I’ve been finished decorating for the harvest season for weeks, but my lazy booty has been putting off photos and a blog post. Oh, and cleaning my house in order to make it presentable for photos. 🙂 But, I figure I can cut and crop the mess out to *pretend* to have my act together and to share some of the things that have inspired me this fall.
I’ve not really done much autumn decor in the past aside from making a wreath during my first pregnancy; one of my first Suzy Homemaker projects that kicked off my love of making things by hand. We aren’t really Halloween people, and I prefer the colors of the harvest decor and the longevity of it, too; I can keep it up through Thanksgiving and it’s socially acceptable! (hehehe)
JoAnn’s had some smokin’ deals at the start of September and so I took full advantage after pinning my heart out. Here is some of what I came up with!
I found some really great wreaths at JoAnn’s. Although I do like taking a basic frame and crafting my own, all of the individual things that go into a detailed wreath can really add up in cost. This one was $15 and I really enjoy the organic feel to it. I generally have a yellow floral wreath in the center of this picture wall, and in winter one with pinecones. This one blends well with the color scheme of the dining room.
Another $15 wreath from JoAnn’s; love the burlap bows. Again, probably something you could make yourself and add other special touches to, but it my experience it ends up costing more. I’ve had the window sitting in our shop for over a year, having no idea whether I should repaint or refinish it or even where it should go. Once I had this wreath, I knew exactly what to do with it. I put a nail on either side and wrapped some twine around each a few times after stringing it across. Tied it on top and hung it on a drywall screw. Simple, and now I can switch out different decor items to hang on it year round.
This sign was cute but very simple when I got it. I had some burlap from an old project and some handy twine, and also a hot glue gun. That’s all it took to make it more personal and detailed.
I grabbed a few of these faux floral items that were discounted just to see what I could make of them.
Mason jars are so fun and easy to work with. The burlap and yarn I already had and so I just hot glued them on and trimmed some flowers to fit. There are two of these sitting on some large (and ugly) speakers on either side of our TV. It adds a little bit of color, at least!
This milk jug normally sits vacant behind the kitchen sink but the leftover flowers worked out great.
This bamboo tray sat on the china hutch for the longest time but finally made its way to the dining table. The beautiful yellow pitcher from my grandmother has been a constant, but had left some scratches on the wood table. Now, the whole set can be moved to clear space and without leaving marks.
NJ so badly wanted to help, and how can you deny a 3 year old who wants to use her creative abilities “by my own”? She had her very own bookshelf in the living to decorate, and so she picked out all of these items and placed them just so (after placing and replacing them a few times).
Although this item was found in the “fall decor” section, it’s something I absolutely plan on using all year round by drawing seasonal pics on it. I had a hard time placing it but it finally found its home on a blank wall in the dining room.
Another piece found in the fall section, but let’s be real; wine is not seasonal, so this will be a permanent fixture.
My hutch is one of my most favorite possessions and at $75 it was probably one of the best deals I’ve ever gotten, too. It’s solid (and heavy) and totally beautiful. Also totally dirty in this photo, but oh well; you can’t win them all. I can add all sorts of accents to it but really, the hutch itself is what catches my eye. Everything else is just a little sumpin’ extra.
So we’ve finally made it to the back porch, and this is where I’ll leave you. I didn’t bother washing my window, or clearing the bugs. I even left my dead sage plant and unplanted hydrangea for you to thoroughly enjoy! 😉 The back door is beat up and I don’t plan to repaint it. There is a mixture of colors that might make some cringe, but I think it speaks volumes for how our home is. A bit messy, dusty, and hodge podge, but it feels like home. It’s the door through which we welcome our guests and enjoy a few evenings here and there. I hope you’ve been able to draw a little inspiration from my recent additions like I have from the other beautiful homes I’ve seen. Fall is a time for us to slow down and enjoy the cozy things in life. ❤