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Easy Fall Decorating

I'll be honest, I'm not a big fall decorator.  I just usually don't have the time or energy to invest in it.  It's usually all I can do to pull up the spent garden, empty the annuals from the flower pots and clean things up for winter; not to mention the leaves.  However, this year, something is different. 
 It all started when I purchased this burlap pumpkin at the Habitat ReStore in Statesville on our recent blogger field trip (You can read more about that HERE).
I guess it somehow put me the mood.  Then, I stumbled upon these amazing down filled Hickory Chair plaid Euro pillows for $10 each. 
 I actually bought them for the inserts and then started to like the plaid.  I decided to play around with them and....lo and behold they looked pretty great on my sofa.
And that's how it all started.  The next thing I knew, I was in full fledged fall decorating mode - purchasing pumpkins and pulling out throws and pine cones.  I'm sure the unseasonably cool temps this weekend also helped, but I have to say, it wasn't as bad as I imagined it would be. 

 When you decorate for a living, you amass an unbelievable amount of "extra" décor.  It's kind of nice having the ability to completely change things up without spending any money.  So here's what I did:

1.) I changed out the sofa pillows.  I removed the pink and green and utilized a more neutral scheme to cozy things up.  I also replaced the pink stripe basket with a natural one.  (No worries, the pink will return for the holidays.)

2.) I added this amazing pom-pom throw that I picked up at my friend Jennifer of Pure and Simple Organizing's recent estate sale.  Throws are perfect for lounging around and I have tons of them.

I mean, what's autumn without pumpkins?  I intended to get white ones, but the place I stopped in yesterday only had orange.  Never fear...spray paint to the rescue!  I may like the gold better anyway.

3.) Pumpkins and/or gourds are a MUST this time of year.

TIP:  You may be picking up on the fact that none of my fall décor is holiday specific.  I try not to decorate for Halloween or Thanksgiving because I find holiday specific décor for this season to be extremely limiting.  I figure if I'm going to put in the effort to decorate for fall, I want to enjoy it for as long as possible.  By selecting décor that merely references the season, I can enjoy them from now until I ready to decorate for Christmas.
4.)  I replaced the pink vase that usually occupies this space with a vintage pitcher filled with pheasant feathers.  Don't have any feathers?  Pretty much anything natural will work (i.e. willow, dried branches, etc.) The idea is to give a nod to the changing season by bringing the outdoors in.
I love fresh flowers and I typically purchase them each week.  However, this time of year the variety starts to dwindle and the prices begin to rise. 
5. ) I switched out my fresh blooms for small potted plants.  I love how they look in my thrifted brass urns.

6.) Hiding in my garage were these amber bottles. I switched out the glass bottles and fishing net weights for these more season appropriate options.

7.) The étagère got a little taste of fall with this burnt orange wreath.  I sort of felt obligated to at least add a little orange.  It's not my favorite color. 


Again, I added a wreath to the china cabinet as well.  Wreaths are a super easy way to decorate for the season with minimal effort.

The addition of another potted plant and a cozy cable knit pillow make this the perfect spot for my morning coffee.

So, there you have it!  It's actually pretty amazing how different te space feels with these small changes.  Do you decorate for fall?

4 Comments - Click here to join the conversation!:

Yolanda said... Reply To This Comment

Wow!! Thanks for putting me in the mood to decorate for Fall. I'm going to ramble through the basement and garage to see what I can pull together.

Shelly said... Reply To This Comment

Your home is beautiful Cheryl. I love all the fall touches you added which really just enhance the coziness of your space. Enjoy the season.

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Cheryl, I absolutely love your home and your style. It's so refreshing to see how you take thrift finds and breathe new life into them. Thanks for sharing all your design projects and updates on your space.

Dwell by Cheryl said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks so much guys!

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