Simple Fall Decorating Ideas

Ahhhhh Fall! Cooler temperatures, changing leaves, pumpkins and mums on porches, firepit gatherings, s’mores, cozy sweaters, leather jackets and boots. All of these things make me extremely happy. I want our home to be a place that is warm and welcoming; however, Fall is also my busiest season, so I don’t have time for much fuss. I try to take what I already have and fill in with mums I purchase from our high school cheerleaders’ fundraising project and pumpkins from the little market down the street. I always lean towards minimal styling and non-traditional, greyed down colors. And, there always has to be shades of blue/green in my world…even for my pumpkins! Years and years ago, my hand tinting instructor told me “Always add a little blue to your image. It gives the eye a place to rest.” This is so true for me! Blues are peaceful.

Bright orange, black and purple for Halloween isn’t my jam, and red and green at Christmas is just a little too expected for me. Have you noticed the “other orange” pumpkins? They are a bit more subtle and go beautifully with the autumn colored mums that aren’t exactly yellow or orange, but have a hint of both. I plan to purchase a few rectangular lanterns like these, to add some flicker at night and a different shape to go with all of the round pumpkins.

Here are few vignette shots of my front porch and foyer table. Minimal. Nothing fussy, overdone, or even expensive. There’s nothing difficult about throwing mini white pumpkins in a unique bowl. If I had found where I put my pheasant feathers, I would have mixed those in with the pussy willow branches. Pheasant feathers are one of my favorite things to use in the fall because the colors and texture are amazing. My husband brought back real feathers from a hunt in North Dakota, but you can also purchase them online. I’ve included a link at the end of this post. Ostrich feathers and raw cotton branches are beautiful too!

I love to eat pumpkin spice and cinnamon flavors, but do not like for my house to smell like it, unless it’s the real bread or cake coming out of the oven. Sweet smelling candles give me a headache, so I go for more masculine and earthy scents in the fall like the Le Labo Santal candle shown here, cedarwood, tobacco and leather, etc. Locally, I purchase my candles at Two Old Hippies and White’s Mercantile, two of my favorite Nashville shops.

What about you? What do you do to keep your fall decor simple, yet interesting? What is your go-to color palette? Leave a comment here or on my Instagram! I want to hear from you! Happy Fall Y’all!

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Williams Family Fall Mini Session Birmingham AL by Heather Durham Photography

Simple Fall Decorating by Heather Durham Photography

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Organic TeakWood & Capiz Bowl | Pussy Willow Branches | Pheasant Feathers | My art was purchased from At Home in Birmingham, AL but try Art (similar) or Art (similar) | Glass Jar (similar) | Bird artwork on easel | Voyage et Cie Santal Candle | Danny Clinch photography book | Sinatra 100 photography book | Raw Cotton Branches | Porch Swing

 

Heather’s Picks for Simple and Fresh Updates to your Holiday Decor | 2017

We all love to decorate our homes for the holidays in a way that reflects our personal style; and every year, it’s nice to fill in and add to what we already use with a few fresh, new finds. Over the years of my career as an art director and photographer, I’ve had to style many photo shoots, so it’s fun when I get the time and opportunity to style my own home.

I stick with an airy palette of white, gold, greys and shades of green when decorating for Christmas. I also love the juxtaposition of mixing metals and luxurious textures like velvet, fur, and wool with organic elements like cedarwood, magnolia leaves, succulents, seeded eucalyptus, pears, artichokes and herbs. Try using a chunky wool or fur throw as a tree skirt instead of the typical store bought ones. One year I used a few yards of velvet fabric as a tree skirt. And, you can never have too many pretty, flickering candles in woodsy scents. Don’t forget to load up on white tealights for mercury glass votives and tapers for timeless wooden candlesticks like these and these!

Each year I purchase a live tree, garland, wreath and paper white flowers, because I love the softness and smell of fresh greenery in the house. I prefer to support local nurseries, like Collier’s in Birmingham, but since there’s not one near where I live now in Franklin, I purchased some at Costco.) In addition to using garland on the stair banisters, lay it across your dining table as a runner with mercury glass votives and taper candles scattered throughout. Given that decorations only stay up for about 45 days, and I don’t do after Christmas sales to buy ahead for the next year, I try to find new looks that are affordable. It might be just to add Christmas spirit in another room of the house like a playroom or study. Here are my picks for simple “freshen ups” and “fill-ins” to holiday decor this season. Hope you find a bit of inspiration for your own home. Cheers!

XO,
Heather

Holiday Picks

1.Anthropologie Snow Capped Candles | 2.Live Paperwhites in Reclaimed Box | 3.Velvet & Linen Reindeer Pillow | 4.Ivory Fur Stockings | 4.Flocked Pine Christmas Tree | 6.Gold & White Geometric Mug Set| 7.Turkish Dish Towel | 8.Christmas Botanical Print | 9.Chunky Wool Throw (use as a Christmas skirt) | 10.Mercury Glass Taper Candlesticks | 11.Live Olive & Eucalyptus Wreath | 12.Haus Interiors Mountain House Blue Spruce & Cedarwood Candles

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