Fall is my favorite time of the year. It has something to do with approaching the holidays and the beauty of the changing leaves. More than that is I associate my home with warmth and coziness - a refuge from all that that I encounter outside of the front door. It doesn't matter what kind of a day I had or how tired I am. When I walk through my front door, I am home.
During the Fall season, it's easy to accomplish a feeling of warmth with the addition of pumpkin scented candles, and throw blankets. Color experts tell us that oranges, browns, reds and yellows are warm colors. How fitting!
When we moved this summer, my intention was to have all of my holiday decorations easily accessible in storage. I can SEE my fall box but it would take more effort and time than I feel that I have right now to uncover it. So what's a fall-loving girl to do? Be a bit creative! I gathered the pine cones in the picture above at my granddaughter's school, along with her enthusiastic help. These look great for the season and don't cost a thing, and every time I look at them I think of the fun we had gathering them and the memories we made. I wrapped some twine around this little vase to give it a bit of texture and filled it up with my free bits of nature!
It's easy to find fall sprigs and leaves inexpensively in stores right now. I think that the leaves above cost around $2.99. I added some willow branches (there are a LOT of tree limbs outside on the ground this time of year!) and stuck them into a vase that was used in my daughter's wedding. Yay for orange!
Ribbons tied to items that you already have can make them look as though they were meant just for the season.
In my small space, it would have been easy to overdo it. I just placed small splashes of orange around on bookcases and shelves.
I bought this simple pumpkin colored pillow at Ross for $6.99. I added a black button in the center to give it some interest. I placed a smaller button on the back side to hold the tufting in place.
Now I have my splash of color on my sofa. I just need to teach my dog to cuddle with the plain pillows! I swear she waits until I add something new as an excuse to "try it out". I actually kicked her off of this display before taking the picture. It might have been cuter if I'd let her stay!
Another inexpensive idea for adding a bit of the season is to print pictures and frame them. I would love to take credit for these fall-leaved beauties but I actually just did a google search for fall leaves. I sent my order to walgreens where I went in and paid 19 cents for each print. I hope to replace one of these for a picture of my three grandbabies wallowing in leaves together. How cute will that be?
I love how the orange looks with all of the green and black that I already have. If the colors in your home would clash with orange, consider bringing in browns or yellows.
It doesn't take much to give your home a sense of the changing seasons. Even if you're someone who will miss the warm weather and all that comes with summer, Fall decor is sure to fill you with a cozy feeling while you watch the weather get dark and cloudy.