It’s almost fall and the shabby chic decorators are in their element. If you do a Pinterest or Google search for modern fall decor, there isn’t a lot of inspiration. I personally like to keep seasonal decorating somewhat understated, so you won’t see a mantle overflowing with leaves, garlands, pumpkins, and candles in my house. I do think it’s fun to add subtle touches of the season that still fit the overall style of my home.
I also don’t like to spend a lot of money (big surprise) on things that will only be around for a month or two. So the first thing I did was look around the house to see what I could transform. The goal of fall decor is to create a warm and cozy environment. I like the idea of adding textiles, so in addition to putting out a few wool blankets on chairs and couches, I decided to add some sweaters to some vases.
I had an old pair of wool knee-high socks that I never wear because they are too tight at the top. I tested the fit on a couple of vases, hacked off the feet, and tucked the raw edge into the concave area under the vase.
To one I added some flowers that a sweet friend brought me, and to the other a few twigs and a couple of snowberry branches that I found in a park (shh… I only took two, and no one ever goes to that park anyway).
I’ve also been collecting the acorns that the oak trees at my kids’ school have been dropping. I will probably add those to a nice white bowl and if I’m feeling particularly festive, I’ll throw a few pinecones in, too.
In addition to incorporating visual hints of fall, adding warm, spicy smells can really make a home feel cozy. In the past I’ve used mulling spices in a small crockpot or on the stove, but lately I’ve been diffusing cinnamon and citrus essential oils instead.
I’ll be pinning a few other clever and modern fall ideas as I come across them, here. I’d love to know how you decorate this time of year, too!