Fall is my absolute favorite season. Two of my children were born in the fall, one birthday often falling on the autumn equinox. Pun intended. My husband and I married in the fall, and decorated the wedding reception with lots of mums which the guests took home.
I use an autumn palette year round in my home – golden yellows, sage green, copper, reddish-orange, browns, dark purples. During the spring and summer, I try to lighten things up, but come fall, out come the colors that define the season for me. I love to create a decorating scheme that will last from the beginning of September until the end of November with a few tweaks for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
At the beginning of the fall, I focus more on sunflowers and mums. For the month of October, I tie my fall and Halloween decorations together visually with black and white ribbon. November brings an emphasis on changing leaves, acorns, and pine cones. I focus my decorating on a few key areas – the front porch, by the back door, the dining room table and buffet, and the living room mantel.
I like to have fun with my table displays yet keep them simple. Up until this year, I always worried about a child choking on something. The bottom right display is made with a vase I found on clearance at Target in August. I filled it with fake pumpkins (clearance at JoAnn Fabrics) and set a wooden pumpkin on top (clearance at Michael’s). Underneath is a silver platter from Goodwill with a fruit garland (clearance at JoAnn Fabrics) and a few wooden acorns.
Since we have 2 entrances to our home, I create a display at each one. Before the squirrels discovered the pumpkins on the back porch, I would use our homegrown and store bought pumpkins to decorate both spots. Now I stick to plastic pumpkins, though the squirrels try to eat those, too. This year, I spray painted a few pumpkins a copper color for a change of pace.
Making a paper garland is an easy way to add a personal touch to your fall decorating without spending much time or money. For both garlands, I used materials on hand. I printed the letters for the bottom garland via Microsoft Word.