October 17, 2013

Dressing Your Home for Fall | Life On Mars

Hello! I’m Maury (friends call me Mars) from Life on Mars. As soon as I received the invitation to guest post from Tiffany to guest post about fall, I was all in! Fall is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it, the sweaters, the crispness of the air, the colors and my hair. Yes, my hair.  I live in South Carolina where the humidity reaches about 223% in July and August. So, come October, my hair is actually willing to relax a little.

I want to share some quick tips on decorating your house inexpensively. I love fall décor, but if you are like me, it goes up mid-September and then gets put away about 2 months later for Christmas decorations. So, why spend a small fortune on stuff that will sit in the attic 10 months a year?

Tip 1: Bring the Outside In
I know everyone uses fall leaves, twigs, berries, etc. Those are great. In SC, our trees done turn colors until late-October to November and I don’t want to wait that long. So I use fake (gasp!). I know all the fake stems at your craft store seem to be destined for a grandmother’s parlor or a cemetery arrangement, but if you look closely, you can find great pieces for super cheap. Pull pieces out of the mass and look at them individually. Don’t get the premixed bunch that already has berries, leaves, pinecones, and small rodents in it. Look for the simplest branches, then mix and match.

I used 5 stems of simple fall leaves and 2 stems of small pinecones here (all 50% off at Hobby Lobby) and came out for $12.
(The vase is from Wal-Mart and the pumpkin is Hobby Lobby from 2 years ago).
Other ways to bring the outside in:
  • Pinecones in a basket next to the fireplace (throw a couple in for some extra crackly fires!)
  • Apples/pumpkins in the kitchen
Decorating with apples
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  • Mini-gourds/acorns/pumpkins as a centerpiece on the table
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Tip 2: Use what you have
  • Notice the books up top? Scan your shelves for fall-colored books: burgandies, oranges, reds, browns and use them in your displays. They make great stands for height and filler for coffee tables.
  • Use pottery bowls that you have on hand instead of vases (see picture below).
  • Use magazines and catalogs on your coffee table that have beautiful fall pictures.
  • Change out the pots for your indoor plants. Use copper, terracota or painted brown pot instead of white.
Tip 3: Candles!
I know this is obvious, but the effect you are trying to achieve with fall is coziness and warmth. Candles are imperative. They offer both visual appeal and smell great. Plus, they can also offer the crackle of a fire without all the work of building one. The Nature’s Wick candles are my favorite. They smell AMAZING. Plus, they have natural wood wicks and they crackle like a fire.
Please excuse the fake gourds. It’s not something that I would normally do but I have an 8-month-old who is starting to become mobile so baby-proofing ranks higher on my priority list. For those in the same boat, these are from World Market and kids can play with them and you don’t have to worry.

Be sure to drop by my blog this fall! My husband and I are updating our dining room and entry way/staircase and there are lots of projects to be completed!



Lovely tips!  I am past the kid proofing, but we all have been there!  And they don't look half bad!


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

great tips! i love burning fall sceneted candles in the fall- pumpkin creme brulee was my latest! also love bringing nature in!

House Envy said...

Great tips! Haha, fake gourds! Well you gotta do what you gotta do! I agree about using what you have and bringing the indoors in. Should feel simple and effortless.


Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Great post! I say cheers to the fake gourds. :)