Fall is my favorite time of year. You’ve heard it all before, I know. Most years once August rolls around I’m already looking ahead to fall; from the clothes to the decor to the food, sports, etc. This year, I’ve been a bit more reluctant to let summer go and rather than diving into fall head first, I’ve been feeling more like easing into it. That hasn’t stopped me from seeking out inspiration and today I want to share with you what’s inspiring me for fall this year.
I’ve been in a bit of a transition period the last couple of months. I’ve shared in recent weeks how the beach house project has given me a fresh perspective on our home in PA. You can read more about that here.
As I think about the direction I’d like our home to go, I’m realizing my seasonal inspiration here at home is also reflected in the things I’ve been inspired by for fall.
I got it in my head a month or so ago that I was going to invest in some quality Ralph Lauren fabric in a classic, neutral plaid to make throw pillow covers with. I had a few options picked out that I was deciding between when my mother-in-law found a mustard yellow and cream plaid pillow at TJ Maxx. It’s not exactly what I had in mind for fabric but it was a perfect compliment to the teal fabric I’d planned to use in our mudroom and the rest is history.
Ralph Lauren style is all about that traditional Americana, livable elegance that’s classic and never looks out of style.
Traditional Colors from Nature
The farmhouse style has given us some newer color palettes for fall and while I love these fresh new colors to associate with Autumn, I am sticking with traditional colors from nature. Living in PA, we are blessed with beautiful fall colors from brown to red, bright golden yellow and bright orange. We are surrounded with so much beauty at the peak of the fall foliage. That’s why B and I got married in October!
Those rich, traditional hues are what I’m drawn to because they will never go out of style. You can’t change nature!
Just like I’m taking inspiration from nature to inspire my fall color palettes, I’m also taking cues from nature for materials and finishes. From natural wood tones to fresh flowers and leaves taken from our yard (or at least inspired by those things), I’m filling my home with warm woods, and natural materials.
When looking for inspiration for my fall decor this year I found myself skipping over images of overly styled / staged spaces with lots of decor. Instead, I found myself drawn to images with a more minimalist approach to fall decor. Rather than a lot of store-bought decorations that have a more trendy appearance, spaces using natural branches, bouquets or fabrics that evoke the feel of the season without being too season specific or trendy are what caught my eye.
This is hard to put into words but my mudroom is an example of the look of fall without a lot of actual “fall” decor. You’ll also see more of this when I share my fall home tour, especially in our master bedroom.
What’s inspiring me for fall is what has been inspiring me in general lately for our home. I’m tired of following all the trends for fear of not getting traffic to the blog and not staying true to who we are and how we live in our beautiful old home. We aren’t trendy in other areas of our lives so staying more classic feels more like us and I can’t wait to start moving our home more in that direction starting with our fall decor.