Somewhere along my home décor journey I embraced the concept of less is more. Particularly when it comes to seasonal décor. I was never one to go all-out. More accurately, I was never one to follow through and execute on my plans to go all-out. There has always been a disconnect between my idea of what my seasonal home should be and my ability to make it so.
The truth is, I’m completely inept when it comes to styling a home, a room, a table, a vignette. Completely, utterly, inept. It’s embarrassing, but the first step to acceptance is acknowledgment. I’m not gifted in the area of home decorating.
That said, these short comings are no reason for Snowberry to suffer in a seasonless state. Therefore, I pulled down my one, small fall décor bin. And then I ventured out to Home Goods, Pottery Barn and Anthropology in order to present you with my less-is-more fall home tour.
If you too prefer a less-is-more approach, here are my five easy tips for successfully bringing fall décor into your home without driving yourself insane.
1. Go Neutral –
I love color in my home. I mean color in my cabinets, upholstery, draperies, pillows, throws and artwork. You get the idea. The downside … my colorful decor isn’t always compatible with the colors of the season. What to do? Stick to a neutral palette in your seasonal decor. This works in a neutral home palette as well … it’s cohesive and serene.
What I did:
In our great room, I added a round, seagrass basket tray from Terrain. It’s no longer available, but this one is similar. In the basket I placed a glass hurricane I’ve had for years, and filled it with Pottery Barn’s fall potpourri, an unscented pillar candle and a couple of ceramic pumpkins I bought forever ago in Sonoma. A new acorn candle from Anthropology and wicker pumpkin from Pottery Barn complete the great room’s fall decor. Super simple.
2. Imitation is the best form of flattery –
Find an inspirational fall décor photo and copy it. If you need to shop for items, take your photo along and ask for assistance pulling it together. Décor store owners and employees are often creative types and just might do the work for you … and make a sale.
What I did:
To our front porch bench I added my Pottery Barn plaid throw. They don’t make it anymore … what? But, I found a few cute options at Target here, here and here. Then I layered a new, striped pillow from Home Goods and a cute cloth pumpkin purchased on Etsy a couple of years ago. I found some cute striped pillows here, here and here. My workhorse Pottery Barn lanterns and unscented pillar candles finish the look. Since the lanterns are outdoors, I should probably substitute flameless candles. And, of course, the piece de resistance is the Snowberry pillow made by my friend @karenonbainbridgeisland.
3. Look to the garden –
Clip fall branches or foliage from your yard, or your neighbor’s yard (ask first), and arrange them in a vase. If, like me, your general creative ineptness extends to flower arranging … hydrangeas and branches are your friends. Not only are they easier to arrange, but they last a long time.
Place a bowl of apples, pomegranates, oranges or other fall harvested fruits and veggies out on your counter.
What I did:
In our kitchen, I placed a pasta bowl filled with red apples on the buffet. Next to the stove I added Ina Garten’s Family Style to my cookbook stand and filled a new Elsie Green wood bowl with clementines. In the dining area – between the kitchen and great room – I clipped branches from our Magnolia tree and placed them in pottery vase from Target’s collaboration with Studio McGee. If I change the water weekly the branches should last a long time.
4. Apply the Coco Chanel principal –
“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” In other words, put out your fall décor then edit, edit, edit.
What I did:
In the foyer, I placed my Serena and Lily throw on the bench and topped it with another cloth pumpkin. I added this gorgeous Anthropology wreath to the front door and hung it with a clear, suctioned hook I found at Hobby Lobby. I thought the suction cup might show inside the door, but I don’t even notice it.
5. And, finally, apply the KISS principal –
“Keep it simple stupid.”
Focus on your front entry. A well-placed pumpkin, a fall themed doormat or wreath. Any one or a combination of these simple things is all you need to bring the fall season into your home.
What I did:
For our front entry, I added a buffalo check rug and layered this cute doormat gifted to us by our son and his fiancé. I found a similar one on Etsy and cute option at Target. Next, I filled clay pots with fall color from the Terrain shop at Anthropology. Did you know they sell live plants? I didn’t. Anyhoo, I filled another Pottery Barn lantern with plaid and white pumpkins (they’re on sale for $6/bag – this is not an affiliate link) and small pinecones (on sale for $3/bag, also not an affiliate link) from Hobby Lobby. And, I replaced the plant in my large wicker planter with something more fall-esque. See similar planters here and here.
Bonus tip, ask for help – We all have friends and family members with that certain je ne sais quoi. Invite them over, feed them, pour them a glass of wine (or Aperol Spritz … did you see my post on how to make this gorgeous fall cocktail?) and then beg ask for help arranging your fall decor pieces.
And, there you have it!
Snowberry’s Less-is-More Fall Decor!
As always, I appreciate your visit and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Cheers from Snowberry and happy fall decorating!
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Unless otherwise noted, all photos in the post are by Monica Vargas Photography.