Are you looking for some ideas to decorate your home this fall? Come along as I take you on a fall home tour inspired by nature and vintage decor.
Welcome to The Blogger’s Best Fall Home Tour
Welcome to the Bloggers Best Fall Home Tour, hosted by my friend Kelly at The Tattered Pew. I’m so happy to be joining 29 amazingly talented blogging friends this week to share how we’ve decorated our homes for the fall season.
If you’ve just come on over from Lynne at My Family Thyme, welcome! I’m sure you were inspired by her simple fall home decorating ideas.
About Shiplap and Shells
Whether you are new to my Shiplap and Shells blog or have been following along for a while, I’m so glad you’ve stopped by 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 100-year-old house.
I also love to garden. I’m a self-taught hobby gardener that has a HUGE passion for gardening, especially when it comes to cutting flowers. 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.
Decorating for Fall in Phases
When it comes to decorating for the fall season I tend to decorate in phases.
This is the first fall decor phase which is more of a transition from summer to autumn. I slowly put away the pile of vintage wooden oars, seashells, glass bottles and jars, and navy and yellow pillows. They are replaced by sunflowers, and dried hydrangeas, with cream, rose, and gray textiles.
When it starts getting a little colder, I’ll add other elements to my home like heavier throws, more pumpkins, and Thanksgiving-specific decor.
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Cottage Style Living Room Fall Tour
First up on the fall home tour is the living room.
We live in a 1600-square-foot cottage with a front door that opens to the living room. So there’s no cozy entryway to welcome you in. You just walk through the door and you are here.
Our cottage-style living room is filled with vintage and nature-inspired decor.
There is a mix of…
- OLD AND NEW
- FRESH AND FAUX PLANTS, FLOWERS AND FRUIT
- COASTAL AND FALL DECOR
My faux olive tree brightens up this corner. And the dried hydrangeas from the garden will last through Christmas for that budget-friendly decor with a big impression.
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Fall is All About Warm & Cozy
My autumn color palette consists mostly of burgundy, rose, cream, and gray.
One of the things we loved when we first walked into this room was the window seat that looks out to the view of Puget Sound.
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Vintage and Nature Inspired Fall Home Decor
My fall home decor is full of vintage pieces and outdoor elements inspired by nature, which by the way are my favorite things to decorate with.
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Using fresh and faux fruit is one of my favorite ways to decorate for fall. And as you can see, the apples and pears look great in a dough bowl or Ironstone dish.
Both the red and green apples are faux and are used ALL THE TIME!
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Using wicker picnic baskets and vintage suitcases bring warmth to the room and are fabulous vintage-inspired decor props for fall.
I love showing off my vintage books from Jaysworld. And a vintage corbel or two finish this vignette perfectly.
Drying hydrangeas are so easy to do and makes a great statement for fall.
I don’t use too many real pumpkins indoors but do love to display pumpkins with different textures and sizes throughout the house for fall.
Add some pinecones to bring in that touch of nature.
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Cottage Style Kitchen Fall Tour
Welcome to our cottage-style kitchen.
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 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.
Open shelving is a great way for me to display different collections each season. I replaced the turquoise, yellows, and navy from the summer with greens, whites, and copper.
Fall is a great time to bring the copper and crocks back out to the kitchen for the autumn months. I’ll keep them displayed through winter as well.
Faux vs. Real Houseplants
I have a confession to make.
My outdoor gardening skills do not transfer to houseplants. I AM THE WORST plant mama. But I’m still trying, that’s what counts, right?
My 2 houseplants at the moment are this ivy and an olive tree bought at Trader Joe’s. Let’s touch base in a few months and see if they’re still alive. Fingers crossed. Toes crossed.
Here’s another olive tree, faux of course.
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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.
No fall home tour is complete unless there are 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, Vanilla Bean, and Pecan Pie.
Our small house doesn’t have a formal dining room, just this cozy eating space.
We added window seating and took down the wall between the kitchen and living room to create more room for entertaining.
Did I mention that the views are incredible out of these windows? You can see the greenhouse, gardens, and water views.
This could be why we rarely go out to eat!
Cottage Garden Fall Tour
Let’s be honest, it’s a lot of fun to decorate the house for fall.
But for me, the autumn season is truly bittersweet. 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.
There isn’t much time left for the cut flower garden. There are still some strawflowers, zinnias, and globe amaranth. I’ll be pulling what’s left of the cosmos this weekend.
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 beds.
Here’s a view from last year’s greenhouse porch. I’ll basically be planting the same annuals:
- Ornamental kale and cabbage
- Pansies and Violas (these will come back in the spring)
I have been looking for celosia and budget-friendly grasses but am having little luck, but I’ll keep looking.
And of course, nothing says fall like a pumpkin or 10. Cornhusks will finish off this area beautifully.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my fall home tour and are taking an idea or two with you. It’s so fun to decorate for the season with vintage decor and elements from outdoor nature.
Thank you for being here, I so appreciate it. I’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment below.
Until next time,
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Blogger’s Best Fall Home Tour
Next up on the tour is my friend Ann at Dabbling and Decorating. She always incorporates the best vintage pieces into her fall home decor.
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!
This week I’m joining my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours! All week long we are welcoming you into our homes. You can visit each Fall home tour by clicking the links below.