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How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget

Discover the best time to begin decorating for Fall. Plus check out these 3 simple and cost saving tips to decorate for Fall on a Budget!

cozy white washed brick fireplace with ivory, gold and green faux pumpkins. Two ivory sitting chairs with a cream colored throw blanket and an orange seasonal pillow.

What Month do you Start Decorating for Fall?

I love summer and I am not going to lie, I try to extend the summer season as long as I can! However, once September hits, that is my cue to begin breaking out the fall decor. Technically the 1st day of fall for the calendar year is September 21st, so starting to stage your home with simple and timeless fall decor in September is the perfect time! Plus you get a full month of fall decor in before October starts, which is when Halloween decor may filter into your home.

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How to Decorate Outside for Fall

Decorating outside for fall does not need to be expensive. In fact, it is the best season of all to use free natural decor from outside. Dried corn stalks are fairly inexpensive and sometimes even free, if you live near a cornfield or a local farm. Corn stalks can be used for fall decor, starting in September and lead right into November with Thanksgiving decor.

Use plants in season as well. I love mums of all colors and I would recommend that you pick one or two mum colors and stick to that color palate. This year, I choose pretty burgundy colored mums and placed them around my front door. Mums also last the whole fall season if you plant them in a planter and continue to water them. These plants transition beautifully for your November, Thanksgiving decor.

Add a fresh wreath and a seasonal door mat. Both of these items you can use year after year, if you initially invest in good quality. I save all of my wreaths and change them out different years and for different seasons. Same goes with my seasonal door mats. I keep one burlap style mat on the bottom (for my 1st layer) and then I just change out the top door mat depending on the season.

Tip: Use two wreaths (layered together) to add an affordable custom wreath vibe!

One of the easiest ways to decorate outside for fall is to use lots of pumpkins! I love all kinds of pumpkins! Real pumpkins are so beautiful and can last all season on your front porch. However, one cost saving secret I use, is to invest in faux pumpkins. I love white, gold, cream or even green faux pumpkins for a neutral fall decor theme. The best part of using faux pumpkins is that you only need to buy them once and then you can use them year after year. I love stacking faux pumpkins and piling them together in small areas throughout my house or outside on my front porch.

front porch with a blue vintage tractor and white pumpkins

3 Simple and Cheap Fall Decor Ideas

Decorating for Fall can truly be done on any budget! Here are 3 simple and cheap fall decor ideas that can transform your home for very little money!

  1. Use what is in your Backyard. Best part about natural decor is it is free! I love using dried flowers from my garden, or as I mentioned above, dried corn stalks. Natural elements add warmth to your decor style and did I mention, it’s free?! So go scavenging in your backyard today!
  2. Shop Seasonal Sales, right after the season is over and the stores are preparing for the next season. You can find affordable fall decor almost everywhere, especially off season. One of my favorite stores to shop for any seasonal decor is Michaels. Michaels fall decor section is beautiful but can be pretty pricey. One trick is to make sure you use a coupon at Michael’s and/or shop for fall seasonal decor right at the end of the season. For more tips on decorating on a budget, check out How to Create a Farmhouse Look on a Budget
  3. My last simple and cheap fall decor idea is to use faux decor pieces. Faux pumpkins never expire and you can choose to paint them, decorate them or simply leave them as is. When you purchase faux decor pieces, you save money each year, because you can use the decorative pieces year after year.

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Amazon Fall Decor

Another great way to decorate for fall on a budget is to shop sales on Amazon. I love Amazon because you can compare prices and have the items delivered fast. If you are prime member like me, you probably rely on next day delivery! Here are some great Amazon Fall Decor pieces that are affordable and would be the perfect addition to any space! Happy Shopping Ya’ll!

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How to Create a Farmhouse Look on a Budget

Farmhouse decorating ideas on a budget can easily be accomplished with these cash saving tips!

I have always felt that you do not need to break the bank to create a farmhouse look! Farmhouse style, whether vintage, modern or traditional can absolutely be achieved on a budget. In fact, most of the decor pieces in my home do not cost more than $10-20 per decor item. Here are a few farmhouse decorating ideas on a budget! Try any of these tips when creating a farmhouse style look on a set budget.

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TIP 1: Use Pinterest and Instagram for Inspiration

I always feel so inspired after looking through home decor inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram! The secret to creating a farmhouse look on a budget is to get all of your decor inspiration from searching design styles online. There are so many farmhouse decorating ideas on a budget, all you need to do is narrow down your likes and favorite looks. Then take mental notes of what you like and start shopping around to find similar decor pieces on sale. You can easily replicate design style that you were inspired by online in your own home by shopping around for similar, affordable pieces.

I hear so often that the hardest part of designing your space is knowing how to decorate. That is the beauty of designing in the 21st century! All of your inspiration for a farmhouse look is online and in magazines! Just google farmhouse style on Instagram and/or Pinterest and you can start seeing what you like. Then save pins, screen shot images and start shopping around for items that you saw in your saved pictures.

If you are looking for a great community full of farmhouse inspiration, join #farmhousefridaytour. My friends and I post beautiful Modern, Vintage and Traditional farmhouse decor style every Friday. Check out my friends and I on Instagram @farmhouse_harvest @linensandwildflowers and @simplycandiceblog.

TIP 2: Shop Around and Look for Sales

Great Farmhouse Decor Finds from my local Dollar General

Design inspiration is EVERYWHERE! In part we can thank farmhouse design stylists like Joanna Gaines, but nowadays you can truly find farmhouse inspiration at almost every store! Do not settle for over priced pieces. Look around at all of your local stores and compare prices. I promise you that you will be so surprised at all of the affordable farmhouse decor out there!

One of my favorite stores for creating a farmhouse look on a budget is the dollar store! Believe it or not, you can find great farmhouse decor pieces at the dollar store and/or the dollar general. Always check out their seasonal section. This section often has farmhouse decor items for less than $10! Check out a great blog post by Kyrie from Healthfully Rooted Home on “8 Dollar Store Organization Finds that Don’t Look Cheap.”

Beautiful decor pieces I found at HomeGoods

TIP 3: Shop at Yard Sales and Flea Markets

One of the best parts of farmhouse design is turning old into new! Some of my most favorite farmhouse finds have come from yard sales! Check out this beautiful antique desk below that my husband scored at a yard sale for only $100!

The best farmhouse decorating ideas on a budget is to stick to neutral key pieces. Find pieces and decor items at yard sales and flea markets that are wood toned, white, light colored or vintage. The best part about flea markets and yard sales are that you can bargain and negotiate the price down. This makes for a great place to find budget friendly farmhouse style pieces.

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You are now on your way to creating a farmhouse look in your own home on a budget! Remember these 3 simple tips and you will not only save money, but you will do it without sacrificing your design style!

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How to Create an Inviting Entryway

Creating an inviting entryway provides your guests with a glimpse into your home and offers them a warm welcome. When designing your entryway you want to offer guests a place to sit and a hook to hang up their coats your bags. Giving your guests a place to store their belongings, helps them to feel more at home in your space. Here are a few tips to transform your entryway into an inviting and welcoming space.

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Step 1: Create a place to sit

To create an inviting entryway you want to provide your guests with a place to sit. Either a decorative chair or bench seating with pillows. Both of these options give guests a place to sit to take off or put on their shoes or even to hold bags and items that they may have brought. I love using pieces that reflect my style! I choose this antique chair that my sister gifted to me as a house warming present. She had it reupholstered in navy velvet to match my home decor accent colors. The navy ties in with my living room furniture and kitchen island. When designing your entryway, make sure that it flows with your design style and the rest of your main floor. As I mentioned earlier, your entryway provides guests with a glimpse into your home. This is your opportunity to show a little of your design style.

Step 2: Creating an Inviting Entryway

I love these feather wall hooks! They are beautiful on the wall with nothing hanging on them or when you do have guests arrive, they are perfect for hanging coats or bags. I found these hooks at Target. Whatever hooks you choose, I recommend that you are not only functional, but stylish, because when they are not hanging coats or bags, they are still part of your decor space.

Step 3: Do not overclutter

Use only a few decor items to add color and warmth

Less is best when creating an inviting design space. Too much decor can feel overwhelming. In this space you will see that I use only 2-3 decor items on each furniture piece or wall shelf. You can also choose to change out your decor for various holidays.

I recommend to stay with your home design theme, to create good flow into your main living space. My home has a modern farmhouse feel; showcasing vintage pieces, with a simple color palette and plants for warmth and decor.

The key to creating an inviting entryway is to provide guests with space to hold their belongings. You do not want so much decor that there is no room for additional coats, bags and items when guests arrive.

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Check out this great post from homeuntilheavin.com on how to stop procrastinating and get started on your next project! There are 4 simple tips included, starting with having a vision and ending with breaking down your task into achievable goals. I promise you that you will find inspiration to begin your next project!

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How to Create a Family Command Center

One way to simplify your home is to create a family command center. This is a place where you can conveniently store everyday items. Family command center walls can not only be a way to keep your family organized, but it can also be a stylish statement wall in your home. A place for you to show off your style while being organized at the same time!

When designing our families command center, I wanted a place where I could hang our keys, school lunch boxes and book bags, as well as a place to put all of the important papers that come home from school. In addition, with juggling 5 schedules, I wanted a place to keep track of all of our family activities. The calendar keeps us all on the same page and allows each family member to see the months scheduled appointments and commitments.

However, I did not want the space to look cluttered or in other words a “hot mess!” So by creating a command center wall you get the opportunity to design a functional, but also stylish place.

Here is a 4 step guide to creating a stylish and functional family command center.

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Creating a Family Command Center

Step 1: Decide on the Purpose of the Space

The 1st step to creating a family command center is to decide what you want the space to hold. For example, are you looking for a place to store bags or coats? Do you need a calendar for appointments? How about a place to hold your keys or more importantly now all the masks we have! Once you decide on what you want to store in the space you have, then you can begin the design process.

Step 2: Begin Designing the Space

Now that you now what you want to store in your family command center, you can begin to pick out the functional pieces. I started with the “stay awhile” sign (shown above) and began to choose decor and organizational pieces that matched the sign. I find that the best place to begin when designing a place in your home, is to choose 1 piece. Possibly a picture or sign or piece of furniture that you love and then search for coordinating pieces to match. In other words, you need your “inspiration” piece. Once you find that piece you can’t live without, then you have your inspiration and you can begin to pull together your whole design look or theme.

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Door Sign/Wall Art (Stay Awhile Sign Cream)

Step 3: Choose your Layout

Now that you have chosen all of your pictures and organizational wall pieces, then lay them all out on the floor and choose your wall layout. It helps to move the pieces around to see a few looks before deciding on the final product. Tip: I find that laying all of the pieces together on a flat surface, helps you to see how it will look on your wall, without messing up your walls!

Step 4: Build the Command Center Wall

It is now time to hang up all of your items and pictures. Once you have all of the pieces hung up on the wall then you can begin to decorate and organize. Have fun with your design style!

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How to Choose your Design Style

Living room with white washed brick fireplace, two sitting chairs, navy and white pillow and white faux fur blanket.

Designing your own space can be so exciting, but also very overwhelming. I remember decorating my 1st home and telling everyone that my style was very eclectic, but in reality I now realize that I didn’t really have a clear style or vision at all! As I mentioned in a previous post, when I had the opportunity to redesign our space, I wanted to make sure my design style was very clear and that it connected and flowed throughout the house.

The key I feel to a good design space is having each room in your house connect in some way. Either with the paint color, furniture or decor themes. For our house we choose to go with the same color on the walls throughout the house. Our choice was Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore. This helped to create a neutral palette in our home, so that we had the freedom to add color with decor and furniture. Plus this provides you with the flexibility to change your style easily in the future by switching out furniture and/or decor.

Design Style Theme

So what is the first step when designing your space? I would suggest that you pick your design style theme first. Take some time to go through pictures in home magazines, or images on Pinterest and other web browser sites. There are so many different design theme styles. Once you have in mind your design theme, then you can begin to choose your colors, furniture, layout and decor elements.

My design style theme is modern farmhouse. I wanted to create a space where it did not feel cluttered and instead was light, simple and included lots of modern farmhouse touches. Modern farmhouse has become more recently popular due to it’s contemporary take on a older rustic style. Bringing in cozy blankets and wood accent pieces adds warmth and the contemporary modern farmhouse style theme. I love to add in texture with faux fur blankets and accent pillows. My favorite trick for pillows and a way to save money when you want to change out the colors or style, is to keep your pillows and just order new covers. Plus when you have pillow covers with zippers, you can take them off for easy cleaning!

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Modern farmhouse living room with navy furniture, light gray walls, white farmhouse ladder on wall, whitewashed brick fireplace, faux fur blankets and navy and gray pillows.
The antique ladder brings a simple farmhouse touch into the space.

Decorating your Space to Match your Design Style

After you choose your design style theme, the fun begins! Choose your paint color(s). Once you have your paint picked out then start to choose your furniture. This is where I decided to add my color, since my wall paint was very neutral. I went with navy and gray and then brought in warm tones with the wood floor and various natural wood furniture and decor pieces. Many times when I am designing a space, I may find one item that is my inspiration for the whole space. Such as a simple pillow or picture that you want to display. Once something inspires you, go with it and collect other decor items as you go along.

One thing to remember is, you do not need to rush to buy items just to finish a room. Take your time. It is OK if your room is not completed all at once. Let your vision and style grow. What is more important is to love every piece that you add to your space. Have fun and enjoy simply decorating!

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