Fall Decor: Bringing the Outdoors In
As I have mentioned before, Fall is my favorite season and I am checking one more item off my Fall Activity List; decorating for the Fall! I try to keep things simple and natural all while staying on a budget. I like to keep my decorations more “Fall” than “Halloween.” This way I can put them out at the end of September and keep them up all through November!
I love the idea of using things you find outdoors to decorate inside your home. Take Fall leaves for example. They are vibrant in color and make a big impact without spending a lot of money. I found these leaves at Hobby Lobby (don’t forget to print your 40% off coupon online). Later I found them at the grocery store for even cheaper ($2.99 for a package of several branches). They are real leaves that have been dried. I’m going to try to save them for next year…we’ll see how they hold up :). If you are lucky enough to live somewhere that you actually have seasons, then you can probably find them right outside your door!
Branches, apples and pine cones are other items I like to use. They are inexpensive, easy to find and so versatile. You can use them as vase fillers, place them in a bowl or on a 3 tiered plate stand. Pomegranates, persimmons and artichokes are also very festive. Each season, I like to buy some fresh Fall flowers and pumpkins . I found this year that Trader Joe’s had the best price for pumpkins. They have beautiful Fall flower arrangement there as well.
Wood tones create that warm autumn mood in your home, while burlap and twine add great texture. I made the “Give Thanks” banner out of burlap and also used a burlap bow to tie around the basket I use to store my throws. Old books tied with twine make a great coffee table vignette next to fresh flowers and a milk glass stand filled with pine cones. I’ve struggled for the past several years with what to put on my coffee table…I might just keep this up all year round and switch out the pine cones with seasonal vase filler and flowers!
My last tip is to shop around your house (inside and outside) for fall decor. If you have items in other rooms of your home in Fall color tones, bring them out and use them in your living room. Most of the items you see in my pictures are things I already had, I just rearranged and stuck in some Fall leaves and pumpkins here and there.
Honestly the best time to purchase Fall decorations is after the season when everything is on sale. Then when the season comes around again you have your decorations and don’t have to pay full price for them. Each year I add a few more items to my collection. I have put a source list together at the end of the post noting where I purchased some of my decorations.
Hope you got some ideas to decorate your home this year or next year. If you have any Fall decorating tips we would love to hear them…leave a comment or send us an email!
- Mercury Glass Pumpkins: Pottery Barn (2012) on sale. Similar can be found at HomeGoods & TJ Maxx
- Fall Leaves: Hobby Lobby.
- Fall Printable: Dear Lillie Check out Jennifer’s blog for this free printable and for more decorating inspiration!
- Mercury Glass Owls: TJ Maxx (2012)
- Give Thanks Banner: DIY Project
- Small Pumpkin & Apple Crates: Michael’s (2012)
- Twig Pumpkins: Target Dollar Bin
- Gold Frame Chalkboard: DIY Project
- Faux Apples: Pottery Barn Outlet (sadly the outlet is closed, but I believe Pottery Barn still sells them)