The difficulty with this hot humid weather in my most favorite month (aside from birthday month in June) is it never really feels like a crisp fall. The leaves don't change, I rarely find the actual need to wear boots and scarves, the jack-o-lanterns wilt in the heat, etc. As a brief digression, I think it would be awesome to trick-or-treat in Houston because your Mom would never force you to wear your winter coat over your awesome Pink Power Ranger costume.
Anyways, this week I worked on making it feel a bit more like fall inside since the outside is still on July mode. Both the local HEB and Trader Joe's have an impressive array of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes.
First off, we are lucky enough to have a fireplace and while it's too dangerous to turn on because there isn't a working flue (yes I realize this is insanity to have a working gas fireplace and no way to vent, we just don't light it) the mantle is super fun to decorate.
The two green vases and the little Massai warrior candlestick holders are a staple year round, I just incorporate them different ways. The wheat in the vase on the right is from HEB too, I just found it in the flower section for a few bucks. The mercury glass pumpkins are from Tuesday Morning in KC, my Mom mailed them to me last year because she knew they met the cuteness requirements and I love mercury glass. I actually saw mercury glass pumpkins in the Pottery Barn catalog last year and wanted them, but they were $20 each which is crazy, even by rich housewife standards. Happily my Mom is really lucky when it comes to finding exactly what you're looking for on sale. Yay Mom!
I know the tiny pumpkins on the candlesticks are ridiculous, but as Dr. Sheldon Cooper says, "what's life without whimsy?" I think the propellers are next on the project list, so hopefully they'll be looking more presentable next time they feature on ye olde blog.
All of the really great succulents I had growing for the centerpiece on our dining table had given up their will to live, so I went ahead and replaced them with a little fall scene as well.
This above pic gives you a nice idea of what the mercury glass pumpkins are like. There's three total, two small, one big and I think Mom got all of them for under $20.
So anyways that's how I brought a little bit of fall into our home. I love how simple, inexpensive changes make the whole room feel like new. Hope everyone in a more reasonable climate is enjoying their scarves and pumpkin spice lattes!