We moved into our home last December, so while it was technically fall, we just decorated for Christmas when we moved in. We had some fall decorations from the apartment, but this year was the first year to have an exterior to decorate – and significantly more interior space to decorate! I’m focusing on interior decorations in this post and will have another post about the exterior coming soon.
I have a mix of old, new, and used items that I mixed and matched for our fall and Halloween decor. Reusing old items AND shopping at thrift stores is such a great affordable way to decorate your home, especially sinec Haloween decorations are honestly only up for 6 weeks or so.
I don’t really decorate our bedrooms or bathrooms for the holiday – other than maybe some quirky hand towels and small pieces, so I invest all my efforts in the spaces where we hang out – our living room, TV room and dining room.
Our living room is the room where we read, play board games, do puzzles and watch birds (yes, we are 1000 years old). I always feel like this room is missing something, and I think that something is art above the couch. I just haven’t found a piece yet that speaks to me. In this room, I just added a few cozy touches – some warm blankets, a few artificial pumpkins and some battery operated candles. The gray and mustard colors in this room are already pretty fall-inspired.
One of my favorite features in this room (that we’ll build out over the years) is our baby adventure gallery wall. Jon and I made the board sign several years ago in Door County and we’ve added pictures of places we’ve traveled around it. With the exception of one frame, every single frame came from Goodwill! Frames are something that can be so pricey – but if you’re willing to deconstruct frames with ugly artwork in them at a thrift store, you can really decorate on a budget. For this wall, I was going for a mismatched, natural look – so the varying wood frames work well together.
Since we’ve barely gone out to eat in six months, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen and dining room. This has also been an area of the home I could find a lot of inexpensive fall touches to add.
I have always had great luck finding table runners, place mats and tablecloths at Goodwill. I don’t use tablecloths, personally, because I’m a huge mess and would just stain them constantly.
If you have a Michael’s Store near you – they have the cutest seasonal garlands. They had some absolutely adorable Halloween ones and I was obsessed with the pumpkin pie slice ones, too! I went for the pumpkins without carved faces because I figured we could keep it up until we switched out for Christmas decor. We spend the week of Thanksgiving out of state with my parents, so I don’t put too much effort into Thanksgiving decor since we aren’t here for it. Also – I normally hate word art like “gratitude”, but this metal piece was a gift from some friends, so I feel somewhat emotionally attached to it for now.
Family Room / TV Room
We just finished a basement insulation project underneath this room which we are hoping makes this room more comfortable. Basically this room is located over (what was) an un-insulated crawl space. This room also has three exterior walls so it is CHILLY in winter and hot in summer. We’ll see how the insulation makes this room function this winter.
I love using blankets and throw pillows to give a cozy vibe to a room. I always hunt for gently used blankets at thrift shops AND I exclusively buy zip on/zip off throw pillow covers. I actually brought in some of our outdoor throw pillows in to this room and put the furry covers on them.
Links to Products Featured Above
Mustard colored throw pillow covers (Amazon)
Hudson Stripe Grey Rug (Ruggable)
Faux Cashmere Throw Blanket (Bob’s Discount Furniture)
Spider Halloween Dog Toy (Amazon)
Chair, ottoman, blanket ladder, bookshelf, frames ALL thrifted
Pumpkin garland on window (Michael’s)
Succulent planter (Amazon)
Similar placemats (Target)
Dog Halloween Hand Towels (Kirkland’s Home)
Bookends, wooden bowl, metal sign, wooden pumpkin signs (gifted or thrifted)
Rustic Coffee Table (Amazon)
Bourbon scented candle (same one I have, just a larger size)
Diamond Trellis ocean rug (Ruggable)
Similar faux fur throw pillow (Target)
Cream throw pillow covers (Amazon)
Similar industrial floor lamp (Bobs Discount Furniture)
End table, bookshelf, table decorative bowl (all thrifted or gifted)