Welcome to Day 1 of the first (hopefully annual) LWD “Welcome to Fall” challenge. Each day this week I will share ideas to help you welcome fall into your home. We’ll focus on a different sense each day – sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste.
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Welcome to Fall: Day 1
Today’s Sense: Sight
Do you decorate for fall? I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a summer girl and dread winter. But one way I cope is by making my house all cozy and twinkly when fall arrives. I love my home to look warm and inviting, especially as the days turn cooler.
- Take out your fall decorations (if you haven’t already decorated). I keep mine in a large Rubbermaid container.
- Assess what you have. Is anything looking a bit tired or dated?
- Decorate with what you have and then decide if you need anything new.
- Make a list and plan a time this week to look for any items you might need.
I’ve heard that Dollar Tree has had some great fall decorations this year and I plan to check ours. I fear the best may be picked over by now but it’s worth checking. Sometimes you can find good decorative items at thrift stores or Goodwill.
If you have a little larger budget for some quality fall items, Plow and Hearth has some really nice things on sale right now. You can get $10 off any purchase over $85 with code LSTAKE10 thru 9/31! These are a few of my favorites:
One of my favorite ways to give my home some sparkle is with twinkle lights. I have numerous strands I leave up year-round. As soon as the bright summer sunshine begins to fade I start plugging in strands of lights all over my house. I generally use white lights so they work for Christmas, too, but sometimes I hang purple lights which look great with the more typical fall colors.
The other evening when I was decorating our fireplace I thought how nice it would look with some lights. But we don’t have a mantle and there’s no place to plug in lights. Then I found these battery-operated LED lights. They are warm white on a copper wire which sounds perfect for fall. A 6-pack of these 13 ft. strands is only $12.99 so they are now in my Amazon cart. Aren’t they pretty?
As fun as it is to buy something new occasionally, chances are you can make your house look warm and cozy for fall without spending a dime. Look through your closets, cupboards and cabinets. Bring out extra decorative pillows for the sofa. Toss a warm throw over the back of the recliner. Cover normally bare tables with tablecloths, placemats or runners. Fill a bowl with shiny red apples for the middle of the dining room table. Find every candle you have stuffed away and place them all around the house to light each evening as the sun starts to go down.
If you’re handy with a glue gun, check out YouTube and Pinterest for ideas. Or get the kids involved in creating fall-themed decorative crafts.
My mom is one of those people who decorates every flat surface in the house for every holiday. She’s not in the best health these days and has trouble keeping up with all she would like to do. But her house looks like the inside of Cracker Barrel in the fall right now.
Others prefer a more minimal approach to seasonal decorating.
I’m somewhere in between:
Whatever your style, take time to welcome fall to your home with some seasonal decor. Whether you go all out like my mom, simply hang a fall wreath on the door, or somewhere in between, acknowledging the new season in your home decor is a fun way to welcome fall.