it's not too late to put out your fall decor
I’m not sure how it happened, but Halloween is just around the corner! If you haven’t put out any of your fall decorations no need to freak out, it’s not too late. Fall is one of my favorite times to decorate. There isn’t much to it, all you need are mums and pumpkins; all the rest is just filler. Now is a great time to go out and get your autumn decor, most of it by now should be on sale.
Here are some inspirational photos to get you started. The ideas below should last you all the way to December. You may be a bit late in getting your decor up but don’t be that neighbor that has it up until Christmas!
line your front stairs with pumpkins and mums
It’s so simple and easy but makes a huge statement. In the picture above the railings are lined with a leaf garland. The oranges and golds stand out against the dark green hedge.
pumpkins and gourds galore: you can never have too much
I love how in the picture below they included the dark green ivy to enhance the color contrast with the bright orange pumpkins.
You don’t need to go overboard with pumpkins and plants; two planters can get you through the season. The small gourds and ornamental cabbage make a nice contrast to the bright green of the creeping jenny. Be aware; creeping jenny spreads like wildfire. I recommend only using it in containers.
You don’t need a lot to fill a planter to make an impression. Dried corn and a small pumpkin did the trick below.
aim for a rustic, understated elegance
The porch below is an excellent example of this. The porch frame is straightforward, as is the decor. Acorn garland paired with monochromatic pumpkins. Notice how the mums match the door color and the corn garland.
orange is not the official color of fall
If orange is not your favorite color, don’t worry you have plenty of options. There are lots of different color combinations you can use. Gourds and pumpkins come in an array of colors such as whites, greens, and pinks. Combine them with your favorite fall flower, and you are good to go.
I love the purple ornamental cabbage in the picture below. They are so hardy and are so pretty in person. The fern may not last through a frost but the cabbage should. (at least for a while)
bigger is not always better
At this point in the fall season, you may not be able to find the largest (or freshest) pumpkin in the patch. No problem, just group, and layer a ton of smaller pumpkins and gourds together. As a group, they make a beautiful impression.
when in doubt keep your fall decor simple
Simplicity is never out of style. I believe it takes a confident person to go this route in our society of overabundance. The picture below highlights the laid-back, unassuming, and effortless sophistication that most of us are trying to achieve in our lives.