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The calendar tells me that as of today, I can officially say its fall. We’ll just pretend that my fall décor hasn’t been up for over a month at this point.
To me, September equals fall. Sorry, not sorry.
Maybe you’re not like me at all, the woman who spends the better part of summer daydreaming about cooler weather & throws up fall décor as soon as it drops a degree. Maybe you’re finding yourself in the spot that I was in last year: the last thing you remember it was May 1st and now suddenly its fall with no seasonal décor to your name. Maybe you’re so overwhelmed by all of the elaborate, fashion forward pins and posts that you have no idea where to begin. Or maybe you’re just trying to keep it simple this year, change things up.
Some of last year’s decor…
Whatever your train of thought may be, I’m hoping to alleviate your anxiety & boost your inspiration by providing simple ideas to quickly transform your home from summer to fall. This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, just a few ideas to get you thinking and creating. Besides my style tends to be an eclectic variety so pull what you want from my ideas and put your own personal spin on it.
Ok, I’m not going to belabor the somewhat obvious décor details. We all know about the delicious smells of B&BW candles and the art of situating pumpkins on our stoop. But because we’re talking about quick & easy décor, it’s worth a mention.
Add cinnamon scented pinecones to a serving bowl. Swap out your candlesticks for wood or brass. Add foliage to an old camping percolator. Use wood slabs as a base. You get the idea. Small, thoughtful tweaks make a big difference.
One of the easiest and most effective changes is just switching out your pillowcases. I don’t spend boo-koo bucks on pillow forms (though one day I would love to replace them with lush, feather pillows). Instead I just reuse my Christmas accent pillows (and a couple of IKEA pillow forms) by changing the covers.
This year I am loving my Buffalo Check cases—only $7.98 per cover on Amazon—paired with my splurge worthy cow-hide pillows and the always trendy, geometric, lumbar pillow from IKEA. I like the contrast of textures, patterns, and colors—it feels warm. Even if you don’t prefer this style, there are several great, affordable options on Amazon or H&M Home.
FAUX FUR BLANKETS
It’s time to get cozy with the heavy-duty, snugglin’ blankets. Practically speaking, these are the softest & warmest blankets that we own.
I’m fairly certain our other blankets don’t get much lovin’ because this set is our go-to. Lucky for me, it works out perfectly with my muted, neutral tones and natural accents.
BOOK PAGE FRAMES
Like I said, this year I’m toning it down with muted neutrals, natural accents and pops of apple red. I love my corner collage in our living room; it provides color and fun in a relatively neutral room.
But something didn’t sit right with my fall décor plans, so I pulled all of the usual prints and replaced them with old book pages leftover from my book art days.
I used a few different books for a variety of text and color. Once I swapped out my white curtains with an old set of heavy linen curtains, I loved it even more. It sort of tones the room down and brings it all together.
Let’s just take a moment to give a standing ovation to the genius that came up with printables. I can’t afford the art that I really want so printables are my staple. You don’t have to look far to find them, I prefer to peruse Etsy or Pinterest for fresh, printable links and ideas.
Since I replaced my collage wall with book pages, a lot of my favorites fall printables aren’t seeing the light of day this year. There are a few that I have to have out, like my simple, watercolor leaf trio, the “fall checklist,” or my “fall essentials” print. If you’re looking for cute prints, then you must check out Lindsay Letters. She is a longtime fave and her lettering is on point. Printable and small print wise, I have just about every fall piece that she offers. No regrets.
I love mums. I love the word mum; it’s just fun to say. I sort of wish I was British so I could my Mom, Mum. Ok, I’m not even remotely British, so I won’t do that. But I will buy all the mums and cover my stoop with their bright, cheery, fall colors. Grab a new, cozy doormat to sit next to your arrangement. Done and done.
It’s such a cheap and easy way to make your home look fall ready. See, you barely even notice my cruddy stoop carpet, proving that carpet on the outside of a home is, as Martha would say, “a good thing.” And yes, I’m wincing just typing that sentence. And now I’m looking into quotes for new stoops.
APPLES & APPLE LEAVES
I’m not going overboard with fall coloring this year but one must have tone is that cheery, apple red. Which I think pairs rather nicely with my neutrals. Last year I utilized apples and faux apple leaves to adorn my thanksgiving table on the fly.
This year, I currently have them separated with my bunch of leaves in my old percolator and my apples waiting to be eaten. But I’m still waiting on my order of a certain, bohemian red living room rug to insert the desired red into my space. I’ll definitely update the pictures when I receive it!
You don’t have to be a professional to paint your own art. This is a super easy project for you and/or your family to have fun with. I simply traced a faux oak and maple leaf onto cardstock with my watercolors and then filled it in with paint until I liked it.
This is our little tradition. Every year, I whip out my old branches that Andrew lovingly cut for me in our married college days and adorn them with thankful tags from years past. It’s a visual reminder of how God has provided for us in the past, a reminder of how blessed we really are.
I set a little bunch of fresh tags & a pen next to it so whenever we think of something to add, it’s easy to do. It’s such a simple but powerful act. I love having it on display in our little home.
This is by far, my favorite decoration this year. This is the product of one of those rare lightbulb moments, a stroke of sudden & unexpected genius. I have always had a thing for lettering, especially large pieces. The problem is these laser cut pieces are usually pricey. I had been keeping an eye out at Hobby Lobby for just the right word to use in this project. Then I randomly thought to look on Amazon and found this!
It was $30 on Amazon Prime for this large piece (*Note* The price did raise $10 on this sign since I purchased it), half the price of what I had been seeing so far. To say that I was ecstatic is putting it lightly. I painted it by hand but if I was more patient, I would’ve waited to buy white spray-paint—then I wouldn’t have had to worry about dripping and strokes. When it was dry, I used small nails to layer it on this awesome piece made of salvaged barn wood that was so kindly gifted to us by our previous neighbors. I just love looking at it, it really completes the dining room and it was so easy to accomplish.
Now, I don’t know about you but my hands are itching to create something else now that I’ve been talking about all of that. So go and do! I’d love to see some pictures of your festive home décor, FYI.