I have happily plunged head first into decorating my 2018 Fall Living Room. Filling my home with fall colors and decor gives me a sense of homecoming. Something deep inside me responds to the warmth and range of colors that are so welcoming and comforting. The richness and variety of and textures, the shapes of pumpkins, leaves and gourds…it all creates a feeling within me that is both calming and quietly joyful. I hope to share some of that with you here in my 2018 Fall Living Room.
In our entry way, my Grandmother’s display shelf always holds seasonal decorations. Included are a collection of wooden pumpkins from craft fairs, and a chicken wire basket filled with more harvest fruit.
I love this little wine basket from a thrift shop. I think it’s designed to actually hold two bottles of wine, and since it has come to live with me, it usually holds wine corks. But for fall, I filled it with a tumble of mini-pumpkins.
I also added one of my galvanized metal ‘bins’ filled with pine cones and assorted fall foliage.
On the mantel, I mixed in the everyday ‘support players’ (candleholders and candles, lantern, greenery) with a fall topiary, and various colors of pumpkins and leaves.
For the mantel, I am always on the look-out for items that are tall…nice and tall. I was wandering the ‘autumn’ aisles at Walmart, even the Halloween aisles (guess I was being optimistic!) for something that was both “fall-and-tall” but came up empty-handed. For no reason at all, I started heading down the aisles until I came across vases and greenery, where I found this galvanized pitcher. I already had the eucalyptus leaves (from Hobby Lobby), and that is exactly how this grouping came together. (You can bet that galvanized pitcher will show up in future posts! I am quite smitten with it!)
This fall topiary has been one of my favorites for years (although she might be showing her age a tad bit), as well as the wrought iron pumpkin adorned with the “Fall Harvest” sign.
A simple fall look of a lantern filled with wine corks, pine cones, and willow balls, in a bed of leaves.
And my big ‘step-outside-of-my-comfort-zone’ turquoise and blue pumpkins!
I attached this wreath to the window frame to be the focal point of the mantel. The window frame really did come from the side of the road and seems to have found its permanent home on the mantel. (My stepson’s girl friend made the Grateful & Blessed Scrabble tiles as a gift for my birthday. I hope she knows she’s part of that sentiment!)
For the coffee table, I started with a few default support pieces: a straw runner and this large flat basket I found in the 50% off section of a consignment store, my Mother’s pewter pitcher and a chicken wire basket.
Then I added the elements of fall: a bundle of wheat, a couple of white ceramic pumpkins, and a mixture of mostly pinecones and green pears, with a small scattering of white pumpkins. I tried to keep the colors in a very specific and limited color palette, and used lots of texture for contrast and interest.
On the sofa, a collection of pillows in a range of fall colors: gold, green, brown and pumpkin! I found the green plaid fabric at Walmart back in June, but there was something about it that ‘spoke’ fall to me. The pumpkin print pillows are actually made from a Cynthia Rowley tablecloth that I have had for a few years. It’s one my favorite tablecloths, and I had to think twice about cutting it up for pillows. But I did a search online, found another one on eBay, and out came the sewing machine!
I was happily surprised to find that my green buffalo check dish towel pillows fit in quite easily with the colors of the other pillows. Usually I only use them for summer, thinking they are too loud for other times of the year. But no – they’re not too loud. They are bright, fresh and they are buffalo check. How could I resist?
In the dining area, the display table is showing an autumnal bouquet, and a pair of kabocha squash tucked into this thrift store basket.
And what do you do with a cat who simply will not be budged from her perch? Lucy just looked so comfortable, I didn’t really have the heart to move her.
On the dining table I went very simple; a fall plaid runner, plain wooden tray and galvanized metal pail from a rummage sale, filled with an assortment of fall leaves and eucalyptus.
The eucalyptus branches are in two colors: a dark teal and a burgundy. Fortunately, the different florals and leaves all seem to work together.
Lucy seems to be waving good-bye to you since we are at the end of the 2018 Fall Living Room tour. I hope you have found some inspiration to incorporate some every day décor items, and mix them in with a few fall elements to bring a sense of the season into your home. (Cats are optional!)
You might also find some ideas in my 2016 and 2017 fall decorating posts. And if you are not a huge fan of the orange, russet, and terra cotta colors of all, please take a look at my post “Decorating with Alternative Fall Colors”.
Whatever you do, however you celebrate it, my best wishes to you for a fall season full of fall warmth and beauty.
From our home to yours~
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