Wednesday, August 16, 2023

5 Quick and Easy Ideas to Get in the Mood for Fall... even if you're not quite ready.

I know so many of us want to ease into the Fall season, but it's too hot in August and early September to get much in the mood. As much as I love fall, digging into tubs and boxes in hot storage areas, dragging out a bunch of faux pumpkins, and slathering on the fake leaf garlands just isn't appealing when you're breaking out in a sweat. I'd much rather take an approach that's gradual and less stressful. 

There are a lot of posts out now about transitioning to fall, but each person's ideas on fall are different. So I'm sharing what works for me and how I go about making the change-up in my own style. Here are my own tried and true 5 Quick and Easy ideas to get me started.

1. Light a scented candle that smells like baked goods or the crisp outdoors. Love that smell of Fall!

Smells and fragrances are a sure thing on evoking a season or holiday. Nothing gets me more excited about Autumn than yummy pumpkin bread fresh out of the oven or a woodsy whiff of a bonfire.

Today, while writing this post, I lit my first fall candle of the season. It's woodsy, cinnamon-y fragrance is filling the house and I'm looking forward to getting started with some basic change-ups.

2. I'm all about fall and harvest colors to get me into the mood for the change from summer to fall. I remove lighter pastels, seashells, and patriotic themes first; anything that looks like summer. Then I focus on neutrals, and warm toned colors. Some of you like cool pastels for fall and that's beautiful, but I'm a warm hued person.

Some people like to leave their patriotic themed décor out through Labor Day, but I'm too ADD to let things sit that long. About the second week of July it's all packed away and I'm ready to start thinking about late summer and early fall.

3. Change up your pillows for fall color and add a light throw or blanket for some texture in hopes of a cool evening. Texture and harvest colors get you in the mood for cooler temps that will eventually get here.

Even in late summer and fall, you can begin transitioning to deeper hues of harvest, add some plaid to kick things up for fall.

4. Create a flower arrangement with Sunflowers and early fall blooms. Add naturals from your yard; a fall leaf or two, grasses and dried hydrangeas for more fall feels.

5. Create a focal point or centerpiece with a tote, doughbowl, crate or basket filled with fall fruit and darker pottery and dishes. Pears, pumpkins, moss balls, and linens, bring out the fall mindset.

6. And for a bonus, even if you're not ready to decorate the whole porch... Hang a fall wreath or fill a basket for the door on the front porch with seasonal faux flowers. This will immediately greet you and your guests with a bit of Fall expectation.

If decorating for any season feels overwhelming, take it step by step and one day at a time. A project a day or two a week can be easily accomplished if we pace ourselves. The idea is to have fun and enjoy the process! Happy decorating!

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 Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  
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  1. Great ideas! Same here...sunflowers, natural colors...moving into late summer then adding more Fall as the weather gets cooler. Such fun decorating for the seasons!

  2. I'm in the mood!!! And Leaves is my fave scent for fall! I'm actually headed today to BBW for their single wick candle sale. They make great stocking stuffers. Love all the warm colors in your decor. Still struggling over here to choose what I'd like to do. Oh well, keeps my mind busy. lol. Love this post. pinned

  3. The nice thing about your white palette is that you can change it up to any season so beautifully by adding the pastels of spring or the rich colors of auturmn. It's all very beautiful, Debra. I love the quilts and pillows. Fallish -- but not screaming!

  4. Great ideas! I like easing into things like this too.

  5. I love all of your ideas, Debra!! I'm not nearly in the mood for getting out my Fall decor yet. It's going to be 106 degrees here the next like 3 days!! But, these steps will help me to gradually start taking down Summer things. Thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined this week!

  6. FABULOUS ideas for Fall, Debra!
    Don't forget to join us over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday
    Followed and Pinned!
    Creatively, Beth

  7. So many lovely ideas for easing into fall. It is plenty cool enough here (especially this week) to pull out all the fall decor but I'm still in denial that summer is winding down.

  8. I love this post Debra. I'm with you. I'm not quite ready to pull out the fall bins but there are steps to take to start trip toeing into the season. You have some great ideas and pointers here. Thanks for visiting us at the Home imagined link party. XO- MaryJo

  9. Very cute ideas! I have a hard time transitioning to fall, Summer is my favorite season and I never want to let it go! Thank you for sharing. I’d love to invite you to my Tell It To Me Tuesday link party. It runs from Tuesday – Friday every week.

  10. Just popping back in to say thank you for linking up (always) and sharing these fun ideas. Featuring them tomorrow on Farmhouse Friday. Always appreciate you. I need to do and be better. pinned again

  11. Hi Debra - Great tips for transitioning into fall. I too love a good fall candle. Also your tips on switching out pillows and adding a wreath to the front door, were appreciated. It's always nice to have something to look forward to with each season.


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