Whoo hoo! Fall is HERE! It may not *feel* like fall in Memphis yet, but that doesn't change the fact that school has started, football season has begun, and all the stores are already stocking their shelves with Halloween costumes and candy.
On Labor Day, I was a busy little bee and hauled the fall decorations out of the attic. By hauling, I mean one box. That is approximately the size of a box of Honey Nut Cheerios. Basically, I had nothing.
Last year, I used a lot of real pumpkins and whatnot when decorating for fall.
Since I started decorating early this year, I realized that, clearly, I did not possess enough fall "cha." Sooo, I buzzed over to Michael's where I discovered a wonderland of all things ghoulish and harvesty + lots of lovely Martha products. How I love you, Martha. :)
I'm not really a "country" fall person, but still I managed to find quite a few cute things. Plus, right now, nearly everything they have for fall and Halloween is 25 - 30% off. Not great, but not bad either.
For the front door, I grabbed this cute pumpkin welcome sign:
Once the pumpkins start selling, I grab a couple of those and plop 'em up there as well. Wouldn't a white pumpkin with painted lime green polka dots be cute?
For the dining room, the Knight and I decided that we wanted our furniture from the breakfast room to live in the dining room. We moved all the chairs and the table up to the front of the house, and I really like the look of the super dark wood contrasted with the bright windows.
Anyway, this is what I did for the table in there: some corn, fake pumpkins, table scatters, a little burlap, and some beaded orange grape doodads and voila! Happy Harvest (but not too country) table. Even the Knight commented that it "looks awesome, babe!" That is the highest compliment. ;)
In the breakfast room, I had a little more creepy fun.
I have this cool candle holder that was originally from Crate and Barrel, but I got it at a yard sale for 50 cents. (*yay!*) In the summer, I like to use it for holding short and fat flowers (like Zinnias or ). For Halloween, black candles did the trick! I added the green and silver sparkly picks, more table scatters, and an AWESOME cobweb table runner that I got last year at Big Lots. If you look closely, you can see even the word "EEK!" tied with a black ribbon to the chandelier.
Light fixtures need a little shee shee poo poo, too, right? It makes me smile, and that's what matters, right?
At Michael's, I saw these awesome diamond studded skulls (look in the bottom right corner)
that would look awesome on here, but I already had a ton of stuff in my cart and was starting to have to reign in my AFS Fall Shopping Spree. Boo to money and being fiscally responsible. :)
So far, I have only seen Target's and Michael's fall and Halloween decor. I wasn't impressed with Target's fall offerings (though their Halloween stuff was especially cute).
I have yet to step foot into Hobby Lobby. This is purely for survival reasons. I know if I go in there, I will buy so much that the Knight and I may not be able to afford to eat for the next month. So, I have to stay away. However, if you are so inclined, I hear that all of Hobby Lobby's fall decor is currently 40% off. If you happen to see me there, please escort me to my car. Immediately. Thank you.
I hope my attempt at decorating for fall has inspired you. If you have photos of what you've done, I would love to seen them! We could even have a little fall decorating party! Send me your links to your fall decorating tips, and I'll do a post just for you!
The most important thing is to have fun...even if everyone else thinks you are a little zany for decorating 2 months in advance for a holiday. What do they know?
Ghouls and gourds,