I adore fall. The warm-to-hot weather finally takes a break. Mornings and evenings are crisper. Rain falls now and then. The brown and orange and red hues are rich and inviting. A signal that the holiday season– beginning with Halloween, running through Thanksgiving, and climaxing with Christmas and New Years… will soon be here. Hip Hip Hooray for fall!!!
I have begun my annual ritual of decorating the house for fall. For me, nothing sets the tone of the season and symbolizes all the wonderful family traditions and memories more than putting out cherished decorations.
My original Halloween/Fall decorating definitely had more of a kiddie theme to it. I totally played in to the traditional Halloween ghouls, ghosts, and goblins. My children were my inspiration. The more I could do to encourage their Halloween excitement, the more joy I got out of it. However, now, with the children grown and gone and a grandson hundreds of
miles away, I have decided to refine my Halloween/Fall decor. Of course, I’ve kept the favorites, the ones that when I pull them out of the box immediately bring back happy memories. But I have gotten rid of most of the silly, inconsequential stuff and have carefully chosen more sophisticated items to my cadre of decorations. A blend of old and new traditions.
This one actually was from my childhood and my children absolutely love him. They fight over who will inherit it.
This was the first Halloween decoration I got after we were married. I made it at a church craft night. I love mice, so it is especially significant.
One year, when my kids were young, a few friends got together once a month and we made tole painted wall decorations for every holiday. This one was my very favorite of all we painted.
New for this year, a wreath for the outside door and a pillow for the family room. I got both of these items at my favorite home decor store, Tai Pan Tradiing. They have several locations in Utah and miraculously opened up a store in my hometown of Rancho Cucamonga as their first destination location. The wreath can span through October and November and lets my visitors know that fall is celebrated here. I started collected holiday pillows this year to make the family room more cozy and festive, especially since we don’t have a lot of flat space to display decorations.
My other more sophisticated but fun look had to do with my plate hanger in our kitchen nook. Usually, I have three decorative plates displayed here, but then I got the idea to put holiday themed plates in the rack throughout the year. It has been fun finding three different plates to depict a particular holiday season.
Yep, fall is in the air and in my home. How do you usher in a fall festive mood for your family memories?