For a fun video tour, see the bottom of this post.
We are creeping up on Thanksgiving and it's not too late to get out some Fall decor and make your house sing. To help you, I'm participating in a wonderful Fall blog tour that I think you are going to want to follow along with! There are EIGHTEEN gorgeous homes on the tour. That's eighteen creative people with ideas for you steal! The full list for you to visit is at the end of this post.
So... here's the thing... Maybe you are like me. I have issues with seasonal decor. I get cranky about clutter, colors that don't blend, things I can't reuse and storage of alllllll theeee crappppp. However, over the years I have come up with solutions that satisfy me. Because in reality I LOVE seasonal and holiday decorating. I just think decorating for any season or holiday should be e-a-s-y. I'm hoping these tips will make your life easier too.
Things to think about when buying seasonal decor
1. Think about what is easy to put out.
Call me the grinch, but I don't want to spend weeks crafting. I don't want to be on too many ladders. I don't want to put holes in my walls. I will not use a glue gun (that's kind of a solid rule in my life... unless I'm desperate). I don't want to spend an entire weekend (or way more!) putting up seasonal decor. I'm not making a bunch of ornaments or spending much time wiring things together for swags and wreaths. So I think, "what can I simply put out and style that will be pretty?".
2. Find reusable, compostable, or recyclable items.
I like my storage solutions to be easy and pretty minimal. Less is more when it comes to the amount of stuff I have to store. Therefore, anything I put up for a holiday or season, must be something I really love and will for sure reuse. I look for things that are relatively timeless. Natural decor is always good because I know I'll always like that, and anything that doesn't keep can be composted. I try very hard to stay away from plastic decor unless I know it's something I can use year after year (and looks natural). Fake pumpkins are good choices for me. Most are actually made of paper and over the years choices have become very real and organic looking. Other things I choose are real pumpkins and gourds, preserved leaves, dried flowers, candles, cut and potted flowers and vases and bottles in colors that I'll use throughout the year.
3. Look for things that will blend with existing decor.
Because I use quite a bit of color every day, for holidays, I use more neutral colors in my decor. I want it to blend in but be cheery and give off the warmth and feel of whatever season it is I'm decorating for. Again, natural decor does the trick.
Easy Display Tricks
Look for ways to make use of items that you already have on display. For instance, on the mantle I used the mirror I already had hanging there to put up preserved, dried leaves from afloral.com. I just wove them in and out. I always look for something easy and non permanent to attach things to.
Group a bunch of like items. On the hearth, I simply piled up the gourds and pumpkins, both fake and real and allowed them to free flow. When things are grouped like this, it makes clean up and put away much easier, and what's easier than making a pile of pumpkins! Plus, the gourds are already drying and I'll likely be able to use them next year, and the pumpkins can of course be composted.
On the dining room table, I filled a collection of glass bottles with dried Fall flowers, leaves and turkey feathers. To be honest, I'll likely keep it just like this when I set the Thanksgiving table.
Try to find items that you can use every season. Next to the fireplace on the right you an see a peek of a bit of pampas grass and pussywillows the are in my house year round in various and sundry places.They add a little height to the display. A small bottle with an autumn color flower balances the look on the mantle. I use vintage bottles year round for styling and display. In the kitchen, a vintage bread board holds a covered cheese plate with vase filler dried mushrooms, small gourds, and a vintage amber bottle with dried flowers, leaves and turkey feathers. Containers and platters such as these are great pieces to keep on hand and utilize for every season. Knowing I don't have to store extra items makes decorating much easier for me.
There's a similar moment here on the kitchen table. Dried hydrangea feels like fall, but can be used year round in different vases. Add a gourd on a wood round, and voila! Fall! Natural colored beads are also used year round in various places in the house. You'll see, I will definitely be using them for the winter holidays.
Add a simple piece of Fall art to your decor. I've included this piece for you to download and print to add to your decor (copyright, Bari J. Designs for personal use only). Art is another way to put a little Fall color in your decor with little effort. Just grab a frame and pop it in.
Bring a pop of Fall color in with our newest bouquet pillow!