I have really enjoyed over the years as a Pinterest fanatic taking tours of bloggers’ homes as they change things up for the seasons and holidays. My favorite, favorite, favorite time of year is Fall, and while I didn’t plan it this way, I’m excited that I’ve started my blog just in time to include a Fall Home Tour of my very own. I’m ignoring the fact that it’s still in the 90’s outside and you and I will pretend that the leaves are changing colors and that the air is crisp outside and I’m wearing leggings, a sweater, a scarf and boots as I guide you through my home.
“Fallow” me and let’s begin. (silly pun I know)
This year, my first thoughts for bringing the season in were to go for a blue and orange color theme because I have a lot of blue in my family room and orange is the perfect complimentary color. This sort of worked out, but then I got a little distracted at times with items of other fall colors when I did a little shopping. I still think it is a good idea to start with a plan in your head, but it’s okay to be a little fluid with it because in the end it will be most reflective of what you and your family like and maybe a little less about everything just being color coordinated. I most want our home to reflect its inhabitants at all times and we are hardly ever color coordinated.
I remembered for this tour to start in the foyer. I’ve changed up my console quite a bit because it’s a smaller area to play with. I found the brown/orange glass demijohn at HomeGoods and because I love colored glass things I had to have it. It has the word Cabernet written on it and I do love me some Cabernet, so another reason it was perfect. (I have a blue one just like this, even the same size, in my dining room which I guess if I were sticking with the blue and orange fall theme it might have worked just as well, but you know … ) I love the height the fall foliage in the demijohn adds to the vignette here, which works well too since this sits against the stairwell. (I hope you don’t mind that these pictures are a little darker. I was obviously taking them as the sun was going down and I kind of liked the light effect it had.)
I found this free fall printable from heyhiblog.com. I actually found several fall printables I liked and you can too if you do a quick search on Pinterest. Several free fall printables are available from some talented and generous bloggers such as those rounded up by electicallyvintage.com or by lollyjane.com or by thedatingdivas.com to name a few. I decided on this particular one because it was soft colors and had a good hint of blue and orange in it, and of course because it said “FALL IS MY FAVORITE,” which is so true.
I put together the little pumpkins and flowers arrangement after finding the cream wood box at HomeGoods and added the fall grass bundle for more texture and height.
From the foyer we can walk into the family room where the fireplace hearth and mantle are of course the focal point. Here’s where the blue and orange color theme was first imagined but might have started to fall apart a little – derailed by my throw pillow addiction (hey I only added one orange pillow to the couch) and also because I had the ceramic pumpkins I got from Hobby Lobby last year that I wanted to use again. (Hobby Lobby has the same pumpkins available again this year.) The colorful pumpkins in the wooden box went well with the embroidered pillow, which went well with the orange pillow which went well with the blue pillow. I like that it looks cozy and colorful.
The mantle is on most days what I would describe as monochromatic with the light stones, glass cloches, silver circles, silver bucket, and the pale blue and mirrored plate so I wanted to add a little pop of color because fall is such a richly colorful season and also to carry a little color up from the hearth. I replaced the all white arrangement I normally have in the silver bucket with the burgundy grass and cotton stems to do just that. Plus, this mantle is actually pretty high up so I think the height added with this arrangement is just right.
The ottoman got a little love with some real flowers for a change and some natural elements with the tree branch pieces and little white pumpkins. I found the marble pumpkin figures at HomeGoods and again couldn’t live without them. I can’t wait to have a reason to cuddle with my son under the super soft orange blanket!
In the dining room, I spruced up the table with a blue and white table runner and more pumpkins of all sizes and some brown colored glass chunky candle holders to create a warm feeling. (I’m excited, I have finally found seating I like and very budget friendly for the table and everything should arrive soon. Soon the dining table won’t look like an island unto itself. I’ll be making cushions for the seating and then I’ll reveal the final results hopefully in October.) Check out the adorable tiny creamware farm animals from antiquefarmhouse.com. They add a little whimsy don’t you think?
Since I’m in love with my bar cart, I had to add a little fall love to it as well with a pumpkin, some glass scatter pieces in the candy dish, and just a touch of some fall berry picks.
Just a little touch added to the china cabinet with a glass pumpkin I had from last year and a few more fall picks.
In the kitchen I haven’t actually added too much fall in here because I didn’t want to infringe on the work space for all the cooking I do. (just kidding) I’ve been trying to eliminate items on my counter tops recently, so I didn’t want to crowd them again. Just added a cute little wooden house and a couple Rae Dunn mugs to keep handy for warm fall drinks.
I also found this adorable wooden bowl at HomeGoods with these tiny little copper-colored pumpkins that I will use as a candy bowl.
In the breakfast area you’ll find a casual centerpiece for the table. Fresh flowers again in fall colors really make this spot special and go perfect with the other marble pumpkins I found.
In the keeping room we have a bit more casual vibe on the fireplace hearth and mantle. The blue and orange theme made it in here with pillows, the leaf garland I made (instructions from positivelysplendid.com), the arrows I spray painted, and two more little wooden houses for cuteness and ambiance when the candles are lit. I added tiny pumpkins in the glass candle holders on the mantle along with another free fall printable I got from tablerpartyoftwo.com.
I did change from a basket to a wooden crate with some orange pillows to add to the room because throw pillows are such an easy way to add color and reflect the season.
Well that’s the end. Thank you so much for joining me. I hope you like the colors and hope you feel inspired to create a cozy fall feeling in your home too.
Happy Fall Ya’ll!
P.S. While I definitely had fun doing all the decorating, pulling out old items and shopping for some new, in the end my very favorite thing are the fresh flowers displayed. I never buy fresh flowers because they aren’t the cheapest thing to buy and obviously don’t last. My total flower cost was $30, but I think they make the most impact, so I might start with fresh flowers next time and decorate around them instead.
P.S.S. I also treated myself to a fall pedicure 🙂