Fall is my favorite season! So, I look forward to Autumn’s beauty and earthy decorations and by now I’m happy to leave Summer behind! Today I am sharing eight things to do right now… even if you love love love summer and are still swimming in the pool or eating summer picnic food or picking summer’s bounty out of your garden or going on vacation or doing fun summer activities. Eight things that will inspire you and help you get ready for the upcoming Autumn season. So keep your toes in the sand and your heart loving summer but make a little room in your head for planning for Fall!
1. MAKE A WREATH
For me, each new season start by making a wreath! NOW is the best time to make an early fall wreath. Wouldn’t you love to have a great new fall wreath for your front door? You don’t have to hang it now, but it will be ready when you are! Fall is such a busy time, so making a fall wreath now is one thing you can do and then check off your list.
My EARLY FALL GREEN APPLE WREATH is perfect for this time of year and will work until the leaves fall!
2. STYLE A TRANSITIONAL VIGNETTE
Why not style a beautiful vignette for a coffee table or kitchen table? You can create a “transitional vignette” that will work now and with just a couple of small tweaks work all the way through Thanksgiving! What could be better?
Vignettes are my favorite decor elements. They are personal and add so much of your style to your decor!!!! I’ll show you HOW TO STYLE A TRANSITIONAL VIGNETTE you will love!
3. GET OUT ANY FALL INSPIRED DISHES
Here at StoneGable, playing with dishes is taken to a whole new level! I love to mix white dishes with dishes in fall colors. My very favorite early fall combo is white, black and citron green! LOVE IT. Your favorite fall colors may be different, but the point is… GET OUT YOUR DISHES AND PLAY!
Stack them on your kitchen counters, island, tables and shelves. They are not just dishes… they are decor! Be creative…and as the season deepens into fall add more pumpkins and other fall elements! So easy and fun and just so pretty!
4. GET OUT FALL INSPIRED TEXTILES
Let’s get out all those great fall inspired pillows, napkins, throws and any other textiles. Now is the time to wash and iron them or send them out to the cleaners so they are fresh and ready to go!!! You don’t have to use them just yet, but when you are ready they will be too!
It’s also time to PURGE outdated, tired and worn textiles you won’t be using this fall. Don’t hold on to them… let them go! You will feel so so good!
Also, how about looking for one or two new things. Look for early sales and things you just can’t live without. Better yet, let’s make something new!!!! Like this pillow from a placemat. Sew easy!
5. GO THROUGH YOUR FALL DECORATIONS AND PURGE
Just like purging our old fall textiles that are no longer usable, we should go through all of our fall decorations and do the same. So when you are ready to use your fall decor you will know what you have, what you need and WHERE EVERYTHING IS! Just think how much easier it will be to have all your fall decorations organized! Start now and purge and organize a little bit each week until fall. It will be here before you know it!
I keep all my WHITE KNOB TOP PUMPKINS in a clear plastic box that is labeled. They are easy to find and they stay all together!
If you would like to see how easy this fall diy is click HERE.
6. MAKE A FALL DECOR TO-DO LIST
Mine looks something like this (in no particular order):
- find fall decor
- purge… be ruthless. NO CHACHKIES!
- make a list of what I need… yes, another list!
- put fall decor plastic boxes on shelves in garage for easy use
- collect acorns and deworm
- collect bittersweet
- make bittersweet fall wreath
- style a transitional family room
- put away all summer decor and label
- decorate the mantel with transitional decor
- decorate potting bench for fall
- decorate front porch
- decorate back porch
- plant planters with mums and fall plants
- get pumpkins from the pumpkin wagon
- get out dough bowls and fill with fall fluff
- create fall vignettes
Guess what? I just made my early fall list!!!! There’s lots more, but I’ll add to the list as I think of things to do! It’s so important to have a list that is reasonable and doable and real! And it feels so good to be able to check off each fall task!
7. MAKE SOMETHING BURLAP
Number 7 might not be for everyone, but I adore burlap and fall! They are a perfect pair. And I’m saying that burlap is no longer a trend, but a new classic! I have some fun burlap projects for this fall! I can’t wait to share them with you!
8. STYLE A TRADITIONAL MANTEL
After I make a wreath, the second thing I do is all about styling a mantel! Now, is a great time to take down all the summer mantel decor and opt for a great transitional mantel that with just a few changes can take your right through Thanksgiving!
You know what works on your mantel so go for the look you love. You can add a couple pumpkins or a few branches of great autumn stained leaves in October!
Here’s a little peek at Autumn in all it’s splendid beauty!!!! It’s coming to your neighborhood soon!
Fall is just weeks away. I say enjoy the remains of summer… keep all ten toes in the sand and your glass filled with sweet tea… but take a little time to get ready for the beauty of the upcoming season! Get inspired and excited about transition times!
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