Fall is officially here, and I’m all about subtle fall infusion! I’m 100% in for the seasonal change, but I’m not diving into my magic bag of decorations just yet! As a matter of fact, I’m purposely taking it really REALLY slow because I know what’s ahead. In case you’ve forgotten, let me remind you.
Slow Your Roll
And I’m Not Talking Pumpkin Roll
Fall is here! Pumpkins fill your front porch, your door wreath changes to rich colors of yellow and orange, and mums line your walkway. If you’re like my neighbors you’re waving your team’s football flag with pride and a giant blow-up mascot adorns your grassy front lawn…no names mentioned…honestly, I love that part ;). Then comes Halloween! Black and orange is everywhere. Carved pumpkins, faux owls, bats, ghosts, headstones, spiders and webs are in every nook and cranny. Witches have an annual thing for wrapping themselves around trees at your house and that fake, skinless, bony barking dog is back from the dead. Transitioning into Thanksgiving, we pull out our table leaves to expand our tables and make room for the in-laws. Autumn garland drapes your front door and fireplace mantle, dried corn husks flank your front porch, straw cornucopia filled with faux fall veggies styles your kitchen table, and scents of spiced candles fill the air. Next, it’s Christmas! Time to replace the orange and yellow with red and green. Push the sofa over because you need to make room for the pine tree. Pull out the tiny village houses, glittery Christmas tree bulbs, basket of pine cones, candy canes, and pine wreathes. Don’t forget to hang the stockings above the fireplace, and good Lord, don’t forget that pesky little elf on the shelf. The kids will never let you live that down (speaking from experience). There’s light at the end of the tunnel because the New Year is almost here and this is when you get to hit that restart button. For me, the restart button means I can put my house back to normal and I get a fresh start at a clean, uncluttered home.
Subtle Fall Infusion
Are you following me yet? I. LOVE. THE. HOLIDAYS. The subtle infusion of fall decor allows us to slowly transition into the holiday season. There are ways to make your space look stellar without “junking” up your home. Take a look at how I chose to spice things up here at Bella Nido!
Knowing this mantle will be draped with pine tree garland and more come December, I chose to keep my fall mantle fuss-free. A simple twig wreath gave me just the pop of color I needed.
I didn’t go crazy with lots of fall coffee table baubles. Instead, I filled my Pottery Barn tray with these cool pumpkins I found at Home Goods. Each is a different size and shape. Two of the three pumpkins are made with lustrous hand-blown glass while the third pumpkin is opaque and antiquated. The mix keeps things creative and interesting. I always like to add nature when I can, so I squeezed in the orchid twigs I had from summer. They currently have no orchid blooms, but they are still thriving and alive. I wrapped a little reindeer moss around the points where the stems are pinched together with the support sticks. The lantern, flames candle and stack of books came from Pottery Barn. Click here for lots of lantern options.
Guys, this is my new favorite furniture piece!! I’ve been waiting for the right moment to show you this. It’s the Toulouse Secretary desk and I’ve been wanting it since the first day I laid eyes on it. I used to have a very pretty seagrass chair here, but our kitchen and family room has lots and lots of seating and the chair just never felt right. I love that it this tall and skinny desk has storage and allows me to display fun accessories, like my vintage books dating back to the early 1900’s. Again, I kept the fall decor subtle by stacking 2 small pumpkins on the desk and filling my tall glass lantern with 3 multicolored pumpkins.
This time of the year I like to keep my kitchen island and table fairly empty. I like the clean and simple look…we can call it the “calm before the storm”. I still entertain a ton on the weekends, so more often than not the pot of flowers makes its way to the island while the table is decorated for our guests.
As I mentioned before, we have plenty of seating. Our kitchen island is a solid granite slab that measure a little over 6′ x 9′ long. We have 6 upholstered bar stools placed around the island and 6 more upholstered chairs around the table. That’s seating for 12 on just one side of the room! My lighting is new…ish! If you want to learn more about my kitchen lighting click here.
This rug is new…and again, I’ve been waiting to show it off to you! If you follow me on Instagram then you saw my post and even my silly stories about this great find! It’s a fabulous runner for so many reasons. The runner I had here before was a long shaggy brown rug. It matched my floors really well and gave this area lots of great texture. However, I’m always in the kitchen cooking up a storm and needles to say, the rug didn’t last too long because it matted fairly quickly. Here’s another look at my new runner:
The run of colors are heart-stopping and it’s all things beautiful. The rug is not very thick, making it easy to vacuum, and it’s really soft. The colors are perfect for fall (and every other holiday)!
P.S. Speaking of colors, did you notice the soft shades of pink? Between me and you I was really hoping Mike would like the rug, but I was very certain he was going to hate it. I mean, what manly man welcomes a pink rug into his kitchen, right? Well, guess what! He didn’t say a thing about the color pink and he likes it! I have a little concern over the fact that he may be colorblind, but heck, he’s made it this far in life without any struggles. No need to fix what is currently working in my favor. If you want to know more about this rug click here.
If you didn’t get to catch my last post titled Pumpkin-filled Fall Front Porch click on over. These porch decorations will (finger’s crossed) travel with me right into Thanksgiving. Of course, not all the the pumpkins will last that long, but as long as our upstate New York weather stays cool these pumpkins won’t spoil too fast. The scene will definitely change come Halloween, but the “props” will be the same.
I really hope that this post has inspired you to welcome fall in a way that makes you happy.