Fall Home Tour 2017
If you follow me on Instagram (and I’m always so thrilled when you do!), then you know that I’ve been packing and preparing for an upcoming move. So today’s Fall Home Tour 2017 represents the last tour in this place we’ve called home for the past three years.
It’s definitely a nostalgic time for me, especially as I look at these pictures. I decorated our home for fall and photographed these pictures several weeks ago (hence the lack of pumpkins and orange leaves – none to be found in August around these parts!). The house definitely does not look like this anymore!
In fact, as I write up this post, I am sitting surrounded by boxes. My house is torn apart, and all that remains are stacks and stacks of boxes, all waiting to be moved out on the very day this tour goes live!
Although the thought of leaving this pretty home that my husband and I designed from the ground up is a little sad, I’m also excited to share our new adventures with you – namely fixing up a rental for the year that we’ll be building, and constructing our new home. Lots of fun (and lots of work) coming up – I hope you’ll follow along!
Anywho….enough about that. Let’s get this fall tour under way! If you’ve arrived here from Tamara’s beautiful home at Citrine Living, then I know you’ve already seen some gorgeous fall decorating ideas. I always love seeing what my blog friends come up with, and I’m always amazed by their ingenuity and creativity!
Now let’s get started on this Fall Tour 2017…..
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Even when you’re not facing an impending move, it can be a challenge to decorate for fall when it’s still 90 degree outside! Those of you who live in the south must deal with this every single season! We definitely get cooler weather eventually, but September stays pretty warm around here. So if you’re trying to bring fall into your home before the onset of pumpkins and colored things, here are some tips you can employ:
ADD LOTS OF COZY TEXTURE
Since I had to decorate so early this fall, and since there were no pumpkins to be found, I concentrated on bringing a warm, cozy, cool-weather feel to our home through lots and lots of texture.
As you can see, in my entryway I added those textural touches with a simple basket collage on the wall. Variations in colors, shapes, and sizes keep the wall interesting.
We didn’t have an abundance of fall colored leaves available the end of August either, so I just clipped some leaves from our aspen trees to bring a little nature inside. Anything from nature adds texture and an earthy appeal to your home.
You’ll see more textural touches as we move through the tour.
BRING IN SOME FALL SCENTS
I know that fall scents are typically along the lines of warm, spicy aromas, but they can also be any aroma that brings a sense of warmth and nostalgia to your home.
This little table is sporting my pretty and amazingly scented candle from Malie Organics. And let me tell you – it smells so wonderful! My husband and I spent several weeks in Hawaii recently and were able to tour the various islands. This beautiful candle brings back all those warm and wonderful memories and makes our home feel like a homey gathering spot.
Any aroma that accomplishes that goal for you will do the trick.
I switched out the lamps on my entryway buffet to add even more texture. This cute little burlap-shade and bumpy green glass lamp does that perfectly.
A few design books, a small vintage landscape painting in fall colors, and a bowl of huge pinecones help bring in that tantalizing fall feeling.
Because we won’t have a great space in our new home for our baby grand piano, I have traded it in on a beautiful new Kawai upright. These photos were taken the day before the Yamaha left our home, and I confess, I felt a touch teary-eyed watching my friend of 30 years leave me! So it is fun for me to see my shiny black friend gracing our home for one last tour.
ADD SOFT, COZY TEXTILES
In the living room, I furthered the warm and cozy feel by bringing in velveteen pillows in fall shades of brown and olive green. My old faithful white faux fur pillow always helps to bring texture and warmth to my sofa.
I could have brought out my white sheepskin run to add an additional layer of texture to the living room, but I knew that I would be packing it up 30 minutes after taking the photos, and I honestly didn’t relish one more thing to pack. Just try to picture it there under my coffee table, okay? That’ll save me some work! 🙂
Cozy and soft knitted throws also add to the fall feel, as do warm wool blankets. I added this soft knit throw on my chair and a warm woolen Pendleton blanket to my sofa.
ADD WARM METALLIC TOUCHES
Warm metallic touches are perfect for fall decorating, so I brought in my brass floor lamp from the bedroom to create a cozy reading spot, and that cute little copper planter helps warm things up on the end table. (Did you spot its baby brother nestling in a basket in my entryway? Take a second and go back and check – I love the warm little spot of color it adds there.)
More pine cones, knit pillows, and that soft chunky throw help complete the cozy atmosphere. (And those warm fuzzy slippers – gotta have those on a chilly fall evening!)
You might notice that I also have lots of other metallic touches to help warm up this white interior – a big copper bowl on my entryway table to hold the gigantic pinecones, this smaller open metal bowl on my coffee table, and that metallic spike-y thing in my coffee table tray.
On to the kitchen…
WARM THINGS UP WITH COZY EARTHY COLORS
I switched out my bright and colorful pink rug in the kitchen for this more muted, fall-colored one. I love how it instantly warms up my white kitchen and adds a touch of cozy charm.
Nothing has an earthier color than home baked rolls, am I right? And there is nothing that brings a season home to me more than the aroma of baked goods. In the fall, I love all things bread, like these yummy dinner rolls, and any baked good with pumpkin. Yum! Last year about this time I shared my recipe for some delicious Pumpkin Scones. Check that recipe out – it’s a good one!
This year I’m sharing an old favorite – my mom’s blonde brownie recipe. I’ve made this recipe countless times, and it never disappoints! You can find the recipe at the bottom of today’s post.
Yellowing leaves (they’re still not orange yet around here) hint at the changes to come and add to the earthy-toned color theme.
Oh, and if you’re looking for a delicious smelling hand soap to keep handy near your kitchen sink, try this Mango Nectar version from Malie Organics – you will love it! (I sometimes wash my hands just to be able to enjoy that amazing aroma!)
I set a simple table to welcome fall into our dining area. Again some simple arching (and ever-so-slightly yellowing) branches bring in the season.
Pinecones, woven placements, and nubby natural colored linen napkins add more textural appeal.
TABLEWARE IN EARTHY COLORS ADD A FESTIVE FALL FEEL
These pretty fall inspired dishes (which are now safely bubble-wrapped away) always bring a smile to my face. They came from my mother-in-law’s childhood home. In fact, she happened to be visiting us when it was time to pack them away.
As we packed them safely away together, she told me her memories of the day her mother (a widow who raised three young girls by herself in upstate New York) got them in the mail. She had ordered them from the Sears Roebuck catalog to use for special occasions, and it was a happy day when they arrived in their home.
My mother-in-law has so many happy memories of sharing holiday meals around her family’s table using these beautiful dishes. I feel blessed to have them grace my fall table!
Okay fall – I think I’m ready for you! I hope you were able to glean a tip or two that will help you ease you way into fall, whether it involves pumpkins or not!
Thanks so much for stopping by today – I hope you enjoyed my simple fall touches. Please be sure to head over to Ashley’s beautiful home at Modern Glam for more fall decorating inspiration. The whole tour lineup is below – I know you’ll want to see each wonderful home featured. And don’t forget to try out those Blonde Brownies!
FALL HOME TOUR 2017 LINEUP
Happy Happy Nester
Maison de Cinq
Simple Cozy Charm
Designs by Laila
I Don’t Know How She Does It
2 Ladies and a Chair
The Design Twins
Lindsay Hill Interiors
Crazy Chic Design
Styled with Lace
Take care – and next time I talk to you, I’ll be showing you around my rental digs and talking about some easy and inexpensive changes I’ll be making there to make it fit my design style a little better! Fingers crossed for a smooth move!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9-inch baking pan.
- Measure 1 flour. Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts (if using). Mix well and set aside.
- Stir the brown sugar into the melted butter and mix well. Cool slightly.
- Mix the beaten egg and vanilla into the brown sugar mixture. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing just until combined.
- Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle 1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips on top. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes.
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