The first thing I did to get inspired was think about how homes are decorated up north. You see, in Miami we don't experience the seasons like the rest of the country, so our surroundings look the same all year. That's why I was a bit hesitant about mixing the two themes. I looked back at pictures we had taken of homes on our fall trips to Boston, Washington D.C., Virginia and New York. We love to stroll along actual neighborhoods when we travel and imagine what it would be like if we lived there. Every single house had Halloween decorations up and where surrounded by fallen leaves on the ground. We don't have any signs of fall in Miami, so why not fake it with fall decor, such as hay stacks, dried leaves and pumpkins while showing off our fun Halloween side?
Another way I got in the autumn mood was by visiting Pottery Barn. This store is my ultimate favorite home store and if I could, I would happily live in one of their catalogs, but I would need to work an extra job just to afford everything there! Instead, I go to the store whenever I can to get inspired. I noticed that this year they are very big on mixing Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations together. They did it in such a way that each complimented the other really well. If it is good enough for Pottery Barn, then it is good enough for Mr. & Mrs. P! I also realized that when it coms to seasonal decor, more really is more! Each dining room table, book shelf, buffet table, and even chandeliers were jam packed with garlands, candles, rope lighting, etc. It made me excited to bring down the tons of boxes I have in the attic filled with stuff and get creative with it.
For a quick and easy Fall centerpiece, place a large pumpkin
on a wooden tray and fill with dry leaves and pine cones.
We got inspired by adorned chandeliers in Pottery Barn and placed
curly willow and pine cones in between our light fixture.
I took everything out of the boxes and tossed anything that was broken or worn. Then, I laid everything out and began to plan what was going where. I normally leave the bulk of the seasonal decorations for the living room and dining room and then scatter some items here and there in the bathroom, kitchen and bedrooms. I looked around the house and decided to put most of the Halloween decorations in the living room because it is the first room you see when you walk into the house and the room that the trick-o-treaters will see when we open the door.
For an easy and kid-friendly centerpiece in the living room,
place plastic bones in a large stainless steel bowl.
We mixed Jack-o-lanterns and real pumpkins
on this bookshelf in the living room.
Place a garland adorned with red berries and leaves
in front of the television or on a table. Pinecones and pumpkins
add a special touch of fall.
We bought these blocks that spell "fall" a few years
ago, but it's an easy DYI project with a little paint and stencils.
The rest of the fall/Thanksgiving decor I used in the dining room. Not only because it is more formal, but because I figured that pumpkins belonged near all the yummy Fall treats we would be making all season long.
This year, instead of putting away all of the Halloween decorations all over the house on November 1st, all I have to do is put away some of the items and then distribute the fall decorations I already have in the house to the other areas. This is a huge time saver! Hope these tips help your transition from summer decor to fall decor easier.
We used the same berry garland in the dining room buffet
These ceramic pumpkins are actually bakeware, but we choose
to display them in the dining room.
An aluminum tray filled with leaves, pine cones,
candles and pumpkins set the fall mood!
We just love this wicker acorn!
Placing white lights on top of a mirror
creates a warm glow in the house.
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