It’s Fall Y’all

And, in Texas that means we’ve finally hit the 80s.

I do so love the fall for two reasons:

1) It’s my happy decorating place. I tend to decorate with jewel tones and fall-ish colors year ’round so stepping into fall is like finding my favorite wool cardigan. It’s familiar and cozy and inviting. Easter is always a stretch for me, what with all those pastels and light colors. I love color and lots of it.

2) FOOTBALL, as in the American kind. Every weekend brings sweet victory (or in the case of this weekend, agony over the loss) after college matchups. But, glutton for punishment because we just keep going back for more.

Since I’m not this guy, I’ll stick to fall decorating.

A sweet friend, Bonnie, invited several of us to share the fall love. Truth be told, her request actually got my rear in fall decorating gear. Otherwise, it probably wouldn’t have happened. The kids were all too happy to help. As any good southern gal should do, welcome to our house. Let me show you around.

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of true Halloween decorations, nor do I have time to switch out all that ‘ween stuff with Thanksgiving, so I just go with a fall theme and call it done. Some people go hog-wild crazy with pumpkins, but in the south, you just have to wait until that Indian summer makes her last appearance before taking the plunge. I usually skip them and adorn the door with one of my favorite wreaths. It wasn’t too hard to make, either. We call it a “taste of candy corn.” (h/t to Whipperberry for her original inspiration)

Fall decorating - easy and simple DIY crafts to make your home fall ready

I know not everyone loves, or uses, a dining room, but I adore the heck out of mine. Maybe it’s because we’re always happy to be the party house, because that room gets a fair share of love. It’s been filled with rainbows, transformed into Hogwarts’ Great Hall, loaded down with food for various holidays and we’ve shared some serious Sacrament joy there, too. For the fall, here’s how it looks. By the way, I think Thanksgiving gets the shaft, so I go ahead and display those decorations. My house. My rules.

Fall decorating - easy and simple DIY crafts to make your home fall ready

You might recognize those cedar fence boxes and green Mason jars from this shindig. Several years ago, on a whim, I had the kids whip up the “thanks” craft while I cooked Thanksgiving dinner. We loved the result so much, it’s become a staple decoration at our house. It’s amazing what sticks from the backyard, some construction paper and crayons will turn into. And, it’s all anchored with some leftover split peas, which I can guarantee, I would never cook! But, you could use pinto beans, rice or whatever else you have sitting in your pantry gathering dust. Below, I scored the red flowers on 50% clearance at Michael’s, and the “f-a-l-l” candles and woven pumpkin at Target a few seasons ago.

Fall decorating - easy and simple DIY crafts to make your home fall ready

Fall decorating - easy and simple DIY crafts to make your home fall ready

Fall decorating - easy and simple DIY crafts to make your home fall ready

We also have a sweet little shelf, that hangs just above our shoe bins. I added a few fall touches to her. The fall printable was a free one I found on Pinterest last year and the pumpkins were a clearance item from Michael’s. Usually, that shelf has the same potted plant, minus the pumpkins, and a family photo in lieu of the printable. I’m going for easy here, folks. It’s called “newborn fog.” I can still claim that with a five-month-old, right? RIGHT?!

Fall decorating - easy and simple DIY crafts to make your home fall ready

Fall decorating - easy and simple DIY crafts to make your home fall ready

And that’s fall at Casa Whitaker. I’m laying low and preparing myself for Advent and, dare I say, Christmas? Too early? Too early.

There are lots of other ladies sharing some fall love, so if you’re needing inspiration, I say click on over for a few minutes. Fall, it’s like the greatest time of year, isn’t it?

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  1. Beth (A Mom's Life) on October 6, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Your decorations are just beautiful! And I love that wreath!

    • Cari on October 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Agreed. That wreath is so beautiful. Then again, I have a mildly obscene obsession with candy corn. I could eat a whole bag if I thought no one was watching.

  2. Verdina on October 6, 2014 at 9:30 am

    You are so creative and everything I’m not! I do admire your work, though. My husband was the decorator in our house so I just never got into it.

    Keep it up! Love admiring all of it!

    God bless!

  3. Elise on October 6, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    My favorite part might just be the decor on that little shelf! “Fall is fabulous!” Yes, yes it is.

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  5. Carolyn on October 8, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Beautiful! I love your wreath!

  6. Mary @ Better Than Eden on October 8, 2014 at 11:20 am

    That shelf if my favorite! I love that shade of green and the orange together! Thanks for showing us around 🙂

  7. Christy on October 8, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Really lovely Kathryn!

  8. Sarah @ Two Os Plus More on October 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    You’re so creative – all your decorations are so gorgeous!

  9. Deme @ House For Five on October 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Your house was made for fall, Kathryn! I love that shelf and printable, but the wreath takes the cake!

    • Abbey @ Surviving Our Blessings on October 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      I’m with Deme- the wreath is really great. I also love the white on your little shelf and that cute print. Fall is my favorite decorating time, too…there’s something so nice about making things cozy and bright as the outside gets chilly and dark.

      Well, not so chilly for y’all yet, I guess. 🙂

  10. Susan on October 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

    What a great wreath! I love it all – especially the “Thanks” sign on your dining room table. Thanks for the inspiration, I think I’ll spend the weekend doing a little sprucing up around here!

  11. Kelly M. on October 9, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I love getting the kids involved in decorating. Takes some off the DIY pressure off Mama for a change. Wonder if I can convince one of them to make me that wreath? I have a mild candy corn addiction.

  12. Bonnie on October 9, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I loved that print! And the FALL pumpkins from Target. Oh Target, I love you too much.

    Also, you are so funny.

  13. Wanda on October 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Love! Up in North Texas we put those pumpkins out as soon as Trader Joe’s gets them in!

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