House For Six

A Fallish Piano Update

Deme CrinionComment
I think there must be something magical about October.  Every September I wonder if fall will really ever come.  Then the calendar reads October 1st and suddenly there's a cool breeze and the leaves are changing.  Anne Shirley was so right, "I'm so glad I live in a world with Octobers." And now that it feels like fall outside, we're ready to celebrate fall inside.

Just a few days ago, I put out to the interwebs that I was going on a spending freeze for October.  Well, when I opened the bin of fall decor, and was quickly reminded that I had pared down my fall decorations at the end of last season, I admit that I was tempted to run out to the store to stock up real quick like on pumpkins and leafy things (it was September 30 after all).

But I resisted.  Or maybe I was just too tired.  Either way, we have a limited amount of fall decor and we're sticking with it.   When we purged it down, I kept only the things I really loved and that the kids liked using year after year.  So, anything we augment with is going to have to come in the form of crafty-free from whatever supplies we have here at home.  And it's good.  I was going to run out and buy stuff.  But now I'll be forced to use some creativity and let the kids help me make some stuff.

Which means we're also decorating one little corner at a time, instead of a whole house affair.  The first spot to get fallified was the piano.
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I've always loved using the top of our piano to add a little holiday flair.  Last year we used lots of fall colors and orange hues, which really popped against the navy wall.  This year we kept things a bit more neutral and added some layers for texture.
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For us, fall is not just about colors, but about cozying up the place.  Mia loves sitting on this faux sheepskin (IKEA) when she plays and I added a rug that didn't work out in our entry.  #doorclearanceproblems
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The rug might be my favorite addition and helped define this musical zone in our living room. These pumpkins were a gift from my mom.....she found them at a little store up in the mountains and I love their quirky vibe.
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I needed to add some height variation, so in the spirit of using what we had, I grabbed a few of our Harry Potter books.  The colors on the spines are perfect for fall and something about the magical wizarding world just seems to fit the fall/Halloween season.  Mia has devoured the first couple books and we're currently reading the first one aloud as a family.
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And I finally found a spot for my Naptime Diaries print.  We used to have a gold sunburst mirror here, but I needed something for the nursery and this guy needed a proper home.  It was the perfect swap. 
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And just in case you were wondering, the reason nothing gets done around here...
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It's tough stuff when you pull yourself up and can't figure out how to get back down.  Which clearly she will never learn because of her 24 hr rescue squad.
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 Yup.  Wrapped around her puffy little finger.  All of us.


How do you decorate for fall?  Are you a separate Halloween/Thanksgiving decorator or do you just jumble it all together?  I hope things are feeling cozy in your neck of the woods!


See last year's fall home tour here.

And how we gussied up the piano for Christmas last year right here


Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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