This month one year ago, we were going through the motions of purchasing our first home. Which, for us, meant purchasing a lot and beginning to plan a build. Those early weeks were all-encompassing and decorating our townhouse for the season was at the bottom of my priority list. With the exception of this little project (which found a home in the bookcase this year), I didn’t do much in the way of fall decor last year.
This year, I’m excited to bring the season into our home after a year off, filling in some gaps with a couple new items, and infusing some autumn warmth into this house for the first time.
When it comes to fall decorating, I like to keep it simple and on a reasonable budget. I’m already behind the curve and just now getting to it, and before you know it, it will be time to swap out for some Halloween pieces and then more wintery items. In other words, the season is brief, so I keep the effort to a reasonable level. I’ve never been big on the oranges and browns and eggplants you see in most fall decor, so with the exception of my front door wreath, I decided to see what I could do with more neutral fall things this year. Here’s a peek at how I’ve been trying to bring some touches of fall into our home.
I started at the dollar spot and picked up a few plastic pumpkins and hit them with some white lacquer spray paint. A bag of pinecones and a couple shimmery “twig balls” as I call them from Pier1 and I had myself a nice little hurricane accent with just a touch of glitter, the way I like it.
The centerpiece is still a work in progress. I’ve been dying to bust out my mercury glass candle holders – I collect them in all shapes and sizes, but phase them in and out throughout the seasons. I brought them out and added a couple glitzy pumpkins from Target to make the arrangement more fall-ish. I have a few mercury-colored taper candles I want to work in for height, but haven’t found the right candlesticks. I know, first world problems…
Inside our entry is a tall glass cylinder vase that I change out the contents of with the seasons. During a TJ Maxx spree a couple weeks ago, I found these battery-operated (aka no need for a nearby outlet – which I don’t have) LED branches. I love them at night, obviously, all lit up…
My last fall item is a pumpkin similar to this one that I bought from Target on clearance last year but unlike this one, it has lights intertwined in the branches. He is still roaming around looking for a home, although right now he’s hanging out on the kitchen island where he can be plugged in at night.
It’s a work in progress, and I’m still tweaking things as I figure out what “works” in our house for our first fall here. Anyone else doing any fall decorating? Send me a link – I’d love to see!