Happy first day of fall! Actually, I thought September 20th was the official first day until just now when I saw that technically, fall begins in two days on September 22nd. But, I’m going to pretend like I didn’t just look it up and don’t know any better. Fall has hit our house hard, regardless of what the calendar (and weather) are saying 😉 Snuggles under fur blankets have already commenced (with the AC still blasting, of course… we are in Georgia haha).
Prepping our home for fall has been a labor of love. Emphasis on “labor” 😉 I’ve sprinkled little bits in most every room of the house in anticipation of inviting you in for my fall home tour today. As a bonus, I have linked to just about everything in every room on the tour at the bottom of the post. There are a lot of changes since this summer and since last fall’s home tour (HERE) so I’m excited to usher you in to take a look around! The first to welcome you is Mister (check out the bottom left sidelight 😉 ).
The Front Porch
Last fall, I went all green and white on the front porch. And, I loved it. But, when Dave showed up with a pair of grocery store jack-o-lanterns on Halloween because he “didn’t want trick-or-treaters to be confused on whether or not we were participating in Halloween”, I decided to go a more traditional route this year. We took a day date to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in north Georgia to load up on pumpkins. After flooding the steps with our key finds, the cherry on top was locating two strands of leaf garland, stuffed in an old fall bag in the basement. Because my burgundy mums haven’t popped just yet I’ll be sure to share as soon as they do. They are just now starting to peep their heads out. Each year, Costco is our go-to for mums; they are HUGE, last FOREVER, and are a killer deal.
I also went with a more traditional color with less traditional leaves on the front door. To me, magnolias are the south.
The Formal Living Room
Just inside the front door to the left, our formal living room is made up in hues of gold. I played off the metallics already adorning the space and fought my instinct to do something totally unnatural… like go on a hunt for white leaves (haha).
Do you have a chunky knit scarf from American Eagle, circa 1998? Mine wound up in my ottoman basket tray to add a little “cozy” because… well, why not? I also brought in one of the huge lanterns I talked about recently in my fall wedding post (HERE); I have been looking for a tree/large plant to fill this corner space but I think I may like this big ‘ol lantern even more through the cooler months.
I hauled out some pumpkins and gray velvet pillows from “the closet” to complete the autumn vibe in this room. By complimenting what I already had going on in here, I was able to up the cozy-factor for the season with little effort.
Guest Bedroom #1 | AKA “Nan’s Room”
Through the french doors, I assembled a few black, white, and gold welcome pumpkins in a dresser vignette for guests in “Nan’s Room.”
I fell in love with these leaves immediately; is it ok to leave these up year-round? Maybe hang some Christmas ornaments from the branches? I struck out at Hobby Lobby this year but was able to lock these down at Michael’s. During the cooler months, I have two extremes going on- lots of metallics and mercury glass, but on the other end of the spectrum, a lot more natural finishes. Something I love about this room is it shows how two different styles – i.e. the casual woven basket tray and the more formal, contemporary Greek key ottoman – can come together in harmony.
A quick look back across the entry into the dining room…
… where you’ll find my “less eager” host, napping under the table.
The Dining Room
I have a dedicated post on this fall table coming next week so for now, I’ll give you just a quick peek 😉
Ok… one more 😉 And that’s all I’ll say about that. For now.
This fall, my kitchen centerpieces will be dedicated “bowls of the season”. Lots of pears, lots of apples… I will still be bringing in flowers regularly, but during the fall and winter, I like to turn to easy, casual displays. (Think branches from the yard and produce from the grocery store.)
The Breakfast Nook
Instead of last year’s steel-y hydrangea wreath, I opted for this golden number from HomeGoods. The arrangement on the table was my first assemblance of fall florals a couple weeks ago. I had fully anticipated that they would be dead by fall home tour time but they are still going strong!
I didn’t plan to leave my summer granny smiths but after I mixed in a few over-sized acorns, it just seemed to work. I also fought my natural instinct to cover this space in “all the pumpkins” and kept it simple with two coordinating glass white and gold specked guys I had from last year.
Another one of my humongo wedding lanterns has a permanent home in the corner of our breakfast nook.
For you readers who have been with me since the beginning, you may recognize these leaf placemats and napkin rings. They first made an appearance last fall in my first fall tablescape. Since I went a different direction in the dining room this time around, they made themselves at home at the kitchen bar.
The Great Room
Now that we are creeping back to the center of the home, I’m excited to share my favorite space this season. Last year, I used navy and gray exclusively in the great room. This year, I was looking forward to bringing in some plum and velvet.
Willa Skye Home took my navy and plum dreams and made them so much better than I could have planned. I worked with Kristie who started coordinating fabrics together based on my initial selections, sent me several combinations, cord trim ideas, and even took a photo of my sectional and created a mock-up with colors and sizes. Last Friday was the definition of “happy mail” when all my covers arrived. Yes, I have the navy and plum velvets but Kristie suggested some lavender and silver animal print which I probably wouldn’t have thought of. She added an elegant cord to both the lavender and champagne covers.
All the pillows she created are available on her site; I have listed the sizes of the covers in my living room and have linked to them below.
Navy Velvet (20×20 on sofa; 12×8 on wing backs) | Plum Velvet (20×20) | Zebra Palm (18×18) | Glisten Orchid (18×18 w/ cord trim) | Glisten Champagne (14×24 w/ cord trim) | Pelagos Haze (20×20) | Bengal Bazaar- Magenta (12×16)
I initially thought I was going to leave my blue and white in this space. Unfortunately, I just wasn’t feeling it. In place of the two matching ginger jars, previously sitting on the top shelves of the built-ins, I added two large, matching silver pumpkins.
Here’s a close up of some of my new beauties 😉 This was my first experience with custom pillows and now having them, I don’t know what took me so long. The quality is impeccable.
I had planned to basically throw eucalyptus all over my house. Like, enough to feed 143 koalas for a week. But, as luck would have it, I scooped up the very last (and only) bunch from Trader Joe’s one day last week. I decided if I could only have eucalyptus in one place for now, it was meant to go in this big arrangement of hydrangeas and mums.
Pine cones are one of the most simple ways to say “hey, it’s fall!” or with a little “frosting”, “hey, it’s Christmas time!” I have a few varieties but the basic pine cones make their first appearance to commence autumn and hang around until after the New Year.
Just as I did in my formal living room, I mixed a few different styles and finishes in the photo below. From the pumpkins to the layered trays, don’t be fooled into thinking things have to match. Pull out your arsenal and start playing!
If you make your way upstairs, here’s a peek down into the great room below. While purple may not be considered a traditional fall color, get it in a velvet or fur and you’re set. Bring out the furry/fuzzy blankets to make them look even cozier.
The Master Bedroom
Next to the upstairs catwalk is the master bedroom; it received a mini seasonal face lift, too. I shared the simple secret on how I affordably transition my bed throughout the year HERE. Of course, this fall is no different.
I saved just enough stems from the main great room arrangement to sprinkle throughout the bedrooms.
Guest Bedroom #2 | AKA “The White Room”
Down the hall, I will likely be updating this guest bedroom a little more before the season is over, but for now, I was excited to make just a few simple additions to give our guests a little autumn flavor.
I used several of my Love Feast Shop plush pumpkins throughout the house. This little gold lambskin leather is my fav.
Our third guest bedroom still looks like a college dorm room but I have plans for that space in the next year. But, not before my office makeover which is in the planning stages. I will begin that journey on the blog starting October 6th. You heard it here first 😉
I have a lot of fun projects, makeovers, hops, tables, and stories coming soon. If you would like to stay up to date with all of them, you can sign up to get my emails delivered to your inbox. Another perk? My email subscribers receive a few exclusive goodies like advance fall sneak peeks, not shown in today’s tour 😉 If you had any questions as you made your way through the house, I have detailed source lists at the bottom of the post.
Thank you so much for stopping by today, on this “first day of fall” 😉 ; I hope you will come back. You can say “hi!” in the comment section below – leave me a note or leave a question. If this is your first time visiting, you can also check out some of my past seasonal tours under the “Home Tour” tab at the top of the page. Until next time, I’ll see you again soon, friends! Enjoy kicking off the season. Drink lots of apple cider, light the pumpkin candles, watch all the football, and take notice of all the beautiful changes around you.
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Pillows | Thatcher Wing Back Chairs | Table Lamp | Garden Stool | Blanket Basket | Quatrefoil Mirrors Between Windows | Gold Foil Texas & Georgia State Art Prints | White Lidded Urn | Candle Hurricanes (SIMILAR) | Tree Art | Round Mirrors: World Market – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Wooden Tray: Pottery Barn – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Coasters | Volcano Candle | Mirrored Console Table: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Log Carrier: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Sheepskin (SIMILAR) | Silver Rimmed Hurricane: Pottery Barn – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Console Table Lamps: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Oversized Tray | Mirrored End Table (Formerly Palais Collection) | Mirrored Coffee Table (Formerly Palais Collection) | Rug: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Alarm Clock | Pitcher: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Sofa: La-Z-Boy Aspen Collection | Fan: Progressive Lighting | Fur Throw: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Greek Key Throw | Gray Afghan: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Striped Throw: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Paint: Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle
FORMAL LIVING ROOM
Greek Key Ottoman | Floor Lamp | Silver Garden Stool | White Garden Stool | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Curtain Rod | Ottoman Basket Tray: Pottery Barn – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Chair | Pillow in Chair | Sheepskin: Costco (SIMILAR) | Tall Lantern: ZGallerie – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Table Lamp | Rug: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Apothecary Jars | Brass Candle Holders: HomeGoods (SIMILAR)| Sofa: Antique |Restoration Hardware French Casement Double-Door Cabinet in Black Oak Drifted | Side Table: HomeGoods (SIMILAR)| Baseket (SIMILAR) | Pier One Art – no longer available | Striped Pillows | White Pillows: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Gray Velvet Pillows: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Scarf: American Eagle (SIMILAR) | Sunburst Mirrors: Various Sources – (Similar HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE) | Quatrefoil Mirror | Wall Urchins | Paint: Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle
Bar Stools | Marble Cheese Board | Wooden Paddle Board | Round Wood Wall Decor | Coasters | Pedestal | Ceramic Artichoke (SIMILAR) | Pedestal Bowl: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Candle Holders | Refrigerator | Cabinet Pulls: Pewter (SIMILAR) | Pitcher: Crate & Barrel – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Faucet | Stainless Cooktop | Stainless Steel Canopy Pro Style Wall Mount Range Hood | Paint: Perfect Greige by Sherwin Williams | Cabinet Paint: Unknown | Granite: | Backsplash: | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle
Chairs | Table: Refinished (PROJECT HERE) | Chandelier | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Curtain Rod | White Soup Tureen | Platter | Sideboard: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Candelabras (SIMILAR) | Ice Bucket | Wine Cooler | Wine Trough | Cake Stands: HERE, HERE, HERE| Espresso Cups & Saucers | Ceramic Vase (SIMILAR) | Mirror: Hobby Lobby | Tall Lantern: ZGallerie – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Artificial Apples | Paint: Perfect Greige by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle
Chairs – Linen | Bar Cart | 12-Light Chandelier | Candle Holders | Mirror: Homegoods – (SIMILAR) | Dining Table: (84″ in Salvaged Brown) | Buffet: (72″ in Distressed White) | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Rug: HomeGoods- Calvin Klein wool (SIMILAR) | Lamps: HomeGoods – (SIMILAR) | Napkins | Silver Tea Service: Family Heirloom – (SIMILAR) | Table Runners | Waterford Padova China | Waterford Bassano China | Chargers (SIMILAR) | Pillows: HomeGoods | Church Painting | Water Lillies Art | Paint: Lauren’s Surprise by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle
Bed | Night Stands | Ruched Duvet Cover & Euro Shams – white | Belgian Linen Diamond Quilt & King Shams – Flax | Sheets | White Tray | X Benches (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Spencer Metal Dresser | Star (SIMILAR) | Rug: HomeGoods | Lamps: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Mirrors: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Decorative Throw Pillows: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Striped Throw: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Paint: Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams
WHITE GUEST BEDROOM
Bed – Queen| Belgian Linen Duvet Cover & Euro Shams – white | Belgian Linen Diamond Quilt – white | Rug – 5×8 | Mirrored Brass Tray | Side Chair | Throw Pillows | Center Throw Pillow (SIMILAR) | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Lamps: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Bench: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Mirror: DIY Project | Night Stands: DIY Project | Fern Prints | Frames: Michaels – (SIMILAR) | Throw: HomeGoods | Paint: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
Curtains | Curtain Rod | Bedside Table Lamp | Bed: Ashley Furniture – no longer available (SIMILAR HERE & HERE) | Gold Tray | Ruched Duvet Cover – white | Quilt: HomeGoods | Round Center Pillow | Ruffle Euro Pillow Covers | Volcano Candle | Dresser: Rooms to Go – no longer available (SIMILAR HERE) | Mirror: HomeGoods | Lamps: no longer available | White Oval Mirror (SIMILAR) | Round Black Side Table: Target – no longer available | Paint: Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams
*Note: Post contains affiliate links and sources throughout the post. Where product is no longer available, a similar substitute has been listed. | Willa Skye Home gifted the pillow covers for my home tour; I truly ADORE them!