Christmas is hands-down my favorite time of year! We always spend the day after Thanksgiving drinking hot cocoa & decking out the house for the holidays. Over the years my mother has passed down some of my favorite pieces & I’ve started collecting some of my own. When I was young, my mother used to visit a friend who made the most beautiful ceramic decor. I remember sitting in the studio & helping to paint the pieces. I always think of Miss Opal when I put out my Mary & Joseph, Santa, & boot. I also have a gorgeous nativity, but I’m way too scared that Cat will destroy it, so it’s staying put away for now! One of my favorite ways to decorate is to sprinkle a little bit of the holidays throughout the house. In the foyer, I add greenery & some small items to the photographs that are there year-round. I throw a holiday pillow on the couch & fill a jar on the coffee table with tiny ornaments. I display holiday plates in the kitchen & add cinnamon candles to the bathrooms.
I love the look of a coordinated, designer-inspired tree, but I also love the idea of collecting ornaments that have a special meaning. This year, we solved the dilemma by putting up two trees! I know, I know, a little overboard. Our living room tree is in traditional red, green, & gold. My small, apartment-sized tree has been sitting in the attic for the last few years, so this year we pulled it out & covered it in colored lights & eclectic ornaments! As soon as the tree goes up, Cat makes a nest underneath. I’ve been surprised that he doesn’t try to climb the faux tree, like he did when we had a real tree. Cassie is scared of the tree for some reason, so she leaves him alone under there! I’ve linked up some of my favorite decor below!
On the Tree
Around the House
On the Couch
On the Mantle
Today I wanted to share some of my favorite ways to decorate for fall. These are ideas that will work throughout the season, I’ll share some holiday-specific decor later on! One of the easiest ways to decorate for the season is to change out throw pillows. I also love a leaf & berry garland across the mantle & some filled lanterns on the fireplace. Once you have a base, you can add in a few holiday specific items without having to redo the whole fireplace! While my focal point is generally the fireplace, I can’t resist scattering items throughout the house – pumpkins on an end table, a bowl of gourds on the counter, & fall-scented candles in every bathroom.
Here are some of my favorite items to get your home ready for fall!