I know it’s been “officially” fall for a little while now, but I can’t pull the fall decorations out of my bright orange tubs in the basement until the calendar officially says October. And while my effort in the decorating arena runs on a sliding scale from year to year, I always do SOMETHING to make the house a little festive for the kids.
Whether you are interested in barely making an effort to going ALL IN with your fall decorating, here are 6 easy ideas that will add some pizzazz to your home.
1. Deco your door
I love a good door wreath. As far as I’m concerned, a wreath can spice up any front door and turn an entire porch or stoop into a magical place. I am NOT a master wreath maker by any stretch of the imagination – I have tried and failed numerous times. Which is why I am always on the lookout for the easiest possible wreaths you can make that will bring the biggest impact. My best work? Has to be the Halloween Door Wreath I made a few years ago. I hang it every year, and it is still perfection. Plus – it was super easy and cheap!
2. A wreath can go anywhere
Think a wreath is only good for the front door? Think again! I’ve made simple wreaths that I’ve hung from the mantle and even the loft banister like this one:
3. Go Outside
Don’t forgot to decorate outside of your house too. Lights in the bushes, cute figures by your front door, wind chimes, or whatever floats your boat DO IT. My friend, Jen from The Martha Project does an AMAZING display outside of her house. She LIVES for Halloween. I love decorating with mums and just cute knick-knacks. Whatever you do, make your kids and your neighbors smile. AND YOURSELF.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to make your home feel cozy and fall-like. Kari at A Grace Full Life is the master of creating amazing mantles and vignettes using things she’s already got laying around the house. Candles, a pretty vase, maybe a few gourds that you pick up from the grocery store can add an element of fall to little pockets of your home and amp up the cozy feeling.
I even have a board on Pinterest just for vignettes too!
5. Don’t forget the linens
While I’m not suggesting that you have a separate set of sheets and blankets for every season (although I am sure there are those that do – no judging here!), I’m talking more about the cute stuff. Hand towels in the guest bathroom, decorative kitchen towels, maybe a splashy tablecloth that is festive – especially with younger kids. I will admit to having a set of hand towels for every season and holiday that I rotate in our downstairs bathroom. The kids love using them, and who doesn’t think a towel with pumpkins, scarecrows or bats on it is cute?
6. Splurge on a diffuser – and skip the pumpkin spice
While nothing is better than the scents of fall, artificial fragrance can be harmful to the family and friends that you may welcome in to your home over the next few months. I love my diffuser from Amazon (affiliate link), and it makes my home smell healthy and fresh.
My friend, Jasmine from HealthyJasmine has a list of amazing diffuser blend recipes that can make your home smell amazing without the worry of breathing in toxic chemicals.