Changing Fall Colors

Fall Colors 1 - traditionalWhen the temperatures drop and the breeze picks up, it’s hard not to jump on the fall bandwagon. As someone who loves the outdoors and natural decor, it truly is like a breath of fresh air! The outdoors are bearable again and there are so many beautiful ways to create a cozy home that embraces the season.

Now, I love the traditional autumnal colors and warm hues like red, orange and yellow, but as I began to bring out my harvest pieces, I realized that very little of it fits the mold for textbook fall style. That got me thinking, why should I feel limited to three colors? There are so many incredible ways to bring non-traditional colors into your fall look!

Fall Colors 1 - jewel tonesDo you love deep, rich colors? Bring some jewel tones into your space to complement the more natural neutrals that fall gives us! I love how Scout & Nimble incorporated navy into their tablescape through napkins and a burlap ribbon on the wooden crate. It adds a touch of class and refinement to what is otherwise a fairly eclectic design.

The porch scene arranged by Kate Riley manages to maintain a life and vitality that many fall themes lose. The gorgeous purple mums coupled with stunning coleus prove that while it may be harvest time, there is still lots of growing going on!

Fall Colors 1 - muted tonesMaybe you prefer a little more subdued color palette. Swap out the saturated jewel tones for muted earthy hues, and you have another amazing recipe for success. I mean, look at this beautiful mantel design by Michelle at Dandelion Patina. My rural Wisconsin roots make me immediately want to go out and buy a windmill, and those wooden candlesticks are a perfect complement for height! (I can’t not mention the squirrel! He’s adorable!)

Ok. Maybe after checking out Nothing Past Nine you’ve noticed that these are my kinds of colors. But can we just take a moment to enjoy the beauty of white pumpkins? I don’t say this very often, but *SWOON*! The combination of white and grapevine pumpkins looks unbelievable in the blue tinted crate! I want every bit of this design Laura put together over at Finding Home Farms.

Which way do you lean? Are you a traditional type with lots of warm colors? Do you go a little bolder with more lively jewel tones? Or are you like me and get excited about the soft, muted earth tones? I’d love to hear your thoughts, or better yet – share some photos of your fall colors! I can’t wait to see them!

Find more on each photo here: sunflowers, pinecones, tablescape, porch, mantel, coffee table


Happy Places

So I have a few places in the world that I call my “Happy Places.”  Home would be the top of that list, and I include my parents’ house and my future in-laws’ house in that as well.  After all, home IS where the heart is!  Any and all Joann Fabrics stores are on the list as well, even though its rare that I ever leave one without spending my hard earned money.  The venue we are getting married in always makes me happy, as does anywhere I can be outdoors with my fiance in the peace and quiet – so humbling.

Now that you’ve been lulled into a tranquil state of mind, let me take you to a new “happy place” that I discovered recently.  DIY Home Sweet Home is a blog dedicated to all things me – crafts, organizing, life hacks, free printables, gardening, and more! There’s an entire binder full of fun organizational print outs!

DIY Home Sweet Home Planner

Jamie does a nice job keeping things simple, open and honest.  Projects are attainable, photos are realistic, and while I am admittedly not a huge fan of the overall look and feel of the blog…its straight forward.  Even the product reviews I’ve read haven’t been too over the top.

It probably won’t shock you that I’ve already spent more than my fair share of time on here, but there’s just so much to discover! I’ve already seen things that I could incorporate for the wedding…for the shop…for my life.

Alright, I’ve gotten that off my chest and get back to browsing the blog….er…finishing those to-do items before going back to work tomorrow!  Happy Monday!