7 Days of Fall: A Day-By-Day Guide to Embracing the Season {Day 1: Bring Nature Into Your Home}

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You know what I really love?  Fall.  I must have told you that in my last post, and maybe the one before that, but I’m not sure if you truly understand.

Fall has taken over my house.  There are pinecones everywhere.  Pumpkins.  Gourds.  Leaves.  Acorns.  All sorts of nature-y looking things.  I really can’t help myself.  Especially when they have those delicious smelling cinnamon scented pinecones on sale at the craft store.  Oh. My. God.  I cannot resist.  They make the entire house smell like a pumpkin pie.  Or is it mulled wine?  Or apple cider?

Anyway, the point is, I love fall, I love decorating, and I’d love to share with you some of my favorite ways to spruce up your home and help make it festive for fall.  Over the next week, I’ll be sharing one decorating idea per day for “7 Days of Fall: A Day-By-Day Guide to Embracing the Season.”  Day 1 on Bringing Nature Into Your Home is posted below.  Make sure to check back throughout the week to see what else I’ve got planned!

Day 1:  Bring Nature Into Your Home.

When I think of fall, I think of forests and trees and acorns and pinecones and pumpkins and gourds.  And with all that fall goodness in play, sooner or later your house is going to start looking like an indoor forest.  I say, embrace it.

One of the greatest things about making your house look like a fall forest is that forests are messy.  There’s no rhyme or reason.  Which makes decorating a snap.  You just pick up a bunch of pinecones or leaves or whatever you have and you splatter them about with glee.  A handful here, a handful there.  It’s pretty liberating.  Don’t think about it, don’t analyze it, don’t try to design it.  Just do it.  In a bowl, on a countertop, next to your TV, by your bedside table.  Scatter, splatter, and sprinkle fall as you go.

If you live in a place where you can step outside and collect these goodies, then more power to you.  Just remember that there may be bugs or other unwelcome critters lurking inside, especially in pinecones.  Your best bet is to give your pinecones a quick bake before sprinkling them about your home.  Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and bake on low (about 250 degrees) for 30 minutes.  Warning: the pinecones will release sap while they bake, so you want to make sure not to skip the aluminum foil or your cookie sheets might see some serious damage.

If you live in a place where you’re more likely to stumble across a homeless person than a pinecone (i.e. all my city friends), never fear.  You can pick up the man-made bug-less version of all these fall goodies at your local craft store.  Don’t feel like taking the train out of the city to do it?  Visit Amazon.com where you can find these fall wonders ready to ship:

From top left moving clockwise:

1. 120 Artificial Fall Maple Leaves in a Mixture of Autumn Colors for $10.99 {Plus free shipping if you spend over $35!}

2. Assorted Decorative Fall Artificial Pumpkins and Gourds with Natural Pine Cones {approximately 18 pieces} for $8.99

3. Artificial Silk Maple Leaves Dusted with Copper Glitter {Package of 90} for $12.99

4. Realistic Fall Mini Artificial Pumpkins {package of 16} for $12.99

5. Bulk Package of Natural Pinecones {1/2 pound} for $8.99

So go forth and decorate.  Scatter, splatter, and sprinkle your pinecones about and bring your inner Mother Earth out of her shell!

-Shayna

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6 thoughts on “7 Days of Fall: A Day-By-Day Guide to Embracing the Season {Day 1: Bring Nature Into Your Home}

  1. I know law school was a big commitment and all but, have you considered crafting/writing/good cheer spreading/inspiration generating as a profession? I know you’re a rockstar lawyer but you’re amazing at this too!

    • I would LOVE to do this all day long. If only it paid as well (or at all). For now, it’s just for fun and entertainment, but perhaps a second career is in my future 🙂

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