Decorating our place for Fall.

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My mom used to have these Halloween-inspired window clings that she let me bust out every October. Stickers of ghosts, witches, pumpkins – I think one of them said Happy Halloween? Probably? Every October she’d pull them out of her “Holiday Decorations” bin and let me stick them onto the glass door leading out to the deck. I loved it. This – aside from the in-school Halloween parties where the teachers handed out candy and we got to play games all afternoon – was my favorite part of Halloween.

I mean, I was like seven. The majority of highlights at that age were: candy, that giant parachute thing they let us play with during gym class, and stickers. It’s the little things.

I told my mom I wanted to start hanging them in the giant full-story window in the front of the house. “There’s more space,” I said. “It’s going to look so pretty!” I said. And I’m pretty sure if I’d had a more pronounced vocabulary at that age, I would have said, “It’s going to be so festive! It’s FALL! Let’s decorate for FALL!!!!” 

So, for the record, that is who you’re taking advice from. Someone whose Fall decor once consisted of the desire to stick glass cling-ons of witches and pumpkins to the front of her house. Because she thought they were, like, “so pretty”.

Fortunately my decorating style has evolved since then. Our apartment doesn’t have any glass sticky cling-ons that say “Happy Halloween” or a stuffed black cat sitting around on the couch. Mostly because we don’t have room for holiday decorations. I like to pretend that I live in a lavish, luxurious apartment – but the truth is, it’s just that: an apartment. A one bedroom, small bathroom apartment. And, to top it all off, I’m on this “minimalism” kick – which basically means that I have all of our “stuff” stashed into the laundry closet and pretend it’s not there when people come over. I don’t think that’s what “minimalism” actually means, but I have a lot of stuff, okay? If I can fit it all into the closet – trust me, we’re off to a good start.

Minimalism is a journey, not a destination. I think.

To better accommodate my “minimalist lifestyle” (aka: space in my closet), here are some Fall home decor tips that I’ve found to make our home feel a little more cozy while still serving a purpose. This way you don’t have to run out and buy a bunch of “Happy Halloween” throw pillows.

  • Fuzzy blankets. 
    Why is it that every single time I see a blanket in the middle of an aisle at a department store, I want to buy it? I have 35832057 blankets at home. And, for the most part, I only use like, one. I don’t know who I think I’m kidding. I have enough blankets to build a blanket fort. And yet – for some reason – I always, always, ALWAYS want to buy more. Every year. And do you know why?  Because I have a problem. But, also, because they’re cozy. They’re BLANKETS. They’re genetically designed to make you feel like everything’s going to be okay. Just like Fall. Well, okay, I don’t know about all that. But I feel like if I have enough blankets thrown around my apartment, the more cozy it will feel. Plus – like, if you get cold, since it’s Fall – viola, blanket.
  • Fall flowers.
    These can be real or fake. We bought some mums to go outside on our balcony, and I found a Fall themed bouquet of… I don’t know what all is in there – Fall flowers – at Hobby Lobby for our kitchen. They’re fake, obviously, because it’s Hobby Lobby. But they look real, obviously, because it’s Hobby Lobby.
  • Fall scented candles.
    This one’s kind of a no-brainer. But there’s something about a Fall scented candle on crisp evening that makes me feel like everything’s going to be okay.
  • Outdoor pumpkins. 
    I was pretty dead-set on getting pumpkins for the balcony. Even though we’re two adults living in an apartment building with no children. But when it comes to holidays and being festive, I’m basically a large child. (Except I no longer want to decorate by slapping festive stickers on the window.)
  • Seasonal coffee mugs.
    This can be fun. They’re not expensive, and – for some reason – they make me feel extra happy when I’m drinking out of them.
  • Seasonal photos. 
    This is easy. If you’ve got pictures in your house anyway, just swap them out for ones taken during the season. Instead of a picture of you and your boyfriend by the pool, print one off where you’re bundled up in scarves.
  • Wicker.
    I don’t know what this has to do with Autumn, but I read somewhere – aka: someone else’s blog – that wicker baskets can feel “Fall-like”. Sooo if you want an excuse to buy a basket – which, for some reason, these are like blankets to me, and I always want to buy another basket – look for a wicker one. You might need it for all of your fuzzy blankets.

And that’s it! Let me know what your Fall decorating tips are in the comments below!! Happy October!

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