Today, I want to share with you The Busy Girl’s Guide to Decorating for Fall which includes tips and tricks to make the transition from back to school to fall decorating an easy one.
Fall is hands down our favorite season of the entire year and I know it is for so many of you too. While, it doesn’t have the feel of long, relaxing summer days it doesn’t have the hustle and bustle of the holiday season either. Fall is all about creating cozy spaces and intentionally slowing down to savor special moments with family and friends.
We created The Busy Girl’s Guide to Decorating for Fall last year after one of my girlfriends commented that I always seem to have a lot on my plate. The emphasis on the word always really stuck with me and it got me thinking if my schedule has been crazy lately maybe your schedule has gotten a little crazy too. You might be carting kids off to cheer or band practice, spending the weekends at the soccer fields, caring for a sick parent, have lost your motivation to make things pretty or you.just.need.five.minutes.already to take a nice relaxing bath.
Whatever your season of life, we’ve got you covered with quick and easy decorating tips. Let’s get started…
Welcome your family and friends to your home with a pretty wreath on the door and seasonal flowers.
Decorating your front porch or patio is one of the easiest ways to get ready Fall.
This area is one of the last things you see in the mornings when you leave for work and it’s one of the first things that will greet you when you get home.
Take the time to make it as pretty as you can with decorative pillows, burlap, pumpkins, potted flowers and fall inspired fabrics! You can read more from the porch tour here.
If your entry is anything like ours it’s a functional area that holds everything from backpacks to purses to rain gear and rouge flip flops.
If you have a bench add fall pillows and if you have an extra hook consider hanging a piece of art or a wreath that’s saturated with fall colors. The branches were clipped from around our property for a subtle touch of nature.
Whatever you choose to put in your entry make sure the color palette is consistent with the rest of your home and you keep the area purpose filled. You can read more about our fall tips for the entry here.
The Dining Room…
Play up your dining room table OR your china hutch but don’t play up both at once or it may read as cluttered.
Layer your table with texture – we used old feed sacks and a plaid blanket as a table runner which were both budget friendly.
Add your favorite china be it vintage or new.
Use nature to accent your favorite fall color palette. You can read more about decorating the dining room for fall here.
The Living Room…
Mantels can sometimes be tricky to decorate so my best tip is to mentally divide the mantel in thirds. Start with the center portion and let it be your focal point. Then decorate the left third and the right third until the mantel is well balanced. You can find a step-by-step guide to decorating the mantel for fall here.
If your mantle is full (read: you have a lot going on up there), keep it simple on the hearth like a chippy basket and plaid throw for a little bit of color, that way, it doesn’t take away from the mantel.
You can add fall candle to your coffee table (remember to never leave burning candles unattended),
a few pumpkins on your side table,
or a few fall inspired pillows to your couches. Just do what works best for you and your family. Our pillows almost always wind up on the floor or either someone is snuggled up with them.
The Breakfast Nook…
I know I keep saying this but it’s so important to stick with your predetermined color palette to avoid visual clutter especially if you have an open floor plan.
Use texture as an accent on a smaller table.
Unconventional containers of flowers and plants will help to round out the look.
If the breakfast nook is open to other rooms in your home (like the kitchen and living room for us) the other spaces are likely to get recognized before the breakfast nook. Keeping it simple in the breakfast nook means the eye can view the space as a whole and it’s yet another reason to keep your look consistent. You can read more about our fall inspired breakfast nook here.
We like to keep things pretty functional in the kitchen which means keeping the countertops free from seasonal clutter. We usually just have a few branches cut from our property by the sink,
a simple candy apple making activities at the ready,
an easy cider bar,
and a few of our favorite baked goodies ready to enjoy too. You can read all about how to make these fun cake stands here. We’ve literally used them for an entire year now.
I hope these tips have helped to make decorating the spaces you love for fall seem a little less scary. I think it’s really important to remember you’re decorating your home for yourself and your family. If you don’t feel like decorating the entire house that’s totally ok – just decorate the spaces you’re the most excited about. Start with a simple color palette that inspires you, then start adding seasonal plants, layer in a bit of texture and finally break out the pumpkins.
Before you know it, you’ll start loving things about your home you didn’t even know was possible, pinky promise!