Can I be completely honest here?
Completely fall transparent.
A couple of weeks ago, my incredibly talented and artistic and extraordinarily patient friend Ashley called me up and asked me if I wanted to do a home tour. She told it me we really should be decorating for fall. She told me it would be fun. She told me she’d invite some friends like Carmel and Melissa and Kelli and Kristi and Courtney.
I could hear the sweet smile in her voice.
I could hear her encouragement.
And this is the part of the story where I want so much to tell you I was sweet right back. I want to tell you that I was happy and excited and full of joy to decorate for fall. I want to tell you I said YES in all capital letters.
(total fall post aside: does anyone else get capitol and capital mixed up? Or is it just me?)
In the middle of that phone call?
Decorate for fall I thought?
Go up into the attic where it is a hundred zillion degrees and pull down all the fall totes and unpack the pumpkins and the leaves and the trees and the signs and the acorns and the pine cones?
And start decorating?
Just thinking about it exhausted me.
I wondered if anyone would notice if I didn’t decorate.
I wondered if I could just distract all of you and tell stories until Christmas.
But here’s the thing.
I’m a blogger.
Decorating is my thing.
And I’m a blogger who lives in a new (old) house that really hadn’t been introduced to fall yet. We moved in last Thanksgiving and kind of skipped the acorns and the pine cones. It might be fun I told myself.
You got this, I said.
Show this house how fall is done.
And so it was that this weekend I found myself surrounded by all things fall.
Something amazing happened.
Something wonderful and incredible and awesome and unexpected showed up.
72 degree weather.
And when I unpacked the boxes I discovered something else.
Something I had completely forgotten about.
When we moved—I ORGANIZED ALL THE FALL.
Can you even?
I had tossed or donated all the stuff I never used and carefully packed away all the rest. There were only five totes and they were filled to the brim with all of my favorites.
There were wood pumpkins I used on the porch at the farmhouse and the straw pumpkins from the dining room last year and orange pumpkins that I spray painted white and wool felted pine cones.
And on and on and on.
I was so happy.
All my eye-rolling disappeared in an instant.
This was fall.
I was in my new (old) house. I was lucky enough to have five tubs of amazing, one-of-a-kind fall decorations.
The house was LITERALLY WAITING FOR ME.
And the best part?
The twins helped me decorate. I promised them a Miss America party if they’d help me get the house ready. We layered in pumpkins and leaves and wood branches. We filled baskets with pumpkins. We cut out book pages leaves and created a display on the hutch in the entry. We didn’t buy anything new. We just used what we had and there was exactly enough. Those five tubs filled the house with fall.
Not too much.
Just enough to add a whisper of fall to each room.
I have so much more fall to show you.
But I’ve already added 24 fall pictures to this post.
And yes. This post is about pumpkins and book page leaves and acorns and wood trees. But if you look closely and read between the fall decorating lines there’s so much more to the story.
Because sometimes the things that we don’t want to do?
The things we are dreading?
The things we put off because it seems overwhelming?
Are the very things that can fill our hearts with joy.
Now go forth and decorate.
And if these 24 pictures weren’t enough and you want a little more fall from some of my incredibly talented friends?
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