Minimalist Fall Decorating Tips

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I’m just going to say “It feels like fall” on a daily basis until “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” That won’t get annoying, will it? My friend asked if I could share some simple tips on fall decorating. Well, I would like to say that you’ve come to the right place, except I’ve never decorated for fall in my life.

Despite having tons of Pinterest boards with fall decor inspiration and of course, the holiday spirit to match, I’ve never really been home long enough to enjoy fall. I spent the last few years shooting travel shows in other countries around this time, and now it feels good to just be home.

My lifestyle has never known a pace where you can spend a Saturday afternoon making a garland out of eucalyptus leaves. And that was exactly what I did. I had a slow weekend with no plans. I went grocery shopping (if you count walking into every Trader Joe’s and leaving abruptly if they didn’t have eucalyptus leaves), made tea, baked pumpkin muffins, and decorated my apartment for fall. It was everything I’ve ever wanted.

Here are a few simple tips that I picked up while decorating my tiny studio for fall. I kept it simple and earthy with some thoughtful details to create atmosphere. I used what I already own, and just moved things around to change the space. You can think of this as a preview before an upcoming “Mini Fall Home Tour." That might allude to a full sized home tour in the works, except I’m reminding you that I live in 350 sq. ft and it’s always going to be mini!

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1. Use fresh greenery. I love the look of simplistic, fresh holiday wreaths and garlands, but I’m literally not crafty at all. If there are more than 2 instructions, it completely looses my attention. So I just look at inspiration pictures, then make up all the steps to figure everything out on my own. But using real greenery creates a feeling of authenticity. It makes such a big difference when you can bring in new life and it smells incredible.

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2. Make a holiday garland. I made this garland out of eucalyptus leaves, twine, and green wire. I didn’t follow any instructions, but I’m happy with how it turned out! It took about 30 minutes to make. With a cup of tea and good music, that’s time well spent if you ask me.

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3. A festive bar cart. But not too festive. I put this one together with things I already owned (except the special trip to Target for candy corn). A bar cart has a way of making a small corner feel cozy. By adding little details like tiny string lights, you’ll create a space with more atmosphere. Sometimes bar carts can get a little cluttered with too much going on, so just a few bottles, eucalyptus and white pumpkins add just enough fall scenery.

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4. White pumpkins. Yes, not orange. Well actually these are more beige, so you see why I like them so much. I’m always interested in finding alternatives to bright colors for holiday decorating. Especially with Halloween, everything is always bright orange. For me, these white pumpkins celebrate simplicity with natural colors for a calming, peaceful energy.

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5. A simple centerpiece. I love moving pieces around my home to repurpose the space. On your kitchen table, try adding a wooden cutting board or tray as a centerpiece. Bring in some simple details like loose eucalyptus leaves, white pumpkins, and a candle. It will take just a few minutes and instantly make the room feel more inviting. If you look closely, you’ll see some tiny shells added under the leaves.

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