As we approach October, as our days grow shorter, we eagerly anticipate the cooler temperatures lurking around the corner. We welcome the season and all the wonder that comes with it. By the end of the month, as little ghosts and goblins eagerly await their chance to come knocking on our doors, we’ll unpack our warm blankets, turn up our thermostats and light our fireplaces. We’ll once again turn on our ovens and begin to prepare meals that are heartier, meals that warm our hearts, hands and souls. The wonderful aromas of roasts, stews and soups begin to permeate the air as they simmer away. We'll exchange our summer clothes for warm sweaters, velvets, leathers and furs. We will do this for our homes as well. Many of us will bring out warm blankets, swap out pillows, area rugs and curtains. We’ll find ways to incorporate those gorgeous autumnal hues, mustards, orches, browns, oranges and golds into our homes.
One of the best ways to do this is to do so naturally and organically, using fall foliage, plants and flowers as well as the many and varied pumpkins and gourds, apples and pears that are now so easily accessible.
I love using what I already have at home and styling them with items brought in from the outdoors. Old liquor bottles and wine bottles are great for thin branches, long stems and candles. So next time you to get ready to toss that bottle into the recycling bin, think twice! I love using silver things like silver tea pots, copper watering cans, and ceramic jars for flowers - things that are different, novel, unexpected. I love using items that have character and purpose. I also love incorporating non-traditional fall colors.
I’m absolutely mad about the way Randi Garrett has styled her home for the fall and how she’s incorporated her ginger jars with the hydrangea, assorted pumpkins and little branches. She has a wonderful blog that’s absolutely worth checking out!
If pastel is more your style, it’s absolutely possible to dress your home for fall in softer hues, and if you have a fireplace that’s non-working or that you don’t use, simply fill it with pumpkins - it’s absolutely gorgeous. Click the links highlighted in blue above for more ideas.
If you tend to veer more towards neutrals, we are made about these blades of wheat in the milk jugs. You can also use bunches of grass, pussywillows, cattails… And of course you can fill bowls, jars and cloches with pine cones of all sizes.