I love decorating with the seasons. Fall is one of my favorite times of year. I love fall colors and putting pumpkins out on the porch. We do put out a few Halloween decorations closer to Halloween, but from about the middle of September until Thanksgiving I like to decorate the inside and outside of my home with fall colors and accessories.
If you build up a collection of your favorite fall decorations that you set out from year to year, then you won’t have to spend a lot every year. Things eventually wear out and have to be replaced, but I have a number of items I have been getting out for many years.
When I am decorating for a season or holiday, I don’t decorate my whole house. I don’t have that many decorations! I have a few favorite places I like to put things and rotate them from season to season.
The first place I focus on is the outside, usually near the front door. I don’t really have an area big enough to decorate right outside the front door, but at the end of the walkway that goes up to the front door, there is a small area next to the driveway that provides a good place to set out a seasonal display. It is easily seen from the road and you have to walk past it to go to the front door.
For the past couple of years I have been buying the inexpensive scarecrows you can buy at Walmart for about $8. They are very large and they have several to choose from. They are kind of cheap, but from a distance they are actually pretty cute. For the abuse they go through with the autumn winds and rain, they are something I can easily replace every year. My scarecrow is the center of my display. Someday we will get creative and make our own scarecrow.
I also have a little flag stand that you can use to display seasonal flags. This was something I splurged on this year. I have always wanted one because you can use them year after year, season after season. I am slowly collecting my flags with each holiday. I found a really pretty autumn flag with pumpkins and fall leaves on it.
Next to the flag stand I set out some pumpkins we grew in our garden this year. We grew both regular pumpkins and miniature pumpkins. My boys loved getting them from the garden and setting them out for everyone to see.
To finish off the outdoor display I set out some potted chrysanthemums. I buy them every year, they are my favorite fall flowers. They come in such a variety of fall colors.
I didn’t have room for them this year, but other items you can use in your outdoor fall displays are corn stalks and hay bales. Hay bales are great for setting your pumpkins and fall flowers on. The corn stalks look great in the background. You can find hay bales and corn stalks at some garden nurseries for very reasonable prices.
Last but not least I love door mats. I admit I splurged this year and spent $30 on a fall door mat! It is very well made, however, and I hope it will last for many years. It is amazing how great it looks as you come up to the front door. I love it.
Inside the house I just decorate a few key areas. By my front door I have a large vase that I rotate artificial flowers in with the seasons. Right now I have some dark red chrysanthemums in it. In the spring I have forsythia branches in it.
Over the inside of my front door I have a small wall hanging made out of grape vine that I wind seasonal floral vines around. I have a pretty leaf garland that I wrap around it in the fall, and in the spring I switch it to a vine of forsythia flowers.
I don’t have a lot of spaces to set decorations out, but in my dining room, I have several cabinets on which I can set out small pumpkins, scarecrows, and other autumn collectibles. I also have a small quilted fall wall hanging that I made that I hang on the wall. I also set out small items on my kitchen windowsill.
Last year at Michael’s I found some neat wicker cornucopias that you can hang on the wall. I got them for 75% off, they were almost free! I am going to find some artificial fruit for these and hang these on the wall near the front door. They will be great for Thanksgiving.
I love good smelling candles. I always buy fall scented candles to get into the mood of the season.
One thing my boys love is place mats that go with the season. Over the years I have been buying place mats when they go on sale after the season is over. You can get them for next to nothing. We have some really cute jack-o-lantern placemats for fall.
That’s about it! I definitely don’t go all out, but I try to do just a few things that are easy but definitely catch people’s attention. To me, it is much easier to enjoy my day to day routines having my home decorated with the seasons. It just makes me happy and I know my family appreciates it too.
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What’s for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For more recipes, organizing tips, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com.
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