Welcoming Fall in the Family Room!
When I was a child, my mother loved the transitioning of the seasons, especially Summer to Fall. During this time of the year, she would make trips to the garden center and our local orchard, bringing in mums, apples and pumpkins.
Our small home would be filled with the scents of the season as she made fresh apple cakes, fried apples, and pumpkin bread. Money was always tight, so my sweet mama kept the decorating simple, using organic natural elements such as pine cones, dried flowers, feathers, apples, and pears. Without realizing it, she taught me to love simple, natural decor, and that was the theme for bringing Fall into the family room.
We spend a lot of time in our family room, and when it comes to decorating for the different seasons, I like to keep it simple and easy.
Adding a few touches of Fall to enhance the room, rather than overwhelm it, works best for me, especially in a room that we do a lot of living in.
When the children were all small and at home, I tended to do a lot of “over the top” decorating for the seasons and holidays. It would take me days to decorate and then days to take it all down.
These days, I prefer to keep things easy with small touches here and there, complimenting what’s already in the room.
The coffee table is a perfect place to change out the decor for a new season.
Our ottoman coffee table is a large piece, so it was easy to display some breathtaking velvet pumpkins.
I like to call these velvet pumpkins “heirloom pumpkins” because they’re truly works of art, that can be passed down to the next generation.
They are the perfect pièce de résistance in any room, and I can’t wait to bring them out each year.
They make the perfect foundation piece for Fall decorating.
An architectural capital, turned upside down, showcases a giant velvet pumpkin with smaller ones scattered around it. Tucking in bits of dried hydrangeas and greenery are the finishing touch.
It’s amazing what you can find in your yard, with clippings from your own shrubs and trees making the best fillers.
One of my most treasured pieces is an antique French attendance board that came out of a French Catholic orphanage. It’s well over 100 years old, dating to circa 1860.
It has small slips of paper that slide into slots with the little children’s names written on them. Many of them are still intact.
On each side are a pair of heavy iron cherub sconces, and underneath is a table that holds my collection of processional crosses. I didn’t want to do anything elaborate here, just a simple nod to Autumn.
Using a vintage Italian compote bowl, I layered it with dried hydrangeas, greenery, and a few faux pumpkins. The golden pumpkins compliment the gilding in the church board perfectly.
Our mantel stays mostly the same throughout the year, displayed with a few antique altar sticks, an antique French clock, and a few of my nativity sheep collection.
For Fall, I added an oak leaf garland that I made from the leaves of our big oak tree, and randomly placed a few luscious velvet acorns in different sizes throughout.
I adore these large velvet mushrooms, they are so opulent and look marvelous against the rough texture of the oak leaves.
I swapped out the throw pillows to a gorgeous dark gray velvet for a richer look.
And adding a soft throw in shades of cream and lavender, as well as an exquisite beaded pillow were the perfect finishing touches for bringing Fall to the family room.
The family room now has a cozy feel to it, and we’re ready for the crisp days of Autumn, falling leaves, football, and fires in the fireplace.
I hope you’ve enjoyed touring our family room dressed for Fall!