Fall is my most favorite of all seasons. I enjoy the sunshine and carefree days of summer, of course, but there is something delicious about Fall!
Even though decorating is my passion, I try not to over-complicate my decor by getting too fussy or over the top with the changes in seasons. I enjoy getting my home ready for friends, fall parties and church groups, but I can’t spend too much time fussing over things or I won’t have much time left over for guests!
Here are 8 tips for getting your home ready for fall!
1. Remove your summer decor and accessories. I keep out of season things on a shelf in my garage, or in lidded baskets in my home.
2. Let your home breathe. What you set out for a season is as important as what you take away. Try to box up a few “non-seasonal” decorative items to allow your home more room to breathe. The less stuff you have out, the more your fall decor will stand out as important and special.
3. Don’t over think “fall decorating.” Think more along the lines of being inspired by the fall season. What are the colors and textures that make you feel cozy? What types of activities do you like to take part in during the autumn season? If you incorporate the “feel” of the season into your home, rather than over-doing obvious “seasonal decor,” your home will be inviting and comfortable without looking like you tried too hard.
4. Keep it simple. No need to go overboard on decorating every corner, a couple of simple changes in each room will go a long way. Try changing a couple of throw pillows, adding a cozy throw, bringing out some books and perhaps adding a fall wreath or vase of branches to your fireplace or a bowl of pine cones on the table.
5. Consider the scent of your home. I love having a home that smells like fall. Cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, pumpkin and cloves are some of my favorite fall scents. I love the smell of candles and scented pine cones to fill my house!
6. Let the seasons evolve. I don’t put all my fall touches out at once. In September I focus on simple changes like fall throw pillows, for instance, but I tend to avoid putting out my pumpkins until October.
7. Invite some friends over for a simple fall get together. Your home should be a place where community and friendship can take place. Does that idea scare you? Please don’t wait until you have the perfect sized home, spic and span corners, impressive furniture or have time to create an awesome meal. That is too much pressure for you AND your guests! Focus on gracious hospitality over perfection. Invite people over for a simple game night, chili and cornbread, movie and popcorn, or a hot cider and pumpkin pie night.
My tip: turn the lights down low and no one will notice the flaws!
8. Be inspired for the season by visiting The Inspired Room during the 31 Days of Autumn Bliss! We are going to embrace God’s gift of Autumn by fully enjoying the season every day!
What is your favorite fall decorating or entertaining tip?
By: Melissa of The Inspired Room
Photos: Melissa Michaels