Welcome to this years Fall Home Tour. Who’s ready for fall? Warning, I went a little crazy with my new camera:). I am really excited to show you this years fall pictures. I finally feel like you guys can see what our house really looks like now! I am going to be honest with you guys fall is not my favorite season ( I never really got excited about going back to school growing up :). However, I have been truly blessed to live in Pennsylvania where we get to enjoy all 4 seasons and the fall foliage here is amazing. I also never need an excuse to redecorate my home. 🙂
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Coming down our driveway “aka” Lehman Lane we have this gorgeous red maple that has the most beautiful leaves. The tree has not totally changed to red yet but below is one of it’s gorgeous leaves.
We planted a line of hydrangeas soon after we moved in. I have loved watching them grow and can just imagine them in a few years spilling over the driveway.
Our farmhouse used to be the tenant farmer’s cottage of a former turkey farm that has had many additions added to it since it was built in the 1800’s. This is the 3rd fall we will have here and we have slowly been fixing it up and making it our own one project at a time.
We have been working on having the front entrance stand out a little more and to do this we added a new red entryway bench and we painted the tall window red as well.
All of my pumpkins are from Trader Joe’s. They have great prices and fun pumpkins. Noting beats the look of “real” pumpkins to decorate with for fall.
Come on inside…I kept my fall decorating very simple this year. As I was getting ready to decorate my house for the fall I found myself overwhelmed and stressed about getting out my fall decorations. I had just finished reading Marie Kondo’s book, “the Life – Changing Magic of Tidying Up” *affliate link* The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing I was completely inspired to start simplifying and de-cluttering my home.
While some of her thoughts about objects and possessions are different from mine (I don’t actually think about my socks having feelings but they do look happier in my sock drawer now:) the book has inspired me to simplify what we do have and leave out more of what we love. So goodbye went the fake light up pumpkins and silly Halloween decorations I used to display and we paired down the decorations we have and I bought in real “nature” to decorate with instead. God really is the best decorator anyway! We were also very much inspired to change the look and feel of our entryway since it’s the first room you enter. Our new built in entryway table really makes a huge difference to the feel of our foyer. It’s the perfect spot to lay our keys and our mail when we come in and I love that it doesn’t take up too much space:).
Fall in our home brings football watching and cozy fires in our family room. I also just recently spray painted our pellet stove with high heat black to make get rid of the gold accents and cover up the nicks and scrapes.
We love to all pile up on this big comfy couch from Restoration Hardware.
Even Moose, our labradoodle loves it.
I love decorating with nature, pumpkins and maple leaves are the perfect fall accents:). Pottery barn pillows are another favorite of mine. I bought the pumpkin pillow 75% off last spring. You can always find great sales on seasonal decor in the off season.
If you are wondering what the deal with that apple is, it’s one of 2 apples we have from our 2 apple trees we planted. We ate the other one:).
Back up to the steps to our living room where we love to have friends, neighbors and family over.
This fall I am finding that I like to display a lot under glass:). It’s such a simple way to display nature.
You have to be careful bringing nature in though.
I try to give my maple branches a really good shake after cutting them off my trees. Last year I accidentally brought in a cricket… a smaller version of the one we have on our living room mantel bought to bring our home good luck;).
Our lucky friend was desperately trying to finding his cricket friend in our basement. A good week went by till we were able to reunite and relocate them outside:). It drove Jason and I a little nutty at night.
So I tried really hard this year to keep the critters outside this year.
I also baked all the pine cones I used in my decorating. To make your pine cones critter free and have your house smell amazing click here for instructions.
I have some of my velvet pumpkins on my dining room hutch.
I am only sharing our master bedroom in the fall tour because we are still very much working on the kids rooms and I don’t really decorate their rooms seasonally. Although, Tucker (our youngest) wanted me to tell you that he has a scarecrow in his room since he was disappointed I wasn’t taking pics of his room:).
Every fall I look forward to turning on my oven again:). When it’s hot in the summer I loose almost all inspiration to cook. Anyone with me? But I love to cook in the fall. Soups, crock pot meals, football apps, pumpkin spice bread, apple crisp, and hot apple cider are just some of my favs:).
Our kitchen bay window is the best spot to keep an eye on the kiddos riding bikes and playing in the yard and drawing with sidewalk chalk.
I love changing our old chalkboard with the seasons and the kids and I try to learn different memory verses or quotes.
Our kitchen leads right onto our now private deck with our lattice fence. We are very lucky to have this perfect shady spot to have meals and our morning coffee.
The kids and Moose love to run in our yard. Believe it or not when we moved in this open area was covered with overgrown and crowded evergreens.
And of course one of my favorite fall things to do is to have fires in our outside fire pit.
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to see our fall home tour! Happy Fall y’all:)