Autumn Decorating…the Clean-Green Way!

The season is changing and I am in constant awe of how beautiful everything is! As I anxiously await the arrival of Fall, I’m already thinking about how to transform my home into a cozy, autumn sanctuary! This year, however, I plan on doing it completely clean and green. Why haven’t I ever thought about going straight to my backyard for decor? Or simply using pumpkins and gourds that I plan on cooking and turning them into temporary decoration?

Here are some tips that I plan on giving a go this year — give ’em a go with me?

1. First things first, everyone needs a hurricane vase!!! This vase displays whatever’s in it beautifully, no matter the season. During the summer I use it to for lemons or oranges, and during the holidays I put a tall, beautiful, festive candle in it. This vase is going to be getting a whole bunch of use for Autumn! Whether I fill it with freshly picked pinecones; beautifully colored gourds; baby pumpkins over Halloween; or even onions; it will look pretty fab. Fruits, ornaments, candles, flowers, vegetables — or even leaves from your backyard like below (who knew!?), you can’t go wrong.

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2. Okay — this one is kind of crazy. So, apparently, “natural vases” are a thing. You can turn dried gourds into vases simply by cutting off the top. You can paint the outside (hey – that’s a good kid’s activity!) or just leave it displayed naturally. Put a potted plant inside, dried herbs or small twig cuttings with leaves or berries instead of flowers. It’s a pretty perfect idea for a Thanksgiving centerpiece, no?

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3. For a mini-pumpkin candle holder, simply core out a 2-inch hole in the top and stick a tea-light candle inside. It’s nice to use as lighting on your outside steps leading up to your front door, or sitting on your patio with friends over drinks and a sunset. Just make sure the pumpkin has a flat bottom so it doesn’t tip over.

4. I never thought I’d say this, but have you ever thought of framing your leaves? Or putting them in a vase? Or displaying them in general?…I haven’t. I sometimes find gorgeous leaves but I very rarely even pick them up! This is what I’m trying the next time I come across some.

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5. Lastly, Fall is all about food, so bring that into your decor! Why not just walk into your pantry and see what you have to decorate with? Seriously, butternut squash or fall apples in a basket or tray will always make a beautiful centerpiece. It’s far less expensive, far more earth friendly, and actually good Feng Shui — yep. You read that right.

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 Phew, now treat yourself to a pumpkin spice latte after all of that decorating! 🙂

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