Fall is just such a wonderful time of year with all the beauty that surrounds us from the outside! The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof (Psalm 24:1). Many of us like to bring some of that beauty inside our homes so we can savor it while the season lasts. Remember my post on ways to welcome Fall into your homes here? But because there are so many vibrant colors during this season it could be difficult to chose a favorite for decorating. This year, I have boiled it down to neutral with a pop of color. And I am totally loving it!
While I love seasonal decorating, I decided not to go big this year. Here is why. Since we moved into our home last year, I have not fully decorated our home. When we moved, we got rid of some things that just did not match our space anymore. And since our now home is a tad bigger, then there is the need for extra decor. We moved in at the beginning of Fall last year so there was the Fall decorating. Then there was the Christmas decorating. There here comes Spring, so what now. So for this Fall, I figured I’d wise-up and continue adding to our base decor rather than going all-out to decorate for Fall. With that in mind, I did the mantle and fireplace, the porch, and just a couple other touches of Fall throughout the home – nothing major.
Our mantle/fireplace is one of the things I love about our home. Our kids are always excited when we light up the fireplace during the colder months. It usually takes me a little while to figure out how I want to decorate it each time, but once I am done I am usually pretty happy with the results. So here are some photos; hope you enjoy them.
I started off with a $5 wreath as my central item that I purchased at Jo-Ann’s Fabric stores. Originally, I thought I would use a mirror but I already had a few mirrors on either side of the walls cradling the mantle, so when I saw the wreath I was happy to use it. The color is a bit dark against the mantle but it is not too bad. Plus the white and orange balance it off, I think. The WELCOME sign, I purchased last year at Walmart on clearance (I believe).
The little chalkboard in the middle is from Target for a $1, of course! I had it from earlier this summer so I figured a little Fall sign in the middle of the wreath would be great. It’s just hanging unto a stick in the back of the wreath.
I already had these candle sticks on hand, they were once black but I repainted them white earlier this summer. You may have seen them in my Fall decor last year. I also had these cream color candles on hand, too. I started off using orange candles but found that the cream ones worked better for this. As for the pumpkins, I bought them orange from the Dollar Tree and repainted them white, then hot glued rope around the stems. Easy. I should do a post on them!
And here is my faux $3.00 bouquet of flowers from Walmart. While I could have used real branches and leaves from the outside, I did not want to go through the hassle of changing them up every time they dried up. So fake was good enough for me.
What do you think so far? Hang tight, I still have a few more photos of the fireplace!
I love love love this really soft blanket that I found earlier this summer from Ross Dress Store for $12. I mean, they truly have the softest. I must have about 5 very soft cozy blankets from their store. I also love that it has the tussles around the edges. That tussle one was a one time find, though. The other blankest I got from there don’t have any, but they are all just as soft. I am a bit bummed out that I did not grab the other tussle ones when I saw them. Oh well, can’t be too greedy here.
These birch logs – oh men do I love them! I was eyeing them since last year on Amazon and on Ebay. But I truly could not bring myself to pay $30. We live out in the suburbs so there is no birch near me. At least, I have not seen any. And even if there was I am not sure how I would get them. But this year, I had some Amazon remaining credit from gift cards my husband earns through his job. I had about $15 left in gift card so after reading the reviews of how beautiful these birch logs (affiliate link) were, I figured paying the extra $15 out of pocket was not too bad. They came in a pack of six with random lengths between 17 to 20 inches. They are nice, long enough, and are truly beautiful. Our little kids were all “wow-ing” over them. I only use them for decorating!
Aren’t they beautiful? They really accentuate the fireplace and give it that finished look!
And here is a look at that pumpkin again!
So let’s see all that we used here – wreath, chalkboard, welcome sign, faux flowers, candles and candle stands, pumpkins, blankets, and birch logs.
So what do you think? Are you a big seasonal decor type person? And do you go with neutral tones or all colorful? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments!