Fall is such an amazing season. The weather cools, the air turns crisp, the sky is a clearer blue, the leaves turn brilliant shades of orange, red, and yellow. The light changes, casting shadows in different places, the smell of drying leaves mixes with the smell of campfires, harvest, fading grass, and the diesel of tractors to create the unique, intoxicating smell of Autumn.
Fall is so refreshing after a long hot summer (I remember those long hot summers even though it’s been a long time since we’ve had a very long hot summer!). I love the years when Autumn stretches on, seemingly endlessly, with cool mornings unfolding into hot afternoons, and plenty of days when you can wear a sweatshirt and flip flops. I remember years when I was a teenager that the Autumn weather lasted through thanksgiving. I’d be delighted for Autumn to last through December and then slide right on into Spring in January, bypassing winter altogether.
Today I am sharing something really fun with you – adding plaid to create fall decor.
I spent a couple days this past week cleaning and fluffing the main living areas of our home. I don’t have a lot of fall decor items to pull out, but this year I used some scraps of plaid fabric and a couple plaid throws to add the feeling of fall to the place.
I love the look my living room is sporting for Fall. A few sticks from the yard and some dried hydrangea created a centerpiece for my ‘mantel’. I bought the cow pillow cover back in the spring, along with Craftberry Bush’s VW Bug pillow. I used the VW Bug pillow all summer and brought the cow pillow cover out for Fall. The colors go so well with the rest of my Fall decor and pull the cowhide rug in nicely too.
Cow hide on the floor and his picture on the couch – works out well for us!
I found this vintage wool throw at an antique mall in Louisiana when I was there last fall. I thought when I bought it I would be adding it to a fall display at the shop. But I liked the look for fall in my house and so it stayed. I’m glad I still have it.
In the kitchen I added my new, lighted ampersand from Decor Steals.The top of this open shelving in the kitchen was completely neglected decorwise since last Christmas. I took the Christmas decor down and then just left it, and it slowly gathered bits and pieces here and there all through winter, spring, and summer. Small Lego creations, a couple decor pieces I didn’t know where to store, a couple fun-shaped wine bottles, and some old photos of the girls my husband brought home from work when he updated them. It’s so nice to have it neat, tidy, and well decorated again.
Do you have spaces in your house that get neglected or gather ‘stuff’ over time? Please tell me I’m not alone!
I made some plaid pennant banners for Urban Farmgirl for her recent Main Street Market and I had some scraps of fabric left over. I was able to cut some medium to long strips of fabric to create ‘ribbons’ of plaid to tie around things. I love this way of adding a seasonal touch. You can bring fall in with plaids and sticks and dried hydrangea – all things I had on hand. You can do the same for Christmas – tuck some evergreen or boxwood clippings here and there and add some Christmas-y ribbon.
Have you seen my garland of wood feathers?
I use the antlers year round but they really seem like Fall and Winter to me. I love using them in Fall vignettes.
And now you can go see even more wonderful Fall decor!