Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fall Inspiration

Football.  Apple Cider. Colorful leaves.  Crisp, cool evenings. Caramel apples. Harvest. Cinnamon. Indian corn. Fall festivals. Jack O’ Lanterns. Mums. Scarecrows. Cranberries. Chili and hot dogs. Halloween candy. Sweaters. Plaid wool blankets. Candy corn. Bonfires. Pumpkins. Pumpkin Spice lattes. Pumpkin scented candles. Pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkins everywhere.
fall decorating
Fall has arrived! I love summer and I am really going to miss it, but there are lots of things to love about fall. I have listed a few of them in the paragraph above. I love the new colors of autumn: the leaves, orange pumpkins, and red apples.  I love the cozy smell of bon fires and cinnamon and pumpkin spice. I love eating all the yummy foods and treats. I love the taste of apple cider and pumpkin spice coffee. I love the soft, warm texture of thick socks and sweaters, flannel shirts,  and wool blankets. I love decorating my house for fall.

Bathroom shelf decor
Bathroom shelf décor – it’s a little creepy when I get out of the shower and see them watching me!
Pinterest is my inspiration for decorating and celebrating holidays. I love the holiday ideas and the craft ideas and the recipes. I have probably only tried about 5% of my pins and I have had just as many successes as failures. This might seem like a waste of time to some people, but I really like the creative possibilities of Pinterest. I continue to look and pin and I love it. One thing I do not like about Pinterest is it’s ability to make me feel inferior. I was and am still happy with my fall decorations this year. They are simple and elegant and will be easy to take down and put away when the time comes. My decorations make me happy. Now, however, when I am looking at Pinterest, I see decorating ideas that look better mine. I get the urge to start over or add Pinterest ideas.

Mix candy corn and peanuts to make a PayDay Candy Bar flavored snack mix
Mix half candy corn and half peanuts to make a yummy Pay Day Candy Bar flavored snack mix
So, Pinterest is an amazing source for holiday decorating ideas, recipes, and crafts. I also like Houzz.com, hgtv.com, and MarthaStewart.com. There are many other websites and blogs that offer ideas, crafts, and recipes. I also like to read magazines and shop for books at garage sales. You can find a lot of old , unique ideas and recipes in older books. One of my favorite recipe books is Gooseberry Patch Taste of Autumn. Gooseberry Patch has a website with recipes and information about their books.
fall decorating
When decorating for a holiday, I have learned to keep things simple. After thirty-six years of decorating and living in four different homes, I have accumulated too much stuff. Last year, I cleaned out my fall decorating boxes and sent some of it to my children. Some of my holiday stuff has sentimental value and I just have to keep it even though I can’t really use it.  A lot of memories are tied up in these things. I never understood why my mother kept everything but now I know.
fall decorating
Usually I decorate with pumpkin candles, leaf garlands, and pumpkins. I start with a scarecrow theme and replace the scarecrows with turkeys and pilgrims for Thanksgiving. I am only using a few scarecrows this year. I am a little tired of scarecrows and my cats won’t leave them alone. I avoid a strictly Halloween theme as there are no children around to enjoy them and I don’t have to put them away for Thanksgiving. I like the look of corn stalks but have found them to be too messy and difficult to attach to my latest home. Bales of straw are messy too and will mold quickly. If you buy corn stalks or bales of hay, be sure to wrap them in an old sheet before putting them in your car.
fall decorating
Scent is the most important aspect of my decorating. I love the smell of spices, vanilla, apples, and pumpkin. I began my decorating with a big shopping trip to Bath and Body Works and Michaels. I bought pumpkin spice hand soap, candles, and wallflowers at Bath and Body Works. Every time I wash my hands, they smell like pumpkin spice.  Wallflowers are plug-in fragrance bulbs that radiate scent. This year I chose caramel pumpkin swirl. Every time I come home, I am enchanted by the smell which makes me think of freshly baked pumpkin bars and cake.  I am a huge fan of Bath and Body Works. Their soaps, candles, lotions, and wallflowers are pretty, they smell good, and they are not overpowering. I have dozens and dozens of pumpkin scented candles scattered all over the house.

My fall mailbox cover
My autumn mailbox cover
Mailbox covers are very popular in my neighborhood. Mailbox covers  wrap around the mailbox and are magnetically attached. There are many, many designs to chose from and they are easy to attach. They are durable and weather resistant. There are two sizes: standard and oversized plus a strip that will fit on your mailbox or metal door. I purchased mine on eBay.com but discountdecorativeflags.com has an enormous selection.

fall decorating
Welcome to my home!
My front door area is very simple this year. I have some repotted purple mums and my new scarecrows sitting by the front door next to my old leaf doormat. I hung an orange and green wooden pumpkin plaque on the door. I scattered a few pumpkins around the doorway. I like it. I would like to have a few more pumpkins and plan to pick some up next weekend when we will be visiting a pumpkin farm.
fall decorating
I don’t like a lot of clutter in my house so my decorations are minimal. Although I have tucked pumpkins, jack-o lanterns, and candles all over the house, most of my focus is on my fireplace mantel, my dining room table, and sideboard. My fireplace mantel is gorgeous. Everything is orange and glittery. I have a leaf garland with glittery pumpkins and pumpkin scented candles.
fall decorating
I bought new fall themed linens last year. I have fall themed towels and pumpkin candles in my kitchen. I have fall themed kitchen towels and pumpkin candles in my kitchen.  I have four placemats and a runner in cranberry, green, and gold plaid. I found a matching centerpiece with fall leaves and vegetables that holds three candles.
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Each bathroom has pumpkin spice scented soap and a candle. New hand towels would be a nice touch.
My home is feeling very cozy and festive. I am excited about the next few months. There will be football games to watch, world series baseball games to watch, wiener roasts, and fall festivals to attend.
Happy Fall Ya’ll!

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