Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Walmart. As always, all words and opinions expressed are honest and my own.
I have resigned to the fact that decorating for fall isn’t going to be a priority this year. Each year, I think I’ll just put out a couple of pumpkins or something, but each year, I’m wooed by the cool temperatures, the crunching of the leaves, and the piles of heirloom pumpkins at the market. But this year, I have bigger fish to fry. I have to recover and heal from shoulder surgery.
Not wanting to ignore fall altogether, I decided to add a few simple touches to our main living area before I’ll be in a sling for a few weeks…
The mantle is the obvious focal point of the room, so I dressed it up with a mix of faux and fresh foliage and produce.
I started with a base of a fall leaf garland with berries and mini pumpkins from Walmart Home. When I was browsing for my summer green & white tablescape, I was surprised at the broad selection of artificial greens and foliage available at our local Walmart and there was an even greater selection online. I don’t typically use orange in my decorating, but I decided to give it a try and I really love the pop it adds to my blues. (They are complementary colors, after all!)
I then added fresh mini pumpkins, seeded eucalyptus, gourds, pears, pine cones, and hydrangeas from my garden. I tucked some sweet autumn clematis in there, too, but those will have to be removed because they will wilt pretty quickly. Some little faux white flowers would be cute, though!
I like how it came together. It feels very fall-ish without being too predictable. I also like that is has a wild, collected feel.
And, I have to admit, I’m loving the orange.
I added some branches trimmed from one of our trees and more eucalyptus to an antique crock. I filled a large glass jar with water and tucked it inside the crock to help prolong the life of the cut greenery.
I put a faux pumpkin on top of the antique scale.
On the sofa, I added a couple of knit pillows. They mix nicely with my antique grain sack pillows and add some cozy texture.
Here’s a close-up of the faux pumpkin. Other than the fact that it’s perfectly-shaped, it really looks pretty convincing!
I also added a knit throw to one of the chairs. It has that chunky knit blanket vibe, but it’s chenille. That means it’s softer and it also doesn’t attract every piece of fuzz or dog hair like velcro.
So, the whole house won’t be decked out for fall, but we have a pumpkin by the front door and this little sprinkle of fall where we can all enjoy it.
Now, we just need the temperatures to plummet a little bit more, so we can turn on the fireplaces.
All in good time…