I hope you guys all had a fabulous weekend. While the temperatures are still in the 90s here in Florida it feels like Fall is definitely on the way. The kitchen lights have finally arrived, we were able to pick up a few pieces of furniture at an estate sale on Saturday and I spent a bit of time baking on Sunday. None of those things are groundbreaking but they all make me feel like the changes coming this Fall will be full of promise.
While we’re waiting on a few key pieces to arrive before we’re able to finish the kitchen makeover and pulling out all things pumpkins, I wanted to share an easy way to decorate for the Fall season with apples. Apples are great because they’re almost always plentiful at the grocery store or your local farmers market. They’re not usually expensive and when apples are accompanied with other seasonal favorites like mums, goldenrod or plaid throws they make a budget friendly decorating statement.
If you’re thinking about using apples inside, consider using them outside on the porch or patio too. Incorporating hot cider, apple pies, donuts and apple fritters on the porches is a fun way to welcome friends, family and neighbors to your home.
The entry was created by potting a white mum, using a gravy boat as a key drop, framing brown craft paper with free prints from the New York Public Library’s digital collections and a pillow from IKEA. You can read more about the entry here. I’ll share how I moved this piece into the breakfast area tomorrow to create a completely different look for a hot cider bar.
I’m always picking up plaid blankets from thrift stores and charity shops. You can usually find them for under $10, just make sure to gently launder or have the blankets laundered at your local dry cleaner before using them. If you don’t find any blankets that suit your fancy, consider using plaid scarves or inexpensive fabric from your local craft store. You may also find bushel baskets similar to this for less than $5. You can read more about using apples to decorate in the dining room here.
When you’re standing in the living room you can see into 6 other rooms. I love having open spaces in the house 90% of the time. It’s definitely made me passionately about decorating all of the adjoining rooms in similar colors, textures and styles. I’ve found over the years it just makes all of the spaces flow so much better. We won’t use the fireplace until probably November but that doesn’t stop me from decorating the mantel. You can find out how to make the apple picking sign here.
Just off the living room is the breakfast area and the kitchen. The inspiration for the breakfast table came from fall nights spent on hay rides, drinking hot cider, boots, jeans and knit sweaters. I picked the table runner up at a local thrift store for a few dollars. It was the fringe that totally got me. My boho chic sister was so proud when I sent her the pic. This tablecape was also an inexpensive one to create with baskets of apples, cinnamon sticks, denim napkins, daisies, goldenrods, tarnished silver and transferware.
The weather may still be warm in your area, the mums may have just arrived at your local garden center and the pumpkins may be few and far between. Every season is worth celebrating so find what makes your heart sing about fall and embrace it!