Fabulous Fall Home Tours

On this last Friday of September, I’m participating with seven other bloggers in The Fabulous Fall Home Tours. Lots of affordable decorating ideas ahead.  Links to follow the tour can be found at the bottom of this post.

I know the calendar says it’s fall, but the weather still thinks it is the hot and muggy summer.  The hot-sticky air is making it hard for me to enjoy fall sitting out on the lake side deck snuggled with a throw.  Instead, I am closed up in the house with the AC on.

The weather guy on the news said it should start to cool off tomorrow. I am hoping he is right as I just finished planting mums and flowering cabbages in the planters on my deck. This heat is already drying them out. Lots of watering ahead.

Last week, I told you that I was keeping my fall decor simple. I still am, but moved some things around, like the fall printable I originally had in my kitchen. You can find it here: Download Free fall printable.

I also ended up buying a basket. I loved it and could not pass it up. I shopped the house to find a few more items to add some fall texture and color around.  In a few weeks I am going to an event where I will get to paint with Annie Sloan. I will write all about it, but I think once I return, I will be giving this sideboard that opens to a desk a makeover.


Here in my foyer is where I placed the new basket. It came in two sizes. I bought the largest at my local Kirkland’s. I filled it with fake autumn leaves I had from previous years. I looked for it on their website so I could link it here, but I could not find it. If you like it to find one, it was right in the front of the store in a floor display.

I removed these little raffia pumpkins from a potpourri mix I had that no longer had a scent. Out to the trash that went, but I kept the pumpkins. To add some texture, I went to my pantry and grabbed a bag of Navy Beans and then poured them into the tray before placing the pumpkins on top.

My other small purchase was 3 Tiger Baby pumpkins at the supermarket that I added  to the mantel. More about the mantel decor in this post:

Simple Fall Mantel Decor

I love the orange stripes. I didn’t paint them, it is how they grow. When adding decorative accessories, adding odd numbers looks more pleasing to the eye- 3 is the magic number… not always, but you can never go wrong using 3 of anything in decorating.

Moving on… pinecones are something I have in abundance since our property is framed with pine trees. I placed some on a white oval plate and put them on the side table. These are on the small side and came down when Hurricane Irma blew through.

Note: If the pinecones you find are closed, have a lot of sap on them, or have bugs in them, you should bake them first. Line a baking sheet with foil, place the pinecones on and place in a 200 degree oven for 30 minutes. This will kill any bugs and lessen the sap.

I liked them displayed on the table, but then I decided to move the plate to the coffee table. The black & white throw is actually a very large two patterned shawl I bought at TJ Maxx a few years ago. It is very soft, perfect for snuggling.

All the accessories on this table I have had for years, except the WELCOME tray. My sister gave me that. I always like to display my collection of doorknobs in the fall. I usually place them in a wire basket, but I can’t find it. I will keep searching. One of these days I will show you my attic where I keep all my decorative accessories that are not in use.

I made the initialed coasters a few years ago. We use them all the time.  They are sort of a “semi-DIY” and very easy to make. You can see just how easy in this post: Handmade Hostess Gift

Moving out to the deck. This is where you will find me once the weather begins to feel fall-like.

I made a few raffia tassels to add a little chic to the planters. They are easy to make. I will write a post on how I made them next week.

I also added two to the pumkins. The cut tree trunk I use as a table. I got it from a local nursery for ten dollars. They even delivered it right to my house. 🙂 It is very heavy.  I placed it on a tri-wheel dolly so I can easily move it around.

I know white and light green pumpkins are the trend now, but classic orange pumpkins are one of my favorite things.  For my eyes, nothing says fall more.

I bought the Lantana to place in one of the big planters that line my deck. I will keep it here until the weather really becomes fall-like. They only had orange, but next spring I was told they will carry many other colors.  It is new to me, are you familiar with it? Does it come back every year in your planters or garden?

Do you plant fall flowers?  I have some pansies I plan to plant soon, too. They will last all winter and spring here.

These are the other bloggers who are joining in today:

Pretty Handy Girl

Addicted 2 DIY

The DIY Village

The Heathered Nest

Jennifer Rizzo

One Project Closer

Ugly Duckling House

Enjoy the tour.  I hope you have a fabulous fall weather weekend.