Fall is in the air! The official countdown is on, we’re only a few days away from September and the pumpkins are here to play. Fall decorations are my favorite for multiple reasons- first, fall is my favorite season. I love everything that comes with the season. I also love Fall decorations because they’re cozy, adorable and affordable! Plus, they can be left up for so long (until Christmas!) so I don’t feel guilty for going a little overboard.
Today, I’m here to share our Fall decorations for inspiration + all my tips & tricks for decorating your house no matter what your budget is!
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I have a few steps that I take whenever I’m decorating for a new season..
Plan. I plan a few different ways. First, I like to scour Pinterest for inspo. (Follow my Home board HERE!) I try not to search for typical ‘Fall’ decorations though or I find it looks a little cheesy. Instead, I’ll search for things such as ‘Cozy Homes’ or ‘Cozy Decor’. I may also search for some Fall and see if anything good catches my eye. In addition, I go back through my old Fall posts and see what I did in previous years. Once I figure out what ‘vibe’ or look I’m going for, it’s easier to shop and style with a purpose, creating a cohesive look throughout our house. This year I went with a neutral, cozy farmhouse Fall vibe. I liked this style because it flows well with our current decor and I knew I could leave it up through Thanksgiving, adding complimenting pieces for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Prep. After I have a plan, I start prepping for shopping and decorating. I know this sounds like a lot of work but I love decorating, especially for holidays, so this is a fun process for me. Plus, being prepared helps save money which I also love. I always decorate after I’ve cleaned the house, it helps you really see what you have, where stuff should go and just makes the process easier. Next, I pull any decorations that are Summery and pack them up. I finally pull all the Fall decorations from the attic and place them in one room. This helps me see what I have and gives me an idea of what I need to buy. If you know you need a specific item, definitely shop for it before decorating but if not- try and use what you have. You may be surprised how far it takes you and could save you a lot of money.
Shopping. The fun part? The scary part? Maybe a little of both? I love shopping but I don’t think my bank account does! I do however have some great tips to help you save major money this year. Here are my tips:
- Start at the ‘Cheap’ Stores. You may think Fall decorations and start dreaming of Homegoods, World Market or Target’s beautifully lined shelves. Me too – BUT these can also be way more pricey. I’ve found that often Walmart and Dollar Tree have Fall decorations that are super similar/almost identical to the big name stores for a much better price. You can also check thrift shops and antique stores for pieces that may not necessarily be ‘Fall’ but fit your vision so well. I feel like a mix of Fall decor and home decor is the perfect mix to create a beautiful, not cheesy, home!
- Research. If you hit the cheaper stores and don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, head to the big name stores but research. Sometimes I will take photos on my phone with the price tag and see who has the cheaper option. If it’s just a few dollars, I most likely won’t make the trip back but if it’s a major price difference, it’s definitely worth the second trip. You can also look online before heading out to shop and see how the prices compare.
- Think Outside the Box. Don’t just look for pumpkins or things that are specifically ‘Fall’ decor. Grabbing items that can be used year-round is the perfect way to get the most out of your money. A few items I grabbed for Fall: wire basket, trays, vintage pots, pillows, new pots (we got these at Target for $9 and I’m obsessed!), etc.
- Save Your Receipts. I always buy a little more than I think I need but save my receipt. If I find something that is a good deal, I’d rather have more than needed than have to pay more later. Returning things can be annoying but sometimes it’s necessary.
Decorating. So, after I have everything I need to decorate, all in one spot- it’s go time! I pick my favorite pieces and start with those. I usually put them in a spot we use the most so I can see them most often! My two major spots are the front porch and our kitchen/breakfast nook area. Any pieces I have after that fill in wherever else. Since it’s early in the season, I’m only putting out faux pumpkins but once September rolls around I cannot wait to add some real pumpkins! When you are decorating, I like to mix and match styles. I rearrange a few pieces in our house (I moved a stool from the living room to the porch, pillows around etc.) refreshing what you have is another great way to save money!
*I will share videos of all my Fall Decorations on Instagram Stories & saved to my ‘Fall’ highlight tab on my profile. Be sure to check it out at @RileySitton.
Here are a few of my favorite Fall decorations you can order online for under $30!
| 1. Buffalo Plaid Pillow Covers ($11) | 2. Wire Basket ($23) | 3. Set of White Pumpkins ($25) | 4. Paper Mache Pumpkin ($6) | 5. Wire Pumpkin ($10) | 6. Faux Eucalyptus Greenery ($29) | 7. Leather Tray ($29) | 8. Galvanized Caddy ($16) | 9. Ceramic Pumpkin ($15) | 10. Fringe Throw Blanket ($17) |
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