Before our big move, we heard from so many people that fall in Tennessee is amazing. And now that we’ve arrived and are experiencing it for ourselves, we know just what they mean.
Here in Leipers Fork, the temperature drops roughly thirty degrees from day to night, so when I wake up in the morning there’s a crisp feel to the air that means colder months are on their way. The colors are changing, and the gentle breeze catches the leaves that fall to the ground on the streets of our welcoming small town.
I’ve always loved the shift in seasons, but this year we’re feeling the change from summer to fall more than usual. This is a big season of change in our lives, so it seems only fitting that the change in seasons happens simultaneously.
Over the years, people have often asked me about how I decorate for different seasons. And as I do with so much of my design work, I do it by feel so I thought I would see if I can share that with you here on the Velvet and Linen Blog.
PATINA STYLE - FALL COLORS
When I decorate for fall, it probably won’t surprise you that I don't include many bright colors in my decor. While I love seeing what some people do with traditional pumpkins, I usually like to keep the traditional orange hues as accents.
I tend toward the softer tones of the season like creamy off-whites, muted greens, and gentle yellows and browns.
PATINA STYLE - LESS IS MORE
I also tend toward the less is more approach when it comes to decorating for fall. While I love bringing the outside in, I don’t like having too much clutter in my own space so I try to be intentional with what I create.
I’ll typically put together a few vignettes around the house, including a little something on the porch...
a few items along mantles...
and a collection or two on tabletops.
PATINA STYLE - BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN
As I’ve mentioned before, nature inspires so much of what Steve and I do in our designs. We love to blur the lines between inside and out, and that goes for fall decorating, too.
I love to use the soft yellows of dried grasses, as well as the warm browns of twigs, acorns, and leaves. The more subdued colors and shapes of gourds and squash are soothing, too
As the natural world prepares for winter, flora and fauna all know what to do as if on cue. The season of harvest and turning inward is a great time to reflect on the lessons nature teaches us. Bringing a few of those natural touches inside serves as another reminder to slow down and settle in for fall and winter.
FALL DECOR AT PATINA HOME & GARDEN
We had the soft opening for Patina Home and Garden this weekend (more about that in this week's Letter from Brooke), so we wanted to create a welcoming storefront in our new town of Leipers Fork.
We dressed things up with a few creamy and soft green pumpkins to fit with my natural color palette.
We also added a gum tree, which is now showing its autumn colors and adds a variety of textures and heights to the display.
Inside, I used dried hydrangeas to add interest and dimension. I love how the colors complement the tapestry.
That’s how I love to decorate in our own home (and store), but I love hearing about how other people celebrate the change in seasons. Comment below and let me know some of your favorite ways to decorate for fall. I can’t wait to hear your ideas!