Every year at the end of August, I decorate our house for fall. This is one of my family’s very favorite traditions :).
1. I try and put out mostly fall decorations and not Halloween. I feel like this way, I’m getting to celebrate the entire season instead of just one holiday. That being said, you will see some Halloween specific decorations in my house…but I really try and get mostly fall things.
2. I leave everything up past October 31. If I’m going to decorate for Christmas mid-November, then I don’t want to take down everything on November 1 and wait a few weeks until I put my Christmas stuff out. Jack-o-lanterns make us happy in November too, so I don’t mind leaving them out.
3. I don’t host Thanksgiving at my house, so it doesn’t matter to me that on Thanksgiving Day, I have Christmas decor up and not Thanksgiving decor (no one is coming over to see it). That being said, I am very thankful on Thanksgiving for my Christmas stuff being up and my house twinkling, so I think it’s perfectly acceptable to have a tree up on Turkey Day…again, to each her own…this is just how I roll.
4. I have collected fall decorations for 10 years now…I know some of you are going to ask, but I do not remember where I purchased every specific item. If I mention where it was purchased below, then it’s a recent enough purchase where you could run out and get one too. If I don’t mention it below, then I probably got it at Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, a little boutique, Pier One or some place like that. I’m so sorry that I can’t be more specific!!
Last year, I decorated the rent house (which was fun) but this year, decorating our new house was even more fun :).
Come on inside!
We always put these stone pumpkins on our porch and then when we’re having guests over or on Halloween night, we burn candles in them and they glow. They’re from Sandstone Garden in Joplin, MO.
Coming in our back door, we have a happy mat :).
In my laundry room/office area, I have a fall candle going, fall soap and a few little decorations. Erika watched my kids one night a few years ago and they made that cute little fall canvas…I just love it :).
On my desk, I keep seasonal cookbooks and my favorite hand lotion. It’s a happy place to work!
In our kitchen, people have already been into the candy corn bowl :). I’ve told them repeatedly that candy corn is not a vegetable. And as you can see…I adore little seasonal cookbooks.
Scattered throughout the house are my pumpkins. Pumpkins just make me happy. So, so, so happy!
This is on the counter top in my pantry. I personally think pumpkin spice makes everything nice!
And then back out in the kitchen are a few other little details. I always use Williams-Sonoma soaps in the kitchen because they smell fantastic and don’t dry out my hands. This Spiced Chestnut scent is my very favorite. Every single time I smell it…I think about living in Michigan. The first time I bought this soap, was at the Williams-Sonoma in Rochester Hills…and it always brings back great memories :).
My kids’ very favorite decoration is my spooky house that lights up and plays scary music. They LOVE this thing!! Boo to YOU!
I keep this jar on my kitchen counter and fill it with seasonal items…right now, it’s full of sparkly pumpkins.
I love my subway art!! This year instead of hanging it, I propped it up in the corner where I can see it from both the kitchen and the family room.
Perfect for my latte time 🙂
We have two mantles inside the house and I put leaves and pumpkins on both of them.
Here is the second mantle…more leaves and pumpkins :).
I bought this guy at Hobby Lobby recently.
And then this is a back door leading out.
Decorating for fall is totally a Shade of Shay. Every year, I look forward to pulling out my pumpkins and making my house cozy. It might still be hot outside but in our hearts, it’s fall.
Thanks for stopping by! If you were here with me now, we’d be drinking homemade lattes curled up on my couch with a piece of Apple Butterscotch Bundt Cake and the house would smell like a pumpkin pie candle…and it would be fabulous :).
Love you friends!
And what’s the perfect thing to go with our house today?