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

 

A Day in Nashville with Jonathan Savage [Published Architectural Digest]

It’s always a pleasure shooting for Nashville designer, Jonathan Savage. Click on the preview image below to read the full article published in Architectural Digest.

 

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O’More College Design Showhouse Master Bedroom by Lila Pryor Frank

O'More College 2017 Designer Showhouse, Nashville TN, Dining Room by Jonathon Savage Interior Design

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O'More College 2017 Designer Showhouse, Nashville TN, Dining Room by Jonathon Savage Interior Design

 

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Interior Design | Lila Pryor Frank

O’More College of Design Showhouse

Vocé Nashville Neighborhood

O’More College of Design Showhouse Dining Room by Savage Interior Design

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Photographed for designer, Jonathan Savage | Savage Interior Design, Nashville TN

Beautiful Homewood Remodel by Twin Construction [Featured in Birmingham Home & Garden magazine May/June 2017]

It’s always a pleasure to shoot for my friends at Twin Construction in Birmingham, AL. This home was especially fun to photograph, since I know Rachael, the owner and love her personal style. Laurie Fulkerson, interior designer for Twin, did an exceptional job capturing and bringing Rachel and Dax’s style and personalities into the details of the home design. My favorite elements? The incredible black crocodile wallpaper in the study (slight obsession), the luxurious blue velvet sofas in the living room, the butlers pantry filled with natural light, the steel folding doors that open the dining room onto the screened porch for indoor/outdoor entertaining and finally the perfectly organized master bedroom closet with lighted shelving. There’s so much more…Pick up a copy of Birmingham Home & Garden to read the story behind this amazing Homewood (Edgewood) remodel.

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Musically Inclined (Birmingham Magazine Sept 2014)

Recently I photographed a two-story loft home on Birmingham’s 2nd Avenue North, now revived and bustling with loft living and tasty dining options. One of the owners is a musician, so their home was filled with his harps and organs. Here’s just a few images of this urban dwelling, renovated for owners with a love of entertaining and a home filled with music. For the full article featured in Birmingham Magazine, click here.Birmingham Magazine Dwellings, September 2014 IssueBirmingham Magazine Dwellings, September 2014 IssueBirmingham Magazine Dwellings, September 2014 IssueBirmingham Magazine Dwellings, September 2014 IssueBirmingham Magazine Dwellings, September 2014 IssueBirmingham Magazine Dwellings, September 2014 Issue

 

Loft Living with Panoramic Views of Birmingham Landmarks

For this month’s issue of Birmingham magazine, I shot a loft dwelling on 2nd Ave North. While there, we went up on the rooftop terrace and I was amazed at the panoramic view of so many Birmingham landmarks. Here’s some of the images I grabbed from my perch overlooking the Magic City and a few from inside the loft. Be sure to check out the Cool Spaces + Downtown Places event which will take place on this Saturday, May 10th starting at 1:00 PM. Here’s two links for more information…

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/05/cool_spaces_tour_to_take_a_wal.html

https://www.facebook.com/events/231263957068408/

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