Tuesday, September 2, 2008

September Days -- It's Fall!

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here.
With summer's best of weather
And autumn's best of cheer.

-Helen Hunt Jackson

Yay--it's fall!! At least to me it is...must have something to do with years of starting school at this time...seems like a new beginning...a season of change. I LOVE FALL!!!

Join me over the next few weeks as we gear up for the fall season :). I plan to share decorating ideas, recipes, and other special things as we continue making our homes and hearts "welcoming"!

Now, my favorite time of year is fall-Christmas. Just love it! But as much as I like it, I'm not quite ready for the full-blown she-bang yet :) -- this is the HOT south, and as much as I'm willing the seasons to change, it's just not ready to down here. But I CAN plan and start the decorating and project process going. That way I can enjoy what I love to do longer! If I get it all done today, then what will my little creative side DO for the next 2 1/2 months!

Let's get started by looking at our homes color scheme. Mine happens to be: white, cream, chocolate, black, sagey-mossy green & pale grey-blue. All of them neutrals in a way. Love me some neutral colors! Why? Cause then you can put seasonal pops of color in!

Whatever your home's "colors" are, you can find 1-2 seasonal "pops" to throw in there. (Or if you think your home clashes with fall colors, use some neutral decorations to bring in the season. There are beautiful creamy-white pumpkins, tan/brown branches, faded leaves, dried flowers from the garden...all could complement your decor.) I personally chose to use oranges as my "pop" color this year.

Since I'm planning to start slowly--well, as slowly as I can anyway!--I decided to get some lovely roses (from Wal-Mart, no less!) to bring in a touch of fall color (above pics), and to dry some hydrangea blooms from my garden to use in fall/Christmas decorating (below on my mantel).

Next, let's take a look around the house to see what you ALREADY HAVE that would work for fall decorating. I collect brown transferware....(detail of plate below)

....and these candles in antique oil lamp holders could use some fall "bling"!...
...my display on top of the china cabinet brings in fall neutrals and pop of orange in dishes stacked on a cake plate. A creamy frame dressed with an old skeleton key and brown satin ribbon. Pheasant feathers from me & dad's hunting day last fall are in a silver pitcher found at the thrift store. I will polish them later on...for now I love the silvery-blackness of the tarnish! As fall progresses I'll add fall leaves to the rusty chip clip stand. Fun, and I already had everything!

Look what else I already had...Carnival glass that belonged to my Grammy! This will mix well....

Now, it's time to mix your household finds with the fall decorating items you might have in storage. Spread it all out on table or floor and mix & match items till you have some that speak to you. Below are items going together on a table display. Don't get it yet?
You'll have to see in a few days!
Had this scrapbook paper & ribbon...pulled out some in my "colors", and we'll see what happens! A frame...banner...???
This birdcage belonged to my sister...now it's mine, all mine! Wait till you see this transformation!

More goodies to decorate with! I may not use it all, but at least I see what there is to work with!

Yay! The first steps are done...hope this inspired you to get started with your fall decor! The rest of the week we'll go over decorating and putting creative displays together! Don't worry though, crisper air will be with us soon, and then pumpkins and corn stalks from the farmer's market we'll see!
Check out some other great Fall Nesting Ideas with Melissa over at The Inspired Room!


Darlene said...

Looks like some FABULOUS Fall stuff....can't wait to see where and what you do with all of it!!!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love all your fall stuff! The hydrangeas on your mantle look so pretty too. I love the colors!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Stacey--Just had to stop by again to say thank you for adding me to your blog list! :) I am so excited!

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Hi Stacey, great post. Love the stuff you had laying out. I like the planning stage and wondering where everything will go. The process of fall decorating is very therapeutic to me. Have a lovely day and fun time putting everything out!

Stacey said...

The hydrangeas look so sophisticated- Really an elegant touch. And the brown transferware plate is lovely. I'm a big brown/orange fan. My husband and I were married on Oct 9th & our colors were in the brown family. I used feathers in my bouquet:)
So- Was wondering how the family visit went? I know you must have spoiled them with your guest room!
Also-How would Thurs the 11th work for you for getting together? I'm free that day and thought lunch might be a good way to meet:)

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I just remembered I have some cute feather trim that I have tried to sell at a yard sale 3 times, and they never sold. I know everyone thought my price was too high, boy am I glad, they will work perfect in some of my fall decorating. Jackie

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Thanks for joining up with Fall Inspiration Week! I am one who usually procrastinates on my fall decorating until late October. By the time I get going, Christmas comes along. This year I was determined to get things going earlier so I could fully enjoy the Fall! Summer seems to be such a long decorating season, as I usually start in spring! Fall deserves more time!

Happy Nesting,

Anonymous said...

Hi Stacey,

You have a beautiful fireplace it's gorgeous! I love fall roses too, they are such beautiful colours and bring life to a room.

Thanks for stopping by my site and I hope you see you again soon :)

Best Wishes

Kimba said...

Oooooooo! Lots of fall inspiration in this post. I can't wait to see the end result.

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Your mantle looks so serene and lovely with the hydrangeas on it.

~ Sarah

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Looks great! I love all your little fall elements all working together. Very pretty!


trish said...

What a great inventory you have to work with!! :o) Your glasses are perfect for fall! Even more so because they belonged to someone dear to you. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Gretchen said...

I'm glad to see that someone else pulls it all out and then chooses where stuff should go for that year.

You are so creative!

Ms. Tee said...

You have so many pretty things AND your organized - wow! :) I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with all of it!

Anonymous said...

Hi Stacey! I'm loving looking at your fallness! I love the way you've decorated your mantle.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)