If you’re like most people, you get a sort of nostalgic feeling come the onset of fall, a whistful desire to mark the passing of another summer, and a wish to welcome autumn’s crisp days and falling leaves. Here are some simple tips to help you create inviting fall décor without a major investment of time or money.
• These days, the selection of decorative gourds at stores and supermarkets is phenomenal. Whether bumpy or smooth, round or pear-shaped, green or red, it’s easy and economical to assemble and eye-catching display using these picture-perfect pods. Simply place gourds on a seasonal placemat (a brown, orange or red mat will do), add a small vase of orange and yellow flowers, and a small votive candle, and you’ve captured the essence of the season for pennies on the dollar.
• Decorative items are falling from the sky—literally—this time of year. The brilliantly colored leaves that define the season are free for the taking, and gathering them can be a fun family activity and healthful hike all in one. Select only dry leaves that are in good condition. Use them in wreaths, bundle them like bouquets and place in vases, or scatter them along a mantle or display table.
• Trees are also the source for another fabulous fall décor item: sticks. After the first fall storm, a brief walk around the neighborhood should yield you some sturdy but stately sticks, that, when placed together in a vase, can create an artistic and poetic centerpiece. You can also bundle the sticks together, tie in the middle, then lay behind a mantle or table display for a rustic hint at autumn’s homey evening fires.
• Don’t forget to raid your cabinets, drawers and closets for interesting items to add to your fall décor. Metallic candle holders evoke an old-timey sense of the season, while wooden trays or bowls can hold gourds, leaves or pinecones. One famous designer even made a stunning mantle display out of various vintage nut-crackers, along with artfully assembled walnuts, almonds and brazil nuts. Why not try a variation with apples, corks and vintage bottles?
Finally, just remember that the arrival of fall is all about comfort, warmth, and the traditional abundance felt after the completion of the harvest. You don’t have to spend tons of time or money to evoke this spirit. Just taking the time to enjoy each other’s company, snug in your beautiful new home, will contribute to your own family’s sense of autumnal joy… with no decorations required!