As promised, today I have pictures of my fall decorating for y’all.
My goal this year was to keep things simple. I’m starting to realize that I really appreciate clean, simple, uncluttered décor (although you’d probably never guess it by looking around my house), so a bunch of Halloween doodads are not for me. Just give me a few dried leaves, some acorns, and a white pumpkin or two and I’m happy.
I’ve been inspired lately by a blog I recently discovered called Farmhouse 5540. I love everything about this lady’s style. Everything! I wish I could bring her home with me and let her work her magic in my house. There’s something about her simple, farmhouse style that makes me happy. So as I was adding autumn touches to my house this year, I was trying to keep her rustic style mind.
It is going to take some practice before I’m able to replicate this style, and I find myself changing and rearranging things every day. So what you see in these photos today may not be the way things look in my home tomorrow.
First I’ll show you our breakfast room. I guess a more accurate name for this area would be school room, since we always do school here and never eat breakfast here. But that’s another story.
I’m a big fan of the nontraditional pumpkins, particularly the white ones. Like I mentioned the other day, orange is not my favorite color, and orange pumpkins just scream Halloween to me (which is not the look I was going for).
I love to decorate with pieces that can easily be used year round – like this lantern. I can pop it open and fill it with whatever seasonal item I want. Right now it’s filled with green raffia and a ceramic pumpkin that I bought at the dollar store. I also added a brown, silk ribbon to warm it up a bit. In a few, short weeks I’m sure I will be stuffing this lantern with some shiny glass ornaments.
I’ve had this metal watering can for more than a decade. It’s lived in various places over the years, mostly on my back porch, but I decided to move it to the breakfast room for now and fill it with dried cornhusks and artificial wheat stems.
Ah, mantel! I always have such a hard time deciding what to do with you. Since the mantel is the focal point of the living room, and quite possibly of the whole house, I always feel a lot of pressure to get it right. Honestly, I was not entirely satisfied with the way the mantel looked in this picture. This area always feels too dark to me. To help brighten up the space, I recently commissioned Lucy to find a few sticks in our yard and paint them white. Then I laid the sticks, somewhat haphazardly, across the top of the mantel, and they do help brighten up the dark wood.
This wooden sign was a clearance item from Hobby Lobby. Originally it was reddish, pink and said something about “lake living.” Not my style, per se, but at less than $5, I couldn’t pass it up. I painted the sign white as soon as I got it home, but I never could decide what to write on it. It’s been stuck in a drawer for about 5 years (no exaggeration) until last week, when I finally pulled it out and added the word, “Gather.”
These white pumpkins and Indian corn are certainly my favorite part of the mantel scape.
Behind the living room couch, I replaced a vase of flowers with these preserved leaves. Oh, how I wish I had some lovely, natural fall foliage in my backyard that I could cut and bring inside, but alas! What few leaves in my yard aren’t brown and crunchy with drought are still bright green. (By the way, maybe the 8” of rain we got yesterday will solve the drought problem!)
The bright fall colors are lovely, but I do find them a little too intense for my taste.
The last stop for the day is our console table. Here lies a beautiful, two-toned pumpkin, and even though it’s not white, I absolutely love it!
At the other end of the console I stuffed a metal crown with a few pinecones, and I also added another natural element with the tree slice.
And here’s my only official Halloween decoration. It’s a jack-o-lantern I made probably 10 years ago from an old paperback book. I know I said I wasn’t into using Halloween decorations this year, but this one is so subtle I’m ok with it. (If you’re observant, you may have noticed that I actually have one more of these book pumpkins on my mantel.)
That’s all the photos I have today. I’m going to try get a picture of our backdoor all dressed for fall and maybe a few of our dining room table. Hope y’all enjoyed the little tour!