I usually decorate for Fall in late August. I’m always SO ready to decorate and way ahead of the game. This year I just didn’t feel in the mood for decorating. Over the past weekend, I finally put my finger on why. I felt like our house was suffering a sort of Summer sadness. I needed to do a few things to freshen up our space, clean out what we compiled over the Summer and get ready for these festive months ahead of us. Now that I’ve done that, I’m ready to finish decorating! I thought it would be helpful to dish our a few tips on buying + seasonal decorating on a budget before I share all our inspo photos. Decorating on a budget is easy and do-able! Here are a few tips to help you with your dream home on a dream budget.
SEASONAL DECORATING ON A BUDGET
Finish Up Any Projects or at least come to a good stopping point. We’ve been heavy in our dining room makeover, changing some stuff in our master and moving around a lot of furniture. All this commotion made it really hard for me to see what I wanted to do and what each space needed. It also helps so start with a clean, blank space. Wrap up any on going projects and clean up your house. Check out our dining room below. I have a full progress post coming soon, and will hopefully finish the whole room by the end of this month!
Rearrange. One of my favorite ways to change up our home for the season is to rearrange furniture and decor that we already have. This helps create a major change without spending any money! Sometimes I’ll move so much around that I only need to add a pumpkin or two to be happy with our Fall decor. Even if you’re not swapping pieces out, just rearraning your layout can help give you that fresh feeling.
Pick Neutrals. This can mean for your base or for your decorations. Picking something that’s more neutral means it can last longer. For me, I like to have a neutral base that can be changed season after season. If you want to buy decorations that will last most of the season, find Pumpkins that are neutral in color (not super halloween-y) and they will last until after Thanksgiving! We also have a tub with Fall pillows. Some are a beautiful burnt orange and could technically work year round, finding pieces like this will make it easier to splurge on a pumpkin or two & not feel like you’re breaking the bank.
Make a Plan. One of the most dangerous things I can do is go shopping without looking at what I currently have. Then I end up with a million and five pumpkins, with no home for most of them. Start with what you already have before heading to those dangerous Target aisles. See what you’re missing, then make a list.
Shop Smart. I am a sucker for all decor. So, I have to shop smart. After making my plan, I start at the least expensive places first. I check out Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Facebook Market Place and even Goodwill. If I absolutely can’t find what I need, I’ll widen my search. I absolutely love Target but can go a little crazy there, so I try to refrain.
Pack It Up. As I got older, I realized one of the most important parts was storing your decorations. Keeping them safe year to year means you can add a few pieces here and there without completely rebuying everything. This is a huge money saver!
Here are a few of my favorite items for seasonal decorating on a budget that last year round:
- Baskets. Use them for pumpkins, cookbooks (Goodwill has great cookbooks), muffin tins, etc.
- Pampas Grass. I see them everywhere right now, like the Walmart parking lot! Cut a few and add them to a vase, I snagged one from Hobby Lobby for around $10.
- Reusable Pumpkins, Not Real. As much as I love real pumpkins, I limit myself. They aren’t super cheap + only last one season. I will still buy a couple, but would rather spend on Pumpkins I can reuse.
- Blankets. Fall is the perfect time to cozy up! I love pulling out all our blankets and making our home as cozy as possible. Layer them on couches or chairs, grab a basket and let them overflow or an upcycled ladder makes the perfect DIY blanket ladder.
- Candles. Like I mentioned above, the cozier, the better. Grab candles and stack them everywhere!
- Scarves. I know this sounds crazy, but I love decorating with scarves in the Fall. A blanket scarf can make a great layer for tables, in baskets or even hanging in the mudroom. I recently found a very cute one for only $7 at Target!
I am finally finishing up our Fall decorations today! I can’t wait to share, be sure to follow along on Instagram for a behind the scenes peek at everything. XO