Well friends, we are just two days out from September now and that means fall decor is almost in full swing. Can you believe it? It seems like this summer just flew by, right? I’m definitely sad it’s already over, but it’s time to embrace the new season and all the lovely things that come with fall. I know many of you are starting to transition your home from summer to fall decor, so today I want to share some simple tips to decorate for fall on a budget. Now, you guys know I’m all about simplicity when it comes to my decor. I tend to keep things pretty low-key around here, but this is especially true when it comes to seasonal decor. Call me crazy, but I don’t think you should run out to buy all the things and completely re-decorate your home from one season to the next–that’s definitely not what I do. It’s just not practical for the budget and it’s simply not realistic for the majority of us. I have a minimalist approach when it comes to seasonal decor, so today I’m going to share 3 simple tips to decorate for fall on a budget. These are simply things I do to decorate our home beautifully from one season to the next without breaking the bank. Or going crazy in the process. I actually just styled part of our living room for fall, so I’ll show you how I did it using the simple tips I’m sharing today.
1. Invest wisely in seasonal items you will love from year to year
A lot like a capsule wardrobe, where you invest in staple pieces that will last a long time, I think of decorating for the seasons in the same way. Really it’s simply about investing in items that you know you will love for years to come. That’s the key. For fall, I focus on buying only what I know will last me many years and never go out of style–neutral colored pumpkins, beautiful and classy throw pillows, and seasonal greenery like wreaths and garland. Creating a collection of items you know you’ll love from year to year will save you loads of money in the long run. I styled up this corner of our living room using just the simple basics–white pumpkins, greenery, and a seasonal pillow.
This gorgeous fall pillow is one thing I know I will love for many, many years to come. Isn’t it so unique with that ticking stripe fabric on top?! It’s not only well-made and sure to last a long time, but it also perfectly blends in with the rest of my decor. Investing in a few seasonal pillows like this one makes decorating for fall effortless and simple.
2. Watch for sales and coupons on seasonal decor at your favorite stores
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m always on the hunt of for a good coupon or discount codes. I tend to buy the majority of my seasonal greenery and faux pumpkins at Michael’s, so I always make sure to stay up to date on their sales. I NEVER buy anything at full price and I usually only go when I have a coupon for an extra discount off my entire purchase. That savings really adds up and allows me to get great stuff, like this fall garland on top of our tv stand, at a super cheap price. Get on your favorite store’s mailing list and don’t be shy about using those coupons!
3. Avoid knick-knacks and “cutesy” seasonal decor
I have to tell you guys a quick story with this one. So a few months back I went to an estate sale at this gorgeous house that was about three times the size of my home. I was so excited to find a treasure or two, but when I got inside the house I was overwhelmed. I have honestly never seen so much stuff crammed into one house in my entire life. It was absolutely crazy. Every room was overflowing with piles and piles–it was borderline hoarder status. And you want to know what most of the stuff was? HOLIDAY DECOR. There were mounds and mounds of knick-knack fall decor, Easter decor, Halloween decor, Christmas decor, etc. You name it, it was there. I honestly wish I had snapped a photo to show you guys just how insane it was, but I was in too much shock. And this brings me to my next point–if you’re on a budget and looking to keep things simple, don’t waste tons of money on seasonal knick-knacks and “cutesy” type decor. My strategy is to stick to the basics, because chances are good that I won’t love that cute wooden bear holding the bright orange pumpkin again next fall. I only buy what I am head over heels in love with it and absolutely positive I’ll use again next year and the year after that. This simple concept really saves you so much money. If not, you’ll just start accumulating so much stuff you that you’ll end up like the hoarder. Don’t be like the hoader!
I hope these three simple tips have shown you how easy it can be to decorate for fall on a budget. Or any season for that matter. Don’t believe the hype that you have to buy all the things and re-do all your decor every few months. It just ain’t good for the wallet. Or your sanity. Instead, my strategy is to focus on building a basic and simple collection of seasonal decor I know I will love for a long time and things that will blend easily into my home. Like this area in our living room–it really only took about fifteen minutes to transition it into fall thanks to a few basic items like the pillow, greenery and a couple white pumpkins. Easy peasy. And I’ll tell ya, having those things ready to roll from year to year really takes all the stress out of decorating for each new season. I don’t have boxes upon boxes of seasonal decor to sort through–it’s just a small collection of things I love, which really saves me so much money in the long run.
As always thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! You rock. Let me know if you have any questions, I always love chatting with you guys! xoxo
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