Do you hear that?
That little tap, tap, tap sound?
That’s the sound of me impatiently tapping my flip flops, arms crossed, and a scowl on my face.
Because I am so ready for sweater weather.
I want jeans and boots and plaid scarves.
I want lattes instead of frappuccinos.
I want my windows open and my air conditioning off.
I want comfort food and sweet treats in the oven.
Summer was lovely, but I want FALL.
It happens every year. Labor Day hits and I foolishly think I can immediately break out my favorite boots and new sweaters and flannels, and have my oven working 24/7.
But rarely is that the case – more likely, there are still a few more weeks of summer in store for September. So I usually take a cue from Mother Nature and ease my way into fall decorating around the house too.
With that in mind, I added a few simple fall elements to the dining room – simple, pretty, and easy to build upon as the season progresses.
Primitive farm tools make for perfect autumn wall art.
The larger one came from a Pottery Barn Outlet years ago. The smaller one was a recent find at a local shop (you guessed it – Lucky Junk!), and while the PB one is a reproduction, this one might be the real deal. I just love that wire!
A vintage crate filled with dried gourds and magnolia picks.
Leafy branches, feathers, rustic wood, and candles.
And a couple glass jugs (leftover from apple cider!) holding cotton stems for the table.
I tried what felt like a million different things for the center of this table – and none of them felt right. Whenever this happens, I try something really simple – like cotton stems and upcycled cider jugs – and it’s always the winner. Sometimes the easiest solutions turn out to be the best solutions. 🙂
As I was rummaging around the basement looking for treasures to use, I came across a stack of silver plates and platters and decided to hang a few of them up. I’m thinking about doing a little switcheroo with the pitchforks and moving them to that wall, but I love the rustic element they add to the room – I can’t believe it took me this long to put them to good use!
So while it may not feel all that fall like outside, we’re off to a good start inside.
I’m still impatiently waiting to bust out those new cute sweaters though. 😉