How was your weekend friends?! Mine started and ended with some much needed girl time where we got together to celebrate one of my closest girlfriend's birthday. Although we really blew it out last year for her 40th in Las Vegas, this year was low key but so nice with a beautiful outdoor lunch Friday at Backstreet Cafe and then a dinner on Sunday at Salt Air- two great restaurants to try if you ever get to Houston. Sometimes I get so busy with my day-to-day life and responsibilities that it's hard to carve out that friend time. But, it's so necessary. I always leave these women feeling reenergized and my face hurting from laughing so hard. It's good for the soul!
By the way, these ladies swear I'm having a BOY! Do you have any inclination? I have no idea and will be thrilled with either, truly. We should get to find out soon and I can't wait to share with you!
My brain has been consumed with all things nursery lately and I definitely needed a mental break from decision making so I switched gears and added some easy Fall decor to our dining room. Because I was looking for a retreat from the stress of having to make so many decor decisions about the baby's room, I wanted to take the pressure off with these Fall decorations. I used mostly items I already had from years past. Hey, it's okay and maybe even preferred to use things you've used before! Let's take a look!
EASY FALL DECOR
The only thing new are 4 wooden block letters I picked up at Hobby Lobby on sale and some fresh pumpkins and firewood. They had every letter in the alphabet and the possibilities for what you can spell are endless, but I settled on the simple word "FALL".
I was thinking ahead to where I would store these letters later since I'm trying to be more thoughtful about the things I bring into the house given all the effort I've given getting rid of things over the last couple of years. I currently have two big plastic bins of Fall decor, and when I pulled them out this year, the only thing I used for this set-up was the little bird and ceramic metallic pumpkin (both from Hobby Lobby).
It's so easy to get caught up shopping and bring home so many cute things, only to be donating them later! Such a waste! Given that I tend to gravitate toward more natural items, like these white mini pumpkins and fresh yard clippings, my two bins of decorations could probably be whittled down even further.
After I spread the Fall love around the rest of the house, I'll have to go back and see what I've actually used. One thing I return to time and time again are my trusty faux flowering branches. I love the color and height they give to the room and they are easily stored in a large wicker bin in our pantry.
I'm trying to remember where I got the eucalyptus branches, and I think they are from Hobby Lobby, but most craft stores carry them. The orange blossoms are from World Market. Target is an easy go-to for decorative items and we've had the wooden bowl and metallic ice bucket for ages. The wooden bowl is usually in the kitchen holding fruit or onions, potatoes, and garlic.
I have to say, I'm still crazy over this wall color we chose. Even though it took about a million swatches to find the perfect color (Sherwin Williams Comfort Grey - lightened 75%), this one looks great with every accent color I pair it with. It's light and bright and gives great energy to the dining room that's just off of our front door. Our trim color is SW Divine White, which is actually pretty creamy, so if you have true white trim, the Comfort Grey will probably look different next to it.
Browns and oranges are typical Fall colors, but adding that pop of pale blue is so pretty! I mixed our traditional plaid Pottery Barn pillows with the Robert Allen Vintage Plums pillow and drapes.
As a home decor blogger, I often feel the pressure to create something bold, new and/or unexpected, but really, I don't consider myself any kind of trendsetter, just a regular wife and mom who likes to show what we've done in our own home using modest skills and design intuition. While putting this Fall dining room together, I admit to thinking, "I've used most of this stuff before and I hope people don't get bored with what I'm doing."
I have to remind myself to just do what I love and be true to myself so that I don't end up with a home that might look good to others, but doesn't feel genuine to me. So, yes, I often use the same things repeatedly (although I try to mix it up in new ways), and I shop my home to save money. If you've followed my blog for long, you've probably seen many of the decor items in this post in the past.
Most working families don't have the time or inclination to spend lots of time or money on their seasonal decor, but they still want a home that looks cozy, personal, fresh and inviting.
Do you use the same decor items over and over too?
:: 5 EASY SEASONAL DECOR TIPS ::
1. It's okay to shop and spend money, but only on things you really love and will use for years to come.
2. With those loved pieces, use them yearly, but in a new way. Put them in a different places and pair them with different things. Try mixing various colors and patterns.
3. Use fresh, inexpensive "ingredients" where possible. For example, real pumpkins, flowers, or wood. The wood shown here was $5 at my grocery store.
4. Get rid of those decor items you've stored for years, but never use.
5. Incorporate everyday items like bowls, vases, and objects into your seasonal decor. Everything Fall doesn't have to include those themey items. For example, a candle placed in a shallow bowl of coffee beans can look very cozy.
Paint :: Sherwin Williams
Hobby Lobby :: FALL Letters | Metallic Pumpkin | Bird | Eucalyptus
Target :: Hammered Vases | Wooden Bowl | Gold Ice Bucket
West Elm :: Chevron Throw (similar) (on sale)
Wisteria :: Chairs (on sale)
Grocery Store :: Pumpkins | Firewood
Drapery Fabric :: Robert Allen Vintage Plumes (Jade)