Suddenly less is more in my cozy minimalist fall decorating this year. In the past I would attempt to decorate every surface in my home.
But just the thought of that now makes me feel tired.
It isn’t necessary to spread things all over your home to decorate it. Just a few nods to the season are fine.
I like to see a few things in one spot now. It allows me to focus on what is in front of me and I find that I enjoy it more that way.
It some instances, it might just be the colors in the room and not fall decor at all.
Above I added a green pumpkin on top of the refrigerator next to a box of dark greenery.
I have little routines in the fall that I like to follow.
Every day between 4 and 5 p.m. I go to my bathroom and turn on the little lamp on the vanity. I also turn on a lamp in the kitchen and oftentimes the office.
As well as one near the dining table where I eat my evening meal.
Just a little glow in the shadows at the end of the day feels so cozy.
Around supper time I go around and close all the curtains. On the two patio doors I also keep a clothespin nearby to completely close them in the middle. It offers a little more privacy.
This little community of neighbors/friends’ apartments are arranged with each patio leading to the sidewalk. So it sometimes can feel a little like a fish bowl.
At the end of the day, I stand at the patio door and gaze out at the remaining flowers.
I see the slow gathering of leaves on the ground, with the big cypress in my yard hovering over it all.
And it makes me want to decorate with those colors. Nothing bright. Just fall-ish.
The Colors Of Fall:
Beige and brown and orange and red. The leaves falling from the trees in a fall mosaic quilt.
Sometimes I will fill my home with the wonderful smells that only come with baking.
I like to have a few candles that smell like pumpkins and coziness.
At this time of year, I might think about having a mug of hot chocolate while I read a book. With marshmallows floating on top in little white clouds of sweetness.
In the fall season, nature is your best friend when it comes to decorating. Pine cones and acorns and burnished leaves.
The Textures Of Fall:
Fall is texture and scents and sights.
The wind blowing leaves into the gutter, where they will stay until a bigger gust of wind hits them. And then they begin to dance in the air.
It is the harvest colors of gold and caramel and red and all its permutations that make me happy.
The leaves whisper as they layer one on top of the other. Almost a sigh. Saying we’ve done our part. See you next time around.
Fall is the scent of hot coffee and sweet scones with just a hint of pumpkin pie spice.
I will listen to the winds soughing through the trees while I read at night. With Ivy napping at the foot of the bed on her blanket.
Darkness frames the curtains that outline the windows.
Fall is a time when people begin to gather indoors, away from the gusty winds and rain.
Pretty brown/amber bottles in a tray equals fall. Placed there just because they look pretty displayed up on the mantel.
Bake coffee cake or pumpkin bread. Slice it while it’s warm, add dollops of butter, and let the spices melt in your mouth.
The weather and the warmth of blankets at night as the temperature begins to dip down. That’s fall.
Children arriving home from school with hand-shaped turkeys ready to display on the front of the refrigerator.
All equal the signs of fall.
Pumpkins laying on a bed of succulents in a dough bowl can epitomize fall.
So many shapes and colors and hints of autumn weather just beyond the door.
The Coziness Of Fall:
Fall is when we cozy up with pillows and add blankets and turn on the heat.
Fall is a simple bowl of pumpkins in the center of the table, hinting that fall is here and Thanksgiving is close behind.
All of these things, the scents and sights of fall, says cozy lives here in this home. In all the shapes and sizes and colors that belong to the fall palette.
It all illustrates to us the passing of one season into another. The beginning of the holidays.
I’m keeping it simple. Simple is good.