I'm So Glad I Live In A World Where There Are Octobers

Thanks for joining us on this incredible fall home decor blog loop! If I'm next on your loop, you just came from my dear friend Leanna's page! https://lifebyleanna/fall-decor-ideas-for-your-home/

So, Welcome!

Autumn.Leaves changing colors. The cool, brisk air. The holiday season kick off. Yet, a season where many take completely for granted. Not this girl. I adore everything there is about fall. The Floridian in me takes complete advantage of every single aspect that this season has to offer. EVERYTHING. I don't think many realize that in Ft. Lauderdale, there are no season changes. Yes, temperatures may drop slightly ( when I say slightly, it could - keyword COULD - drop from the mid 80s to the high 60s - absolutely awful). So being a new Georgia resident, I go all out for the season. Pumpkin patches, apple picking, hiking, and basically soaking up every single thing our state has to offer outdoors.

One thing that really gets me pumped, is when the month of August comes to an end and I can feel the change of seasons approaching. When I say feel, I mean that figuratively, especially since I am still patiently waiting for the temperatures to drop more. When the leaves slowly start changing from deep greens to oranges and reds and I know that it is GAME ON and off to Hobby Lobby and Target I go to start contemplating new decor themes; and most of the time I spontaneously and  impulsively buy new florals that I wind up never using because I change my style and decorating ideas as quickly as I process the words "change of seasons". It's a character flaw of mine, but hey! It is what it is!

This year, I started off with dark purples and succulents. I purchased everything I needed to style my little French country humble farmhouse to only change my mind a week later and go for mustards, golds and deep greens. Ah, the life of a home decor account never bores me to say the least. I will say though, I am beyond pleased with the change and am so happy that I am able to share my decorating journey with my family, friends and followers. I truly hope that everyone loves how I style our home, but in all honesty, the only opinions that truly matter are my husband's (he's the one footing the bill HA HA).

My porch has always been a favorite. My loved ones can't get enough of it and my followers bombard me with questions wanting to know all the details of it from our brick choice, porch swing and even that adorable welcome sign I found at the Hobs. And let me tell you, I LOVE the inquiries, so keep them coming! This year, I chose to do faux mums (no surprise there if you've been following my decorating journey for awhile HA HA) in yellow and white. I know what you're thinking... 'really? faux mums!?!' ... YES. You know the saying...Once you go faux you never go back .. or somethin' like that ;) I found them at the one and only Hobby Lobby, 40% off ... some advice for you all living in the south: mums die and they die quickly. Splurge a little on the fake goods and reuse them the next year. You can thank me later, especially since they look so real. Along with my mums, I topped off my porch swing with some mustard colored pillows and throw blanket ... and who can forget the fake white pumpkins I've been hoarding for a year. We did wind up gathering plenty of real pumpkins as well, but again, once you go faux you never go back.

I tend to only decorate the main living areas of our home; the porch, dining room, entryway, living room and kitchen. After typing that out, I just realized that that is a lot of decorating .. welp. The first area you see instantly when walking through our front doors is our entryway. With our vintage theater seating and chalkboard, there is so much potential for that area, which is still a work in progress. I chose to do a fall bucket list, the kids love it, especially when we are able to cross the items off of it.

I like to keep my interior fairly simple. My goal is to have my spaces filled but not cluttered which tends to get a little tricky at times, but I am going to let you in on a decorating secret of mine. Keep your main items in your home year round and rotate "fillers". So, for example, let's look at my living room. Things I keep: the majority of items on my built in shelving and mantle. Things I replace: mainly just florals, pillows and throw blankets. Reason being, Your spaces will always look full and when you replace smaller items (in my case I replaced all of the lavender and switched to mustard and white  assorted flowers) it is more cost effective and looks delicate and pretty. Also, adding yellow and white mini pumpkins from Target's Dollar Spot really helped give my living room a push into the fall direction without being so over the top and dramatic.Who wants to get sick of looking at seasonal decor when you are barely passed the first half of October? Not I. I have the ability to keep my decor as is throughout Thanksgiving with the option to add some turkeys here and there ... maybe, or maybe not. HA HA.

One thing I really love about having an open floor plan is that I merge all of my decor throughout the living room and into the kitchen. The flow of consistent decorating really gives me so much joy. I just truly enjoy the entire aspect of decorating and making spaces look complete and effortlessly flawless. (But here's the funny thing, what seems so effortless more than likely took hours upon hours to create. Between the "hunt" for items and places them in their perfect little temporary homes, the trial and error that comes along with it all is just mind blowing.) I wanted to continue, flawlessly, with the mustard color in through my kitchen shelving. I wanted subtlety but the other part of me wanted dramatic. I wound up removing my serving platters from the top shelves in my kitchen and officially designated them as "decor items only". I felt iffy about it at first, but I have grown to love it.

Amber jars, ferns, pops of yellow fabric pumpkins. I seriously love it all and CANNOT wait to show you all what I have in store come Christmas. (Hey, I know, it's not even Halloween yet - us decor accounts are on the same time frame as Hobby Lobby and Walmart. Once their decor comes out, so does ours.)

There you have it, my main living areas of my house, decorated for the kick off to the most wonderful time of the year! I hope you enjoyed this little fall tour, I have actually teamed up with a group of incredible ladies who decided to give ya'll a quick glimpse of their autumn abodes.

Be sure to head to Mary's ( @selah.pines.farmhouse ) blog post next!

http://selahpines.com/farmhouse/fall-decor-with-vintage-finds


 

  • Paul Shapiro says...

    This is a beautiful webpage. How do I order something?

    On Nov 18, 2019

  • Leanna Laming says...

    Everything was just so perfect Melanie! So happy to be on this tour with you!

    On Nov 18, 2019

  • Sarah says...

    It looks beautiful Melanie! I love the kitchen shelves.

    On Nov 18, 2019

  • Selah Pines Farmhouse says...

    Melanie,
    I loved how you created such a cozy Fall vibe in your amazing home.
    💛 Mare

    On Nov 18, 2019

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