ERMAHGERD......ERTS FEERL! Welcome to my FIRST Home Tour on my new blog! It's actually the first time that I've shared my new website with anyone! This site has been my baby for the last few months and this project has inspired me to finally launch it. For this project I have teamed up with eleven other bloggers to bring you a 'Fall into our Homes' Tour. If you are looking for fall farmhouse inspiration, you're in the right place! You can find links to all of the homes on this blog hop at the bottom of this post. Please pin and share your favorite ideas! Now let's get started!
FALL FRONT PORCH
I want to start out my home tour on my front porch. Over here in Illinois we have been enjoying some early fall weather, and I, being the basic white girl that I am, have been loving every minute of it! This week I visited one of my favorite destinations (Starbucks PSL in hand), a family owned garden center called Sunrise Greenhouse. If you're local, you need to check it out. This place is heaven! I left with a car full of corn stalks, hay bales, mums, kale, and pumpkins. Seriously, stuff just kept jumping into my cart. Shout out out to the good samaritans who turned it in my coach handbag that I wandered off without or I would have been leaving empty handed! And I think my fall porch looks better than it ever has before. As you can see, our home is very rustic looking on the outside. We have painted, cedar siding. And my next project is going to be to repaint the exterior before it gets too cold, although I think I had the same goal last year at this time. The thing that has prevented me from doing so for this long was finding a color that would match up with the brown windows but I have a vision in my head now. Until then I can live with this. I think the fall decor actually compliments the color well, if I can keep the squirrels at bay this year.
Next, I'll bring you into my kitchen. This is where our family spends the majority of our time. If you have been following along with me on Instagram you know that I remodeled the kitchen over the summer. My goal was to brighten up the space on a budget. I painted the cabinets white, added floating shelves in place of a cabinet, and put up a subway tile backsplash. I did it myself with a little help from one of my favorite guys, my dad. I enjoyed every step of the process and can't believe the transformation. When we were in the middle of the project all I could think about was completing it so that I could decorate. So now comes the fun part! You will notice that I do embrace the warmer tones in my fall decorating. The trend in seasonal decor seems to be to keep it completely neutral and I can appreciate that. When I first started my home decor account on Instagram it made me second guess the way I decorated for fall. But then I realized that I needed to stop comparing myself to strangers on the Internet! I personally get tired of things quickly, so incorporating different colors during the holidays helps my house look and feel different. The easiest way that I add colors each season is with floral stems and sprays.
One of my favorite components of my remodeled kitchen is the floating shelves! I am having so much fun switching out my decor for the different seasons. Right now I have them styled with a number of glass canisters that I found at the grocery store. I purchased twelve of these and filled them with all of our favorite fall foods like cocoa mix, salted peanuts, popcorn kernels, and ingredients to make smores, among other things. I love the different textures that the canisters provide. They're pretty and functional. It used to be that I didn't want anyone to touch my decorations but I'm moving more and more towards functional decorations. I guess becoming a mother does that to you!
This year I added a lot of copper touches to my decor. I think the copper adds so much warmth. I also got a lot of inspiration from nature when it came to decorating. I found myself craving natural, earthy decor elements like never before. I went foraging in my backyard and started thinking about how I could use what was in season to my advantage, as opposed to buying mass produced items at the store like I normally would. I'm sure my husband is thankful for this change.
SHOP MY KITCHEN
FALL DINING ROOM
One of the challenges I have when decorating is table settings. We don't have a formal dining room in our little house. And we sit down for a family dinner at the table in our breakfast area almost every night. My daughter also likes to sit at the settee and play or create. So I usually just opt for a centerpiece in the center of the table. It's the most practical thing for our family.
I am big on aromas when I walk into people's homes. A home that has a nice aroma just has a way of making me feel welcome. And that is exactly how I want people to feel that when they walk into my home. When we first purchased our little fixer-upper it had a very musty smell because it had sat abandoned for some time. So I am always burning candles or spritzing room spray. This year I tried something I've never tried before though, an autumn simmer pot made it with all natural ingredients. I added apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, vanilla extract, and Aspen cider spices to water. I brought it to a boil and then reduced the heat and let it simmer, replenishing the water as needed. It made the house smell so good. It was the perfect start to fall!
SHOP MY DINING ROOM
FALL LIVING ROOM
As always I wanted my seasonal decor to match the style of the rest of my home, which is decorated in a farmhouse theme. That is why I keep the rest of my home neutral, so that my seasonal decor will mesh well with it and can easily be added and taken away. The throw pillows on my sofa are a perfect example of this. They are among the few things I purchased this year. And they were exactly what I have been looking for...plain pillows to go all the way across. I love the linen fabric they're made out of. They're also perfectly under-filled for pillow chopping. And they can be left out year-round.
One of the biggest statement pieces that I decorated with this year for fall was my vintage chicken nesting boxes. I know they're not everyone's taste, but I love using vintage pieces in my decor. I think the mixture of old and new décor helps to create a look that is personal in houses that are full of uniform and mass produced pieces. I love how each vintage piece has a story to tell. They remind me of times gone by, of things my mom and grandmother had when I was growing up. I love breathing new life into them by finding new uses for them. And I simply could not wait to fill these little squares with happy orange pumpkins this year! I also added some of my favorite battery operated Luminara candles to give the living room a little glow in the evenings. It makes the house feel so warm and cozy!
SHOP MY LIVING ROOM
FALL MASTER BEDROOM
I didn't do a lot to the master bedroom for fall. I just added a few faux fur pillows and layered a faux fur throw to the bed to give it a more comfortable and inviting look. The DIY faux fireplace also helps to cozy it up for the colder fall and winter months here in Illinois. This received a fresh coat of white paint over the summer. When I'm lying in bed at night, I feel a great sense of pride in the updates we've continued to make since purchasing our home from a flipper a few years ago.
SHOP MY BEDROOM
FALL BACK PORCH
SHOP MY PORCH
Well friends, that concludes my fall home tour. I hope that you found some ideas to incorporate into your own decor. I would love to hear what your favorite part of my home tour was. Be sure to hop onto the other eleven homes below. Happy fall, ya'll!