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Hey, ya’ll! Today, I’m sharing my fall home tour with five other bloggers in this year’s Fall Home Tours hosted by Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. If you’re popping over from 11 Magnolia Lane or another stop on the tour or from anywhere else, welcome!
I’m going to be brutally honest today.
Rug / Sofa (similar) / Ottoman / Botanical Art Prints / TV Stand / Nailhead Wing Chairs / Red Pillows
While I absolutely love this time of the year – it’s my favorite by far, it can often make me feel a little inadequate.
Everywhere I look, everyone has these beautifully decorated and thoughtful homes for fall and I’m just over here like, “How did you ever find time to do that?” Not to mention, “How in the hell did you even come up with that?”
Rug / Ottoman / TV Stand / Botanical Prints / Wall Sconces (I painted mine gold.)
Don’t get me wrong – I think everyone who has those gorgeous fall homes, folks that are a part of this tour included, are just flat amazing. My hat is off to you. I bow down in your presence. I commend you. I am not worthy to be alongside you on this tour. Please tell me your secrets.
Sofa (similar) / Art Above Sofa / Blue Pillow / Mini Radio Flyer Wagon
I think on Pinterest there are approximately 3,263 gorgeous fall wreaths made of all sorts of things, 6,328 ways to decorate a pumpkin and no less than 2,846 beautiful fall mantels out there. I mean, those aren’t actual statistical numbers, just what my overwhelmed mind tells me.
I love most all of those thousands of fall decorating ideas. They are beautiful and those people who made them should get a damn fall decorating award. But as I browse through all that, I usually end up just wanting to find the closet corner to crawl into and cry. And if we’re being honest, probably drink too.
Wall Sconces (I painted mine gold.)
I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately, or maybe for the last few Falls, and it’s like my creativity in that department just hit a wall. I walk the seasonal aisles of all the local craft stores just hoping to get some spark of creativity and there’s nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada. The ship has sailed and I don’t know if it’s ever coming back home. I mean, I was never a brilliant fall decorator, but I’ve been coming up shorter a little more every year.
So I finally did the one thing that I know exactly how to do best.
I said screw it.
I didn’t come up with one single new fall craft or decorating idea or anything of the sort. I pulled out the painted pumpkins and fall garland from years past and threw ’em around.
And that was it.
It’s good enough.
When I start seeing real pumpkins around here to buy, I’ll get some of those too, and the Circus and I will paint them and carve them and glitter their stems. It won’t be anything groundbreaking, but we’ll have fun doing it and we’ll enjoy them.
And isn’t that all that really matters in the end?
Next stop on the fall home tours today is Hymns and Verses!
Marty Oravetz says
I love how the farmhouse is coming along and I am with you. I don’t have cute pumpkins or any fall crafts going on either. I just added orange and called it good. Thanks so much for joining the tour.
Thanks, Marty! Here’s to simple fall decorating!
I used to go all out decorating for fall, but just like Christmas you have to take it down and store it somewhere, so I do very little a wreath on the door and a few things inside and that’s it. I do change up my wreath every year.
Yep! Storing it is such a pain!!! I think that’s one reason why at Christmas time, one of my favorite decorating things is just lots of regular old colorful ball ornaments everywhere because they just neatly stack back in their containers when it’s time to store them away!
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Loved your tour Jenna and I’ve been feeling the same way. Minimal fall decor it is for me too.
Cheers to minimal fall decorating!
Yes!! That is all that matters! I too am not too into the fall decorating other than a few of the pretty pumpkins. Mostly because all that effort then it’s Christmas immediately. Enjoy pumpkin fun with your sweet Circus!
Thanks, Regina! I know what you mean – we start decorating for Christmas pretty soon after Halloween, so it is all a lot of effort for just a little bit of display time!
Laura Ingalls Gunn says
But nobody, I mean NOBODY, has paired a cowboy blanket draped over a darling mini red wagon in which a blue pumpkin has nested. A++++ for that and your awesomeness!
So proud to share this tour with you.
Awww. Thanks so much, Laura!
Hell yes, it’s good enough! Your house looks great!
I think the problem is that cornstalks and hay bales and scarecrows are not in your style lexicon. I mean, we ALL love cornstalks and hay bales this time of year (y’all can keep the !*@#$%^ scarecrows) , but they just don’t “go” with your 70s Glam , just like they don’t work with my Haight-Ashbury Meets Victorian Whorehouse vibe.
I have a metric crap-ton of Fall decorations from our previous house that are really nice, but just don’t work here, plus a lot of it is country-cutesy and that just isn’t me any more!
I put pots of mums, a few hay bales and some pumpkins on the porch. Inside I’ll sprinkle some velvet pumpkins here and there, bust out my small collection of orange Carnival glass, keep plenty of Fall-scented candles burning, and call it done.
Yep, that is totally right, Tammy! I think the more traditional fall items would work well at the farmhouse, but at the 70’s Landing pad, not so much! Now Halloween decor though, it might just be perfect for the landing pad!! hahaha!
Totally appreciate the honesty…the pressure is real. Thank you for sharing with us!
Thanks for understanding, Jen!
Geez Loueeze Girlfriend, how can you take time to be creative when you are juggling so much? Trying to keep up to homes, kids back to school, husband back to school, budget constraints; cleaning, painting, plumbing…..Don’t be so hard on yourself. Besides, fall lasts a long time…know what I mean? Instead of a coke and a smile, go have some cheap beer and a smile!! You won’t even have to work at that!
Thanks, girl! Y’all can always make me feel better!
P.S. That should be TWO homes.
Looks great Jenna! I hear you, all this pumpkin everything gets a little overwhelming. But pumpkins decorating your bar, now that is something I can get on board with! XO, Amy
Susan the Farm Quilter says
Well, Jenna, you are way ahead of me in the decorating department!! I don’t decorate for anything anymore!!! I’m doing good to just keep up with the dusting and vacuuming!!! Your home looks lovely, no matter the season! I always wonder what people do with their decor pieces during the off seasons??!! Do they have decorating storage sheds hidden away in a corner of their property?? I have a bunch of Christmas decorations (some I’ve given to my kids just to get them gone) and they take up way too much space in the basement, especially since I haven’t decorated for Christmas since 2009!!! Oh, I did put up a tree for my dad last Christmas cuz at 95 I didn’t expect him to have another Christmas…maybe another Christmas is in the cards for him this year and I’ll put up a tree, along with my mom’s collection of Christmas Village houses on the mantle. Just decorating for me and hubby seems like a lot of work for just the two of us.
I’m with you – finding holiday decor storage is tough! We got lucky here because we have some storage cabinets in a hallway that leads from our den to garage and I use our under the stairs closet for Christmas decor, but I still have to put my tree in the guest room closet!
I love what you did with your pumpkins Jenna! So hip for Fall! As always, honored to share this home tour with you! Cheers!
Thanks so much, Vel!
Stephanie S. says
You go girlfriend. I feel it. I got my decorations out and even made a few new things. Now Halloween is my favorite but I love fall. I see these hones and think how does someone afford those beautiful things. I do recycle from Thirft stores and repaint. You never can tell.
I love Halloween too, Stephanie! In fact, I probably love it more than just regular fall decorating! I do have a few new ideas for Halloween! I’m a big fan of redoing thrift store holiday decor too – that and Dollar Tree upcycles!
laura janning says
your decorated bar cart was good enough for me. Cheers to heart humor…and honesty
Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond says
Enjoyed your tour and thank you for sharing with us at #overthemoon link party. I love Fall although where I live in Australia we don’t get the beautiful colouring in the leaves.
Super pretty. I love the idea of using the vintage sewing machine for a bar area. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party at @DearCreatives.
Thanks, Theresa! It was kind of a random idea and I was shocked it worked!