Because I’m starting this blog at the beginning of winter maybe I should say “I fell for Fall”! Oh well, better late than never. I don’t know if it’s a Southern thing, but I’ve always, as long as I can remember, changed up my decor for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. My Mom and sister do this as well. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to change things up in your home without major, costly changes and it keeps things interesting!
Fall and winter are my favorite times of the year. I adore the changes in nature’s colors to bright reds, oranges and golds. We don’t have many deciduous trees in our garden (two died for some unknown reason, a bull got in and ate the third one and I ran over the forth one with my new zero turn mower!) so I like to bring the outdoor fall colors into my home. I love the cozy feeling the house gets when it’s decorated in fall colors and all of my afghans and cushy throw pillows come out. One of my favorite things to do is pile up on the couch, have the fire going, drink a mug of hot chocolate and either read a good book or watch an old movie. Maybe that’s why my Dad called me “Granny Woman”!
There are a few things I try to remember when decorating my home. One is to make sure I strike the right balance with the decor items I put out..not too much and not too little. I don’t want the spaces to look overcrowded with decor, but by the same token I don’t want them looking sparse and empty. I have to reign myself in sometimes and not allow myself to put out all my “pretties”, as my sweet grandmother would say. I love buying and collecting decor items and by changing them out for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter it allows me to use all of my pieces without having them all out at once.
I’d like to share with you a few photos of my home decorated for Fall/Winter:
This hallway is one of my favorite spots in our house. I found the mirror at a cute little market and had another smaller made for our guest room. The idea for the burlap runner came from Pinterest and I had the orange & white runner made. I am a huge “Fixer Upper” fan so of course I had to have one of Jimmy Don’s signs!
This is another view of our hallway. Metal signs have become my new passion. The Welcome sign came from a great store in Tamworth, NSW called The Olde Farm Centre (check them out on Instagram). The colorful afghan was a high school graduation gift (we won’t talk about how long ago that was!) and it amazes me that I’ve still got it after so many years. The “blue chair” also doubled as our time out chair for our children when they were growing up. Now it’s one of my favorite places to sit for a good ole chat on the phone to my family and friends back home.
This area is probably one of the most decked out spots in my house. I’ve had the fall garland on the pendant light for more years than I can remember and bought it at Hobby Lobby in Jackson, Mississippi on one of our trips home. My Mom and I went shopping and I went a bit nuts considering I had to bring it all back to Australia with me! One of my dearest friends bought me the “S” burlap runner and I over laid it with a fall runner that I’ve had for many years. I think there may be a burlap theme emerging!
This stunning bowl is one of my favorite purchases from Pottery Barn. (After reading this post you’ll begin to notice a Pottery Barn trend and you can imagine how excited I was when they opened their store in Sydney!) I love the mixture of gourds, pumpkins, leaves, pine cones, and bittersweet that fill it. They give the centerpiece so much texture and warmth. The lovely turkey was a gift from my sister and of course came from a beautiful shop in Jackson, Mississippi.
The platter on my sideboard has special meaning to me. My grandfather gave it to my parents on their first Thanksgiving as a married couple, about 66 years ago! So it holds a special place in my heart and my house. The mirror was a gift from my sweet mother-in-law and it adds a bit of depth to the space. In addition to loving fall colors, leaves and burlap I also love to use pumpkins for my Fall/Winter decor. The beautiful lamp came from Style My Home in Sydney (check out their Instagram page!).
This is our family room. More orange, pumpkins and leaves! I love the warm colors. The area where the coffee table is used to be the one and only bathroom in the house, but that’s a whole other post!
We’ve had this console for many years and while I love it I was a bit tired of the color…so I re-stained it. I’ll talk about this in another post. I think my favorite piece on this console (besides the t.v.!) is the antler candle holder that I bought from Pottery Barn in Sydney. The painting is my one and only original! The bittersweet in the vase is, you guessed it, from Mississippi. My poor mother and sister have spent so much time over the past 22 years mailing goodies to me!
This is my first attempt at art (so please be kind!). I needed something above our console so I thought I would have a go. In my mind it represents birch trees in the fall. I used plaster, that I purchased from a great craft store in Sydney called Riot, to make the trees. Then I mixed the paints, sponged it on and voila!
This is my favorite fall area in the house. The garland is also from Hobby Lobby (bought at the same time as the garland on the pendant light over the dining table). I have so much fun decorating this mantle and try to fill it with color and texture.
The Fall/Winter theme goes on throughout the entire house. This lovely table is in our upstairs hallway. Believe it or not these leaves didn’t come from Hobby Lobby, but from a beautiful store in Singleton, NSW. I have to give a shout out to my sweet friend Vanessa for the beautiful, custom lampshade. Check out her website https://www.lightenuphandmade.com The gorgeous platter was painted by my hubby’s extremely talented cousin and I’ve had it for years. The quilt in the background was handmade by my sweet grandmother back in the 1930’s.
Almost every night when my husband and I go to bed we say how much we love this bed. It’s so soft and comfy! I love the doona cover too. Of course it’s from Pottery Barn and it’s reversible! I love the way the colors all tie in, with the yellow flowers being the focal point.
So if you haven’t guessed by now fall is my favorite season with winter coming in a close second. I love the colors, the crisp air, the comfy sweaters and the food. Check out my Pinterest board called Fall Decorations/Recipes for more beautiful color and some great recipes. Thanks for joining me!