Decorating For Fall: Part 2-Without Pumpkins
One of my favorite hobbies is decorating my home for the seasons. When Julie read my post about decorating for fall without pumpkins, she thought I was crazy! She loves fall colors and couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t too! I really like light, bright colors in my home, so I was determined to try to decorate in a new way this fall.
There were some hits and misses with this project. In an attempt to get crafty, I tried to make the “Thankful” sign with the help of my niece. I was really hung up on how this sign turned out and it almost derailed the whole project. I was able to move on with some wise words from my niece. This post details how I was able to let it go.
I’m going to apologize in advance for the photography. I need a wide angle lens for my camera but I think you can get the general idea from the shots I managed to get. I arranged the mantle in several different ways before deciding on a final look. Here was attempt #1.
The hurricane vase with sea glass and the starfish are normally on the mantle. I really love how they look so they stayed. I moved the tall lantern which is usually at the base, to the mantle to add some balance.
The paint on the “Thankful” sign bothered me the most. It wasn’t as dark as I wanted it to be and I seriously contemplated trying to hand paint it in a darker color. I decided to leave it alone and try to take my own advice from my “letting go of perfectionism” post. The washed out beachy look was what I was going for, but it was a little hard to see the words from a distance. Okay, “good enough, is good enough”. I’m decorating for my own tastes and it was very pretty, so time to move on!
Still, I wasn’t entirely happy with the look, something was not quite right. I decided to get a second opinion from my family. Both the Mister and my youngest thought it looked good but agreed it wasn’t quite right. My youngest suggested using some lanterns we had displayed on a table upstairs. Brilliant!
I’ve read about “shopping your house” for items, so I gave it a try! I swapped out the lanterns from upstairs as well as another taller clear bottle filled with pretty stones. Here is attempt #2.
Attempt #3-The Winner!
This looked much better, but in order to make room for some of the new decor items, I had taken away some family pictures. I decided to swap the smaller family picture for the larger one of the girls. Here is attempt #3 and the final product.
My favorite items in the display are the cotton stems, the squirrel, and even the sign because it was a project I did with my niece. I also love all of the candles, which makes it look so cozy at night. I’m a big fan of battery candles with timers. They look” real” enough, are safer and worry-free. The birch candles do not have timers, but I loved them so much, it is worth having to turn them on an off.
Cozy Seating Area
Next to the fireplace is this cozy sitting area. I LOVE this pillow, which was one of my picks in my “Decorating For Fall” post. My budget did not allow for two new pillows, so to get the cozy texture of the original blue pillow, I “shopped my house” and found this blanket from our bedroom.
All and all I’m pleased with the end result. I feel like our living room has touches of autumn without “traditional” fall decor. I feel happy and cozy when I’m in this room and isn’t that what home decor is all about? I’m not going for perfection but trying to fill my home with things we love and are special to us.
By the way, when I shared the photos with Julie, her response was-“If you say it’s fall, it’s fall”! Thanks, Sis!