Simple Fall Decoration Ideas That Even You Can Handle
When I decorate my house for the changing of the seasons or the holidays, I try to keep things simple. I don't like a lot of stuff all over the place - I'm not a knick-knack collector and I don't like a lot of clutter. I try to make sure my decorations match the rest of what's going on in my house so that even though I'm putting out decorations to match the season, they don't look like I just yanked them out of the closet and plopped them around the house.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons to decorate for. I love the colors, I love the flowers, I love the smells of cinnamon and pumpkin. Here are some easy ways to spread a little fall fever throughout your home.
Fall Sights & Smells
What I miss most about living up north is the leaves changing color every autumn. So, the northerner in me loves all of the reds, golds, and oranges that show up in stores this time of year: rusty-colored baskets, autumn-hued silk flowers, hints of pumpkins, cornucopias, and leaves...
Flowers (Real or silk? Doesn't matter to me.)
I love fresh flowers, but am always disappointed that they don't last as long as I'd like them to. I used to think that silk flowers were only meant to sit in old ladies' houses collecting dust, but have discovered that sometimes they are a cheaper alternative to the real thing, and it's fun to arrange them yourself. You can always mix and match your silks at different times of the year and in different arrangements. Check Michael's, Jo-Ann Fabrics, or even Wal-Mart and you'd be surprised at the amount and quality of silk flowers you can find.
Some of my favorite flowers for fall are: calla lilies in shades of plum, orange, or rust, sunflowers, gerbera daisies, spray roses, and mums in red, orange, and yellow. One of my favorite things to do with a fall-colored arrangement is to throw in some deep blue irises or delphinium as a bright splash of contrasting color.
The most important thing when shopping for flowers is to just keep your eye out for something that you think is pretty.
I'm a big fan of using (and re-using) stuff that you already own. Someone once gave me a beautiful Pfaltzgraff serving pitcher that matched my dinnerware pattern, but I honestly have never used it to serve any beverages! Instead, it's just tall enough for me to put in some of my favorite tall, plum-colored calla lilies..
I like baskets, too. You can get florist's foam at any craft store and cut it to fit any container. Then you can buy some silk flowers and mix and match to your heart's content, poking the stems into the foam until you're happy with their placement.
As a teacher, I sometimes get little gifts from my students. I was surprised one morning last week to find an arrangement of flowers (just some little red, yellow, blue, and purple things; not even sure what they were) sitting on my desk in the neatest vase - a glass salad dressing bottle! The label was still on it and everything, but the little arrangement was done so well that it actually looked very stylish!
Other neat containers you could try are watering cans, glass bottles, coffee cans, flower pots... Just look around your house; I'm sure you've got something you could use!
I guess a good rule of thumb for arranging your flowers is that if you have a tall container, you should have tall flowers, and if it's a short container, you should have a more compact arrangement. Experiment to see what looks best - some flowers make a striking arrangement when they're all by themselves (like callas, for example) and others look best in a mixed cluster of flowers.
Other Scents-ational Ideas
I have candles or tarts burning in my house all the time as it is. My favorite fall scents are cinnamon, pumpkin, and other yummy food scents like coffee, caramel, and cookies - smells that remind me of cooler weather, open windows, and something tasty baking in the oven!
Yankee Candle has cute, decorative tart burners all the time. They have tons for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and the best part - there are always awesome sales after the holidays!
Now's the time when you can also buy spicy-smelling cinnamon brooms at most grocery stores. I like to pick one of these up every fall and either place it in my umbrella stand or hang it on a wall somewhere. These keep your house smelling deliciously cinnamon-y for weeks!
I don't have the biggest dining room table and I don't do a ton of entertaining, but I always like to decorate with a small floral centerpiece and a few votive candles scattered around. The table looks nice and festive during dinner, but it also looks pretty when it's not even being used!
'Tis the Season!
I'm not big on kitschy decorations, but I do have a few pumpkins and gourds here and there. The small ones look cute piled in a basket or bowl with a few leaves tucked in. When Halloween rolls around, I've got a few little Jack-o-lantern candleholders and scarecrow and ghost figurines that I might put out around the house. For Thanksgiving, a cornucopia with flowers, fruits, and veggies makes a simple, traditional decoration for a coffee table or mantelpiece.
Happy Fall, Y'all!
When it comes down to it, how you decorate your house should be a reflection of your style and your taste. You can't let trends, fads, or style "rules" dictate your preferences. So, if you're looking for easy ways to decorate for fall, I hope that what I've said at least gives you some ideas to get started with.
Have fun and happy fall!
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