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Fall is in the air – an autumn round-up!




According to the calendar, fall doesn’t officially begin until the end of September, but that’s much too late for my taste. September 1st marks the first day of autumn around here.

That’s because September 1st is the day I decorate my house for fall!

Never mind the fact that it’s still hot as blue blazes here in South Georgia, I can enjoy my autumn-themed decor and pretend the mosquitos and gnats aren’t swarmin’ just outside my door.

Fall is in the air: A round-up of Autumn Inspiration!

 

For the sake of honesty, I’ll need to let you in on a little secret, tho…I’m decoratively challenged.

Seriously challenged.  

Up until a few years ago, my idea of decorating was hanging family photos wherever the previous tenants had left nails in the wall. And it never even crossed my mind that I should consider doing anything differently. Then one September my sister suggested that I get a pumpkin or a scarecrow for my front porch. What? Why?! I mean, I knew about decorating for Christmas, but fall? It had never even occurred to me.  That’s when I started noticing other homes. (Yeah, no one’s ever accused me of being overly observant.) Seeing all of my friends’ homes beautifully bedecked in fall finery served to inspire me (and, I’ll admit it, provoke me to a bit of jealousy).

Well, years later my house still doesn’t look like the homes that served as my inspiration. *Sigh*

But, I’m proud to say that I’m no longer content with plain-Jane either. Purposely working with the limited ability that God’s given me I have managed to create my own little version of an Autumn wonderland. I’m sure no one will ever use the phrase “beautifully bedecked” to describe anything in my house, but I can say with confidence that it’s peaceful and enjoyable.

Do you take the opportunity to celebrate the changing of the seasons by putting out a few decorations? If not, I’ve compiled a few ideas that will hopefully get your creative juices flowin’.

Helpful Fall and Autumn Decorating Concepts…

Start small if you have to, but start. Don’t let intimidation hinder you from jumping on the decorating train. It actually took me longer to get started than I care to admit. I allowed the overwhelming thought of, “Where the heck do I start?!” to paralyze me with inaction. Overcoming that concern and purchasing my first front-porch pumpkin got me going. If I can do it, so can you!

Be creative. Of course, buying stuff at the store is the easiest way to go, but why limit yourself to someone else’s ideas? Think about what you already have at home that you can use. One of my favorite decorations is a cute little picture of fall leaves with the words “Happy Fall, Y’all!” spelled out in pretty autumn colors. I made it myself by copying and pasting an image of leaves from the internet onto a blank Word page, typing out the cute saying above it, and printing it. It was perfect for a picture frame I found at a yard sale.  It only cost me about $1 to make, but the sense of accomplishment was pretty amazing for this less-than-creative girl!

Don’t compare. This one’s tough for me, especially since (as I’ve mentioned) the majority of my friends and family are beyond gifted in the art of creating beautiful spaces. Seriously, the homes of most of my loved ones could be featured in decorating magazines and I’m all like, “Look at my homemade picture frame thing!” But I can tell you from personal experience that you’ll be much more content if you can embrace your own creativity without comparing.

Shop wisely. There is no shame in hittin’ up the dollar stores and thrift stores. You can get a whole buggy full of stuff for what you’d pay for one pretty door wreath at most stores in the mall. Hold off until the end-of-the-season clearances to shop the major retailers. You’ll score some great finds for next year at literally a fraction of the cost. 75% – 90% off signs are my favorite!

Store carefully for re-use. Store your decorations so you can use them again. If you pack them carefully they’ll look as good as new for years to come. By carefully preserving what you have and adding a few new items each year, you’ll have a look that your family will enjoy without breaking the bank.

Fall and Autumn Round-up – Ideas from Friends!

Check out these other great ideas for frugal, easy fall decorating and living. Most of them are supplied from friends who share at our weekly Coffee and Conversation, every Wednesday, or blogging buddies from Facebook :-). Enjoy!

Fall Decor Shopping Guide (for the non DIYer) – Timeless Creations

Fall Porch Decorating (inspirational!) – The Home I Create

10 Items for a Productive (and cozy!) Fall (unique and fun!) – AmberUninhibited

Faux Caramel Apples and Dreams of Fall – So Much At Home

Easy Fall Ribbon Wreath – Of The Hearth

DIY Sweater Pillow – Reuse, Grow, Enjoy

Twig Centerpiece Craft – Reuse, Grow, Enjoy

Candle with Burlap and Leaves – Happy Deal, Happy Day

3D Fall Pumpkin Garland – WhiteHouse Crafts

Welcome Fall PlanterWhiteHouse Crafts

How to Decorate Your Pumpkin: A Guide for Every Skill LevelPersonalCreations.com

 

What are your favorite ways to decorate for fall?

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Candy

Candy is a southern girl who enjoys the simple things in life. Dirt road drivin’, Sunday afternoon nappin’, back yard swingin’, and sunset watchin’ are a few of the things that make her smile. She’s been married to her best friend and the love of her life for almost 25 years and is navigating motherhood with her 4 children, aged 23, 19, 14, & 11. Homeschooling for over 18 years now, she is also a bit of a word-nerd (ok, maybe more than a “bit” – she actually considers making lists of homophones to be entertaining), a lover of books and chocolate, a survivor of cancer, an author, and a hula hoop maker.
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23 Responses to Fall is in the air – an autumn round-up!

  1. Shannon October 14, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    I live on the TX Gulf Coast, so it’s hot here, too!
    Thanks for including my wreath in your roundup!
    Shannon recently posted…5 Ways to Stop ProcrastinatingMy Profile

    • Pat October 16, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

      Our pleasure, Shannon – we all need a little fall in our lives, right? (Even if we have to imagine it – LOL)
      Thanks for sharing your wreath with us…

  2. Nicki Schroeder October 12, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    Love these tips. And the links! I will need to check them out. Fall seems to be the season that I struggle with the most when it comes to decorating. Mainly because it seems so much shorter than the other seasons AND I wait too long to start decorating, hard to admit summer has passed! 🙂

    • Pat October 12, 2016 at 11:30 am #

      I’m the same way, Nicki – I have so much to learn from Candy, and other bloggers and friends who share their ideas with me, about frugal decorating!
      And I’m with you about living in denial about saying good-bye to summer 🙁
      Thanks for stopping by…come back again soon!

  3. Amber October 10, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    Love this – fall is my favorite season! Thanks for including my post. Have a great autumn!

    • Pat October 10, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

      Our pleasure, Amber – hope you have an amazing one, too!

  4. it all began with paint September 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    I loved reading your post! Simple, but beautiful fall decorations are my favorite too. A lovely Autumn to you!

  5. JES September 5, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    Thank you for sharing this post on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! It has been featured in our ODE TO AUTUMN ~ LINK UP LOVE column 🙂

    http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/2014/09/ode-to-autumn-link-up-love.html

    Have a lovely weekend and we warmly invite you to link up again on Monday!

    P.S. I know it was entered the week before but it fit so well I couldn’t resist adding it 🙂

  6. Leslie September 2, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    Fall is definitely in the “air”…it’s just too hot here in TX. I can’t wait for cooler temps. Thanks for sharing on What You Wish Wednesday.

    • Candy September 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

      I feel ya, Leslie! The temp is in the upper 90’s here in South Georgia. It feels like it’s in the 100’s.

  7. Bobbi September 1, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday. You are very much appreciated! Hope to see you again this week! http://3glol.net/2014/09/01/teach-tuesday-19/

    3GLOL

  8. Sarah Ann August 29, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    I LOVE decorating for fall! There’s just something about those brilliant colors that make a home warm and inviting. I love to shop the end of season sale and stock up on new goodies for next year. Thanks for sharing at the Saturday Soiree Blog Party!

  9. Cathy August 29, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    I love coffee, the name of your blog, and this fall decoration that you have featured! Saying hello from fabulous finds and linky party, and I am so glad that I did! 🙂
    Cathy

    • Candy August 29, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      Hi Cathy! So glad you stopped by…Hope you plan to grab a cup of coffee and stay a while. 🙂

  10. Candy August 29, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    It was my pleasure, Chris! I just love your site…the fall decorating ideas you shared earlier this week were great…I especially loved the coffee bean/popcorn centerpiece. I’ll definitely be using that one!

  11. Chris Thompson August 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this lovely post at So Much at Home’s link up party. I hope you will be back each week with more lovely posts.
    God bless.

  12. Delora August 28, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    Thanks for the great ideas! Stopping by from Serving Joyfully link up. I must admit that at times I can be intimidated but your tips will get me going. I will be purchasing my pumpkins soon (smile).

    • Candy August 29, 2014 at 6:12 am #

      Yay! I’m so glad you found some inspiration…Once you get started you’ll find that your creative juices will flow more freely. It’s those first few steps, ya know? Thanks for stopping by…looking forward to seeing you again soon!

  13. JES August 28, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    Thanks for sharing these ideas 🙂 I enjoy decorating around the seasons with what is growing outside (and placed in vases) and seasonal produce. Fall is definitely a favorite! Thanks for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

    • Candy August 29, 2014 at 6:09 am #

      Ohhh…I love bringing nature inside too, JES! I have an oversized coffee cup on my dining room table that I fill with pine cones. One of my favorite decorations. 🙂

  14. Elizabeth September 2, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Fun post! You know, I’ve been at my parent’s house for 5 weeks and I barely remember my own new-to-me house back on the Georgia coast! Like where you live, autumn is late to arrive, often coming disguised as a Christmas present! But that doesn’t hinder me from decorating for my favorite season! When I get back home I hope to squeeze in some fall decorating! You have inspired me!!! ;). And I’ve already ordered my pretty fall flexi clip for my hair so I can decorate my tresses for fall no matter what the temperature outside! :). Happy fall!!

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