How do you usher in Autumn in your home? As a homeschool mom, you get to decorate your classroom and your home at the same time! It certainly feels like it's taking forever for true October weather to find us down here in the South, but that doesn't hamper my decorative urges in the least! Whether or not it is all too warm in the afternoons, our home is ready for the season. I want to share with you some photos of little hints of Autumn in our home and how we love to use the warm color pallet with our cool blues, whites and grays!
I just love the pumpkins sitting around throughout our home this year! As I mentioned in the post before, we have a couple of curious little learners who are enjoying homeschool and learning about pumpkins this season. They are truly enjoying seeing the variety of pumpkins throughout their home. I love the way this big pumpkin looks sitting haphazardly in the corner next to my desk where three areas meet. I especially love the way it contrasts with the rich purples, blues and pinks in the rug. We cannot wait until next week to carve Big Boy!
This is the chalkboard in our schoolroom/ dining room. Because it is a dual purpose room, I wanted keep some element of beauty in the room. My hubby made the chalkboard via a pinterest connection this summer and we just love the clean look it has and that it takes up so much space on the wall. It really adds a simple feeling to the room. I try to decorate it with chalk art according to the season, just a bit of sprinkles of glitter on a school day! I respond well to aesthetically pleasing elements and I bet my babies are the same, so why not make school that much more enjoyable with soft and simple seasonal accents? I've been learning more about writing and painting different fonts by following Cari's Canvas on Instagram.
I love her art!
Okay, so my hand isn't yet as steady as Cari's. (Yes, I said YET!) haha. I'm practicing. Last Friday my little cute white pumpkin was sitting quietly on my kitchen counter and well, about once a week now I get the need to paint something. As you can see, my little white pumpkin isn't QUIET anymore! I love the little hint of the season it adds to our very seaside kitchen! What I really want to share with you here is perfection isn't necessary!
This year, I've also had to be more creative about bringing lights in the form of candles. With littles, candles are too risky! So I found these string of lights for around $7 at TJMAX. I've actually seen them lots of places now that I know what they are! They're great to stick inside a votive like the one in the picture, which just so happens to be a wonderfully Autumn burnt orange! They come with a battery pack and timer, too! So light up your living area and enjoy the warmth of Autumn!
This picture is my "Gather" Banner, a first attempt at creating stationary type downloads for fun! I was inspired to make the banner when I saw a "Gather" banner made of felt at the dollar bend at Target! I liked the idea, but I didn't like the colors and so, here is my banner! I printed it out on simple white cardstock, although I'm sure there is fancier paper out there to use. I like to use what I have. I love how the twine looks with it and use twine in lots of decorations now- thanks to my dearest friend, @PharmerJonsWife who uses simple elements like that in her home all the time. I love it! You can download my "Gather" banner on the side bar all through the month of November!
In the kitchen, I also had to coordinate a warm color pallet in with costal grey, as you can see. We recently painted our kitchen cabinets and I love the color! (That is a whole different story and quite an undertaking.) But, I was very happy to find a set of pumpkin kitchen towels with a grey and white background! Here's one of two in the picture.
The last picture I want to share with you is the table setting I've gathered this year for entertaining...now to just get starting on having people over more often! I scored these little amber candelabras at a local thrift store for around $1 each! The fabric of the napkins matches the dining room wall , our coastal grey plates and the creamy whites of the table perfectly. I added the little tin creamer for fun (also from the thrift store for $0.79) and the little pumpkin embellishment came from the packaging of the 10" Taper candles I bought at Homegoods. How convenient.
I used the tin Better Homes and Gardens tray underneath for a nice touch. (And there's my little white pumpkin from the kitchen, before it was painted.) I like to use decor in different places around the house and repurpose things. It keeps it simple and saves money!
I would really like to hear about some elements you like to use in your home to usher in Autumn! Please comment below!
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