I loved autumn when I lived in New England…the crisp air, colorful leaves swirling about, hot mulled cider, and the scent and sounds of a crackling fire in the hearth. What I never really enjoyed was fall decorating (or the winter months that followed). Even in Connecticut, I was not a fan of the reds, oranges, and russet tones that spelled out FALL. And don’t even get me started on Halloween decorations! I guess you could say I’m a bit of a Halloween/autumn Scrooge.
Now that I’m living in Santa Barbara, I’m still not really into fall decor. It could be because I live in the land of endless summer or the fact that September and October are our warmest months here in SoCal. As I’m typing this, it is well into the 80’s although most days are in the 70’s and the nights are cool.
So here is my ode to fall decorating and it begins with white pumpkins. I remember when finding them was a scavenger hunt with hours spent going from nursery to garden center in search of those elusive ghost pumpkins. Now I’m able to find them at my local grocery store, but better stock up early because I have been know to clean out a store in record time!
I like to keep my fall decor minimal, light, and organic. I put away my sea glass centerpiece and adorn our table with a piece of rustic Belgian linen from Terrain, my Malta lanterns from Pottery Barn, and lots of those adorable white mini pumpkins. Simple, fresh, and it will last me until Thanksgiving!
While it is much too warm for a fire in the fireplace, I can still get that cozy feeling with a driftwood candelabra from Viva Terra that I was lucky enough to snag on sale several years ago.
A white pumpkin, earthy basket with plant, and a favorite piece of driftwood I found in Big Sur is all that is needed to create an autumnal vibe.
When a new Instagram friend brings you a gorgeous bouquet complete with a tiny white pumpkin, it gets a special spot on top of our elephant table. Tara (SonomaCottage) knows me so well! (Candle and table are from Mate Gallery , chairs are from Porch, and the pillows are from Beth Dana Design)
The kitchen gets nothing more than a couple of mini pumpkins and a small succulent on a cake stand. So simple! I’m also obsessed with my cement pears from porch .
Something new to me that I really enjoy using is eucalyptus. I buy mine at Trader Joe’s and it’s a lovely scent. While its blue green color may not be your typical fall decor, I love it! I added some to the dining table in lovely vintage bottles from Dreamy Whites .
And when my bouquet at last faded, a fun vase from Target filled with eucalyptus sprigs, fills in quite nicely.
And that, my dear readers, is about the extent of my fall decorating…but just wait until Christmas! 😉