The leaves are turning, and countless farmers markets dot the landscape selling their wares of pumpkins, richly colored mums, impossible to resist donuts and hot apple cider.
Here in New England, Fall is celebrated in a big way, and I’m pretty sure when it comes to homes that lend themselves to Fall decorating, log cabins are at the top of the food chain. Their rustic vibe, earthy colors and texture to spare have an inherent warmth that don’t need a lot of bells and whistles to make them ready for Autumn.
But…when Brenda asked me to join in the Fall Tour, I hesitated.
Because I don’t do a lot of seasonal decorating.
Yes, I change the mantel with the seasons, maybe a pillow or two is switched out, and definitely the dining table has different looks, but not much else.
But I figured after blogging for more than three years, it was time ;). And yes, you could safely say I’m a late bloomer.
So I used what I had, picked up a few items (wait till you see the deals I got!), and borrowed from the best decorator there is, Mother Nature.
Hopefully, I made the cabin worthy of being included in the Fall Tour, but you be the judge. 😉
Now, come on in for a visit…
In the living room one of the changes I made that I’m really happy about is the drapes. Earlier this year I raised the curtain rod and that made a big difference in the look and feel of the space.
High ceilings demand tall drapes. Go ahead and purchase ready made drapes and if you need to add to the length, get some trim or contrasting fabric and iron it on with stitch witchery if you don’t sew (or even if you do!).
I switched out the sheers and found inexpensive drapes that were the perfect color at HomeGoods for only $17 a pair, and they immediately warmed up the space.
The leaf ‘painting’ above the fireplace is nothing more than a poster that we diy’d onto some inexpensive board for a fraction of what a regular painting would have cost. We keep it up all year round, but I think it shines best this time of year. Can you see that throw in the left hand corner? I purchased it a couple of weeks ago at a tag sale for $6. It’s hand made by someone who clearly knew what they were doing, so it’s a great find!
Throws are a perfect way to change the look of a chair in seconds, add softness and color to a room and provide a convenient cover for chilly nights.
One of the challenges of traditional log cabins is darker colors get lost in the sea of brown that exists everywhere, so I love it when I find accents like these to brighten things up.
The wheat stems are great for adding much needed height on the mantel, and I wrapped them in burlap and ribbon and pinned on a button for extra interest.
Not everything has to be glued or sewn. It’s so much easier to pin something that you might not want to be permanent than to grab your hot glue gun and risk getting burned or worse, ruin your mani, right?
I’ve always said Mother Nature is a wonderful decorator, but even though lots of leaves are turning, these are fake. I just added some Queen Anne’s Lace into the mix for a little brightness and contrast.
Who says you can’t mix real flowers with fake? I do it all the time when I can’t find what I need or it’s just too expensive to do an entire bouquet with flowers from the florist.
The vase I purchased at Ikea a couple of years ago and dressed it up with some ribbon and a button (are you seeing a theme here?). The leaves surrounding the vase at the base are fake, and is simply a garland that typically is used on mantels or staircases, but I like the way it anchors the arrangement.
(And here’s a closer look at the tag sale throw in the background.)
Items don’t always have to be used for their intended purpose. Think outside the box, and you’ll get more mileage from your possessions and you won’t tire of them as quickly.
Now, I know nothing about this piano bar is ‘nature inspired’, but every girl needs a little bling now and then. This piano was left at our house when we purchased it by the previous owners, and we literally couldn’t give it away so we converted it into a little bar and it has served us well. You can see the before/afters here.
See Tip #5 😉
Don’t be afraid to mix rustic elements with formal, contemporary with antiques, traditional with bohemian, modern with vintage. The unexpected is much more interesting.
I love big arrangements. I think a couple of big ones make much more of a statement than lots of little ones, and this is really all the kitchen needed to get it ready for its close up. The kitchen island base used to be a simple hickory panel, but a few years ago we covered it in airstone and it’s one of the best things we’ve done to enhance the space. You can see that project here.
Sometimes, less is more, and that’s never more true than floral design. Keep it simple, but impactful.
The day before I took the pictures for this post, Fisherman and I went out scouring the area and found more than we needed to create this stunning arrangement. Thank you Mother Nature!
Take a walk outside with some clippers and get to work. This arrangement probably would cost more than $50 at the florist. I’d say I done good :).
For the table, I went to Pier I and purchased a new table runner (they have the best anywhere), and a couple of new plates and mugs.
If you find plates you love but don’t want to purchase an entire set, sometimes you can just get place settings for two and mix things up. It makes a table interesting to have different elements anyway, and it’s a great way to still get the look you want for half the price, plus you won’t have to store as much.
I love plaid, so when I saw these chargers at Michael’s I knew they were coming home with me, plus it didn’t hurt that they were less than $3 each! Be prepared to see these in future tablescapes :).
If you follow Brenda, you might remember a couple of weeks ago she shared a cute craft project involving candles. I totally copied her and I had such fun dressing a few candles in some Fall attire with items I already had on hand.
And I don’t think there’s a chair around that wouldn’t benefit from a cute little bow.
Had enough of the dining area?
Me too. Let’s move on.
Here’s our bedroom, and as you can see it’s not large, but it’s comfy. This is pretty much the way it looks all the time, but I did add one special element that I really love, which you’ll see in a bit. (Hint: it’s on my nightstand).
The lampshades on the sconces were a fun and easy project I did a while back and I love the way they look at night when they’re on. For the ‘how-to’, click here. The bolster pillow is a recent sewing project, which I shared here.
To keep things simple and avoid having to take off tons of pillows every night from your bed, try a bolster pillow instead. They come in handy if you like to read in bed also.
And here’s what’s on my nightstand. My last post showcased some decorated pumpkins and my favorite was the one turned into a vase so I gave it a try. So easy to do!
Would you believe this ‘tree wall’ was the first project I did when we purchased the house 10 years ago and one of the first projects I posted on the blog over three years ago? Yup, I guess you can say I don’t change things up that much!
Here’s a few more of the candles I copied from Brenda…
The screened in porch is one of my favorite rooms! It’s where you’ll find me, weather permitting, first thing in the morning drinking my coffee and checking emails.
A few weeks ago I placed a blueberry smoothie on the wooden trunk and it fell on the rug, splashing onto the slipcover also (I shared that debacle here). It ended up leaving stains that were impossible to remove, so I reluctantly threw away the rug I was so fond of, and found one that looks almost identical to the old one. In fact, if I don’t say anything no one even notices it’s a different rug!
Stay away from blueberry smoothies!
The old slipcover was a buttery yellow color which I really liked, but I decided to go with a darker color for Fall. Here’s the scoop…the slipcover was less than $45, including shipping. I got it from uglysofa.com and they have other styles and colors so if you need a slipcover, check them out. (Psssst…they’re PB slipcovers).
The embroidered pillow is a recent purchase from Pier I, and the chair was a free item found in a parking lot lying in the grass. I gave it a new coat of paint and a new home. 🙂
Now please say hello to Mo, Larry and Curly.
The Goldenrod, which is so abundant now, makes a nice complement to the sunflowers, and who doesn’t love sunflowers?!
I hope this little tour has given you some ideas you can do yourself! If you’d like to see the rest of the cabin, click here. You might want to pin this to your Fall or decor Pinterest boards, and you can follow me here to see what I’ve been pinning.
A heartfelt ‘thanks’ to Brenda for including me. It’s such an honor, and it was so much fun touring all the beautiful homes on display for Fall. I had a blast!
Don’t forget to visit all the great homes on our home tour for some fabulous inspiration!
Up next is Jamie at So Much Better With Age, and here’s the rest of today’s line up:
If you’d like to check out some of the other homes that were featured this week, here’s the line up: