It's Fall Y'all!

Fall is such a wonderful time of year.  A time when you step outside and are immediately greeted by a wave of cool, crisp air.  It's a time for friends and family, football parties and getting ready for the holidays with the promise of a new year to come. 

  photo from southern Living Magazine

photo from southern Living Magazine

I can't even believe it's already Fall (although we all say that right?) but seriously...last week, we said goodbye to Summer (and for me and this Charleston heat...good riddance!) and are now welcoming the cool air with open arms. 

I went for a run in my neighborhood last night, and I noticed that the pumpkins and decor have already started to commence on the front porches of many and before we get into the thick of the holidays, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Fall decor ideas and tips to make your home a festive and fabulous place for the season! 

One of my favorite places to start when it comes to decorating for fall is the front porch. We have beautiful brick steps and I like to fill them with pumpkins and mums.  Another thing that I recently got were planter boxes. It's a difficult decision to make when it comes using said boxes through fall.  Do you take them down? Or do you plant something fabulous (and like me..hope that it survives!) 

I recently found this fabulous planter box on the Southern Living website. Here is what they have to say about creating this masterpiece:

Plan ahead for plantings that will transition through the holidays with a few additions. Start with ornamental cabbage, bittersweet, pumpkins, dried hydrangeas, artichokes, and ivy, then add in gilded branches and berries to suit the season.

Tip: To withstand October's lower temps, plant window boxes with cold-hardy cabbages and ivy. Add the largest items first; then nestle in smaller things, such as branches of bittersweet. If it's a dry fall, water weekly.

  photo from southern living

photo from southern living

The Casual Craftlete did an awesome blog about chalk painting pumpkins for a centerpiece and below are the finished products. It's such a great way to soften up a centerpiece yet still incorporate the look of fall. 

 photo from the casual craftlete

photo from the casual craftlete

Another thing I love for fall are untraditional flowers. I adore the use of dried flowers such as these hydrangeas below. What a great way to add color to your centerpiece! I love white pumpkins too. This is such a pretty centerpiece from the StoneGable blog. She has some fantastic ideas on how to decorate for the seasons! 

I also love decorating with Bell Cloche's. They are a fun way to showcase decor for the holidays, starting with fall. If you are looking for a place online to find them, I got mine at World Market. But you can also find various sizes here on Amazon and One King's Lane has some really pretty ones with ceramic bases that I am eyeing! 

Here are some of my favorite ways to use the Bell Cloche for fall! 

 better homes and gardens

better homes and gardens

 dimples and tangles blog

dimples and tangles blog

 Erin's art and gardens blog

Erin's art and gardens blog

 craftberrybush.com 

craftberrybush.com 

And last but not least...fall wouldn't be the same without the spicy scent of apple pie in the air. Here is a recipe to put on your stove and simmer all day to create a homey and welcoming scent without the added calories! Your family may be dissapointed though when they find out this is only to create a scent in the home and not apple pie! I got this amazing reciepe from the How Sweet It Is Blog. She is amazing and also has a great cookbook you should check out! 

 photo from how sweet it is blog

photo from how sweet it is blog

ingredients:

5 cups water
2 navel oranges, peeled
1 apple, sliced in half
3 cinnamon sticks
3 star anise
1 teaspoon-sized knob of fresh ginger
1 teaspoon cardamom pods
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon dried orange peel

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer on low. That's it!!! 

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