Fall Decorating: My Dreams vs. Realityposted by Andrea | 09/4/2012
I know, it’s only September 4 — but the day I flip our calendar over to September is the day I start thinking about decorating our house for fall.
I LOVE FALL!
The only problem is… I’ve decided not to do much (if any) fall decorating this year.
No, I’m not a scrooge; I’m just tired and busy and tired of being busy. And since our house isn’t exactly worthy of company right now (see picture below), I figured there’s no point in spending any amount of time or money decorating it.
Maybe I’m alone… but I have a feeling some of you can relate to this too!
If you’re feeling a little TOO busy this time of year to make the time for festive fall decorations, maybe you can join me and live vicariously through other people’s decorations this year
In my dreams…
…our 120+ year old farmhouse is fully decked out with colorful pumpkins, corn husks, hay bails, apple crates, leaf garland, berry wreaths, and more.
…I can smell the fresh bread and baked goods wafting out of our brand new oven; our freezer and pantry are stuffed with our favorite fall foods.
…I make the time for fun fall crafts (once Nora is a bit older)
…there are no less than 14 candles burning with scents of pumpkin, vanilla, cranberry, harvest, etc. and none of them tip over, drip wax, or leave soot behind.
…I have bouquets of fresh Dahlias and Sunflowers in my kitchen, dining room, and living room. They never wilt, and I never have to change the water
…my yard is perfectly manicured with fall blooms sprouting up everywhere. The trees change color at exactly the right time, and the leaves fall into nice neat piles so we can quickly and easily pick them up.
this is a picture of our front porch from last Fall.
…our farmhouse is somewhat messy and chaotic from moving furniture and trying to keep the dust from our kitchen renovation out of the rest of our house. There’s a decent chance that my bin of fall decorations will stay hidden in the basement for another year, although I might have to unearth my beloved pumpkin butter dish
…we don’t even have an oven to enjoy the smell of fresh bread… and instead of filling our freezer, we’ve almost emptied it out in our attempts to avoid eating fast food every single day during our kitchen renovations.
…I don’t do crafts. However, I do hope that I’ll get more into crafts once our kids are the appropriate ages.
…I’d love to light a few fall candles, but Nora is fully mobile and it doesn’t matter where I try to hide them — she WILL get into them. I do have a bunch of battery operated flameless candles that I’ll be showcasing later this week. They actually smell fabulous, so that’s what I’m using this year!
…there are no flowers, and unless Dave decides to buy me some, there won’t be any flowers.
…our yard — we won’t even go there. Our poor underground sprinklers didn’t stand a chance against the massive drought and scorching sun the mid-west experienced this summer. Our only hope is that something grows back next year. Seriously, it’s not pretty!
No, my house and yard will definitely not reflect my intense love of Fall, at least not this year. I’m OK with that though — and actually, I’m looking forward to keeping things really simple this year.
I’ll hang a wreath on the front door.
I’ll “burn” my battery-powered candles.
I might put up a few of my favorite “disposable decorations” (then again, I might not.)
We’ll probably carve one pumpkin for Nora’s first fall.
And if my kitchen cabinets ever arrive, I’ll definitely bake some bread!
There are other more important things I want to make time for this fall… so the decorations will just have to wait until next year.
I’ll continue to drool over all those gorgeous magazine photos (even though I know some of them aren’t exactly realistic), and I’ll continue to pin fun ideas to my Fall Decor board on Pinterest… but that’s it.
This year, I’m choosing to keep things simple… maybe next year I’ll get crazy with my fun fall decorations!