Capturing the Warmth of Fall
Sinkology is proud to present Kristan Allen, our design expert and guest blogger who runs the @FarmhouseRedefined Instagram. Kristan is here to share some design ideas and inspiration around designing your home around your copper sink.
I just packed away all my Halloween décor and then found myself walking into the store to the sounds of Christmas carols. Christmas carols?! Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. Like, love, love Christmas. But part of me feels bad skipping right from Halloween to all red and green. What about poor Thanksgiving? So every year, right around this time, I draw a line in the sand. I will NOT break out the Christmas décor until Thanksgiving gets its turn in the spotlight. So in that spirit, I thought I’d take some time this month to share a few late fall décor tips to bridge the gap between Halloween and Christmas!
I’m all about ease and simplicity when it comes to holiday décor… especially outside décor. I always try to find things that can go from season to season, maybe with just a few simple touches here or there. Case in point: my front porch. I found an old wooden crate in our barn and turned it over to add some height to my mums and pumpkins. But I’m not planning to retire it once fall is over because I think it’ll be equally cute with a Christmas tree and some presents on it! I turned my rocking chair throw pillows into multi-season all-stars, too. You can find these patterned pillows on my porch all summer. Rather than buy new pillows for fall, I wrapped these ones with burlap bands and tacked some faux leaves onto them. A quick update that brought them up to speed for fall!
I pay special attention to entryways because they’re the first thing guests see when they walk into a home. Warm and welcoming is always my goal… I want my friends and family to feel relaxed and comfortable as soon as they step into my home. This does not mean that you have to cram your entryway with lots of festive décor. Sometimes all it takes is a simple touch to capture the warmth of the season. In this case, I chose a fall throw pillow for my antique bench and I put some fabric pumpkins in my old wire basket. Things that are equally at home in this space from September all the way through November!
Every once in awhile, I’ll find myself looking at a space and thinking, “it just needs something.” That “something” oftentimes ends up being a fun pop of color or pattern! My mudroom is one of the big workhorse rooms of our home. It is literally the drop zone for backpacks, muddy boots, lunch boxes, coats, purses, etc. I recently did a mini-refresh of this space to jazz it up a bit. Pillows always make things seem cozier and this little one on our bench was the cherry on top of this project. It was a tiny little addition in the grand scheme of adding lights, trim work, etc., but it makes a big difference with its pop of modern-black buffalo check. And more importantly, it encourages people (i.e.—my two wild kiddos!) to sit down for a second, rather than just kick their shoes off in a hurry. Win-win!
I take a lot of my design cues from nature and this fall was no exception. My kids and I love to go on “treasure walks” where we collect all kinds of things we find outside – rocks, twigs, bird feathers, and pretty leaves. This year, we pressed our favorite leaves and mounted them on cardstock. Once they were dry, I put them into dollar store frames that I spray painted various shades of metallic. I bought some bigger frames for my shelves, but I also bought a lot of mini frames to use for our Thanksgiving place settings. To add even more glam to my table, I took some of the mini white pumpkins my kids insisted we buy for Halloween and added some fun metallic detailing with a gold Sharpie marker. Super easy ideas that my little ones got to help with!
What are some of your favorite fall décor ideas? How are you bridging the gap between Halloween and Christmas? Share with us on Instagram by tagging @Sinkology and @FarmhouseRedefined. And don’t forget to look us up on Pinterest for even more fun and seasonal home ideas. Happy November, friends!
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