Notice the title of this post says… thinking ahead to fall decorating, as I am not quite ready to actually decorate my house for fall yet. It is still August, but how to decorate for fall has been on my mind now that the summer will soon be winding down.
I have been reflecting on past fall seasons and how I decorated the house.
I always plan ahead and this brings up the question – Can you decorate for fall in August?
Well of course you can! You should do what feels right for you or when the fall chills starts where you live even if the decorating world considers anything before September 1st to be too early.
I use August as my fall decorating “planning ahead” month. I still like to see summer all around the house, but use the “dog days” of August to think about how I want the house to look and feel so I will be ready to implement fall decorations once fall does arrive.
This year, I want to create an extra comfy-cozy fall look… as if placing an extra blanket of calm and comfort throughout the house.
I like to start with what I call my Early Fall Decorating Style Starters. Once I have these set up, the rest of the fall decor will gradually “fall” into place.
Remember the catch phrase from the 90’s… Cocooning?
Being at home with all your cozy comforts around you to make sure that you have everything you need to live a comfortable life at home. This is what I always plan for as well as making it all look nice.
Since I work from home, it is even more important to me to get it right as I am always at home.
When I decorate for any season, I try to include the “whole lifestyle package” that fits my life, wants, needs, and budget. Life is too short not to make the best of every second of every single day.
I am finding that this is what I am seeking more than buying new “fall decor stuff” to simply decorate the house.
When fall does arrive and the weather gets cooler and life goes back inside. I get excited to let my inner homebody shine.
So, it is still August, but as you sit on the beach or are staying inside with the AC on because it is too hot outside, now is the time to plan ahead to make sure you have everything you need to make your home everything you want it to be this fall.
When Planning For Fall Decorating
Remember, when creating a beautiful home for any season, it is not just about the decor in the room.
Good sounds and smells wafting through the house add to the ambiance of a home as do many other things that make living life at home the best it can be.
The smell of fresh bread baking brings back fond memories of the fall season that I want to embrace.
So I added it to my life. I have learned to make the best sourdough bread and have tried many recipes that I make year round, but bread baking in the fall takes on a whole new meaning to me.
I found this sourdough starter has worked the best for for me and the temperatures in my kitchen. My favorite recipes are from Breadtopia and the Toasty Seed Sourdough recipe in Bryan Ford’s New World Sourdough cookbook.
I am sure you have memories of the fall season that you would like to rekindle. Think about what these may be for you and try to bring them into your life and home in some way. When you do, home life gets even better.
When Decorating for Fall I Make Sure To:
- Have cozy comforts in reach – good books, good internet, favorite music, as well as good food stocked in the pantry.
- Find the best stuff to decorate the house using what is right in my own decorating stash.
- Use natural elements from my yard to decorate the house.
- Add candles on the coffee table, in the kitchen and foyer. Nothing says welcome fall more than the soft glow of a candle.
- Place the softest coziest throws on the best loved seats in the house.
- Not worry that my house isn’t autumn decor magazine photo worthy, just perfect for me and my family.
- Find time to paint and update items found in my decorating stash or from the thrift store.
- Use my Spotify account so I can listen to music anywhere in the house from my laptop that makes me feel good all day while both working and just hanging out.
And lastly, after closing up my computer for the day, Ed and I like to make sure we can create some “special evenings” in our weekly schedule.
For us in the fall, this involves watching movies while enjoying a delicious meal sitting in our his and her recliners.
For you, relaxing at home in the fall might be something entirely different. Whatever it is… make time for it!
Making sure I have all that I need to do these pursuits in the style I want on a daily basis is what is important to me.
My Fall Decorating Plans
So, back to the question, can you decorate for fall in August? In a way you should – at least in your head or making lists to come up with the best fall decorating plan you can imagine.
Decorating for fall this year has me thinking that the decor I choose doesn’t necessarily mean using lots of pumpkins, gourds, and plaid blankets, but maybe something not so contrived.
Come September, I will start removing the summer colors and touches around the house and will slowly begin to add items that will give a subtle ‘nod’ to fall since Fall doesn’t officially arrive until the end of September.
I hope that I can inspire you to create a home environment that fits your life + style in the best way possible this fall… and that is doing it confidently in your own style.
As the weather begins to transition into the fall season, whatever your life + style is, try to plan ahead for it and embrace what is important to you.
Make sure to make up your own fall season”must have list” so you will be ready as the weather begins to transition into the fall season.
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