October Inspiration…Fall Decor

AUTHOR: | POSTED: October 2, 2012 | COMMENTS: 9 Comments

Carolyn Savage

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! 


Dining Room…


Dining room buffet…We never use this for anything but displaying stuff. Never as a buffet…not once!


This is straight up “steal” from The Martha Project. She did her display with white pumpkins! You must take a look. It’s awesome!




I bought these little ghosts 10+ years ago at a craft fair. They sit in the pass through from our kitchen to our great room!


I have lots of pics of the boys when they were little at pumpkin farms, apple orchards, etc. I display them this time of year. Oh…and this is the dumb desk in our kitchen. The one no one ever sits at but collects all kinds of crap. I cleaned it off for this pic. It usually looks like a recyling bin!


This is a plate rack that holds leaves that the boys’ made in art class when they were younger. The acorn is from Target!

The Family Room

This is a center piece for our coffee table, but is hardly ever where it should be. We have to move it to keep Reagan and Isabella from eating it. I hear styrofoam berries don’t digest well!



I actually change the picture hanging on my fireplace for fall because I found this painting at a garage sale and fell in love with it. It’s perfect for fall decor…and it cost me $25.

Mk made the garland. It’s cute but will have to be moved unless I want to light it on fire the first time I turn on the fireplace.


Great 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!


This nest used to sit on our coffee table until Reagan took a liking to dissecting it! Now it sits on our game table. I just change out the seasonal stuff…the green mossy balls always stay!

I made this coffee table centerpiece out of two glass containers that I bought sepately. One inside the other, stuffed with faux berries from Michaels…instant pretty.


I try to avoid Halloween specific decor, but I do have a few things. This spooky tree was a house warming gift, and I love it. I’ll switch it out in November!


When at a loss, take a glass container and toss some leaves in it. Wah-lah…you have decor!


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! 


Happy fall! 



9 Comments on “ October Inspiration…Fall Decor ”

  • Mary V | October 2nd, 2012 12:14 pm

    I have one of those bothersome little Christmas villages also and totally agree – some years I just don’t have the energy to get it all out and displayed. Love-hate relationship.

    Your decor looks great! (Guess I better get mine moving soon!)

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  • Carolyn Savage | October 2nd, 2012 1:20 pm

    Yup…my village has actually taken a turn for the comical in past years. Just wait til’ you see!

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  • TheNextMartha | October 2nd, 2012 12:37 pm

    It all looks lovely! I love fall too. And I swing into Halloween soon. Though, my Halloween is not as lovely as it is spooky. Mwaha ha ha ha

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  • Carolyn Savage | October 2nd, 2012 1:19 pm

    I cannot wait to see it! I mean, seriously…I’m a bit of a stalker of yours at this point!

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  • Jesabes | October 2nd, 2012 12:45 pm

    I love fall decorating. It makes me happier at home, so I do it for myself, not for visitors (or the kids, as they’re still little enough decorating is a pain because they try to break it all!).

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  • Carolyn Savage | October 2nd, 2012 1:21 pm

    I agree. I definitely do it for myself, too. It makes me oddly happy! Kind of the same happiness I get from a sparkling clean fridge.

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  • Jill | October 2nd, 2012 1:07 pm

    I love all your decor for the fall!!!! It is my favorite time of year too but I never decorate for it. In fact I just sold most of my decorations at my garage sale last spring. I need to get better about this for my son’s sake.

    Why is it that everyone has a desk or table or something that turns into the catch all for all the unwanted junk???

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  • Carolyn Savage | October 2nd, 2012 1:22 pm

    Jill…You know I’ve thought about doing away with the desk when we remodel the kitchen some day. I could really use an additional pantry where it stands. But then some place else will turn into my catchall. Frankly, my home office is a giant junk drawer most days. I cleaned it last week. Couldn’t believe the mail that I found. Embarrassing.

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  • sue diamond-phillips | October 2nd, 2012 6:45 pm

    Gooorgeous! I am going to Michael’s tomorrow for more stuff! Love decorating for seasons!!

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