One of the reasons I love to decorate my home for fall, is really one word…COZY!  I love the cozy feeling it gives to the house and when the weather changes (and eventually it will change) it is my favorite time to be at home.  I hope to never stop doing this.  The children have been grown and gone for awhile, but I do this for me and for the family when they are here.

Many items I have collected over time, and combine with family heirlooms.  I do not spend a lot of money on these decorations.  The foundation of this wreath was found at our local Goodwill SA.  I paid two dollars for a wreath of autumn leaves which was in great condition.  Then I went to Hobby Lobby (one of my favorite places!) and purchased the pumpkin and acorns and added them along with the bow.  Viola!  I think it looks great.  The autumn leaf hook was bought last year at Marshalls for $5, but I believe they have them again this year.

I am blessed to have two family rooms which both have fireplaces.  The front room, I call the White Pumpkin room.  It is softer and more subtle with mostly white pumpkins around a couple of smaller green ones.  The first picture in this post is from that room and I love the white pumpkin, magnolia leaf wreath.

The den area is full out red, golds, and oranges.  During spring and summer, I have a bluebonnet painting above the mantel.  But, switch it out with this Thomas Kinkade picture for fall and winter.  This picture was also a gift from some special people in my life.

This family room sits next to a little breakfast area which is perhaps my favorite cozy space.  I love to have my morning coffee there until the weather changes and I can go on the patio.  The newest items in my decorations are the chalkboard type decorations…again, I love the farmhouse-bed & breakfast-french country kind of style.

It is also about little details…like autumn scented candles around the rooms, and small things such as little signs occasionally in a window, or this Cottonstem Co vase I found over the summer on a clearance rack for $2 and I placed in it old dried foliage and feathers which was in the bottom of the fall decor box.

The sunflowers are in an antique pitcher from my grandmother’s farm which I use often around the house as a vase.  If I were asked what my autumn decorating theme is, I would say, “Give Thanks!”  A great reminder to be thankful for what we have every day.  Every year, I do purchase a few extra small pumpkins so if a grandchild wants something to take home for their room, then they can have it.  As I get closer to Thanksgiving, I will add some real pumpkins and flowers.  Sometimes I throw in a Cinnamon Broom…love those!

My cozy home is so special to me, but especially in fall and winter.  Do any of you like to decorate your home?  Do you any of you join me as empty nesters and still decorate though the children are gone?  Please share.  I have placed some fun items from around retail world for you consideration today.  I love to shop for my home as much as for me!





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