It’s no secret that I love lake life living and try to incorporate it into all areas of my life! The holiday 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.
The Fall season is upon us. But with temperatures still reaching the mid 80’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).
I want to start off by telling you that I LOVE to decorate! It’s something I enjoy and think I do pretty well. I’m no interior designer but for an amateur I do okay.
Two summers ago, when we moved into our lake house, I decorated every inch of our home. I went to every home decorating store MULTIPLE TIMES and looked everywhere for inspiration. By the end of the summer, I was finally pleased with my results. I even threw a housewarming party to celebrate. (I touched on it a little bit in this post.) My house was beautiful and I could finally sit back and enjoy it, right?!
With school starting at the end of August, and all the craziness that goes along with it, it felt like I snapped my fingers and it was the end of September. Summer changed to fall in what seemed like an instant, and I was just EXHAUSTED from decorating.
So I’m just going to be honest here…We didn’t decorate at all that year for fall! I spent so much time trying to find the perfect item for every spot in the house that the thought of pulling things down and putting up decorations sounded miserable to me.
So I didn’t decorate. Shocking I know considering how much I LOVE to decorate.
But when fall came last year, I was determined to decorate! I added it to my To-Do list and made it a priority to get it done. Patrick and I started pulling out the Halloween and fall totes on one of his days off and planned to finish decorating before we had to pick up Zach from school later that day.
As I opened up the totes and started pulling everything out, I started getting that same feeling I had the year before where I just didn’t want to do it. I couldn’t see how I was going to incorporate black and orange into the blues and greens I had in our home.
Lucky for me I had an epiphany! What if I thought outside of the box and went with Coastal Fall Decor for the season instead? I could easily keep my blues and greens and still decorate.
It sounded amazing to me, but to Patrick, not so much. At that point, we had already pulled everything out of the totes and I knew he wanted to kill me when I told him I couldn’t use any of it because it didn’t “match my vision”.
We left to pick up Zach from school and I got the same reaction from him when I told him my idea. You see, “The Boys” were used to me decorating for Halloween and then again for fall. It’s a tradition and something they looked forward to.
Their disappointment got even worse when we headed out to the home decorating store and I started pulling out all different shades of blues for flowers. They were convinced I was going to RUIN the fall season for them.
But I had a vision and I wasn’t backing down! I was going to decorate for fall and stick with the color scheme already in our home. I was going to do it and they were going to like it! Spoken like a true Mom 🙂
This is what I started with. Our house is normally decorated in a nautical theme incorporating all different shades of blues and greens. When we were packing to move here to the lake I came across these beautiful starfish plates that I had received as a gift. The colors were gorgeous! I thought to myself that these plates could really be my inspiration for the whole house. It was even more amazing when I went to Home Goods and saw that they were still selling these exact same plates years later. Call it destiny if you must!
Let the decorating begin. I started the transformation in the kitchen/dining room area. I removed all the starfish and fish plates and took the nautical rope I used as napkin holders off. I replaced those plates with a simple cream colored salad plate I found at Old Time Pottery. I found a bouquet of fall flowers in a pretty shade of blue and cut it apart into single stems.
I placed a stem of flowers in the center of the napkin and secured it on with neutral-colored floral stem wire.
I found this beautiful centerpiece for the dining room table at Kirklands. I loved the fact that it was neutral. I was able to incorporate my colors by simply adding blue candles in the candle holders.
The tablecloth was actually a gift from our friends Lucy and Gleber. It was handmade in Brazil. How cool is what?! If you are wanting to recreate this look, I would suggest finding something to cover your table that incorporates burlap. The color would compliment everything else perfectly, because again, it’s neutral.
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. There’s a cute shelf on the bar that usually houses wine corks and cocktail glasses. I knew I wanted to jazz it up for the fall.
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 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 the 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 viola! 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 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 a cute sign at Joann Fabrics to hang that says, “Gather Here With Grateful Hearts”.
The final touch in the kitchen/dining area are these dish towels hanging from the handles of the stove from Joann Fabrics.
From this area, I moved into the living room. This is the first room you see when you walk in the front doors. 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. You can easily find tutorials on Pinterest to help you create a wreath to go along with your color scheme if it doesn’t work out as well for you as it did for me. You might even be able to buy a wreath and paint some of the elements to match your colors. I hung the wreath with a clear wreath hanger in the center of the mirror.
I added a wooden sign from Joann Fabrics below the wreath that sits on the mantle. I added pumpkins of different sizes and colors and incorporated some more fall flowers into vases. I collect Willow Tree angels and kept them on the mantle because they fit well with the saying on the sign, “Harvest Blessings”.
I have a small side table that sits front and center in the living room. I placed two pumpkins on the bottom shelf of the table to tie everything together.
There’s also a coffee table in this space. I have a pretty 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 Old Time Pottery. On top of the Spanish moss, I added all different kinds of greenery also purchased from Old Time Pottery. The main attraction of the tray is the large engraved pumpkin I found at Kirklands. Isn’t it beautiful? It has the initial of our last name. Love! 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.
And there you have it! I am so excited with how everything turned out but most importantly I got the seal of approval from “The Boys”. I’m happy I went with my vision and stepped out of my normal fall decorating routines. I hope I’ve inspired you to be bold and take risks too. This Coastal Fall Decor proved to be exactly what I needed to get me out of my fall decorating rut.
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