Fall Home Tour + Decorating Ideas

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Decorating Your Home for Fall

IT FINALLY FEELS LIKE FALL (at least while I write this; who knows what the weather will be when you are actually reading this)! I am happy about many things when fall finally rolls around. This year my list includes: my anniversary, my kid’s birthday, my husband’s birthday, open windows, changing leaves, learning to knit a blanket (!), starting fires, and decorating for the season. Though I would love to write a post about starting fires one day, this post is about the latter–fall decorating! If you remember my fall tour from last year, I’m all about the autumn decor. I love the cozy feeling my home gives me when it’s covered in baby pumpkins and knitted things.

I think some of the best fall decor are things you probably already own or can find on the ground. Some of my favorite autumn decor ideas include:

  • Dried plants and flowers

  • Branches

  • Leaves

  • Artwork

  • Dried wreaths

  • Blankets and other warm textiles

  • Anything knitted

  • Mums

  • Pumpkins and gourds, of course

Not that I usually spend a lot of money on seasonal decor, but this year I really did try to focus on using mostly things I already owned. This year I only spent money on a few baby pumpkins (less than $10) , mums ($15), and a scarecrow (probably $20 overall). I plan to plant the mums and keep the scarecrow clothes for next year, so there’s that.

I’d love to hear any other inexpensive fall decor ideas you have. Leave a comment or reach out via Instagram @retrodentulsa!

Now without further adieu, my home dressed up for fall.

  Daly and I went thrifting with our daughters for scarecrow clothes. We then let them stuff the clothes with newspaper and pillow stuffing (that we stole from    Janie’s Upholstery   ) and also draw the faces!

Daly and I went thrifting with our daughters for scarecrow clothes. We then let them stuff the clothes with newspaper and pillow stuffing (that we stole from Janie’s Upholstery) and also draw the faces!

  I think Caroline named this scarecrow Glittericious or something horrible like that.

I think Caroline named this scarecrow Glittericious or something horrible like that.

  Thanks for the mums,    Tulsa Farmer’s Market.    It’s not fall without mums!

Thanks for the mums, Tulsa Farmer’s Market. It’s not fall without mums!

  Come on in!

Come on in!

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  I had dried fall flowers from last year that I placed throughout my house.

I had dried fall flowers from last year that I placed throughout my house.

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  This fall, I’m participating in    House Sparrow Fine Nesting’s Blanket Knit-Along   . It’s wonderful! Every week Tasha emails you a video with that week’s lesson and then you get to work knitting and purling away. I knitted a few scarves ten years ago and have never made a blanket, so I’m pretty excited about this project! She is offering another Knit-Along in January.    Join her newsletter to sign up!    You don’t have to live in Tulsa; she ships out the supplies to you!

This fall, I’m participating in House Sparrow Fine Nesting’s Blanket Knit-Along. It’s wonderful! Every week Tasha emails you a video with that week’s lesson and then you get to work knitting and purling away. I knitted a few scarves ten years ago and have never made a blanket, so I’m pretty excited about this project! She is offering another Knit-Along in January. Join her newsletter to sign up! You don’t have to live in Tulsa; she ships out the supplies to you!

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  A simple dried wreath I found at an estate sales years ago. It usually lives in the guest room, but it got fireplace status for this season.

A simple dried wreath I found at an estate sales years ago. It usually lives in the guest room, but it got fireplace status for this season.

  I kept it simple for my shelves this year compared to last. A few yellow and orange books, a yellow    Makerage planter,    a baby pumpkin and a log cabin incense burner that Daly gave me for my birthday did the trick.

I kept it simple for my shelves this year compared to last. A few yellow and orange books, a yellow Makerage planter, a baby pumpkin and a log cabin incense burner that Daly gave me for my birthday did the trick.

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  I have that plant (what’s it’s name again?) in the yellow pot in my home year round, but I moved it to the coffee table as a nice autumn centerpiece.

I have that plant (what’s it’s name again?) in the yellow pot in my home year round, but I moved it to the coffee table as a nice autumn centerpiece.

  The living and dining room are really one giant room, so I try to spread out the decor in this space.

The living and dining room are really one giant room, so I try to spread out the decor in this space.

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  An autumn bouquet of oranges and yellows do the trick. As I write this, the orange flowers have died, but the others are still going strong!

An autumn bouquet of oranges and yellows do the trick. As I write this, the orange flowers have died, but the others are still going strong!

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  I was excited to display my table runner that I dyed myself with plants at a    House Sparrow workshop   . It’s one of my favorites!

I was excited to display my table runner that I dyed myself with plants at a House Sparrow workshop. It’s one of my favorites!

  Hello baby pumpkin! Question: what’s the weirdest place you’ve ever put a baby pumpkin?

Hello baby pumpkin! Question: what’s the weirdest place you’ve ever put a baby pumpkin?

  Billy balls (the little yellow guys) dry so nicely that you can keep them almost forever!

Billy balls (the little yellow guys) dry so nicely that you can keep them almost forever!

  As you all know, I love    arranging and rearranging    my dining room built-in. This year I went with a dried wreath (that I made a year and a half ago!) as the centerpiece.

As you all know, I love arranging and rearranging my dining room built-in. This year I went with a dried wreath (that I made a year and a half ago!) as the centerpiece.

  I finally did something with leaves my daughter and I pressed over two years ago. She drew the border on this one to look like “[my] curly hair.”

I finally did something with leaves my daughter and I pressed over two years ago. She drew the border on this one to look like “[my] curly hair.”

  I moved a fall scene from my mud room to the dining room. I love vintage paint-by-numbers.

I moved a fall scene from my mud room to the dining room. I love vintage paint-by-numbers.

  I did the simple (boring?) border on this one.

I did the simple (boring?) border on this one.

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  That’s it for the dining room–on to the entry-way and kitchen!

That’s it for the dining room–on to the entry-way and kitchen!

  Even though these painting live here in the entry-way year-round; the fall decor seems to bring out their autumn color palettes.

Even though these painting live here in the entry-way year-round; the fall decor seems to bring out their autumn color palettes.

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  I used this plaid fabric scrap in my dining room last year. Now it gets a turn on the kitchen table. The autumn bouquet is made up of some of the last blooms of    Daly’s wildflower garden   .

I used this plaid fabric scrap in my dining room last year. Now it gets a turn on the kitchen table. The autumn bouquet is made up of some of the last blooms of Daly’s wildflower garden.

  Gosh, nothing says fall to me like a basket of apples. I heard somewhere that if you aren’t hungry enough to eat an apple, you aren’t really hungry. Agree or disagree?

Gosh, nothing says fall to me like a basket of apples. I heard somewhere that if you aren’t hungry enough to eat an apple, you aren’t really hungry. Agree or disagree?

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  A few more strategically placed apples and dried flowers.

A few more strategically placed apples and dried flowers.

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  And of course    our Succulent Calendar    helps set the tone for the season!

And of course our Succulent Calendar helps set the tone for the season!

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  That’s it! Happy fall, everyone.

That’s it! Happy fall, everyone.

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