It felt like Fall in Connecticut this past weekend. I don’t like to see summer go, but after the chill in the air and watching my daughter cheer at a football game last weekend I kind-of got excited to add some Fall touches to our kitchen. Perfect timing to get the Fall decorating itch because I am joining an amazing group of Home Decor Bloggers this Holiday Season for a special Holiday series. And the fall baking with more pumpkin! We will break-down each part of our homes for Fall, hopefully creating an easy place for you to come when you are looking for Holiday Home Decor Ideas and Recipes! I honestly wanted to join this group last year and I weaseled my way in this year, I hope you enjoy this series as much as I did last year.
Now if you have been following my blog you know that I live in an 1100 square foot house. We do have a full basement for storage (we can’t finish it due to the fact that we live in a flood zone- by the ocean). That being said I do have room for Holiday storage. Even though I have the storage, in a small house decorating seasonally can be hard to avoid the cluttered look. I try to find other ways to change my home seasonally without bringing in a lot of just seasonal home decor. I partnered with Etu Home to share some of my favorite new pieces that I can keep out all-year round but used the right way can feel seasonal.
I typically change up the colors and move things from one room to another to created a different look. I moved that painting that was on our stairs above our kitchen stove and it instantly felt cozy and brought in the greens and gold tones that I am using this Fall in our kitchen.
I had just gotten this black and white outdoor rug for our front porch and tried it here. The rug added another layer of warmth and mix of patterns. Layers are a great element for Fall.
I don’t have any faux pumpkins so when I saw these white real mini pumpkins already at our grocery store I snagged a couple to mix on shelves and trays.
One of the easiest ways to bring in Fall touches is with real branches that are store bought or clippings from your yard. I always have something by my kitchen sink. I just got THIS Large Artisanal Vase from Etu Home and it is one of my absolute favorite shapes! This is a great piece that you can have year-round but can change with the seasons simply by what you put in it. Love the color of the Bishop Balls for Fall.
Yes- I did paint my back door green. I was a light gray- Coventry Gray. I loved the color, but it felt too springy. My sweet husband is a trooper and a good painter. He painted our backdoor in- Cushing Green from Benjamin Moore. See- easy change with paint and without adding more home decor for the Fall.
I like using a woven basket on the door rather than a wreath for something different and a convenient place to keep your clippers!
I kept the black and white pillows pilled high on the banquette- even added a couple new ones. We need all the back support and and really like mixing the different patterns all in one color scheme to keep it from looking messy. That Fall pillow with the saying “Life starts all over when it get it get’s crisp in the Fall” has been there all year- I just flip it over so you see the back when it isn’t Fall. It pulls double duty!
Who doesn’t love the glow of a candle all year and especially in the fall? Again this is something that you don’t have to store all year round, but it adds so much to the season. I just got THIS Cuisine Candle, I really liked that it wasn’t a typical Fall smell. I know a lot of people who are sensitive to strong smells. This one is so yummy, especially in the kitchen “Rosemary & Sage”, it also has essential oils in it. Good idea to keep candles handy as hostess gifts for this season.
One of my favorite ways to serve food for the Holidays is on a cutting board, it feels casual and warm. We had my sister-in-law in town and I made some Paleo Pumpkin Brownies (recipe at the bottom of this post) and cut up apples we had just picked at an orchard and served it with some caramel sauce as a little mid-afteroon dessert/snack tray. I love THIS Cutting Board, one side is smooth primarily for chopping and the reverse side is textured to us as an amazing serving board. Another piece that can be used all year long, but feels festive. I like to keep mine on the center of our table to serve from.
I did order THESE new initial mugs, loving the gold for Fall (and all year).
I tested I think 5 different paleo pumpkin recipes. I forced my sister-in-law to try them too- ok I really didn’t have to force her. I came up with this recipe below that was my favorite parts of all the recipes. This one has the perfect amount of pumpkin and natural sweeteners to combat that sweet tooth without leaving you feeling guilty for eating a brownie!
Paleo Pumpkin Brownie Recipe
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup almond Butter
- 1 ripe banana (medium)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil. Mix everything together excluding chocolate chips and walnuts. Once everything is mixed well add in chocolate chips and walnuts. Bake for 20 minutes until cooked all the way through.
Let me know if you make these brownies! They were a big hit this past weekend at our house, just as is or topped with ice-cream.
Etu Home has some of my favorite Home Decor pieces you can easily mix-in your home for Fall without having to pack it away when the Holiday Season is over.
As always you can shop our home HERE.
Make sure to follow along with the rest of the Holiday Home Series below-
and our featured guest, Michael from Inspired by Charm