We are so excited to have a good friend join us as a contributor on our blog as of today!!
Meet Candace...a woman who embraces her home, creating such a peaceful and beautiful environment for her family in a VERY reachable (budget-friendly) way. She was the inspiration for both Jana's and my own journey into home design and we can't wait for her to share all of that inspiration with you!
We hope you all will relish her outlook and creativity as we do, as you read her first contribution to our blog:
6 TIPS FOR SIMPLE FALL DECORATING.
1. Start with a clean slate
Fall is a time of "coming back in" our homes. The fun filled outdoor days of summer wind down and we move inside. It's the perfect time to give your home a good roll-up-your-sleeves deep clean. This allows you to look at your home with fresh eyes.... with clarity and simplicity. It's the best starting point for change and the easiest way to see your home with eyes of thankfulness. At the core, it's making the most of what you have.
2. Keep Your Backgrounds Neutral
Neutral walls, floors, and furniture allow you to shift your interior world as the natural world around you turns to fall. Every season change I am reminded once again how thankful I am for my neutral background. It gives me freedom to live, breathe, and change in a practical and natural way.
3. Make Simple Humble Changes
Living with less in every part of life includes making simple adjustments to the changing seasons. Celebrating the small things in life...... like fall leaves and pumpkins picked up at the farmers market. Changing your home seasonally need not be expensive. I literally spent $12 getting my home ready for fall this year..... and that was spent harvesting pumpkins with my girls on a crisp cool morning. The branches you see were spotted on a early morning bike ride and found a quick home in my rooms. A simple natural life means not being a slave to the latest trend but embracing what you have and making the most of simple things.
4. Bring the Outdoors In
Choose colors from nature and invite the natural into your daily home life. Bring in a changing branch of fall leaves. On chilly fall walks with your kids bring along a pair of shears to clip a few branches that catch your eye. Then bring it in and give it room to breathe. Let their rich colors set the tone of your room. Following nature in my home has led me to deepen and darken the colors in my home during fall. Rich browns and splashes of orange replace my otherwise pale environment.
5. Change Out Your Fabrics
Vintage and antique fabrics are one of my passions. Nothing makes my heart skip a beat like a pretty old floral linen. Fabrics add the jolt of color needed in a neutral home. Sew simple pillow slips out of a cherished piece of vintage linen or give a loved worn woolen shirt new life as a pillow on the sofa. These pillow slips I sewed out of a piece of vintage brown Sanderson linen. The orange floral is a vintage french cotton that topped a quilt and found new life as a pillow...... it's long life very evident in the thread bare places I love.
6. Bring Out Your Warm Wool Blankets And Cozy Throws
Appreciate the texture of fabrics in your home. Make sure there is a ready supply of warm blankets to curl up in. I collect these all summer long at estate sales and second hand stores. Enjoy the simplicity of warmth on a chilly fall day.
Warmly this fall,
See how we decorated our homes last fall HERE