It’s officially that time of year when everybody is ready to trade in their sandals and sundresses for boots and jackets. Like clock work, labor day blew in those cooler temps and now EVERYONE around here is ordering pumpkin spice and everything nice! Coming from AZ, I really enjoy the 4 distinct seasons Utah unfolds. Fall here is what the magazines are made of and I love it! This year, orange and blue were competing for my attention, so I decided to host a small wedding and marry them in my home! Today, I am thrilled to be joining 17 other bloggers to share our own fall homes as part of a Harvest Haven Fall Tour. I’ll be sending you on to the next blog in the loop at the bottom of this post. Believe me when I say ill be peaking over your shoulder! I’ll be touring and looking for future inspiration right along with you. Welcome to the Harvest Haven Fall Tour 2016 hosted by Summer from SheLeavesalittleSparkle!
If your coming from ablissfulnest, or it’s your first time here for any other reason, welcome and thank you for joining us today! You may not know me yet, but I love color and texture, and a good DIY project! It was our first holiday season in this home last year. I didn’t get to cozy up my home as much as I normally like to (with all the other fixer upper projects going on), but this year we are settled in and ready to layer it up. So Let’s take a walk! We’ll start out on the front porch where my purple mums were a slight deviation from my overall color scheme…oops! Actually I won’t apologize because look at them! Each year I wait in anticipation for Costco to unveil their mums…red, white, orange, yellow, purple! These giant blooms have become a fall staple right along with the pumpkins…which I was happy to find some bluish varieties this year.
Hello! The sign says it all and I love how much cheer it adds to my porch. The DIY monogramed door hanging was actually my first blog tutorial! It’s versatile nature allows it to be used in any season. With some red ribbon it might even be mistaken as Christmas decor, but thats getting a little ahead of myself!
GET THE FRONT PORCH LOOK
The Entry way is sporting a new seasonal gallery. I have a full design plan for this space in the future, but for now I’m enjoying its rotating art. This is an ideal space to dig up some fall memories and display them framed. The gorgeous bird canvas from Vol25 adds the perfect fallish flair (and would be totally perfect hanging on a front door as well). Speaking of birds, I added some Pheasant feathers to the wire hanging basket and some cotton blossoms for a pop of white! I made the moss acorn plaque using the same method as my monogram door hanging, and I literally found these dried plants growing on the side of the road. I have no idea what they are called, but after days of staring at them, I finally pulled over and clipped a few. Their deep rusty orange color and abundant texture had me swooning! The brass table tray, mirrored chest, and mercury glass pumpkin add some contrasting glam to the otherwise rustic space.
GET THE ENTRY WAY LOOK
Designating a spot for jackets and shoes is always a good idea in an entry way. This handsome little goat actually holds 2 jackets believe it or not, and the wire basket acts as a boot rack. Who says function and fashion can’t marry? Sometimes fashion doubles as home decor in my house;)
GET THE LOOK
Next on the fall tour, we’ll pass through our living room where your greeted with an apathacary jar full of mini pumpkins and a beautiful watercolor print by Mscraftberry bush. Click HERE for the free printable. “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”.
I’ve layered up my couch to mimic the cooler season . Just as I would add sweaters and hats to my wardrobe for fall, I’ve added more pillows and blankets at an arms length. Inside, shades of blue and orange are scattered about. Fall makes me think of natural elements, heavy layers, and coziness. Each pillow and throw is laden with texture, and when combined, creates a comfortable, inviting setting. The deep blue denim pillows from the Danielleoakeyshop (HERE) are my favorite addition this year.
GET THE PILLOWS
The layers don’t stop at the couch! I topped my ottoman with an unexpected leopard print throw (fabric I found at Joann) and added an octagonal wood tray (to easily be removed when gathering for movies, games, and other shenanigans). Not to be overshadowed by the pumpkins, I filled a basket full of wooden seasonal fruits, a huricane vase full of mini birch wood logs, and topped in off with a sprig of colorful leaves. You’ll notice all the plants so far were found outside. Nature gives us abundant decor for free, and I for one take full advantage!
GET THE FALL LIVING ROOM LOOK
The garden stool tucked below my oversized side table serves as extra seating for gatherings. Stacks of books add level variations and extra coziness. Books scream cozy to me! I filled my white urn vase with some textural branches and layered a woven basket behind for dimension. I even added a metallic turnip just to keep things interesting. I love to mix silver and gold during the
fall – Ok really throughout the year. Mixing metals is always a win.
GET THE LIVING ROOM LOOK
Longer evenings and shorter days mean ambiance is ever so important. A fire burns often through these cold months and adding candles and extra lighting creates a warm atmosphere. The silver lamp remains in its original spot. I added the brass floor lamp over the sofa for additional reading light, and I borrowed the white task lamp from the nursery and placed it on the other side table. Just like everything else, lighting is better in layers! Did I mention I like to mix metals?
GET THE LIVING ROOM LOOK
At last we turn to the kitchen where everything smells of cinnamon and pears. I love to stock up on apples and pears (and pumpkin) everything. Fruit is my decor! I’ve stacked my red apples in a contrasting blue bowl and displayed my perfectly ripened pears over a wooden cake stand. I filled my mercury glass vase with fresh clippings from my neighbors tree. This brach is from a Mountain Ash tree. Its bright orange berry clusters are ripe for harvest as we speak! I had no idea what they were when I asked to steal some, but after doing a little research, I realized I was not the first person to pair them with apples. Apparently these orange berries are not only edible, but make a great jam when mixed with apples.
I have 3 small children, ages 4, 2, and 5 months, so we usually keep it pretty casual at the dinner table. An easy table scape that I’ve done a few times (on special occasions) is in accordance to what you see here. Start with a textural placemat (HERE). Stack a white plate (HERE) on top of the placemat and choose a napkin with a fun pattern (HERE). Top it off with a seasonal favorite and you’ve got yourself a simple and beautiful table. Aside form pears, some other ideas for an autumn table would be apples, pomegranate halves, walnuts or pecans in their shells, mini pies, persimmons, acorns, mini bread loafs, jalapeño peppers, a turnip with greens attached, mini pumpkins, crab apple branches, or cranberries! See how many different table settings you could have just by changing out your accent choice?! The possibilities are endless! Oh… but don’t forget glasses like I did oops! Mason jars would be a great option.
GET THE TABLE LOOK
I keep the decor pretty simple in the kitchen and let the food shine bright. Last year I shared a Pumpkin Bundt Cake with brown sugar streusel and an Apple Cake with vanilla sauce, both of which seemed to be very popular and a Pumpkin Chili Recipe that won first prize at my church chili cook off. My new tiered tray displays more seasonal produce. I love the sophistication it adds. When we overhauled the kitchen last year, I painted the top of my pantry door with chalkboard paint. I’ve really enjoyed using it as a seasonal canvas. Hello fall!
GET THE KITCHEN LOOK
I say goodbye as we enter the mudroom with its black and white painted tile and locker station. Jackets, backpacks, and close-toed shoes are abruptly replacing our flip flops and beach bags. A happy pumpkin and a wooden sign by qbhome reminds us always to “Give Thanks“! So THANK YOU for taking the time to stop in. Now that you’ve taken a peek into my home and the simple ways I bring in Fall, I hope you are thinking about how you can decorate your own home. Give your home that cozy feeling which embraces the joy of the season!
GET THE MUDROOM LOOK
I hope you’ve enjoyed my stop on the Harvest home fall Tour! Next, you will want to head over to the crazy talented Amy at Crazychicdesign for some of her inspiring ideas.
At the bottom of each post, each blog will direct you where to go next. I promise you won’t want to miss any! Just in case you get lost along the way, here’s the rest of the amazing lineup.
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