Although Fall home decor couldn’t be further from my mind, we’re embarking on our very first Fall home tour as the summer heat rages on. For that reason, I. Just. Can’t. Let. Summer. Go. And understandably so. Our garden is my sanctuary for far too short a time. For that reason, our upcycled guitar will enjoy the outdoors for a little while longer!
Fall Home Tour 2021
Today I am taking part in Fall Home Tour hop hosted by Andrea from Design Morsels. We’re showcasing nine homes gussied up and ready for fall to help inspire you with all kinds of ideas for your own Fall decor. Welcome if you’ve just hopped over from the Painted Apron! At the very bottom of this post, I’ll be directing you to the next Fall home tour on this venture. But don’t forget to check out the other homes too. Be sure to drop back in throughout the week to visit them all!
Inside, our Fall home decor centres around the little nook we have beside our stairway and a bookcase in our home office. The rest of the house stays pretty much the same year round. That’s because the house is small and we have very little storage space. So first, I’ll show you the rest of the house and then we’ll get to the two spots in the house where we go all out on Fall home decor.
Fall Home Decor in the Family Room
In our family room, we cozy the space with throw pillows.
I love blue so it’s the dominant colour in the room no matter what the season.
Instead of adding warmers colours, we bring in the warmth by turning up the fireplace on those chilly Fall nights! The rich glow of the fire heralds in the Fall season for us.
It’s so nice to have a vantage point through the window, but still have the corner fireplace to keep me warm.
Brushed metals also add a feeling of warmth.
The warm metal carries onto the coffee table.
Although I love the deep, rich autumnal colours that Fall brings, we keep the main level light, bright and airy.
Off the family room, you can see right through into the kitchen.
Kitchen Fall Decor
In the Fall, we bring back plantation shutters over our sliding doors. In addition to the curtains, it adds an additional layer of insulation over the glass. We were in the process of looking for a replacement door (and bay window for the family room) when the pandemic hit and never got around to replacing it. So every little bit helps against the cold!
Hubs just finished restoring our butcher block counters with a natural oil finish. I love how beautiful the crockery looks on them!
We keep fresh herbs on the counter year round.
Although we have a little table in the kitchen, in the Fall we eat all our meals in the dining room.
We accessorize the buffet with stackable trays and pottery.
Adjacent to the dining room is our living room. More pillows adorn the sectional sofa.
In the hallway, our Fall home decor consists of fresh flowers.
We cut what we can from the garden, then buy fresh as the temperature plummets.
Right up the staircase is where we really inject Fall decor into our home.
We have this little niche in the corner of our curved stairs. During Spring and Summer seasons we install this stained glass koi pond I made specially for the space.
But in the Fall, we swap out the stained glass for a plain white background so I can embellish with Fall home decor.
All our decor is either sourced through garage sales, thrifted or made. The focal point is the letter ‘A’ (for our last name).
Red and Green Colour Scheme
We purchased three salvaged letters from the barnboardstore (you’ll see the other two letter later). Red is my favourite colour in the Fall, so the letters help bring that element into our decor.
Green is my favourite any time colour, so I inject a good dose of it in various shades through the lantern, air plants, and the marble turtle. I adore the striations in the turtle and the cream and russet tones too.
Brown twig grapevine balls are the perfect foil for the air plants. I have them at the base of the DIY spool and also in a rustic green ceramic bowl.
On the wall is a print from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It’s got all the rich hues I want when I think of Fall home decor.
IKEA’s Gestalta figure is the only thing we purchased new. He’s holding a thrifted globe in his hands and sitting on a wooden yarn spool.
A favourite is this wire chicken filled with vintage pool balls. The chicken is the only ‘farmhouse’ decor piece to speak of in our home and I think it’s a fabulous addition to our Fall decor vignette by the stairs.
Fall Decor in the Office
Remember I told you we bought 3 letters? The second one is the letter ‘I’. Turned on its side, it’s a backdrop for our second Fall vignette in our home office. It sits atop a pine bookcase that Hubs made. We’ll be making it over in a future post. You not going to believe what it becomes!
We found the Blue Mountain Pottery water jug at a thrift store. I like to decorate with milk glass in the Spring/Summer, but I think Blue Mountain Pottery is going to be my new go-to in the Fall season! The circular horn, brass die and even a tuna can bring in the warm metals again.
Antiquing in the open air is one of our favourite pastimes! My favourite antique find at Aberfoyle Market is this weaving shuttle. My friend Sarah, at Sadie Seasongoods, just upcycled a few of these. Although it’s a distinctly summer project, you have to check out her upcycled weaving shuttles!
The deer is something I have from my Mom; she’s had it for as long as I can remember. It’s as light as a feather and one day it accidentally snapped in half. If you look real close, you can see a faint line where I glued it back together.
The gum ball machine is another thrift store find. Since auctions are on hold in our area, you can just walk in and buy anything right from the display case (if you can find the employee with the key)! I’ll likely refill it with pinecones; all I had was more of those twig grapevine balls, but you get the idea! UPDATE: see my new fall decor idea for the gum ball machine!
From Our Travels
Turtles are something I collect (as well as frogs). This turtle holds a collection of ‘waste’ pieces from glass blowing. We came across them on a past trip to Kingston, where we did a ghost tour around Halloween and even slept in a hotel purported to have a ghost. Unfortunately the room with the most sightings was booked the night we went. We’ll have to make a point to go back when we can book the other room. I’d also love more glass pieces!
Since I’m crazy for turtles, Hubs had a friend hand paint the brass desk bell with sea turtles for me. He’s always full of surprises!
Window boxes are a favourite upcycle of mine. The green one you see below was re-stained with an aniline dye that complements the colour of the Blue Mountain jug you saw earlier and my sea turtle bell. Hubs and I were married in the Fall so the pictures you see below are from our wedding. It’s a subtle way to bring wedding pictures into the mix without displaying them on the wall.
Again, I’m bringing in fresh greenery with air plants! You’ll see the concrete lighbulb in an upcoming Birdz of a Feather craft post.
Craft Studio Ideas
My frog comes in from the garden to hibernate with me in my craft studio. That’s where I love to spend my time creating when the weather turns blustery and cold. The letter ‘S’ turned on its side, is the third letter and last red letter we use in our Fall decor.
In the Fall, I swap out my white light fixtures for these vintage green enamel shades.
That bottle green is a small addition to the space, but it’s definitely a colour I think of when I think of Fall.
And the bottle green goes so well with the vintage steno chair!
Well, that wraps up our Fall home decor and home tour for now! Hopefully we’ll have some Fall decorating ideas for outside the home soon too, like this milk can decor project. Or check out our Craft Ideas for Autumn.
Next on the Tour
Next on the Fall tour hop list: Create With Cynthia‘s lovely home! Go check it out, then pop back in throughout the week to finish off the rest of the tour with these home decor bloggers:
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