Each year we have been married I have bought or made a couple new things each fall season, and of course accept any hand-me-downs or treats from my mom! She is probably where I got my love for seasonal decorating. I always remember how cozy our home felt when she changed it over for a new season, added her creative and often homemade touches. I now see my children enjoying our home the way I did - they get so excited when I change things around, especially at fall and Christmas! It is something our family really enjoys, something I can do for our family that takes some work (especially since I usually do a major clean out before I decorate), but is also great fun for me. When it is done we all sit and just sort of take it all in. All of a sudden things feel new, which is one reason I love the seasons. They remind me of how God works in our lives.
One of my favorite song lyrics is by Nichole Nordeman, from her song "Every Season." She pens, "So it is with You, and how You make me new with every season's change. And so it will be, as You are recreating me, summer, autumn, winter, spring." Each new season reminds me how God makes us new. And that makes my heart sing with gratitude!
Here are some glimpses of our harvest home! My mom found the gorgeous fall sign at Homegoods for a steal and bought both of us one. When she gave it to me a few weeks ago, it inspired me to do some deep cleaning, get down the fall decorations, and change things around to enjoy for the next few months.
I have a few Halloween decorations, just happy, cheerful items. Once October is over I will take them down and leave up only the autumn and Thanksgiving decorations to enjoy through November. I just love Thanksgiving! It is one of my favorite weeks of the year! I love the focus on family and gratitude.
These are the views from my green chair and they make me smile! My mom bought that hutch about 40 years ago at a garage sale for $15. It has been painted many colors (including baby blue stenciled with geese in the good old 80's), and we had been using it in Madi's room. We moved it to this corner when I got the urge to rearrange, and it just makes me so happy! I had plans for Jimmy to paint it black and put on new moldings and hardware, but with our schedule that hasn't happened yet. But the white adds a certain freshness, and I think it will look nice at Christmastime with red accents!
Simple craft I made a few years ago - a black plastic pumpkin brushed in gold paint.
Put this special Willow Tree figure next to my chair. My mom gave it to me back when I was expecting Madi...I always thought it was so beautiful. Neat to bring it out again!
One of my favorite fall pieces, an old cross stitch my mom made several decades ago.
Absolutely delicious fragrance from Bath and Body Works if you are looking for a new autumn scent!
My own little corner, my own little chair.
My apples of gold to remind me to speak words of kindness.
Another easy craft, made with rub on letters and faux flowers.
I made this Boo garland from a kit purchased at Hobby Lobby.
This is truth.
I love lyrics, especially from old hymns. The hymn "For The Beauty Of The Earth" is sung in Little Women, one of Madi and my very favorite movies! We always watch it this time of year!
Ceramic hen was a $1 yard sale find last year. I don't go to many yard sales but this was a great find!
Was able to take home these beautiful amber teacups from a Girls Retreat I helped plan and teach at last winter.
Another old lyric, from "Over The River And Through The Woods."
This orange chalkboard is new this year, a great and inexpensive find at Marshall's!
Adorable coffee sack was a birthday gift from our sweet friend Linda - yummy fall breakfast items found at Aldi!
I so enjoy this time of year - the tastes, the smells, the colors. Even though fall is not the same down here, I still celebrate its beauty in our home and enjoy it with my family!