Words by Maggie Walton

Photography by Shad Ramsey Photography

Fall is a time for settling in… preparing for the cool weather that is to come and anticipating the gatherings of friends and family that happen naturally this season. It nurtures our longing for nesting and connecting with the people we love. It is a time for warmth and Southern hospitality. Preparing your home for the fall season doesn’t have to be complicated. Allow the colors and textures of fall to inspire you as you move toward a more natural look that reflects the changing seasons indoors, as well as out. Put on a pot of vegetable soup, light a pumpkin spice candle and read on for some practical tips that can help you welcome the fall season.

WARMING UP FOR FALL

Preparing your bedrooms for the changing of seasons

Fall is all about textural interest and layering the bed with different patterns, textures and rich fall colors is a great way to transition from the warm summer months into the cooler temperatures of fall. To dress your bed, start with neutral fitted and top sheets; next, cover the bed with a quilt that feels comfortable for sleeping. For volume at the foot of the bed, incorporate a duvet cover or secondary quilt in any coordinating pattern. In ad-dition, layer a throw blanket at the foot of your bed for extra warmth if temperatures drop overnight.

A practical tip for storage: utilize a large woven basket, wooden crate, or metal olive bucket to store your decorative bed pillows at night. Not only are these containers functional, but the texture they provide is an added bonus.

In a guest bedroom, consider adding a bed tray with mugs for coffee or bottles of water, as well as current magazines (like this one) you think your guests might enjoy. This is a great space to utilize and display family heirlooms, such as a vintage quilt or embroidered pillow. Your guests will appreciate staying in a well-appointed cozy bedroom.

 

THE GATHERING SPACE

Creating a harvest-inspired tablescape for entertaining.

Allow your table to reflect the local farmer’s market by incorporating the colorful produce of the season. Adding pumpkins or gourds to your table is a simple and inexpensive way to add a festive touch. Consider purchasing them in neutral or metallic colors as an alternative to traditional orange if it better suits your color palette.

The dining table is a great place to mix and match patterns and textures. Plaid, striped and floral fabrics and the textures of linen and burlap all go together beautifully during the fall season. Try incorporating a few of these as you layer your table with a runner, place-mats, and napkins.

When entertaining company, the food you serve can easily become part of your tablescape. For added height in the middle of your table, use a metal or enamel cake stand to display your home-baked seasonal treats or other seasonal accents. For added visual interest, encircle the cake stand with a seasonal wreath.

Think outside the box when it comes to floral arrangements for the table. Natural elements like cotton bolls or sheaves of wheat are the perfect addition to a fall tablescape. Add them to a galvanized pitcher or antique vase for added height and texture.