Tuesday, October 7, 2008

understated fall decorating

my husband and I don't have kids (yet!) and we don't want to leave things out that our dogs will destroy...so we are not big into the full-blown decorating for Halloween thing. but, I still want my house to look like fall and have a warm look to it this time of year. I can't do the whole fake-cobwebs-and-witch-cutouts thing, but I do like a touch of fall indoors.

I think every home should have a wreath on the front door during the fall season! I love berry wreaths like this one - and if you use red berries, this wreath can go from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas.

i think the easiest way to add some fall color to a room is by a centerpiece like this (wouldn't this look great on a dining room table?), or, smaller versions of this for side tables. collections like this aren't overwhelming, but they add warmth.

this is a creative use of a pumpkin without being too cutesy. you could use the pumpkin as a vase, as above, or as a planter on your front porch.

if you don't want to replace your centerpieces, vases, collections, etc with small pumpkins and the like, but still want an update for fall, use branches!! they are incredibly versatile, and you can use them in your existing arrangements, but they just have that "fall" look about them that makes you want to curl up in front of the fire and read a good book. branches are inexpensive, and you can place them all around your home in just a few short minutes. done and done!

another GREAT versatile decorating tool that will take you from halloween to christmas: pinecones! as a centerpiece or in a side bowl, you can mix pinecones with pumpkins for halloween, with gourds for thanksgiving, and with red berries and fir for christmas. a pinecone placed on a napkin - as above - looks great on a deep orange or brown napkin for thanksgiving dinner, or a red or green napkin for a christmas feast. it can't get any easier than that!


Hooked on Houses said...

I don't get into the fake cobwebs and giant spiders for Halloween, either, although my 6-year old has been begging me for some this year. I might have to throw her a bone (or skeleton, ha). Love that front door and the wreath on it! -Julia

ThriftyDecorChick said...

I never got into it too much (well, a little!) either until we had our son. I'm more of a fall decorator for sure. I'm like Julia, the cobwebs and spiders are a little much. But just WAIT -- it gets more fun when you have a kiddo. ;)