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Use the Season’s Bounty in Your Fall Decor

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When the brisk mornings and evenings start, we tend to slow down and take in the changing season. In the country, we try to begin and end our days breathing in the crisp air, lounging on the porch and strolling in the evening,  walking through “cold pockets” on our farm. All of these subtle changes inspire me to decorate for fall by using the “season” in my decor.

I am not the kind of girl who decorates for all the holidays. And I am naturally drawn to a more simplistic and neutral design scheme. However, when the blistering summer days start to fade, I am ready to start decorating for fall so I can absorb all the wonderful moments during this time of the year. Join me in using the natural beauty surrounding you in your fall decor through the tips below.

Pumpkins, fall fruit and veggies

I know pumpkins are an obvious fall choice, but nothing says fall decor like farm-fresh pumpkins, cabbage, apples, squash, and varieties of corn. I am not drawn to bright orange pumpkins, but I do pop a few pumpkin pie pumpkins in with my decor until it’s time to make their tasty treats. Harvest several of these items from the garden or purchase them from your local farmers’ market or natural food store. These fresh elements can be displayed on your porch or incorporated into a tablescape, which I especially love to do with the mini baby boo pumpkins we grow.

Fresh and dried flowers

As the owners of Flower and Fiddle Farm, touches of our flowers can be found throughout our home, especially in the fall, with a focus on gorgeous dahlias, eucalyptus and other herbs. Fill up a vase with fresh local flowers or pop fall-colored stems into artisan bud vases like the ones pictured crafted by Ray of Grace Pottery in Bentonville.

In the South, our growing season is a little longer, and once fall hits, fresh and dried flowers collide! The dried flower concept has been around for a while but has come back in popularity as so many strive for organic and reusable decor. It’s also a great way to enjoy flowers after the first frost since dried flowers are considered “everlasting.” You can fill vases with dried flowers, display pressed flower art and finish it off with a dried flower wreath. Sunlight will cause your dried flowers to fade, so I suggest keeping them from direct sunlight or using them in a shaded area outside.

Branches

We grow a lot of our own fall decorations but not everything! Some of my decor is a hint of the season and a nod to parts of nature we enjoy most that is right outside our door. I love watching the leaves change, and cutting a limb or two is a great way to bring that crisp fall feel indoors. You can put limbs in a container with or without water to let them dry naturally. Once fall has passed, strip any dried leaves left, and it flows right into winter. They can also add a lovely pop of color displayed on the front porch.

Cozy things up

Easily warm up your home with wood tones, neutral artisan pottery, blankets and baskets. You can achieve this look with wood bowls, a basket of blankets, or a simple stack of firewood. Fill bowls with apples and pumpkins, or simply layer wood tones. Not only can you bring the coziness inside, but you can also make the outside of your house feel cozy with outdoor blankets available to grab by the door. Or cut firewood to be prepped and ready for campfires or the first inside fire of the season. These tips are simple, natural and subtle, but they can go a long way in giving off the cozy fall vibe we all love!

Lighting

Twilight is coming earlier this time of year, and lighting is a key element to highlight your decor. Decorate with candles, lanterns and fairy or cafe lights. Lighting is a great way to set the tone and add an extra level of coziness. Put out a few more candles in your home, hang cafe lights in the garden or backyard or simply add fairy lights in between pumpkins or other decorations.

So as you can see, my first choice is not to go to the store and buy everything mass-produced. I prefer to use the beautiful natural elements surrounding us as focal pieces. Now, does that mean you won’t ever see me in Hobby Lobby or TJ Maxx? No, you probably will. However, highlighting natural elements and tying it all together with locally grown and made products is the perfect way to have unique decor that you can continue to change and enjoy!

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Anna Brumfield and her husband, Jonathan, live in White County on 20 acres in the country. They love country life and spending as much time outdoors as they can hiking, camping, growing flowers and going on adventures with their border collie, Denali. Anna is a Patient Experience professional, but when she is not at her day job, her hands are in the dirt on their flower farm. She loves growing flowers to share joy with others in her community! Join in the joy by following Flower and Fiddle Farm on Instagram!

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