Looking for some simple ideas to decorate your home this autumn? Today I’m taking you on my fall fresh seasonal home tour to show you how I’ve decorated with cozy cottage-style touches.
Have you brought out your fall decorations yet? I always love bringing on all the fall vibes to our beach cottage every September. When it comes to decorating, I usually go with a simpler look with subtle changes.
There are two very specific ways I decorate no matter what the season. I love…
- bringing the outdoor elements indoors
- showing off my vintage finds
Table of Contents
- Welcome to The Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tour
- About Shiplap and Shells
- Cottage Style Living Room Fall Tour
- Cottage Style Kitchen Fall Tour
Welcome to The Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tour
Welcome to the bloggers’ best fall home tours, hosted by my friend Kelly at The Tattered Pew. I’m so happy to be joining 30 incredibly creative blogging friends this week to share how we’ve decorated our homes for the fall season.
If you’ve just come on over from Amy of Amy Sadler Designs, welcome! I’m sure you were just as inspired as I was by her fall tour.
About Shiplap and Shells
Whether this is your first time visiting my Shiplap and Shells blog or you’ve been following along for a while, I’m so happy to have you here I share my cozy cottage-style touches and fall decor today.
We live in a 1920 beach cottage on Puget Sound in Washington State, about 60 miles SW of Seattle. I love shopping for vintage pieces that complement our 102-year-old beach cottage.
I also love to garden. I’m a self-taught hobby gardener who has a HUGE passion for gardening, especially when it comes to my cut flower garden. So it’s not hard to see why I have a thing for bringing the outdoor elements inside.
You can read more about me here. Make sure you say hi in the comments below.
Cottage Style Living Room Fall Tour
Are you ready for my fall cottage-style home tour? Let’s start with the living room.
Entering Our Beach Cottage
We live in a 1600-square-foot cottage with a front door that opens to the living room, As much as I love our home I do wish there was a warm and cozy front entry to welcome you in.
But there is always compromise in an older home like ours so we have learned to adjust through the years.
When looking at this view, the leather sofa is to the left and the kitchen is to the right.
You can read about my fall decorating ideas that will save you money and time HERE.
Celebrate Fall with Vintage Finds
Our cottage-style living room is filled with plenty of vintage finds for the fall season and nature-inspired decor.
Using vintage suitcases and wooden cases brings warmth to the room and are fabulous vintage-inspired decor props for fall.
You can find the wreath at Target.
Vintage treasures like wooden dough bowls and wicker baskets are the perfect decor accessory for your seasonal fruit and flowers.
Dried hydrangeas make a great statement for fall and are so easy to dry.
It’s All About the Textures for Fall
The fall season is all about the textures. As you can see here I have plenty…
- Area rug
- Decorative pillows
- Chunky throws
- Wooden dough bowl
- Wicker lampshade
Jax and Ollie are comfy over on the sofa with the decorative pillows and chunky throws I added to the living room this fall.
I use faux pumpkins indoors and love displaying pumpkins with different textures and sizes throughout the house for fall.
The twig pumpkin pictured above left on the coffee table is placed on a pedestal with a mini wreath added to the top for more interest. There’s so much more you can do with a wreath than just hanging it these days.
I love showing off my vintage books from Jaysworld.
Roses, browns, and creams are some of my favorite colors this time of year.
I’ve been trying to find pillow covers rather than entire pillows when shopping for seasonal decor. I just don’t have any more room to store all the pillows I’ve accumulated over the years.
Have you ever had a dog that can’t jump? Meet Ollie. It took him 2 years to learn how to jump up on this chair and now it’s one of his favorite spots.
There’s always a warm and snuggly throw for him to relax on those crisp fall days.
Our Open Concept
Now I’m showing you the view from the living room looking at the kitchen.
We love our white slipcovered chairs which are easy to accessorize for any season. We bought these at Quatrine Home. They can be pricey but our last set lasted over 20 years so they are a great investment and worth every penny.
There used to be a wall here between the living room and kitchen. You can see the renovations here.
Now the space feels open and inviting…and so much bigger!
Do you remember me telling you that our beach cottage is only 1,600 square feet?
We have to be strategic around here when it comes to storage solutions which is why we’ve placed our cabinet full of ironstone in the living room but still close to the kitchen.
Cottage Style Kitchen Fall Tour
Welcome to our fall cottage-style kitchen tour. If you haven’t seen our kitchen renovation, make sure you read my post Our 100-Year-Old Kitchen – Before, After & Everything in Between. We literally tore everything down to the studs
We designed the kitchen with our vintage farm sink in mind. Eventually, we ended up replacing it with this reproduction because it was peeling and chipping so badly.
Flea Market Finds for the Kitchen
Our cottage kitchen has its share of vintage treasures and flea market finds.
Vintage ironstone, wicker picnic baskets, copper, and weather tins are just some of the goodies I have in my fall kitchen.
One of my favorite ways to decorate for fall is with copper. I probably have 6 or 8 copper kettles and continue to buy them every time I find one.
I also love showing off the vintage pans I’ve collected through the years. Copper and fall go hand-in-hand in my opinion. It brings such warmth to this space. I also have copper canisters that I’ll be putting out soon. You can see how we made this iron pan rack here.
Getting Creative With a Kitchen Island
We really wanted an island in this space, but couldn’t fit the size we had hoped for. This vintage dresser was found on Craigslist and the butcher block top was from a Dunkin Donuts that was going out of business.
Lighting Candles for Autumn Warmth
No fall home tour is complete without some fall-scented candles around. Candles are one of my very favorite things about fall! Antique Candle Co. has the BEST scents for autumn including Pumpkin Spice, Apple Butter, Cozy Cabin, and Pecan Pie.
Display Your Fall Decor with Open Shelving
These open shelves are the perfect spot to display different collections each season. Fall is a great time to bring the copper and crocks back out to the kitchen for the autumn months.
My vintage ironstone collection is displayed on my open shelving where I add pumpkins as well as faux fruit and vegetables.
A vintage scale, wicker picnic basket. glass cloche and a basket full of breadboards create a warm and cozy cottage-style feel.
Outdoor Elements are Perfect for Fall
I love bringing in cut flowers from the garden when they’re still in season.
This floral arrangement I created includes dahlias, yarrow, sedum autumn joy, cinnamon basil, and hydrangeas.
As I said earlier, my fall home decor is full of vintage pieces and outdoor elements inspired by nature. Using fresh and faux fruit is one of my favorite ways to decorate for fall. And as you can see, the faux artichokes look so realistic, don’t they?
Our Eating Space is Small Yet Significant
Our small house doesn’t have a formal dining room, just this cozy eating space. You can see the greenhouse, gardens, and water views which is why we rarely go out to eat!
I found this wooden tray at Target and use it all the time on our dining room table.
A vase of flowers and some fruit look perfect here.
The plates and pitcher were purchased from Anthropologie last year. The color goes perfectly with the rest of my fall color palette of roses and creams.
Here I’m sharing another way I’ve decorated our farm table for autumn. A bouquet of seasonal fresh flowers and some copper pieces create a beautiful centerpiece. I always try to have something from the outdoors in our dining area for fall.
Dahlias are incredible flowers and I’m so happy that mine will last here in hardiness zone 8b through at least mid-October. It will really depend on when we get our first heavy rain of the season.
Cottage Garden Fall Tour
The autumn season is truly bittersweet when it comes to my garden. It’s the time when I have to say goodbye to all those summer flowers that I spent so much time growing and nurturing.
It’s also the time when gardeners are starting to put their gardens to bed. There is so much to do to get ready for the next growing season.
Asters, sedum autumn joy, mums, and dahlias are blooming in my garden right now. Check out some fall perennials that will give your garden the wow factor here.
The good news is that as I pull the spent flowers from the cutting garden, I will now have room to plant my spring bulbs this month. I can’t wait to show you what I’ll be growing next spring in the raised garden beds.
Here’s a greenhouse porch view from last fall. I’ll basically be planting the same annuals:
- Ornamental kale and cabbage
- Pansies and Violas (these will come back in the spring)
And of course, nothing says fall like some real pumpkins. I love using green and white pumpkins in my garden. Cornhusks will finish off this area beautifully.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my fall cottage-style home tour and are taking an idea or two with you.
The next stop on the tour is my sweet friend Kristin at White Arrows Home. You won’t want to miss her 3 fall mantle decor ideas!
Make sure to visit the other talented ladies to see how they’ve decorated their homes for fall. The links to all the home tours are listed below. Enjoy!
Thank you for being here, I so appreciate it. I’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment below.
Until next time,
Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours
This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each Fall home tour by clicking the links below.
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