Ahhhhh, the early signs of fall… crisp mornings, exciting football games, orchard hayrides, textured sweaters, cozy boots and of course….. white pumpkins! When styling our home for the early autumn season I focus on the things that represent “fall” to our family. After all, this is our absolute favorite time of year and harvest time always creates precious memories. Fall inspires many family traditions and encourages friendly interaction through holiday entertaining. I eagerly await to welcome guests into my home to enjoy a hot cup of coffee or spiced cider and watch the season turn the leaves into an array of magical colors! I am honored to have been asked to join the Harvest Home Blog Hop orchestrated (pun intended as she is a music teacher) by Amber at followtheyellowbrickhome.com. Amber has gathered together a group of creative bloggers to open their homes and share how they style early fall. A complete list of all of the bloggers on the Harvest Home Blog Hop are provided at the end of this post! Welcome to my early autumn…
As some of you know…. we recently moved! We sold our home and relocated to a temporary home for the duration of our Farmhaus build. Needless to say our summer was a little cray-cray, but we are getting more settled each day. Since this is a temporary move, we have decided to only pull out the essentials while leaving plenty of items stored in moving boxes! Friends… let me be the first to tell you… in my opinion, decor is ESSENTIAL! Temporary or not, I need to make my house feel like H.O.M.E…. so of course…. I knew my decor would be pouring out of those boxes as soon as possible! Decorating for the holidays has always been a true passion of mine and there was no way I was going to let this season pass without my festive flair.
I believe you enter a home the moment you step onto the front porch. I enjoy decorating our porch…especially for the holidays! This season I took a chippy farm table, topped it with a rusty metal tool chest, layered in eucalyptus and my favorite white Casper pumpkins. Under the table sits a vintage mop bucket filled with yard clippings! Yes, you heard me correctly, yard clippings!! Every year as the agapanthus flowers begin to dry up…. I see a wonderful inexpensive decor opportunity! These clippings start with a soft green color and slowly turn into wheat brown…mirroring the fall color change… I mean seriously, how perfect is that? They also add fun texture to my displays. To finish off the porch I leaned my favorite lichen covered barn ladder against the table and tossed in couple bales of hay to add height for some larger grey and white pumpkins!
As you enter our home you are greeted by a hutch which was the first piece my husband and I bought for our first home build. I am constantly changing the decor on this piece as it welcomes guests who enter our home. This season, or I should say… “for now”, as it inevitably will change throughout the season… it boasts my “pumpkin patch”. Layering pumpkins in various sizes, shape, and texture adds visual interest as well as the intertwined mossy vine which provides a fun green hue to this display. Yes, my favorite pumpkin color is white…shocking, I know…. however, my second favorite pumpkin color are the green/grey variety. I like the subtle green color pops in my mostly neutral decor!
Early fall means Back-To-School, and as a former teacher, I thought it was appropriate to celebrate the school year by creating a homework station in our kitchen nook. A lot of homework happens at our kitchen table… so why not make this area usable, yet, decorative? I gathered a few of my decor pieces I thought would be useful in this area. Then I asked our kids to help me style this space to make it functional for completing homework. We placed various writing utensils, scissors, and glue sticks in an old barn caddy. Not only is this a great way to organize these materials for easy retrieval, but it also adds fun color to this display. Typically I am not a huge fan of color in decor… but the kids love the pop of color here, and truthfully, I do too! We added a few sharp pencils and art paper within reach, and I was able to finish off the top shelf which was too high for them to use anyway! It was a win/win and I love that the kids take pride and enjoy this area as much as me!
Since we are on the topic of adding kiddos into decor… early fall also means FOOTBALL in our home! My daughter has cheered for our local junior team the past two years and finally my son gets to show off his talent on the field this season! Since football is an important component of “fall” to our family, I decided to add it to my decor… my way… my style! I found this amazing vintage white leather football helmet and it inspired my whole mantle project! My daughter eagerly jumped at the opportunity to help me tie this pendant garland to add a touch of color to an old window… she’s my “mini me” and really enjoys helping decorate! I sought out a vintage leather cheer megaphone, paired it with some block letters I’ve had from a previous season, threw in a couple pom poms and vintage leather football and there you have it … Go Trojans!
Sharing space in our living room beside our mantle was a bare corner which was in desperate need of autumn intervention. A rustic barn ladder worked perfectly to add height and style in this corner! Layering a jute ottoman pouf in front of the ladder delivered a lot of texture as well as a cozy place to rest. On the pouf I placed a round metal colander to break up the straight line repetition you see in the ladder rungs and the texture of the jute. I recently scored this amazing fish basket with worn leather straps at a local vintage store… and yes, I may have squealed a bit when I saw it! It reminds me of a trip my husband and I took to visit family in Idaho and he taught me to fish. Just for the record, this girl caught the most fish of the day… beginners luck I guess! To add a touch of softness to the rough basket, I placed large peonies in fall hues with droopy greens that spill over the sides. I tied the fish basket to the ladder rung using it’s own leather straps… this may be one of my favorite pieces right now!
This seating area resides in my temporary “office” and is a space we use every, single, day. I wanted it to be functional, festive, yet inviting! My kiddos often times join me in this space to complete their reading homework or simply sit and chat it up with mom (I know…I am SO lucky… they still want to talk with me!). If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen these deconstructed chairs that were delivered a few weeks back. I am totally in love! The harvest toned pillows with rope boarder in each chair deliver a soft landing space paired with the fabric pumpkin to give a different shape, texture, and dimension. As a designer, I often use tone on tone neutral colors and add differentiation by layering various textures. This chest is a wonderful storage piece for all of my son’s miscellaneous toys, but also serves as a resting place for my cup of coffee as I check in for the day! I styled it with a rusted, chippy terrarium filled with my new favorite filler aloe coated angel vine. Can I please be the first to introduce you to the best filler ever? I have used it in a few places in my home and I have no intentions of stopping! I topped the angel vine with a decorative Cinderella pumpkin and small acorn. To balance this space I added candlesticks with once again… Casper Pumpkins… still loving those cuties!!
As you head up the stairs in our home you will pass by double doors that lead into the master bedroom. I brought autumn decor into our bedroom this year since it is visible from our busy hallway. I used this vintage six light window with a wooden leaf garland as my backdrop. For this vignette I used another fun filler… hay! I purchased the hay from one of our local pet stores and used it to fill the vintage terra cotta flower pots as well as my terrarium before I adding the pumpkins and acorns! This champagne bucket is another favorite of mine and I used it to bring height to this display by placing the pumpkin on top. Finally I placed one of my vintage book stacks and a thankful sign to complete this simple vignette.
Across from our master bedroom is a small sitting area which lends itself to seasonal decor! For fall I brought out one of my favorite chippy corbels and paired it with a sweet white lantern. Inside the lantern I added a nest of aloe coated angel vine and of course… a casper pumpkin! I topped the chair with a cozy patterned throw which will be used a lot during our cool crisp mornings!
Our guest bedroom also received a little fall adornment. I placed this tray full of fall goodies on the bed to welcome any autumn guests we may welcome this season.
Lastly… lets talk about holiday gatherings! I mean, what is a holiday season without filling your home with family and friends to share a warm comfort meal? Although my dining room table will change through the fall season, here is a glimpse of it now! Keeping with my neutral theme, I chose to use my favorite array of colored pumpkins… white, green and grey! For the centerpiece, I draped a vintage grain sack through an old white window box that was recently removed from a home nearby. To add height to this display I chose a tall pumpkin for the center and to change things up a bit, I paired it with gilded artichokes for a slight metallic sheen. The dark corbels bookend this display nicely and add balance to the centerpiece. Once again here you will find “yard clippings” from my mom’s garden. My mom has the most amazing hydrangeas in her yard, so at the end of the summer I like to go picking through her yard to collect my fall decor. I enjoy adding her dried hydrangeas in my displays.
Thank you for touring our home! I enjoyed being able to open my doors and let you all see the way I style A~U~T~U~M~N! In future posts I plan to go more in depth on the spaces I revealed on this tour to give you styling tips as well as additional links to shop my home!
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Please be sure to visit the other creative blogs on our tour. As a special thank you for joining our Harvest Home Blog Hop we would like to gift a “door prize” to one lucky reader. To be entered to win this door prize giveaway be sure to visit each blog and leave a friendly comment! The winner of the giveaway will be chosen randomly and will be contacted Saturday, September 24, 2017! Enjoy this wonderful season my friends….
Jaclyn ~ Fancy Pants Mommy Co
Debra ~ Common Ground
Diana ~ Adirondack Girl At Heart
Andi ~ The Simply Disstressed
Kristin ~ White Arrows Home
Kathi ~ A Delightsome Life
Amber ~ Follow The Yellow Brick Home