Happy Wednesday, friends. I am deep in the Bachelor in Paradise game (is anyone else watching?). I am a little disturbed that we get two episodes every week – until THANKSGIVING WEEK! That’s…. a lot. This year’s Paradise seems kind of cheesy, so I’m hoping it gets better, but it’s my guilty little pleasure, so you know I probably won’t quit it. We had someone come deep clean our house yesterday, which was a godsend. It hadn’t had a good ol’ deep cleaning in while, so I feel like my house just got a big refresh. We’ve got friends staying with us this weekend, so it was much needed – and freed me up a bit more this week. Also, Go ‘Stros (they are in the ALDS)! Here we are at an Astros game with some friends a couple of years ago!
So now, back to the originally intended purpose of this post, which is to do a fall house tour. I got way off tangent (as is life), but I’m back on track now. My house is clean, my fall decor is up, and I officially feel semi-prepared to usher in the crazy that can be the holiday season. So, shall we?
Fall house tour
I went minimal on the decorations this year because I’m actually hosting Thanksgiving, so I don’t want a ton of clutter in my house. I wanted to keep it minimal – and classy (with some really fun yard decorations).
This is my favorite little spider basket. I switch his spot up every year – sometimes I store candy in him – and sometimes I snag some fall-scented potpourri to spice things up a bit. He looks perfect in our little kitchen nook this year.
I also like to add a few fall items to my kitchen. Some friends and family have sent some Halloween cards our way, so I left those out as well. A fall corner next to my coffee bar makes me happy in the mornings!
This is one of my favorite pieces to bring out year over year. If I’m being honest, it’s mainly used just for decor, but I might actually *gasp* make a pie in it this year since I’m hosting Thanksgiving. I mean…. that is what it’s for.
I added one little fun item to my home office. You can’t actually read the sign in my Zoom meetings, but it makes me happy, so it’s there to stay for the season. I don’t like to feel cluttered while I work, but I do love a good fall candle – and those dough bowl candles smell delish! The one there was a gift, and I think the scent is pumpkin pie?
I added a bit of fall to my entryway. That’s the Bath and Body Work Mahogany Apple fall candle – it’s my favorite fall Bath and Body Work scent. I also added in some of those dried cotton vase fillers! I’m really enjoying my simple, toned down fall decor this year. And I’ll thank myself when it’s time to pack it back up and bust out my Christmas stuff.
Sigh. My dining room is one of my favorite places in the house. I love the table, I love the mirror, and I love my simple, fall tablescape. Those are the pumpkins I picked up in Canton last year.
I love how my mantle turned out. During the year, I have the flameless candles on my candlesticks. This year, I found the perfect pumpkins to stick on top. I also added some more of that cotton vase filler.
Front Yard Fall Tour
I’m not really a mums on the porch type of gal. I love the concept, but who can actually keep those things alive? Not me. So, instead, I’ve chosen to decorate with items that I can’t kill. I love a good burlap sign. This one isn’t from the Swirl Girl, but I’m about to order some pumpkin door hangers from her for my double doors.
I like to stick some cute little planter picks into my planters. This one and the next one I’m about to show are from MD Anderson Children’s Art Project. I’m not sure they still make them, but they sure are cute.
That wooden sign is reversible. So, once Halloween is over, I can flip it over – and it’s got a fall theme on the tore side.
And finally, the real star of the show this year (according to the neighbor kids)…. our inflatable dinosaur. He lights up at night – and his eyes glow red, and he is pretty cool (coming from someone who never thought she’d be putting inflatables in her front yard). I’m kind of into the inflatable thing now that we have one. It makes a big impact, and it’s super simple. I might add to our Dino collection next year.
We’ve got one last thing to add at some point this week… our spiders. Remember these guys from last year? I will also buy some pumpkins closer to Halloween, but I don’t think we will have time to carve them this year – we’ve got a wedding over Halloween weekend.
That’s all I’ve got. I hope you enjoyed my fall (minimalist) home tour. Here are a few fall highlights from last year. I’ll see you back here on Friday for my Friday favorites 🙂