I have to say, trying to take pictures for this post gives me a new respect for home decor and DIY bloggers! I'm not aspiring to that, just trying to document some of my fall decor, as simple as it is. Real mom, real family decorations! I'm not sure if my home is hard to photograph (poor natural light, dark woods, etc) or if I am just not a great photographer. Hmmmm, I am going to say both of those!
I do love days like today, though. It's definitely fall, not winter, though Halloween is past. I hear the leaf blower outside, as my husband is doing the second of many rounds of getting up leaves. Our oak leaves are just starting to turn, and unfortunately they just go brown so it's a bit of a let-down in our yard. So I must confess that I feel a bit guilty, sitting here sipping my coffee and posting to my blog!
Anyway, I won't share tons of our Halloween pictures, just this one of our jack-o-lanterns and some little pumpkins that my girls decorated with sharpies. (This was a FUN activity, I loved how it turned out!) The big pumpkins are gone now, of course, but we brought the little ones back inside to enjoy for another week or so.
Moving inside... We actually have a real focal point in our family room, our very large fireplace. It's on the "long" side of the room, flanked by two windows. I don't love the dark rustic mantel (which matches the dark rustic chair rail in the room) but it does give me a lot of room to decorate. I tend to put quite a lot on this surface, because I don't have any big "impact" pieces to draw the eye up to the mantel, instead of the toys below. A couple of years ago I made a "Give Thanks" banner (I found this on the internet, if I find the link I will come back and update this post!), and I like to put different crafts that the girls have made up there. This year I put up two "turkeys" that they made, and in my glass bowl I have salt-clay leaves that they have painted. Also I have a Thanksgiving book up there (in my house, books are worthy of being used as decor!) I also have our nature guides, plates with birds on them, candles, and interesting rocks the girls have collected. Not the best picture, I tried to not use a flash but didn't use a tripod...
And, just to keep it real, a full view of the fireplace, with the toys on it. (The main reason that I don't aspire to "real" decor!)
And as I said before, books are decorative AND useful of course, in my house. This is a picture of the shelf in my kitchen dining area (which often becomes cluttered, so I should sew a skirt for it). I have a tray with some glass pumpkins, more salt-clay ornaments, and of course some favorite fall and Thanksgiving books. (Cranberry Thanksgiving is a favorite which has been re-issued!) Yes, it's cluttered looking, but my girls love that I have the salt-clay ornaments out that they made.
And finally, a glimpse out my front door. This hallway is truly nothing special and definitely a work in progress (I have shelves with homeschooling materials, and it's an on-going effort to keep them tidy; the wall art are taped up there, and the painting is one my 6 year old did the other day on an extra canvas I had and it's literally hanging on a random nail on the wall... keeping it VERY real here!) But I love it when I can open the door on days like today and enjoy the sun streaming in.
Thanks for taking a peek at what is going on in my house this fall! I hope that we can create some more kid-friendly crafts and decor this week, so much great inspiration out there on Pinterest!