Trend – Decorating the house for autumn

Autumn is here (despite the glorious weather).  Always in the past one of those seasons for me that was just the in between stage from the fun of summer to the excitement of the buildup to Christmas in winter.
  I’ve noticed of late though, far more Autumnal decorations appearing in the shops and online and not just in preparation for Halloween.  Could we be getting a new trend in the UK for decorating our homes as they do in America ?    The colours of autumn are not my most favourite, it has to be said.  I am not a lover of browns and oranges but I have managed to find some great ideas for adding a subtle hint of autumn to your home without going overboard on these colours and without costing too much.

The two images above are from my Pinterest White Autumn    board and are easily achieved without having to spend too much.  I love the idea of a leaf garland.   These can be really easily made with real leaves and twine or string.  Just tie the stems or stick the leaves.  Obviously, if using real leaves they will dry out after a couple of weeks or so.  Same idea applies to the cones, which will last longer and look great tied to jugs like in the pic above or just piled around the bottom of candles or in glass jars to display. Both quick and easy ways to add an autumnal touch to your home.

 Another quick, easy and effective decoration is the autumn wreath.  These can be displayed in your home or on your front door.  This easy tutorial is courtesy of Yvonne Seddon on Pinterest

Take a strong wire and bend it into a circle.
“impale” the leaves in the wire. Fill it as full as you can. Bend the
ends of the wire circle into hooks and hook onto each other to close the
circle. Also, you can dip each leaf in paraffin wax so that their
colours last. Use paraffin, as bees wax and normal ‘white’ wax put a
milky coating over it. 

I love this idea !  found on

 I’ve been lusting after white pumpkins for as long as I can remember !  Very hard to find in this country and certainly not available in the shops as decorative items.  The shops are awash with the orange variety, both real and ornamental.  But I want WHITE.  Only thing for it, make them myself.  I will be doing this shortly.  Here is a great idea for making pumpkins look like they are mercury glass.

Apparently you spray them white first and then paint them with paint used for mirrors !  I will certainly give this a go and report back my results soon.

 How about shimmery acorns for a clever decorating idea.  These are available on Etsy from The Midnight Orange shop.  But with a bit of paitence and a steady hand I am sure they could be made at home.  They are made using real acorn tops and polymer clay nuts that are then painted.  Genius !

I have loads of lanterns and glass Storm jars in my house.  Its such a quick and easy thing to do to just change the contents to suit the seasons.

Mason jars (or similar) are also now very popular in the UK.  This is a quick and easy idea to add a seasonal hint to your home.

Most of these images have been taken from my White Autumn pinterest board.  Do pop over for more ideas.  Hope I have inspired a bit of Autumnal decorating.  I will be back soon with a post on how I have decorated my home for the season.



    September 27, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    So many lovely ideas here Karen! I love the little storm jars I will have to get the kids to go on an acorn hunt for me 😉

  2. karen jones
    September 27, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    Thank you Sarah. Lots of simple ideas. I can see Autumn home decorating becoming a big deal in our home xx

  3. Midlife Singlemum
    September 28, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    This post reminds me of an interview I heard on the radio about 40 years ago. The interviewee was an old lady who'd grown up in an aristocratic country house estate in Russia and she was reminicing about her childhood before they fled the revolution in 1917. She said that in the summer the whole house was kitted out in colourful soft furnishings – the cushions, the curtains, the bedclothes, the table clothes and napkins, everything was a riot of colour. And in the winter everything was changed to white – the whole house was dressed in white. I alays remember that because I would have thought it made more sense to have the house a riot of colour in the winter to bring in some warmth, and to have white in the summer to reflect the heat and make them feel cooler. I wonder if anyone else has heard of this?

  4. karen jones
    September 29, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    Wow, that interview made an impression on you if you can remember it from 40 years ago xx I agree seems the wrong way around to decorate with colour in the summer and white in the winter. Although I would never argue with decorating with white ! xx

  5. Rachel @ Fresh Design
    September 30, 2015 / 8:00 am

    What a great post! I love autumn and it's definitely a nice idea to add a bit of seasonal inspiration to your home. I always collect conkers and pine cones and put them in bowls, but might give acorns a go too this year as there's an oak tree just across the road.

    • karen jones
      September 30, 2015 / 6:05 pm

      I think acorns are going to be the new black Rachel x

  6. Becky Goddard-Hill
    September 30, 2015 / 12:03 pm

    Love your storm jars and the pinecones on jugs- simple thrifty and stylish

    • karen jones
      September 30, 2015 / 6:04 pm

      Absolutely Becky ! Can't beat simple and cheap style x

  7. Stacey Sheppard
    September 30, 2015 / 12:06 pm

    Some of these ideas are really lovely! I wish I had the time and patience to experiment more with these kinds of crafty ideas!

    • karen jones
      September 30, 2015 / 6:04 pm

      I agree Stacey. I am not a crafty person but I do like a quick fix !

  8. Old Fashioned Susie
    September 30, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    The leaf wreath is such a great idea!!! great way to involve the kids too

    • karen jones
      September 30, 2015 / 4:56 pm

      Totally agree . Its the one thing I am going to try with the twins this weekend. They used to love making stuff with me but are way tooo cool these days x

  9. Stephanie Moore
    September 30, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    Lots of beautiful ideas here that are so simple but so effective. I love the mirrored pumpkins!

    • karen jones
      September 30, 2015 / 6:03 pm

      Thank you Stephanie. I am going to have a go at making them at the weekend. Might be a tutorial if it works out x

  10. Penny P.S. and A Residence
    September 30, 2015 / 3:26 pm

    Love all these ideas Karen, it is such a great time to bring nature into your home. Last year I made a conker wreath and did a how to on it, I was so proud of the results – first Autumn craft thing I made that didn't look like the kids made it 😉

    • karen jones
      September 30, 2015 / 4:55 pm

      oh Penny, don't you just love it when something actually works out. I always tell myself after I have made or painted something. I really should have done it before. Most stuff is really straightforward .

  11. Trish Burgess
    October 2, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Some of these ideas might suit my home as I have a lot of orange and brown in my living room (sorry, Karen, you'd hate it!) though I love the glitzy pumpkins.

    • karen jones
      October 2, 2015 / 5:48 pm

      oh bless Trish. Well it wouldn't do for us all to be the same xx I love the pumpkins too. I'm going to have a go at making them soon x

  12. Antonia Ludden
    October 3, 2015 / 7:08 am

    So many of natures treasures! Love the white pumpkins and those gorgeous little acorns look like jewels. I do love Autumn and the way the US bloggers style their mantelpieces seasonally, I think we should adopt that tradition here!

    • karen jones
      October 3, 2015 / 8:54 am

      I am having a job and a half finding white pumpkins Antonia. I do think, like a lot of the trends this one will become commonplace in the UK before long.

  13. Carin Cullen
    October 5, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    Lots of beautiful ideas here. I love white pumpkins too. I came across a post today of a woman who spray painted her fake pumpkins white, then rubbed a dark wax over them and wiped it off again to give them a moree natural look. Some of the wax stayed in the grooves. It was a really beautiful effect. I'll see if I can find it. Didn't pin it.

    • karen jones
      October 6, 2015 / 9:41 am

      Yes I have seen those before. The americans certainly lead the way with Autumnal decorating ! x

  14. Carin Cullen
    October 6, 2015 / 5:29 am

    I found it! These pumpkins look lovely and would look great in your pale scheme (you may just want to wipe off more wax); decorate their homes seasonally too. So far we have sunk most of our money into renovations, so decorating for the seasons has been a luxury we haven't been able to get into, but I do feel the pull to do more of it. I'm hoping 2016 will be the year I ramp it up a bit.

    • karen jones
      October 6, 2015 / 9:43 am

      oh thank you Xarin, will have a look. I adore Swedish homes and decor. I totally understand what you mean about the money pit that is home renovations ! Fingers crossed for 2016 x

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