Have you guys started decorating for Fall yet? I can’t wait until we get the kitchen finished so I can start working on mine. I know a lot of my friends are going to start decorating after Labor Day. I was in the craft store late last week and there were so many people buying fall decorations. I saw everything from pumpkins to ribbons in carts all over the store. It’s really exciting to run with an idea you’ve been waiting to try for a few months.
One of my favorite things to decorate around the house is our tables. As soon as you walk through the front door you can see the dining room and I try to keep the dining table festive all season long. The breakfast table is also fun to decorate because we usually keep the kitchen fairly light as far as decorating goes. Having the table decked out makes it feel like we’re celebrating fall all over the house.
Dressing your table in seasonal style doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Here are a few things to keep in mind…
Use a seasonal color palette that is in line with your home’s existing colors. As you guys know our home is mostly shades of white, camels and shades of gray with touches of black and wood grain. As soon as I found this blanket at a thrift store, it set the tone for the entire fall season.
Vary texture and soft elements into your seasonal tablescape. Layering fabrics like flannels, wools, burlap, cashmere, cable knit, velvet will help to create a cozy feeling in your home. Think outside the box when it comes to fabric, blankets and table linens.
Collect bits of nature to highlight on your tablescape. We won’t have mums here in Florida for a few more weeks but magnolia leaves, sticks, goldenrod, leaves, pincones, coleus and deer sheds are plentiful. Just make sure you’ve cleaned these items well and they are free from pests before bringing inside.
Create ambiance with lighting. Use unscented candles, votives, mason jars, lanterns or hurricanes to create a warm soft glow that will make your guests feel both relaxed and celebrated.
Shop the produce aisle for budget friendly seasonal decorations. There are a lot of seasonal decorating ideas right in the produce department! Think apples, persimmons, grapes, gourds, pumpkins, acorn squash, pears, cranberries, plums, pomegranate, guava and herbs. Add a few of your favorite fall flowers into the mix for a gorgeous fall inspired centerpiece.
Part of what makes fall such a great season is that things finally slow down a bit. If your summers are anything like ours, we’re enjoying the outdoors as much as possible, traveling and spending time at the beach. Fall offers an invitation to rest, relax and prepare for the holidays. Bring on the mums and the pumpkin spice lattes!