork or wall hangings to reflect the current season. You can download free artwork and print very inexpensively. Budget friendly decor is the best decor!
- Table Settings: Use seasonal tableware, placemats, and centerpieces to create the perfect table. This is honestly my favorite one to change.
Celebrating the Seasonal Dining Table
Entertaining is something I love to do. It gives me life when I have family and friends in my home. There’s honestly nothing better to me than being with the people I love most. Setting a pretty table, making them feel welcome, is on the top of the list.
If you are looking for table setting inspiration, you can see How to Create a Festive Fall Table that I designed in anticipation for the fall. I also shared 10 Fall Tablescapes That Will Wow Your Guests. So many great ideas all in just a couple of posts!
When my table isn’t set for company, I like it to be displayed with seasonal decor and in a way that it doesn’t always have to be removed, when we sit down to eat.
Selecting the right vase, a few faux hop stems, some candles, and a neutral fabric pumpkin was the key to crafting a charming and seasonal centerpiece. I shopped my home for a couple neutral table runners and I also incorporated a basket to the table. It’s my opinion baskets can work great for just about every season. I used one that I’ve had for a long time and have used several times before. When you use a decor piece multiple times, in different areas of your home, no one will notice you’ve used it previously. I promise!
Adding decorative pillows to my dining chairs, at the ends of my table, is a must! I usually buy pillow covers and use the same inserts, everytime I switch them out. However, I got a great deal on these bright honey-colored pillows, that I just couldn’t pass up!
Celebrating the Side Entrance
We have a side entrance to our home. There’s an antique sofa table from Big Al’s great aunt, that is about 120 years old. I love to decorate it. It’s the first thing you see when you enter my home so it has to look it’s best!
Additionally, I keep a blanket ladder there with seasonal throws and quilts. You never know when you may need an extra! For some autumn vibes, I also added a pampas wreath.
The artwork I chose to use is one I had in my living area for the the warm weather months. Again, it’s a piece that can be used in multiple seasons based on it’s coloring. I paired it with a wooden tray, a few pumpkins and my favorite plant.
Celebrating the Autumn Living Room & Entry
Right inside my front door, I have a cabinet that is used for extra dishes and what nots. My living room, kitchen and dining are all one big square room, so the extra space is definitely welcomed. I typically make small changes to this space, too.
I left my demijohn that I used in the spring and summer, adding some faux fall florals to it. The pretty ceramic bowl, which my talented sister-in-law made for me, full of acorns, and a fall print was just enough. Believe it or not, Big Al and his golf partner forged those acorns for me from the golf course.
So nice, right!?
I added some hydrangeas to my gardens this year. I have a Nantucket Blue and recently tried my hand at drying them. It was a very easy process. Drying hydrangeas and placing them in a vase adds a touch of timeless elegance to any room, preserving their beauty for months to come.
“Fall in love with the beautiful colors of autumn especially through the petals of a dried flower.” – Unknown
I typically reuse what I have, but this season I found some really pretty pillows that were screaming to come home with me. Seriously, doesn’t that ever happen to you?
Adding a couple of matching throws was all it took to decorate this area.
Easy Fall Home Tour: A Celebration of the Changing Seasons
There you have my easy fall home tour, a celebration of the changing seasons! I hope you feel inspired and are ready to tackel your own fall decor. Remember, updating your home decor when the seasons change, helps you create a dynamic and refreshing living space that keeps your home feeling vibrant and in line with the natural world around it.
Up next, is my sweet friend, Brendt from She Gave it a Go. Brendt has a beautiful home and you are going to love her fall home tour.
May you have wonderful and colorful fall!
Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours
This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each Fall home tour by clicking the links below.