Fall is here! We had a couple of days of cooler weather. Temperatures didn’t get above 75 degrees. It was heaven! I immediately picked through everything in my attic, ran to Hobby Lobby, bought a whole bunch of fall decor, lit my favorite fall scented candle and got to work. I love days like that! The creativity flows and it’s not scorchingly hot. As I was decorating, I realized how much I have learned in all my years of fussing around my house. I’d like to pass on some words of encouragement and advice. Because don’t we all need a little of that now and again?!
Use what you’ve got. And freshen it up!
Did you read that part in the beginning where I said I went to my attic? Then I went to Hobby Lobby? Yes, that is the way to do it. Otherwise, if you hoard decor like me, you will find that you have 500 faux berry twigs and miles of ribbon AND you just bought more because you didn’t think you had any.
Also, take the every day items that you have around the house. The stuff you decorate with anyway…. and punch it up.
This dough bowl usually sits empty on our entry chest. But I filled it with berries and pinecones and pumpkins. Voila!
Less is more.
Yes, the magazines make it look so amazing when every inch of a room is oozing with decor for whatever holiday it is. But is that really practical? I like to keep it simple. A scattering of pumpkins here and there. Some leaves and pinecones and there you have it! Now if you are someone who loves to go all out, have at it. But if you love the idea of going all out and then realize you have to take it all down in 40 days or so, just tell yourself “less is more”.
Use natural elements whenever possible.
I sent my children on a pinecone hunt. I was out walking one day and noticed that there were a ton of pinecones just off the street, but in nobodies yard. Later that afternoon I sent each kid out, armed with one shopping bag each and the dog. They hit the mother lode. Now I have pinecones coming out of my ears! I will have them gather leaves when they start to turn and twigs throughout the season. Our local farmers market will begin selling corn stalks. It will be great!
Lastly, be creative and make it your own.
I whipped up a burlap wreath (no glue and no sewing!).
I made some fall letter blocks last year and used them again on my mantle.
There is not too much but you know it is fall. Now if the heat wave will pass and we can get another little chill in the air all will be wonderful! My boots and sweaters miss me!