Excited to feel that fall chill in the morning air? Can we just preface this by saying that we’re so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers. If you’re like us, the start of autumn feels more like the start of the new year—school’s back in session, you’re changing out your wardrobe, your annual pumpkin spice addiction kicks in again… It’s also the first real opportunity to get your home feeling more seasonal—consider this a trial run for the upcoming ho-ho-holidays, mama. We’ve got you covered with supercute fall decor ideas to turn your house into a cornucopia of harvest-y heaven.
We hate to be #HashtagBasic, but how perfect is this oversized plaid throw blanket for cozy fall days on the horizon? Cue the heart eyes over here. It’ll look amazing draped over your go-to leather couch or favorite sofa that you spend the majority of your weekends lounging on (err, attempting to get the kids to get their sh*t together for movie night). It’s guaranteed to keep you toasty while you sip on a cuppa mulled apple cider or homemade pumpkin spice latte. We know you can’t tell from the photo but this 100% polyester fleece throw blanket is insanely soft and warm. Bonus: Not just restricted to your family room, it’s also great for an evening bonfire, outdoor patio, or extended road trip where you want to be extra comfortable. Ahem, go ahead and consider this a naptime essential for you and the entire fam. If you’re not digging the plaid (can’t imagine why not!!), it also comes in a sassy zebra or cheetah print.
Where, oh where, have these fabulous mason jar wall sconces with LED timers been all of our life? We’re smitten with the magical glow that the fairy lights provide—just enough to keep things warm and romantic. For a touch of rural, rustic fall, don’t hesitate to invest in a set for your kitchen, hallway or hidden reading nook STAT. Pick out your own flower arrangements (a trip to Michaels’ artificial flower section will be in order) to further customize your jars. Did we mention that these babies run on an energy-saving timer mode—you can schedule them to come on for six hours and then auto-off for 18 hours—making it easy for you to manage when you’re away. Megan from Amazon raves, “I love these sconces, they are PERFECT for my entryway. Easy to assemble, easy to install, all around easy.”
Our favorite thing about fall? The hubs would probably chime in with a different response (cough, fall tailgating, cough), but we’re here for the fall foliage—and the leaf peeping to follow—of course! Whether you’re planning a fall-themed brunch with your girlfriends or just want to make your entry hallway a wee bit more inviting, these natural lighted willow twig branches are the perfect accent. Four wood branches decorated with yellow maple leaves are included with 16 LED lights for a warm glow. This Amazon customer says, “It’s the perfect amount of light for the hallway at night, and turned off after 6 hours. My hub and I both love it and would definitely buy again.” When it comes to decorating, another customer suggests, “You really need two, otherwise looks kind of puny. I bought a tall, clear glass cylindrical vase and put white rocks in the bottom and it looks very nice.” Either way, we’re f(all) about it.
Even if you had the time, inclination, or axe to chop down some real birch trees and make these candles yourself, we’d still recommend getting these instead. #TiredMomsClub, amirite?! These LED candles are safe and convenient, and even come with a remote so you can get your glow on while sitting on the couch across the room. Whether for a romantic dinner for two, a vino-night-for-one, or just because, it’s life’s small pleasures that keep our sanity in check at the end of the day. Says one mom, “I love these candles! The moving ‘flames’ give a very realistic effect and I love that you can adjust how bright the lighting is. The outer birch design is beautiful. You get the same movement and light of a real candle, but in a much safer way. I have a 5-year-old and a cat so these give me great peace of mind.”
It’s lit. This string of light-up leaves adds a seasonal touch to mantles, tables, or any other corner of your home that needs a little fall flair. Any other Halloweenies out there? It’s never too early to start scheming your seasonal front door decor for a certain spooky holiday. When coupled with some gourds and a scarecrow, this fall garland is sure to amaze trick-or-treaters. Come Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving, it can be incorporated into an autumnal tablescape. Says one leaf peeper, “I ordered a single string, which was just great for the price, and then ordered another to make my mantle really glow. I could have ordered the two string option and saved money—take a hint! Anyway, the mantle looks lovely with three flameless candles and these realistic-looking leaves. The cord is clear, so they look even more real.”
Whether you’re visiting family for Thanksgiving this year, or they’re coming to you, make the mantra, “Home is where the heart is,” a little easier to believe with these state-scented candles. Each scent is personalized to your home state or city. (Don’t know what Pennsylvania smells like? Caramel, maple, buttery rum, and malty molasses balanced with dark cocoa and dry tonka bean, obviously.) Says one ex-Missourian, “It smells like springtime in Missouri. Just like the flowering trees that we had in my backyard when I was growing up. My father just passed away and this is just what I needed to remind me of home now that I live thousands of miles away. <3” The all-natural soy wax will give you 60-80 hours of burning time. Take a hint, mom: That’s 80 hours of “me” time, best spent catching up on your cross-stitching, catching up on that book you never finished from summer, or just enjoying some quality time with the hubs.
Going for that rustic farmhouse look this season? These buffalo plaid thick cotton linen cloth pillow covers are just what the farmer ordered. (Actually, who are we kidding—his wife did.) Now, we’re no Martha Stewart, but we know a good pillow when we see it. Ever walk into your living room with the intent of sprucing things up a bit only to realize that you have no effing clue what you’re doing. As we like to say, a couch without a pillow is simply naked… so give it some personality. Says one pillow thrower, “I enjoy decorating my home using seasonal throw pillows. But how many can you have and try to store them all away? Pillow covers are an easy solution…These pillow covers are a fantastic buy and surprisingly well made!” Our favorite part: There’s an invisible zipper which makes removing and washing them a cinch when there’s a spill or accident.
T-minus how many days until autumn’s arrival? This next item is giving us ALL the fall feels. Showcase your seasonal flowers and plants all year round with this indoor/outdoor planter—yup, it’s an Amish wagon—that’s chock-full of rustic charm. When you’re not using it to display pumpkins and squash, it can store wood logs or Christmas packages for a Santa Claus theme. Plus it’s really easy to put together. Says one happy wagoneer, “I am not an engineer. I am a nurse and I put 90% of it together with my hands. It is SUPER CUTE… I love it so much I don’t want to take it outside and now want to order more and make them for my friends so sweet little Amish wagon!!!! LOVE IT.” Just think of all the totally cheesy, photo ops you can have with the kids as they embark on their first day of school or get ready to go trick-or-treating.
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