Fall has become easily one of my favorite seasons to decorate my home. Using cues from the natural elements of this time of year is my number one priority when decorating my home. The warm colors of autumn are so inviting, it’s a great time to take advantage of the beautiful shades of oranges, golds and browns. I can hardly pass by a pumpkin patch without stopping to take a leisurely stroll, inspecting the alluring bounty of it’s perfectly plump gourds.
“Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.” – unknown
In the spirit of being content and using what nature has blessed us with and what I already have, I put together some simple fall arrangements as well as using the colors of autumn to dictate my accessories in each room. Here are a couple of examples of what I did…
Look around your yard
Last year my hydrangea was absolutely going crazy into the early part of fall. I was able to pick some of it’s last beautiful bounty and incorporate it with some other fall finds. The pumpkins were purchased from a local farmer’s market but I never find myself in need of pine cones. We have a gigantic loblolly pine that is not my preferred species of tree but it provides us with free pine straw and endless pinecones, I am thankful for that!
For my fireplace mantle, I just cut some overgrowth from my Heavenly Bamboo Nandina bush that had started to turn gorgeous dark greens, browns and reds at some of the tips. I flanked the distressed picture frame with the clippings. I then placed pinecones and a few berries throughout the foliage. There is no right or wrong way to do it, I just placed the leaves, pinecones and berries to make a festive mantle that took me all the way through Thanksgiving. And it was FREE! It’s so fun and easy, just take a little nature walk and collect some of the following things your may find in your yard.
Limbs and twigs
Any kind of greenery
Produce from your late summer or early fall garden
Don’t be afraid to just plop these natural elements in a repurposed jar, with a candle or as a simple centerpiece. Part of the fun is going through old containers, vases and jars I have stored away to repurpose. It’s a great way to be creative and an activity to do with little ones that will get you outside on a nature adventure!!!