The lovely Bonnie asked a few of us to invite you all into our homes and share a little bit about how we bring this loveliest of seasons into our homes. I was excited to say yes!
We've been having a beautiful fall here this year, with the exception of the last few rainy days. Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons. There is something glorious about eking out the last few weeks of enjoying mild weather, the smells, the sounds, the colors. Maybe it's knowing that winter is fast approaching (and that is quite the daunting prospect for many of us here in the north!) that seems to increase our gratitude for the beautiful days of fall.
One of the things that drew us to this house five years ago was that we saw it in October. I think our house (and pretty much everything, amiright?) looks loveliest in autumn. I'm not sure I would have been as sold if we had seen it in winter or in the early days of spring when the yard is flooded and everything is brown. But in October? God decorates our home pretty well, I think. The other day our home looked like this:
But in just a few short weeks it will look like this:
Seriously. Who even needs to decorate when you have all these century old trees all over the property? Don't get me wrong, they put me through all sorts of nonsense with their never ending dropping of all the things -sticks, propellers, leaves, flowers, nuts- and the perpetual shade makes for a mossy roof (bad). They also keep our house cooler which in my cold-bloodedness means I always have ice feet even in the thick of summer and make inside picture taking maddening. BUT I still love them. At least I do for a couple months of the year. They provide hours of entertainment (and work!) for a house of boys and, I mean, LOOK at them!
That said, I still have to do a little bit of my own decorating outside. I so adore decorating for fall.
Just pretend those mums are in bloom, k?
This guy wins as favorite pumpkin of the year.
So that's our outside.
I've found myself over the past few years getting much simpler in my seasonal decorating. Partly because of desire to not have to store things and partly, I think, because as life gets more complicated and chaotic as the boys get older, I crave some visual simplicity and order. In years past, you'd find touches of the season everywhere and in every room - fake leaves on bookshelves, gourds in all the rooms, various seasonally themed trinkets scored at garage sales (when I had time to garage sale!). Now I'm more apt to not put something up unless I feel it adds peace to the room and I truly feel it's beautiful.
My other switch in recent years has been to be much more drawn to decor and colors pulled from nature. I find for me that a neutral back drop lets my eye see a space better and showcases the beauty of elements and can make even the humblest of decorations seem much more elegant and intentional.
Our surrounding-an-imaginary-fireplace mantle (do you know we garbage-picked that?) is my favorite place to decorate. I had a whole bunch of different arrangements up here but settled on this one. I'll probably be tweaking it until Advent :)
Once I saw a bundle of sticks being sold at a big box store for $20. It made me sad for all the people who don't live near sticks. It also made me think I should go into the stick business.
These ones were curated from a local harvest of dead weeds :)
|Geesh. You'd think if she was inviting people over she would have at least dusted...|
I love my chinese lanterns. They stay forever, provided they are not plucked apart by curious toddler hands. For several years a house near us had them for sale outside their house super cheap and I would pick up a bundle. I didn't see any there this year, though, or I probably would gotten some more for the table.
I didn't beeswax these this time. They were just pressed in the dictionary for a few days and then threaded. We'll see how long they last!
The shelf in our little oratory - simple but a touch of fall thrown in.
Those flowers were cut from my "autumn joy" sedum outside that the deer didn't get this year! They are one of my faves.
Simple dining table
This little set up looked way better in my head than it actually turned out. In November we'll exchange the real leaves for Ann Voskamp's thanksgiving leaves.
And while I do love bringing real nature into our home, I can't part with these sweet wooden pumpkins I picked up at Pier 1 on clearance probably a decade ago.
Or the sweet little touch of fall that was a memento from my brother and sister-in-law's wedding seventeen(?) years ago celebrated in the pumpkin capital of the world (right near Bonnie, actually!).
And a little centerpiece for the kitchen table. Three of those giant trees outside are chestnut trees and the boys every year spend hours collecting them, shelling them, and turning them into weaponry.
Bonnie said we could share some past photos as well so here are just a couple little snippets of our autumn home of previous years:
We were all fancy-like and hosted Thanksgiving one year.
And just because I can...
Remember this cutie?? The two greatest things in life are babies and pumpkins. I think that's in Scripture somewhere, right?
Please do visit the other stops in the blog tour! I love seeing other people's personalities and taste in their home and am excited to see how others are relishing this season in their homes!
And thank you for stopping by and to Bonnie for the invitation!
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