Okay guys, brace yourselves! I tried. I really did. But as I was going through all of the pictures I took for my fall home tour, I just could not edit them down to any less than what is included! #bloggerproblems But I don’t think you’ll mind! Today I am honored to be joining 11 other bloggers for Laura’s Finding Fall Home Tour. All of the gorgeous fall homes are linked at the end of this post, so please stop by and visit each one. This post contains affiliate links.
This year, sage greens, magnolia leaves, seeded eucalyptus, and dried hydrangeas spoke to me. I used a soothing color palette to ease my family from summer blues (and back-to-school blues)😉 into early autumn hues. I hope my neutral fall home tour gives you some DIY home decor fall ideas for your own home. Feel free to pin and share your favorite ideas!
DIY Home Decor: Fall Entryway Decorating Ideas
Our family of four lives in the city in a renovated Victorian row home that we purchased as a flip nine years ago. The house is narrow and tall with a very open concept (think bowling alley) floor plan. It can be a challenge to decorate an entire level with no walls between rooms! If you find yourself with a similar challenge, my advice is to choose a tight color palette and use it throughout the entire level. Using cohesive colors will ground and unify the space.
Our home has a vestibule entryway containing a small mudroom within; however, during the winter months it is FREEZING inside the vestibule and no one wants to stand in there any longer than necessary. Backpacks, coats, mittens, hats, and boots were migrating out of the mudroom and onto the floor inside the door where it is warm. It was driving me batty! I solved the problem by creating a second coat and shoe area. Who knew that some board and batten and hooks could look so cute? This tiny nook of an entryway has become one of my favorite spots to decorate each season.
Granted, my entryway rarely looks this cute, but every few months my family accommodates my wishes and keeps their bags and shoes hidden elsewhere!
Pictured below is Eowyn–one of my two Pomeranians. Don’t let her cute smile fool you! She is a sweet little rascal who absolutely hates it when I decorate. She will bark and cry at me each time I do. Things may or may not occasionally shatter, clatter, and fall off the wall as I’m moving things around. Poor thing now has decorating PTSD. #bloggerdogproblems 😂 But don’t feel too sorry for her. She is loved, adored, and very much spoiled.
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DIY Home Decor: Fall Dining Room Decorating Ideas
When our home was being flipped, we were thrilled to find–hiding underneath all of the layers of wallpaper and plaster–these gorgeous brick walls! Our exposed brick steals the show in our dining room, hallways, and all of the bedrooms. Besides my front door, my brick walls are my most favorite element in the house! They just add so much warmth, charm, and character to each room.
But enough about the walls, let’s talk about my new table! Our old dining table was horribly scratched and needed refinishing, and I just didn’t love it that much to begin with. I was craving a chunky farmhouse table that looked timeworn and didn’t need to be babied. This new dining table is absolutely perfect for our family and looks great in this space. I just dragged it into the house, unpackaged it, and put all 200 lbs of it together by myself a few days ago, so you all are the first to see it!
I figured a brand new farmhouse table deserved some proper farmhouse decor! Dried hydrangeas, faux and real pumpkins, faux magnolia and real seeded eucalyptus branches all work together to create a casually elegant tablescape. For seasonal decorating, I almost always mix real and faux greenery together. When you add something fresh to the faux, you have greater difficulty telling which is which!
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DIY Home Decor: Fall Living Room Decorating Ideas
Toss-pillow covers and throw blankets are my number one decor addiction and my first line of defense in my decorating arsenal! My husband thinks I need an intervention, but I adore textiles and have no desire to change. Can’t stop won’t stop! 😂 They are such an easy and inexpensive way to completely change the look and feel of a room. Remember that if you’re really short on cash, two cloth napkins, an old sweater, or a few placemats can be refashioned into cute new pillow covers with minimal sewing and skill.
My second line of defense in my seasonal decorating arsenal is the vignette. If you know how to create a vignette, then you know how to decorate!
Click the link to learn my best tips on how to create a seasonal vignette.
On the coffee table, I placed an olive bucket filled with dried hydrangea stems and a wood bowl filled with vintage wooden spools and pinecones. Bringing natural elements into each room is another easy DIY home decor idea that never fails.
Don’t be afraid to mix in some quirk to your decor! I always like to add a few fun elements that just make me smile. Last year it was my chubby chipmunk pillow, and this year it’s my television sporting antlers instead of bunny ears. It’s a bit ridiculous yet quirky, funny, and cute. Decorating should always be about creating a space that brings YOU and your loved ones joy.
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DIY Home Decor: Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas
Nothing beats good ole’ symmetry when decorating a mantel! I’ve taught decorating classes to groups of women on how to style a mantel, and the best tip I can give is to fall back on symmetry when you’re in doubt. A grounding object, such as a mirror or piece of art, with candles, vases, or bottles placed on either side is pleasing to the eye and always works.
I usually don’t have too much trouble finding at least a few fresh pumpkins this time of year, but this year was different! Almost all of the pumpkins you see were inexpensive Walmart pumpkins that I painted. I’ll do a tutorial for you later this week on how I transformed them from fakey orange colors to beautiful shades of green.
DIY Home Decor: Fall Bar Cart Decorating Ideas
Besides being a functional piece that stores our wine and liquor, my bar cart is a surprisingly fun item to style! It used to stand next to the dining room and I decided to move it between my DIY herringbone doors. I’m loving it over here closer to the kitchen.
DIY Home Decor: Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas
Our breakfast nook and kitchen are our last stop on the tour. I kept things very simple and unfussy in here for early autumn by adding just a few touches of green and a few painted pumpkins!
Our kitchen is a budget-friendly DIY project that you can read all about here. While it isn’t exactly my “dream kitchen”, I’m proud of how little we spent to make it feel like home.
This next picture makes me giggle. If you look closely you can see that there is a tiny bottle of essential oils labeled “Attention Assist” that I bought for my ADHD husband. He loves to leave it out of his basket where we keep all of our vitamins, supplements, and oils perhaps just to drive me crazy–or maybe so he remembers to use it. 😉 I meant to toss the bottle in his basket before I began photographing the kitchen but forgot. Perhaps I should have rubbed some Attention Assist on myself!
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I hope you enjoyed my fall home tour and DIY home decor tips! Enjoy the rest of the hop below!
Finding Fall Home Tour Blog Hop Participants