Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend?
I had a great one. My mom flew in on Friday morning for the day and night and we spent the evening and night with her and some family members playing cards.
Before we could meet up with them, I had some errands to run while Milt was at his biology class. With the tea party coming up and me wanting to get the house ready for the fall, I had spent hours on Pier1.com, Macys.com, and in Marshall’s. The pictures above show how we decorated the house so far. My wreath is not up yet, and the door mat is on it’s way so we’re slowly working on it.
When we started decorating the house, we went with items that can easily be swapped out for seasonal pieces. The hurricanes with the pumpkins in them usually hold several different types of fillers and colored candles. For the Christmas season, the hurricanes will have snow flakes in them. For the Spring, we replace those with eggs. The shaggy pillows are on the two chairs that sit in front of the window by the pool and we’ll usually change those out with bow pillows for Christmas and maaaaaaybe the owl pillows in the slideshow for the Fall. The chipmunk is on the fireplace mantle, but when Christmas comes, we’ll place a white fox there with white Christmas tree LED taper candles. On the dining room table, we are using pumpkin napkin rings, pumpkin salt and pepper shakers, pumpkin bowls and pumpkin soup tureen. For Christmas, we have reindeer salt and pepper shakers, a multitude of napkin rings, including the bow rings you see in the slideshow, a faux fur table runner, and a beaded runner on top. For the Spring, the salt and pepper shakers are blue eggs in a brown nest. I’m not a huge fan of dish towels hanging from the stove, but I kind of like these pumpkin towels we just purchased from Marshall’s. For the Christmas season, we swap out those for red ones with candy canes (or something like that – I can’t remember).
I find one of the easiest and cheapest ways to decorate for seasons is to keep it simple.
1. I have an affinity for decorative pillows, but a good thing to do is buy pillow inserts and just change out the pillow case. This is probably what I need to do, but I don’t. I think it’s a great idea though.
2. Another way to make these changes is to add a few pieces here and there. A fall wreath can be replaced with one for the Christmas, and that can be replaced with one for the Spring. Instead of changing out everything, just add a few decorative season-inspired pieces.
3. Buy items after each season so you’ll be ready for it next year. You’ll pay a lot less.
4. Make some items. I’m not very crafty, but my hubby is. I find things I like and he does me the huge favor of making it for me.
5. Buy LED candles in different colors. I love this idea because they never burn out and you never have to replace them. I have a remote for my bigger LED candles.
In the slideshow below, you’ll see some of the items we use in our home.
What are some things you do to spruce up your home for the changes of the seasons?