And all at once, summer collapsed into fall. — Oscar Wilde
OK, so I’m not sure where you are, but here in Atlanta, it’s 1,000 degrees and has been for what seems like an eternity. Trees are wilting, my “lawn” is crunchy and the ground is so hard-baked I could tap dance, yet technically, it’s Fall, y’all! I’m trying to feel the spirit of the season, but it’s really just *hard* when my booties, scarves and cute jackets sit dormant in the closet waiting for that first hint of a chill … But we must persevere. Word on the street is that there’s relief just around the corner! Wunderground.com says the high tomorrow will be 76! Can you believe it? We’re just flipping that 97 today into a potentially awesome tomorrow. Fingers, toes, legs, all of it crossed that it really happens, because I just can’t even think about all the Fall food goodies when it’s this hot. The thought of eating anything involving pumpkin or gravy right now seriously makes my stomach turn!
So, since we’re holding out hope that Autumn will make an appearance in the next 48 hours, we need to get our homes dressed and ready, right? Here are some ideas to help get your home geared up for boot weather!
A Wreath (or two)
The wreath and it’s porch-squatting friend, the pumpkin, set the stage immediately for seasonal cheer. I love this one from Etsy. The texture and color just screams Fall! For a bit more of a minimalist look, but not so much for the outside, this golden felt one — also from Etsy and available in various color combinations — would be great for indoors. I kinda have a thing for felt. It makes me wish I was more of the crafty sort, because apparently you can make a gazillion cute things out of it like this beaver portrait.
A little gilded glory can really set the stage for the festive months ahead, segueing easily from Fall into the holidays. Think candle holders, plates and trays, or decorative branches to standalone or use in arrangements. I love these gilt stems from Ballard Designs, particularly the ginkgo ones. The fan shape of a ginkgo leaf is just so much more fabulous than those commoner leaves! Speaking of leaves, I also love the graphic shape of these metal leaf figurines from Ballard. Throw in some supporting decor like a simple garland and they’d look fabulous on a mantle, a foyer console or dining table centerpiece. … Oh! while we’re on the subject of dining tables, take your lame old silverware, put it in a drawer and replace it with BLING! Gold silverware? Yes! Wait, no. Goldware? That’s weird. Cutlery. Gold cutlery. That’s better. … Anyway, yes. Gold cutlery like these from West Elm, adds a serious BUHH-LING touch to your table any time of the year, but goes especially well with the over-the-topness of the holidays. … Also, if you love Halloween (yes, please!) and want to embrace that fully, please feast your eyes (pun! silverware —> food —> feast!) on this set of skull-emblazoned silverware! Perfect for a Halloween or Day of the Dead party.
OK, really I just wanted another category to show some more cute felt stuff. LOOK AT THOSE LITTLE ACORNS! So cute and colorful. Work those in with a felt leaf garland and maybe some textural greenery, and you’ve got a pretty colorful and festive mantle! … For a little more traditional approach, Pottery Barn has this gorgeous garland that includes roses, ranunculus (the best flower!), hydrangeas (second best!), and various other vegetal matter. It’s really pretty fantastic, and the color is to die for! Whichever way you go, texture is key for a successful garland, wreath or really any other element of Fall decor — heck, all decor, really, but especially Fall with its craggy leaves, branches and pine cones, smooth pumpkins and warm, fuzzy textiles.
Right, you absolutely cannot discuss Fall decor without including the ubiquitous pumpkin. You can find them made out of everything from felt (FELT!) to vines to wine corks (that’s one way to hide the evidence …), as well as any color under the rainbow (if nature doesn’t make it, paint it!). Mixed with some greenery, candles or a garland, pumpkins can make an attractive Fall vignette for your foyer or front entry. For DIYers, the lowly pumpkin is like the Holy Grail of blank canvases … dip it, gild it, paint it, calligraphy it, carve it, drill it … whatever you can dream up, the pumpkin is there for you! While I dream of days future when I can have my way with some pumpkins, right now, prêt á porter is my path in life, so I plan to find a host of misshapen pumpkins of various shades (mostly white, I love those white pumpkins!) to create my own Welcome, Fall, You Can’t Get Here Fast Enough vignette. I might also have to snag some of the B&W buffalo check ones from Etsy. I love B&W buffalo check. It’s like gingham went to the big city and got all sophisticated.
Nothing sets the moody stage for the ever-darkening Fall days like rich velvets and chunky blankets. Sub out some of your lighter throw pillows and blankets in your living and bedrooms for some jewel-toned velvet or textural mohair options for a quick, seasonal facelift. Homesick for GOT? This West Elm blanket is like snuggling up with your very own Dire Wolf! Not so much into the Winterfell look? Maybe something a little simpler like this chunky throw from The Citizenry or cheerful like Article’s hypoallergenic alpaca throws. The latter comes in a wide range of cheerful colors, but I love the tomato red! … If you really want to level up your Fall facelift, consider swapping out the drapery in a room for some super sexy velvet panels (Green! Pick green.). You can find them off the rack at various retail establishments like Pier 1, but if you really want some WOW factor, shoot me an email, and I’d be happy to help!
The foyer has come up multiple times in this post, because, well, like your front door, your foyer sets the mood for your home. It’s the first impression you get to make, and should hold all the importance of that first-day-of-school outfit. (I don’t know about you, but that was always a REALLY BIG DEAL for me) I’ll probably write way too much about it in some future post, but until then, if you don’t have a nice mirror and some sort of seating/drop zone by your front door, please consider investing in one. This spindle back bench from World Market is a functionally fabulous place to load and unload, and the simple, black frame makes seasonal accessorizing easy breezy. Pair it with a simple wood-framed mirror, and you’ve got the makings of a casually sophisticated welcome for you and your guests! Boom. You’re welcome. Need help, email me!
Something old …
You knew I couldn’t leave without a nod to some vintage goodness. I love little nesting dishes, and these (again from Etsy. I love Etsy.) are pret-ty cool and colorful. These, too. I also have a thing for vintage pottery, especially the Haeger pedestal dishes. Group a few like this gold one of the same or complimentary colors on a tabletop with some miniature gourds or fruit for a one-of-a-kind centerpiece, then gather your friends and family ‘round for some good times!
And if you’re into the one-off weird stuff, you need this kinda-terrifying ghost and mouse …
Welp! That’s it for now, y’all! It’s Friday afternoon and a soul-sucking, blistering 95 degrees out. Weather still says a blissful high of 78 tomorrow though … Please don’t be lying to us. ...
Have a great weekend! Cheers!