Decorating for Fall – Put a Pumpkin on it!

There’s something about waking up to crisp air and a house that greets me with a heavy thirteen year old robe and fuzzy slippers that makes me want to clean.  It’s a phenomena I cannot explain.  Not even in spring do I feel this internal urge to throw everything out and scrub my house with bleach.  For me cleaning is a fall thing.  The other ten months of the year my house wallows in dirt, spiders cast protective webs over the furniture, and uninhibited rats feast on dirty plates and rotting food.

Not really.

I always clean.  It’s just that fall makes me want to go the extra mile.  It makes me want to paint, wash curtains, and scrub my screens.  It also makes me want to cast pumpkins around and light candles.

I’m never quite sure what to do on my fireplace.  I usually throw a pumpkin up there and fill bowls with fake berry twigs.  See last year.  However, this year I discovered Pinterest, a place where inspiration runs over unsuspecting females like a river swollen with flood waters.

I discovered that less is nice, but if you want WOW, more is more.

Deep, huh?

So here’s more.

It cost my a trip to the dollar store (because I’m classy like that) and $18.  I do have three extra pumpkin/gourds, so it could’ve cost me $15.

I’m happy with how it came out.  It looks festive.  I cleared everything off the top of the bookcases on either side, so it all looks pretty stark and this is the main feature.  I guess I’m glad I didn’t find anyone to buy the rest of my milk glass, because it came it handy.

So this weekend, I embraced the change of season, although I do hate to wave good-bye to summer.  I channeled my repressive Martha Stewart, and now I’m off to wash the curtains.

I’m linking to Nest of Posies Fall Festival, Week 3.

What about you?  When do you kiss summer goodbye and say hello to the changing colors of autumn?


12 thoughts on “Decorating for Fall – Put a Pumpkin on it!

  1. momfog

    Fall starts when school does, even though school starts in August around here. I guess it’s left over from my childhood when we didn’t step foot in school until after Labor Day.

    I love, love, love your mantel. I have a cinnamon broom next to my fireplace and a sunflower tablecloth, but that’s it for now. I lost all my wonderful fall decorations in the fire and haven’t had the time to replace them yet. I will, though. This is my favorite time of year. I’ve been avoiding Pinterest like the plague (no time) but I may have to reconsider.

  2. Laura

    that looks really lovely. Almost makes me embrace fall 🙂
    I’m not ready. Once you’re done cleaning feel free to come here. I only clean when I’m angry, lol and fortunately/unfortunately I’m a pretty happy person.

  3. Deb

    Your mantel looks very nice and may even inspire me to do something here. I’m glad you still have the milk glass, it always comes in handy. 🙂

  4. Cathy

    That’s really pretty. Think I’ll pin it, so if I happen to get in the mood I could do it too. Don’t know if I’ll ever get that much motivation. haha I don’t have a fire place, but I could do that on the top of my piano. Hmmmm

  5. Suzanne

    Cute post, but I’m still in the “put a bird on it” hanging on to summer mode. The pumpkin is duly noted, and I’ll work on accepting the inevitable. 🙂


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