Before I hooked up with other interiors fanatics online, I had no idea that autumn decor was a thing. The turn of the seasons might have prompted me to pull some throws out of the cupboard. There would be the obligatory pumpkin carved with a wonky face at Halloween. But little else within the house would reflect the changing scenes beyond the front door.
It appears I’m not alone either. Search for “autumn decor” online and Google has to default to “fall” to find much of relevance. Our US friends it seems are long time masters of this golden art.
Thanks to them and some British trailblazers however my social media feeds have been filling up with the most gorgeous, vivid, autumn imagery. Red, gold and green foliage, squashes, gourds and bright berries, all herald the advent of the darker months. I LOVE it.
Over on Instagram Dee, Lisa, and I last week hosted #myautumnvibe as a theme for #myhomevibe. There was so much inspiration on the tag for styling your home, I wanted to share some of the fabulous styling with you here.
I love the idea of making a wreath to celebrate the new season. Why should doors only get dressed up for Christmas?
@hoppshouse (well @hoppshouse’s Mam and Dad!) shows how it’s done in style. If you fancy making one of these for yourself check out award-winning (yay!) blogger Melanie Lissack Interiors’ cheap and easy autumn wreath tutorial.
And wreaths needn’t be reserved for front doors either. Try hanging one from a wall hook or cupboard handle. Or how about tying one to the back of a dining chair or the footboard of a bed? Wreaths don’t even need to hang. They look great propped on a shelf or a table too.
A simple (and free!) way to add seasonal style in your home is to decorate walls or existing home accessories with nature’s gifts of the season.
Acorns look perfect hung from @retrosugars deer antlers. A sprig of berries or a simple garland made from threading string through some vibrantly coloured leaves could be stunning too.
Mix in some floral brights and the result can be truly stunning, especially against a monochrome scheme, as in @victorianterrace’s beautiful fireplace display.
Who in the UK had even heard of pumpkins growing up? The ubiquitous autumn vegetable of my youth was the turnip. Parents these days don’t appreciate how easy they have it – scoop out some seeds and your jack-o-lantern is practically done. The only challenge is remembering to buy your lantern in advance of October 31. (Incidentally, I have failed this apparently simple task more than once, saved from the epic parenting fail of disappointed trick-or-treaters only by the generosity of grandparents, prepared to conduct a desperate city-wide supermarket crawl at the eleventh hour.)
In decades gone by it took painstaking hours to hollow out a solid raw turnip. Mind you, nothing evoked the excitement of Halloween more than the distinctive aroma of slowly rotting turnip warmed gently by candle flame. A staple of a Scottish diet I’m also a big fan of ‘neeps’ with my haggis and tatties. However it would take an interior stylist with considerably more imagination than me to fashion something beautiful from this most humble of root vegetables.
Pumpkins and all their squashy relatives are a different matter altogether. No longer impossible exotic, they have become as much a part of autumn in the UK as leaves falling from the trees.
Aside from Halloween lanterns however the idea that pumpkins are acceptable home decor had literally never occurred to me. But just look at the styling opportunities I’ve been missing out on.
Ferns and tree leaves provide a backdrop of beautiful textures and colours. Add candles for warmth and skulls or spiders for an understated and chic reference to the spooky season.
Check out #myautumnvibe for lots more stunning autumn inspo. Which ideas will you be stealing to give your home seasonal wow?