AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: October 2, 2012 | COMMENTS: 9 Comments
Fall is truly my favorite time of year. My potted plants and annuals seem to lose their August rattiness suddenly looking well cared for with a lushness that my barely-green thumb hasn’t remotely earned. The days are sunny but comfortably cool so windows are flung open and the AC is retired. I can start to pull sweaters and boots out…two of my favorite things to wear (fall clothes are so much more forgiving!). And visions of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin everything start to drift into my mind conjuring warm fuzzy thoughts of holidays spent with loved ones.
Over the years, I’ve taken to transitioning our home decor to reflect the coziness of the season. I’m no Martha Stewart, I couldn’t even remotely pretend that I was, but I have a pretty good collection of fall decor that’s subtle but effective in signaling to our kids that the seasons are changing and fun stuff ‘s around the corner. I will admit that sometimes my practical side gets to thinking about the silliness of decorating. It’s a lot of work, and I think about what truly motivates me to do it. Is it that I’m trying to impress the people that come into our home with my creative displays of pumpkins and gourds? Am I that shallow?
I might be a little shallow in that department. I admit to being a people pleaser, and I take pride in a compliment here and there about how things “look” in my house.
But when we moved into this house in 2005, I realized that decorating for the holidays is more about making memories for my kids. I want them to love coming home once they fly the coop, and I want them to remember that I made that I tried to make their home special. When my mom and dad pull out their Christmas decor it brings back childhood memories of holidays past and it’s significant to me. I highly doubt my boys will emulate my decorating efforts, but I have noticed that they do take note the years that I skip things (like the year I couldn’t bare to get our Christmas village out! All the little boxes and people and light bulbs and cords… I have a love-hate relationship with that insipid little village which I’ll expand more on in a later post!) So, making this time of year special is what I think motivates my efforts. That and that shallow part of my soul!
Now sometimes I need a little inspiration to dust off my fall decorating collection. I found some of it on a blog called The Martha Project. This chick is a DIY goddess, and if you look at her stuff, and see some of my stuff, you’ll know that she caused a trip to my local decorating store (or five) to knock off some of her amazing ideas!
Hopefully, these pics will motivate you to buy a pumpkin…or twenty…and get cozy for the season!
The Family Room
A word about this room. We added this room to our home three years ago. It’s almost like a second family room, and is diagnoally visible from our original family room. It’s worked out quite nicely as the boys tend to hang here, while the little girls tend to hang in the original family room. It’s been a nice addition of livable space to our home!
A note about Instagram…
If you aren’t on Instagram, or you’ve never heard of it, allow me to introduce you to my latest addiction. I am a visual person. I need to see something to really comprehend it which is why I can hear a weather report and not remember a thing about it, but if you show me the seven day forecast illustrated with clouds, raindrops and suns…I’ll be able to spit it back at you for weeks.
That being said, there is a nifty little app called Instagram that is perfect for visual people like me. It’s a bit like Twitter. You follow people. They follow you. And there’s a newfeed of nothing but pics with captions. I LOVE IT! I post on Instagram three to four times a day, so if you want more of a blow by blow of what’s going on around here, get the app and follow. It’s a bit voyeuristic, but incredibly inspiring.
If you get Instagram make sure you follow The Martha Project ,too! You’ll be decorating like a pro in no time!