Happy October, everybody! I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season 3 days ago. And just as abruptly as Starbucks introduces its pumpkinie goodness every year, so too did the weather change from warm and sunny to crisp and cool. I’ve ditched the flats and cardigans for boots and my orange peacoat. Likewise, with a few simple tweaks, I changed gears inside our home to bring the fall spirit inside.
Before, our dining room was bright, colorful, and cheery.
Beautiful, but not very fall-y.
So on my weekend off, and with the exciting excuse that I’d be having special visitors (cousins from Mexico, yeaaaah!!!) up soon, I made a trip to all my favorite decor stores (Michael’s, Home Goods, and in this weird case, the grocery store… where they sell real live gourds that will probably spoil soon).
I bought a few key supplies, including a neutral table runner with a bit of sheen which can easily transition into the spirit of Christmas (the EVEN BETTER time of the year), beans, rope, and in general, lots of other orange stuff.
I filled the hurricane vases with layered red kidney beans, lentils, and black beans, and replaced the blue candles with orange pumpkin spice ones.
Then I wrapped rope around the vases and tied it into a decorative nautical knot. And went crazy with the gourds.
I filled in the empty space with acorns and a decorative crystal detail (I can’t remember what the crystal thing is called… but it’s basically wire with tiny crystals on it, and they sell it at Michael’s).
Finally, the tiny blue horse was replaced by a pair of awesome owls over the mantle…
…and everything was tied together with a delicious Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin plug-in from Bath & Body Works.
After the upgrades, our dining room is… well, still bright, colorful, and cheery. Because duh. Would I ever tolerate anything else? But there is no doubt now that fall is here, both outside AND inside. Yay!
And for the cherry on top…
…nothing screams fall like college football. Even when you don’t give a flip about college football. GO AGGIES! WHOOP!!!