It’s no secret that I love lake life living and try to incorporate it into all areas of my life! The fall season is no exception. Want to see how I bring the outdoors into my home during this festive time of the year? Stop by the lake and check out my Coastal Fall Decor.
*Post originally written October 30, 2018
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The Fall season is upon us. Although with temperatures still reaching the mid 90’s here in Florida, it’s hard to tell fall is actually here!
One of my favorite things to do during this time of the year, in addition to drinking warm apple cider and eating pumpkin butter squares, is decorating for the season. I have totes full of Halloween and fall decor that wait all year long to make their way into our home (you can see them here).
When it comes to decorating for different holidays, I like to stick with my same color palette of blues, greens, and teals. My fall decor isn’t any exception. I enjoy the challenge of thinking outside the box when it comes to switching up traditional color palettes for my typical coastal vibe.
Coastal Fall Decor
Switching all my decor up for each season would cost me a fortune. One of my tricks to keeping the price down is to have staple pieces that go from one season to the next. In the kitchen and dining room area, I always tend to keep most of the same plates, chargers, and napkins throughout the year.
These napkins are my go-to napkins. Because they are neutral, they easily incorporate into all the different holidays and seasons. As far as the rest of the items pictured below, I found the bouquet of fall flowers in this pretty shade of blue and cut it apart into single stems. The wire was from Michael’s.
I placed a stem of flowers in the center of the napkin and secured it on with the neutral-colored floral stem wire.
I found this beautiful centerpiece for the dining room table at Kirkland’s. I loved the fact that it was neutral! I was able to incorporate my colors by simply adding blue candles in the candle holders. They no longer sell the exact centerpiece at Kirkland’s, but this neutral option would be beautiful too!
The tablecloth was actually a gift from our friends Lucy and Gleber. It was handmade in Brazil. How cool is that?! If you are wanting to recreate a similar look, I would go with either this neutral table runner or neutral table cloth I spotted at Target.
I’m completely and totally obsessed with this tablescape!
One more picture just because…
In the kitchen/dining room area, we have this massive bar that a friend of ours custom built for us. That cute shelf on the bar usually houses wine corks and cocktail glasses. However, I knew I wanted to jazz it up for the fall so I started there in my attempt to transform this space.
I had two orange craft pumpkins I came across when emptying out my holiday totes. I didn’t want to throw them out because I knew they could be easily painted to whatever color I wanted.
So that’s what I did! I gathered my supplies which were minimal: pumpkins, white paint used as a primer, blue color paint to match my theme, paper plate, foam painting brush, thin painting brush, and newspaper.
First, I primed the pumpkins with two coats of white paint. I did one coat, let it dry, and then did the second. If you skip this step you will find it hard to cover your pumpkin with the color you choose.
I then covered the pumpkins with two coats of blue paint. Again, paint one coat, let it dry, and then do your second coat. I used the thin brush for the area around the stem to get into the tighter places. I used the foam brush for everything else.
And voila! They’re done!
*Tip: At the end of the season, when everything is on sale for fall, buy all different sizes and colors of pumpkins. You can easily change them to be whatever color you want in order to fit your theme. Just follow the technique I used above.
Here they are on the shelf along with a few more pumpkins I purchased from Joann Fabrics. Notice how I have all different size pumpkins and I arranged them in a group of 5. They say, they being the people who know what they are doing in the design world, to group items in an odd number because it’s more visually appealing. In the back, I placed a bouquet of fall flowers in a vase to finish the look.
Directly below the shelf, I found this cute fall sign at Kirkland’s.
Here is a close-up of the right side of the bar. The white cake stand and white pitcher are permanent items I keep in this space year-round. The other fall accents are from Joanns floral department and the Dollar Tree if you can believe that!
The left side of the bar area is dedicated to all our coffee and tea. I shared this fall two-tiered tray a couple of weeks ago on the blog and everyone went crazy for it. Isn’t it gorgeous!?
This is a full view of the entire bar area transformed for fall.
With the kitchen and dining room area complete, I made my way into the living room. This is the first room you see when you walk in the front doors so I always try to bring the “wow” factor when decorating it. There’s a beautiful fireplace with large windows on either side to show the breathtaking view of the lake.
The focal point of the room is obviously the fireplace. I found this beautiful wreath already made at Old Time Pottery which I was thrilled about. Here is a similar neutral fall wreath I found at Kirkland’s.
I added a wooden sign from Joann Fabrics below the wreath that sits on the mantle. Most of the pumpkins I incorporated are from Kirkland’s. I collect Willow Tree angels and kept them on the mantle because they fit well with the saying on the sign, “Harvest Blessings”. The pumpkin garland was an awesome find from Homegoods.
I have a small side table that sits front and center in the living room. I placed a pumpkin on the bottom shelf of the table and a “thankful” sign along with a wooden pumpkin on top.
There’s also a coffee table in this space. I have this beautiful teal serving tray that sits in the center of it. I took everything out and replaced it with more fall decor.
I lined the bottom of the tray with Spanish moss I purchased at Dollar Tree. On top of the Spanish moss, I added all different kinds of greenery. The main attraction of the tray is the large engraved pumpkin I found at Kirkland’s a few years ago. Isn’t it beautiful?!
They no longer carry this neutral option but they do have this monogrammed pumpkin that you could potentially paint if you wanted to achieve a similar look. I added a few small craft pumpkins and tucked in a couple of blue flowers. Tada! I love the way this turned out.
Last but not least I was able to find a decorative pillow and matching throw blanket for the couch and loveseat. They were 70% off at Joann Fabrics! Woot Woot! I placed one item on each of the couches to pull the look together.
I couldn’t find this particular pillow anymore, but I highly recommend checking out this post my friend, Jaclyn, put together featuring 15 Inexpensive Fall Pillows for Your Home. I’m sure you can find the perfect pillow to meet your needs.
I am so excited about how my fall coastal decor turned out. I hope I’ve inspired you to be bold and take risks too with your holiday decor. If I haven’t, I totally understand. My friend, Keri, wrote an incredible post with more Simple Fall Decor that you might enjoy more.
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