I was insta-chatting with one of my girlfriends the other day discussing business goals, personal goals and upcoming plans. I was telling her how excited I was to finally be taking a weekend off now that the kitchen makeover is finished. She sweetly said, “You need to – you always seem to have a lot on your plate.” I don’t know why but on this particular day those words struck me harder than most days. She didn’t know it at the time but I had heard almost those exact same words just two days prior. There was one word in particular – always – that really stuck with me.
Anyway, it got me thinking if my schedule has been crazy lately maybe your schedule has gotten a little crazy too. Especially now that school is in full swing and the holidays feel right around the corner. You might be carting kids off to cheer or band practice, spending the weekends at the soccer fields, caring for a sick parent or you.just.need.five.minutes.already to take a nice relaxing bath. Whatever your season of life I’ve got you covered with quick and easy decorating tips in a weeklong series called The Busy Girl’s Guide to Fall Decorating. Here are a few budget friendly tips to consider starting with the entry…
You probably have hooks by your door for your keys, purse and coat so start there. Switch out your summer bag for your fall bag and your summer cardigan for your fall coat or sweater. So easy, right?
Chose a color palette for the entry based on the colors that are already found around your home. This will provide a cohesive feel consistent with the way you actually live. We have a lot of grays, whites and camels with touches of black all around the house. The entry is festive enough to celebrate the season while it still complements the rest of our home.
Next if you have a designated place to put on your shoes like a bench, chair, or stool add a bit of texture with pillows. The Pies for Sale pillow I made from canvas drop cloths purchased at a local home improvement store, the faux fur pillow is a thrifted find and the burlap sack pillow is actually made from a feed sack and fits snuggly over a king size pillow.
Bringing in bits of nature from your yard or your local farmers market is also a great way to add color and seasonal elements to your entry space. I stuffed these oak tree branches from the front yard into an old pair of rubber garden boots. You could also use succulents, potted mums or even branches that have fall colored leaves on them. Just make sure anything you bring inside the house has been cleaned well and is free from pests.
Finally, break out the pumpkins! Most every grocery store or market I’ve been to recently has gotten their shipments of pumpkins so shop around and find one you love. If you have curious littles or pets you don’t feel comfortable having real pumpkins around, especially in the entry, consider using faux pumpkins or don’t even sweat it and nix the pumpkins all together. You know what is best for you and your family. A lot of craft stores are running specials with fall décor at 40-50% off right now if you’re looking for alternative pumpkin decorations.
Decorating the entry is an easy way to welcome your family, neighbors and guests into your home particularly if you have a small porch area or you don’t have a porch at all. It’s also a relatively inexpensive space to decorate so if you’re on a budget it’s the perfect area to dress up for the fall season.
Since the front door could technically be considered part of the entry, keep in mind, it’s a great way to add seasonal touches to an entry space. I’ll share my front door next week when I share my porch tour but you can find more front door ideas for fall here. Here’s a peek at our front door last year…
If you’re going to get swept up in anything this fall let it be truly being present and spending time with your family and friends. You don’t have to “go all out” and decorate like you see so many people doing on social media. Take this time to put out a few things that feel festive and spend the rest of the time celebrating all the season has to offer!