No I’m definitely not from the south but I just love the Southern drawl, don’t you? So lets cheers with a pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate and sit back and discover a few simple decor ideas to help you welcome fall…..ya’all!
I fell in love with Canada over 30 years ago, and one of the reasons was the very distinct seasons. Now to quash a myth, it honestly doesn’t always rain in England. They do get their fair share but a lot of the time it’s not really rain, it’s just damp and frequently foggy. I love that here in Canada we are pretty much guaranteed to have snow in the winter, a cool but bright spring, hot summer and glorious crisp fall.
The crisp fresh mornings and relaxed nights of fall just seem to cry out to fuzzy socks, bulky sweaters and steaming beverages with either whipped cream or marshmallows! So let’s create a space to chill out and relax while we enjoy this changing season .
Seriously one can never have enough cushions right, it really doesn’t matter what season it is. Most men, mine included don’t get why we need so many cushions but lets be honest changing a cushion is way more cost effective than changing an area rug or the furniture to get a fresh new look. A few strategically placed cushions can transform your look from airy summer to cozy fall!
Pumpkins, pumpkins and MORE pumpkins!
Can you tell I love me a big orange pumpkin? In decorations, on my porch, on signs around the house. Nothing says fall decor more than a cluster of vibrant orange pumpkins. Pumpkins don’t need to be real either, there are so many cute craft and decorative pumpkins at DIY, home and dollar stores you have so many to “pick” from.
This thankful pumpkin sign was so easy to make, check out my video on Pinterest.
Filling my outdoor lanterns with burlap, pumpkins and pine cones I found at the dollar store was an inexpensive way to bring my old lanterns back to life and I really do enjoy being able to reuse something I already have and give it a new look.
Sure we are still in the midst of our Indian summer dressing in sweaters and jeans in the morning and by mid afternoon stripped down to a tank top and wishing you had a pair of shorts to change into. But why not grab a fuzzy blanket now so that you can cuddle up outside on a cool, crisp fall morning and watch the sunrise and the beauty of the changing leaves.
I take great pleasure decorating our porch for different seasons and holidays. Now admittedly there are times when the Christmas lights are still wrapped around the railings at Easter but when I am on the ball and have myself together our porch looks festive and inviting. I take pride in our porch because it brightens up the entrance to our home and is a pleasant welcome to anyone visiting. I’ll also admit it’s also a really good excuse to give my porch a good clean! Sparkly windows and a well swept floor feels good and I’m always amazed at just how much filth can gather under the door mat in such a short time.
Here are a couple of new items I made this year using my Chalk Couture products. The Autumn sign turned out great, and I love how it’s not the typical “welcome” or “home” sign that you see on most porches.
My wreath is pretty simple, the vine wreath and artificial leaves came from the dollar store for under $10. The sparkly gold pumpkin in the middle I chalked onto one of my 10″ double sided Chalk Couture surfaces. I didn’t seal it even though I typically would when using outside as I’m planning on reusing the board for another project when I take down the fall decor.
If you are interested in making your own porch decor, wreath, sign, or cushion cover check out the amazing transfer options on my Chalk Couture site, I’d love to help you create a personal welcoming space of your own!
If you haven’t heard about my new business adventure with Chalk Couture please check out an earlier post My New Adventure with Chalk Couture.
I try not to spend too much on plants for my planters as I’m not known to have the greenest thumb and they typically don’t get watered as often as they should! However having a few plants by the door does soften the look and definitely makes our home look more inviting. Fall mum’s are a great option as they are cost effective, long lasting, easy to maintain and come in such an incredible variety of rich colours.
Although they look great without any fuss sitting on your steps, putting them into a planter or container will elevate the look. I have a great planter with removable inset so it’s super easy just to put the plant inside. I also love how the yellow mum’s look inside my tomato basket – I knew there was a reason I didn’t throw it out after making my tomato sauce this year!
Well the weather today is beautiful, the sun is shining and there is a warm breeze in the air. Time to sit back on my porch with a cup of tea and enjoy the day.
Until next time,