Decorating your home for the fall season doesn’t mean you need to spend money on new items. You can essentially “shop” your backyard and neighborhood for everything you need. It just takes a little reimagining of how you think about home décor.
Most of the items we typically use to decorate for fall are just fake versions of what comes from nature in the first place. Think pumpkins, squash, gourds, leaves and pinecones. Instead of buying fake versions, why not just use what’s already out there?
I love decorating my home with elements from nature. It makes a room feel more alive. Give your home a natural seasonal style with these fall-themed decorating ideas.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a pine tree growing in your front or backyard, just take a walk around the neighborhood. Gather up a bunch of pinecones and use them all over your home. Add a few to your fall mantle display. Pile them up in empty terracotta pots, like I did. Create a table display with a basket filled with pinecones. The pinecone possibilities are endless.
While you’re gathering up your pinecones, be sure to also pick up a few handfuls of pine needles. Their spiky shapes will add a nice contrast to a fall display and they’ll leave your home with that lovely clean pine scent.
On your next walk, pick up fallen leaves in pretty fall colors. Burnt orange. Amber. Bright red. Yellow. Grab a bunch and add them to a table setting. Or just set out a bunch in a pretty wooden bowl on an end table. Small touches like that bring the mood of autumn inside.
Pumpkins, squash and gourds
To be fair, you can’t actually find pumpkins, squash or gourds on a walk around the neighborhood. (Unless you steal them off the neighbor’s porch.) You handy gardeners might have them growing in your backyard, but the rest of us will probably have to purchase them. I scored an entire peck (a large bucket) of miniature pumpkins, squashes and gourds at my local farmers market for $4. Four dollars! Pumpkins, squash and gourds work perfectly when incorporated into a table setting or fireplace mantle display.
Clip branches from trees and stick them in pretty glass jars to bring nature indoors. Clippings with their leaves at that point where they’re just changing colors fit well with the season.
This is the fourth post in a 31 days blog series called 31 Days of Reimagining. Start from the beginning.