Hello and welcome friends, happy Fall! I just love this time of year, it’s so cozy and happy! To me, this is the time of year we enjoy the simple things in life, such as slowing down and spending time with good friends gathered around our table or a bonfire, while eating good food and reflecting on what we’re grateful and thankful for. So I thought you would enjoy an invitation where 12 other talented bloggers and myself will share our homes with you for the #FinallyFall home tour.
What a whirlwind this year has been for us, moving into our house and making it a home, our daughter graduating, working with others to make their house a home, so many things to be thankful for we are truly blessed. Entering our home, you will be greeted by warmth and simplicity. This little wall is the focal point upon entry, the photos of our daughter and her beloved horse while they were younger, the old metal sign is a reminder of a place we spent many summers barbecuing with family and friends, swimming, exploring, all while an entire summer day passed without us even noticing and whisking us off to a magical evening where lightning bugs dance around at night or fireworks light up the sky. The beautiful pillow was handmade by With Lavender and Grace Proverbs 3: 5-6 and my favorite wool throw is made by a local company.
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When designing our home we wanted an open and casual floor plan because I wanted an easy, no high maintenance home. To the right upon entry is our dining/living room. Today, I’ll be sharing our dining room with all of you as well as sharing how you can decorate your home for fall without spending a ton of money.
Our dining room is simple and casual with classic elements and I wanted a table large enough for big family gatherings where we can pull up plenty of seating. I chose this farmhouse table with drawers and paired it with these industrial inspired chairs to keep a mix and match balance of materials, character and warmth. I chose this light fixture for the warmth of the light it casts as well as it balanced the dark metal on the chairs and hardware on the table’s drawer fronts.
The handmade wall script that hangs on our wall was made by a friend and is a wonderful reminder to all and certainly one I try to live by every day. Confession: We don’t have any area rugs in our home because we have a fur baby that will go to the bathroom on any and all rugs we try to bring home. <insert crying face emoji>
Moving on, let’s talk table talk for a bit. I like to dress my table in a simple, easy way that I can change out throughout the seasons. I usually have a few key pieces that I purchase for my home that I can use throughout different areas (shopping my home) and these pillar holders and lantern are one of them (all purchased at Target and on sale!). I also tend to keep the same chargers on my table because I like the warmth and texture it brings to the cool white table and the metal chairs. Again, I like to keep things simple so I prefer plain white dishes that I can dress up with embellishments or top with a pretty dessert plate. These are some of the bones to my table setting. Now, let’s talk about the fun part! I decorated this table for under $30 (after tax)! I picked up the two Cinderella pumpkins from Traders Joe’s (I would love to say I hunted for them through a marvelous pumpkin patch, but that was not the case this year!), the mini white pumpkins, feathers and fresh greenery are all from my local floral/garden center, the little cardboard tags were purchased in the dollar section at Target along with the stamper I used on the tags. I keep plenty of white candles around my house in stock because they’re always my go to color. See these napkins? They aren’t really napkins at all…it was out of budget to purchase new ones and I had a set of flour sack kitchen towels that I thought worked perfectly with a little twine (again shopping my own home).
Lastly, behind me is my latest project I worked on. One night I was laying in bed and an idea hit me with what to do with this large, blank wall. Recently dressed in shiplap, I knew I wanted some reclaimed wood floating shelves because I love open shelving, a barn light and large chalkboard were a must and for a buffet or serving piece I wanted to incorporate a large cabinet I recently purchased from Homegoods. I scored the reclaimed wood shelves at West Elm, they were currently on a huge sale plus, I had a coupon for another 15% off and the lady at the store was so sweet she also gave me free shipping to my house. The barn light I purchased from my go to store because they offer these lights with so many attachments and their prices are unbeatable.
The chalkboard was a DIY and the very first chalkboard I’ve ever created. The frame of the chalkboard a friend of mine built using 1×4’s, he mitered the corners and we just used a large piece of plywood for the chalkboard itself (sanded down), I painted it using Rustoleum chalkboard paint (it took about 3 coats) and the stain color I chose for the frame was Verathane Briarsmoke (applied very lightly and then rubbed off right away, I worked in small sections to be able to wipe off quickly). After it was all dry, I “seasoned” my chalkboard. What does that mean? To season my chalkboard I used a of couple pieces of white chalk and on the horizontal side I rubbed them all over the chalkboard and allowed that to sit for around 24 hours. After, I gently wiped off with an old rag and began to then create my fun Fall Bucket List.
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve edited my shelves! Ha! This is such a large wall I didn’t want it to become too busy, so again, shopping my own home I used glass (to eliminate visual weight) and white to sort of recede against the white shiplap wall. To add texture, I mixed in items like some old books, faux greenery and a rustic wire basket. I tried to keep a visual balance so that one side didn’t look heavier than the other and I love small details so even the stack of books got a little pretty added to them.
To add some fall touches, I just added some simple pumpkins once again, I selected these for the color, shape and textures. When decorating I like to play with height as well and layering so digging through our kitchen cabinets I plucked out some rustic bread boards and this cake stand, which acts as the perfect pedestal for this pumpkin display.
Well friends! I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my home and how I decorate for fall in my dining room. I hope to share with you all a few more rooms as we go, we’ll be working on home projects and getting settled through the rest of the upcoming Holidays. I also hope this helps you feel comfort in knowing decorating for the Holidays or Seasons can be so easy and it certainly doesn’t need to cost a lot of money by adding just a few simple touches and shopping your own home.
See y’all next time and thank you for stopping by!
Now that you’re all comfy and cozy, please swing by these other talented ladies for a visit, they’d love to see you!