Let Mother Nature be your guide and have a love affair with
crisp and cool, my love/fascination with everything Fall emerges. Lush leaf piles, plump pumpkins, bumpy
hayrides, and the smell of apples and cinnamon all have me at hello…and so, of
course, the results of this Autumn intoxication can be abundantly observed both inside and outside our perfectly imperfect
Saratoga House. In a sense, one of the wonderful aspects of the Fall is that it
is an imperfect time of the year–the flowers are drying out, the vines are wild
and overgrown, the vibrant lushness of the Summer is replaced with the warm
rich tones of transition, so a home that prominently wears its age just fits in perfectly.
And why is it worth it to reinvent your decorating just for
a season? Because although we might be
really pleased with the projects and makeovers we’ve completed that make our
home our own, seasonal decorating keeps things interesting and exciting. We might love a great pair of flats, but if
we wore them everyday, they would lose their allure. The same goes for our spaces…by decorating
for a season or a holiday, within reason, we keep our design ever evolving, and
then after that special occasion ends, the solid foundation that remains feels
When I look to decorate for Fall, I tend to focus my efforts
on the front entryway, living room, and dining room, as to not overwhelm myself
with all I want to accomplish since the decorating bonanza that goes on in
December is not far off. According to my
neighbors, what becomes very abundant
is the pumpkin collection that develops on our front porch–I can’t pass a local
pumpkin patch without picking up at least a couple (dozen) of these gorgeous
gourds, and since they come in every size, shape, and color imaginable, the
possibilities are really endless as to what types of projects and displays can
be created with them.
Fall decorating definitely does not stop at pumpkins and
produce, however. The season of Autumn
really lends itself to a use of natural materials, which can be found just a
few steps away in your own backyard or on a casual stroll through Congress
Park. Leaves, seeds, nuts, feathers,
pine cones…they all bring a rich rustic-ness to your home that is quintessential
Fall. In addition to the found materials
Mother Nature provides, Fall is the perfect season to use aged containers and
furnishings in a new and different way.
Something that might have seemed headed for the yard sale or kicked to
the curb can take on new meaning when combined with other Autumn elements.
And as always, I like to reinvent my seasonal décor each
year like the fickle DIYer you hopefully have grown to love, so I try and be
inventive and, well, frugal with the projects I take on…so along with
collecting natural materials which are usually free, I like using leftover
supplies from other makeovers and projects, and can be found skulking through
the garage and basement on the hunt for a cost-free version of the Fall feel I’m
looking to fashion.
So this season, open yourself up to a little love affair
with everything Fall. I promise it’s a relationship
you won’t regret!