One of the things I look forward to most every fall is decorating the inside of our house with pumpkins, gourds and everything festive! But this year I pulled the 4 large bins of fall decorations out of the crawl space and realized… I’m over almost everything I’ve accumulated since my first adult apartment 11 years ago. So, I improvised, used what I still like and took a trip to Trader Joe’s. $15 later and after a trip back to the crawl space to put things away… I’m happy with how things turned out and ready for October!
Below are my tips for creating a festive fall home, without making it look like you live in a Halloween haunted house!
- Mini white pumpkins… they’re the best! First of all, they match any home decor color scheme. So you don’t have to worry about orange clashing with your pink rug. What’s even better… they’re cheap and they’re easy to find! You won’t have to look far or pay much for them at H-E-B or Sprouts.
2. Find a good fall wreath… they’re not just for the front door. Hang one on a wall or from a mirror to jazz things up. And there are lots of options! Mine are both from Home Goods. One is made up of little velvet pumpkins, the other of faux greenery and white pumpkins. Target and Michaels have some great ones, too!
3. Get some fun Halloween or fall themed cocktail napkins for your bar cart. Not only do they come in useful when serving cocktails, they also make a great subtle decoration! Home Goods always has great ones, so do Target and Marshalls!
4. Stay away from clutter… let’s face it, it’s just going to drive you nuts… even if it does put you in the fall spirit. Instead, simply accent what you have with a touch of fall. Put a little pumpkin or two between candles or in front of a ginger jar. Fill your favorite vase with mums or my new favorite fall flower… dahlias! Ours are from Winston Flowers and they’re the perfect touch of fall. Even replace candles in your candle holder with little pumpkins.
5. Save the Halloween specific decorations for one room in the house… most of the other fall decorations I’ve mentioned really can last you through Thanksgiving, until it’s time for Christmas decorations. But, you need a place to display the kids’ adorable trick or treat bags, little trinkets and signs. You’ll want to be able to clean it all up quickly and easily once November 1 hits. I like to put these decorations in my son’s room. They’re bright and fun for kids to look at, but don’t look out of place with my ginger jars and boxwoods.