Posted on Sep 14, 2018
September is upon us, and as we all fall back into our familiar routines soon enough the trees will be adorned in magnificent ambers, vivid yellows, and scarlet reds of autumn leaves. We’ll indulge in pumpkin spice lattes and apple pies, chase each other around the corn maze and pick our perfect pumpkins as we sip on delicious apple cider. The crisp air will fill our lungs as we breathe in the glory that is fall. While for those of us who live in the south, the coming of this long-awaited season can seem far-fetched as the hot and humid days of summer linger on, it’s never too late to start decorating in preparation for its arrival!
If you can’t already tell, autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year. I get excited when I start to see fall decor fill the shelves and quickly begin to think about what I want to do to bring a little fall into my home. Decorating can be an overwhelming thought, but it doesn’t have to be. Let your creativity take over and make it a family affair. You’ll end up with some much-needed quality time and a beautiful warm and cozy home!
1. Make it a family tradition. For me, fall means going out to our local pumpkin patch with my family and picking pumpkins and vivid fall mums to decorate our front porch with. It’s an outing I look forward to every year and have made into a family tradition. We pick up our favorite warm drinks on the way (can you guess what mine is?) and head over to the field.
2. Have fun with color! Before going I usually brainstorm a color palette I’d like to stick to. Pinterest is a great tool to use when it comes to gathering ideas, especially for home decor. I have a “Fall” board where I save all the decor ideas that catch my eye and can come back to them when needed. In the past, I’ve gone with vibrant colors for my front porch. Bright yellow mums and golden orange pumpkins have been my go to. I have also enjoyed spray painting my pumpkins with metallic colored spray paint for a festive yet modern look. This year, I want to stick to an all-white palette – white pumpkins in various sizes and shapes, and white mums for a fresh and crisp look.
3. Layer different sized pumpkins for a fun and festive look. Not all of your pumpkins have to be big and round. For some reason, we are preconditioned to always go for the biggest and most perfectly shaped pumpkin in the patch. Last year, however, I discovered the beauty of those not-so-popular lopsided or even flat gourds. Stack these beauties on top of each other, layer some flowers in the back, add an outdoor lantern and you’ve set an eye-catching scene. Your porch doesn’t have to be symmetrical to look beautiful. Play around with the way you want to position your flowers and pumpkins. Add accessories like a haystack, wooden fall signs, or even put your fall mums in a wooden crate to create a rustic styled look.
4. Add character with a fun fall wreath. There’s nothing like an elegant wreath set on your door to welcome you and your guests home. If you’re feeling extra crafty, creating a custom-designed wreath to fit your personal taste and style can be a great way to spend some leisure time with the little ones.
5. Bring the sweet and crisp aroma of fall into your home. Home decor isn’t all about the visual aspects; the way a home smells is a crucial part of what makes a house a home. Depending on the time of year, I like to switch out my wall plug-ins with fragrances that match the season. For fall, I look for something cozy and warm but also sharp and aromatic. Hints of sweet vanilla and spiced apple cinnamon, frosted cranberry, and black cherry merlot fill my home this time of year. Another great way to add fall scents to your home is candles! Unwinding with a warm cup of tea and lit candles in my living room is my idea of an evening well spent. You can find candles in various decorative containers that match every style and aesthetic, pair them with a floral arrangement and some spray painted (or not) pinecones in a decorative bowl and you’ve made yourself an eye-catching vignette with minimal effort.
6. Set up a fall-themed vignette. Vignettes are a great way to add bursts of decor around your home. I like to style them in the kitchen and guest bathroom where I usually have some kind of raised platform like a small cake stand for the base where I place some seasonal flowers in a small vase, a dish soap/hand dispenser, and a candle. It gives me something fragrant and visually appealing to enjoy while I’m in different parts of the house.
7. Style your table to add some flair to your dining room. Stick to a theme and play around with pieces you have around the house before making any purchases. You’d be surprised at what you have laying around and what you’ll end up creating! Take this look, for example – it’s a tablescape I curated for an interfaith iftar my husband and I hosted this past Ramadan. I used a garland that was in my daughter’s room wrapped in twinkle lights from my existing Ramadan decor, a lantern that I turned into a vase, an old burlap runner I had put away, and flameless candles I had used for my wedding decor. The result? A custom designed tablescape that was too pretty to take down!
8. Use in-season florals in your arrangements. I’m a sucker for flowers and any type will make my day. There’s something about in season blooms, however, that just add the perfect touch and sets the perfect tone. You can easily find these at your local grocery store and farmer’s market. Mix and match textures, heights and colors. Think outside of the box – use stems clustered with berries, branches with vivid leaves and even seasonal herbs like fennel blossoms and rosemary. Sunflowers, jewel toned dahlias with stems of eucalyptus are my absolute favorite. Play around with your containers, use varying shapes, heights and sizes. You don’t have to stick to the traditional crystal vase. Mason jars have become very popular alternatives for flower vases and what better season to use them than for fall?!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and have found some inspiration for your fall decor this year. I’d love to see what you’re creating and what other tips you use around your home, be sure to share them below! Happy fall and happy decorating!
Danah is wife to Kareem and mama to their daughter Kinzah (aka Kiki). She was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, and loves all things food, fashion, photography and home decor. After having Kinzah, she created her blog, Mother of Pearl, where she shares a glimpse into her life as she navigates motherhood and hopes to build a safe space for other mamas to connect. You can follow her on Instagram.