Friday, October 3, 2008

All Decorated for Fall...

I love decorating our home for the holidays. I grew up with a mom who always made every holiday festive--even if the decorations consisted of cardboard pictures we hung in the window. When I became a teacher, my classroom was always decked out and festive--no matter the season. I can't help but to fiddle and create--and I know you crafters out there understand...

Our foyer, seen from standing at our front door...Our dining room...
The kitchen light...
Our front porch...
Our fireplace...
My mom started collecting these Halloween ornaments for me a few years ago. I love them now, and look forward to getting a couple every year from our local Hallmark.
In Ohio, all the mums are in full bloom now. I love planting them all over the yard.
I also love the seasonal changes. By the time I get sick of gardening, it is time to pack it all up and prepare for the winter. I love that continual evolution.
This year, my daughter and I created this banner for our morning room. It was a kit from Making Memories, and we had fun adding pictures from former years to it.
So, I was asked by a couple of people to offer a few tips for decorating. I'm not sure I'm qualified to hand out such advice, but here is what I can say about what I did to our place.

1. Work with what you have and start there. Most of our house is accented in red decor--and that is enhanced during the fall and Christmas seasons. Play on that and go with it.
2. Instead of buying a bunch of items that you like, pick one and repeat that element. I have several identical fall foliage garlands throughout the house--and the theme is carried out throughout the whole first floor.
3. Scale is often under-rated. If you have a large home, go with an over-sized accessory and play that up. Don't be afraid to make a statement with one piece.
4. Add something every year, and remove something every year.
5. If you don't have the energy or the $$ to do your whole house, do one area--a foyer, your fireplace, your front porch.
6. Enjoy the process!!

Thanks for letting me share our home with you!!

13 comments:

Amy Coose said...

Your house looks amazing!!! I love every little touch you added. Please come decorate my house!

MAM said...

You have such a beautiful and you are absolutely qualified to hand out advice. Please come to my house and help me :) LOL

Monica (DYL Classmate)

Ryzmomplus2 said...

As always your house looks beautiful!!

Colleen said...

wow! your house looks like something out of a magazine!! ok, i'm decorating today. that's it. i can't stand it anymore. you've inspired me!

Tara said...

Just gorgeous! I have a few things to pull out this year, but when the sales go on after the holiday is over, I'm going to stock up for next year.
Thanks for sharing you tips!

TheLegacyLady said...

Darling photos - wish you were my neighbor! Your decorating taste is impeccable. Can't wait to see your work in the DYL course.

Just a simple gal said...

Love your decor tips - and really adhere to most of these myself! TODAY is the day I've set aside to replace summer decor with fall - my favorite season too. I'll try to get some photos up to share.- Judy in Huntsville [from DYL]

jamie said...

love your dining room. it looks so comfy and inviting. and the pumpkins outdoors are placed so beautifully. your home is lovely. thanks for sharing with us.

Jewel said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful home decorations with us. I love Fall decor - it looks so warm and cozy.

Damaris said...

Wow Trish: Love it girl. Your home looks beautiful!!
HUGS

Deanna said...

Trish, you have my dream decorated house! Maybe one day I can refer back to this post and do it up right! For now, I'll just take notes! LOVE it all!!!! :D

momma_lizzie said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!

MAM said...

Thanks so much for the inspiration. Got my fall decorations up today.

Monica (DYL Classmate)