Favorite Things: Fall
Fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it. Back to school, changing leaves, bonfires in the backyard and velvet pumpkins. I discovered these several years ago when a couple of my girlfriends gave me three of these beauties for my birthday. They have been displayed in my home every Fall since. They are not inexpensive, but they are a classy alternative to your run of the mill orange gourd, and they can be used year after year. The beautiful photo above is from thenester.com. (Have you read her design book, "The Nesting Place"? So good!) The pumpkins come in a rainbow of colors to suit any decor, but I prefer the more muted neutrals. You can buy velvet pumpkins many places, including in several Etsy shops, but mine are from a store in Minneapolis called, Ampersand.
One of my favorite things to do as the temperatures drop outside is to grab a warm blanket and cozy up in front of a fire. This chunky throw is from Berkshire Blanket, and it reminds me of a favorite cable knit sweater. Throw it over the arm of a comfortable reading chair, or toss it at the foot of your bed. I, for one, welcome the nip in the air.
These two lovely throw pillows represent a couple of pretty, Fall trends. Again, the chunky cable knit pillow (this one is from Target) and the woodgrain pillow cover (this one is from the Etsy shop, ModernalityHomeDecor). These pillow styles come in all kinds of sizes, colors and price points, so search for ones that fit your space and budget. One thing I like to mention: if your store bought pillow has a zipper, always remove the cheap filling inside and replace it with a softer, more comfortable pillow insert. This trick can make even the least expensive pillows look luxurious.
I know for some people the antler trend has come and gone, but I'm still liking it, especially when it's silver and classy, like this one from Target. This guy is on my kitchen island right now, surrounded by a few white pumpkins and a pumpkin spice scented candle.
I'm a strong believer in having something natural in every space, and bound wheat bundles do the trick in Fall. This one, from Smith & Hawken is great. Set it next to some white pumpkins on your fireplace mantle, or next to a framed family photo on your side table or bookshelf. It's just a little touch of nature indoors, and again, reusable year after year.
I know I'm in the minority here, but I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin flavoring. I don't love pumpkin pie or (thankfully) those gazillion-calorie pumpkin spiced lattes, but there are a few exceptions to my anti-pumpkin-flavor rule, and this is one of them! Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix. Have you tried this yet? I stock up at the beginning of every Fall because they run out! Not only will this will make your house smell over-the-top good, but it's super easy to whip up a batch in no time. One tip: substitute milk (regular, coconut, almond, etc.) where it calls for water and they'll be extra delicious. It's great with added mix-ins, too: chocolate chips, walnuts, whatever you fancy. I've even added frozen blueberries and baked them in mini muffin tins. A perfect on-the-go snack anytime.
This is Cinnamon Orange TN Spice Tea, and when I think of the flavors of Fall, THIS may be the single most vivid flavor that comes to my mind. I know it's meant to be enjoyed all year long, but I'm a creature of habit, and I usually only drink it in the cooler months - which actually is most of them in Minnesota. The box says it's great hot or cold, but I'm not a fan of iced tea, so I throw it in a travel mug filled with piping hot water and head to my kids' soccer and hockey games. It's sugarless, but has a naturally sweet taste that warms me up and makes me smile. I buy it at The General Store of Minnetonka.
Last but not least, I was recently introduced (by LivingWithLandyn - one of my favorites to follow on instagram!) to this Scentsational pumpkin flavored candle. I usually prefer unscented candles in my home, but these are delicious smelling, and inexpensive at Marshalls. I've gone through two of them in the last few weeks. I like the Pumpkin Spice flavor and the Pumpkin Caramel Apple flavor, but not any of the others. Personal preference. Another personal preference: I do not like labels, and these candles have easy-to-peel-off labels that leave the candle plain white and neutral, just like I like it.
So there you have it, some of my favorite things for Fall. Now I'm off to enjoy this weather before the snow begins to fly!
I'd love to hear about your seasonal go-to's as well... decorating or otherwise.