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

 

ALYS Beach Vacation Home [Published Birmingham Magazine May 2018]

You never have to twist my arm to shoot on 30A. You’re going to love this ALYS Beach beauty designed by Birmingham designer, Lisa Flake of Caldwell Flake Interiors.

ALYS Beach Home by Heather Durham Photography for BIrmingham Magazine May 2018

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ALYS Beach Home by Heather Durham Photography for BIrmingham Magazine May 2018

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ALYS Beach Home by Heather Durham Photography for BIrmingham Magazine May 2018

Photography & Styling: Heather Durham
Interior Design: Lisa Flake, Caldwell Flake Interiors
Location: ALYS Beach, Florida
Published: Birmingam Magazine

Outdoor Living and Entertaining at its Finest, in Nashville’s Belle Meade Neighborhood [Published Nashville Lifestyles Magazine & Nashville At Home]

It was a pleasure photographing this stunning 12,000 square foot French Regency, Belle Meade estate designed by the late Nashville architect, Edwin A. Keeble. You can see the interior of this beautiful home in a previous issue of Nashville Lifestyles and on my blog post here. Now, take in this home’s amazing outdoor living spaces designed by the talented Gavin Duke of Page Duke Landscape Architects, and featured in the spring/summer 2018 issue of Nashville Lifestyles At Home and on the cover. No doubt this home was designed for entertaining.

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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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Shea Bryers Design Personal Home [Birmingham Magazine, Feb 2018]

It was a privilege to shoot this Birmingham designer’s personal home. Shea has a gift for combining beauty with function.

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Shea Bryers Design personal home interiors shoot by Heather Durham Photography for Birmingham Magazine February 2018 Issue

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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

Grand Belle Meade Estate Designed by the late Edwin A. Keeble [Published Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, October 2017]

Take a peek inside this 12,000 square foot grand Belle Meade estate featured in the November issue of Nashville Lifestyles Magazine. And, this is just the beginning. Stay tuned for a later post of the outdoor living spaces including the screened porch, gardens, pool and pool house, all designed for entertaining.HDP-NLOct2017-BrownBelleMeadeHome-13_-WEB.jpg

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100 Year Old Belle Meade Beauty and Garden Retreat [Published in Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, August 2017]

It’s not every day that you get to see a 100 year old home in this pristine condition. I entered the long curved driveway and was greeted with a sprawling plush green lawn and a canopy of hardwoods framing my glimpse of this beautiful Belle Meade home. I got out of my car to take a few shots from the driveway and could hear music playing from the gardens…a nice soundtrack to my work day. This lovely home in its beloved Nashville neighborhood is full of history. If only the walls could talk…

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Brentwood, TN Home by Jonathan Savage Interior Design [Nashville Lifestyles At Home Magazine Cover Story, Spring Summer 2017]

Savage Interior Design, was recently named Best Design Firm by the Nashville Lifestyles’ Home Awards, and I was able to see Jonathan Savage’s incredible talent first hand, while shooting one of the Brentwood Homes he designed. The images of this lovely home are featured in the current issue and on the cover of Nashville Lifestyles At Home magazine.

It’s a real testament to Nashville and its friendly, welcoming and encouraging creative community, that I was given the opportunity to shoot my first cover for one of Music City’s magazines after living here only 8 months. I’ve always enjoyed shooting editorial work, especially for my home town. It’s such a great way to really get to know the city where you live work and play and the people and places that make it unique.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Nashville At Home on newsstands to read the story about this Brentwood beauty.

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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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