2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

Happy fall, y’all! If you’re stopping in from Meadow Lake Road or Migonis Home, welcome! I’m so excited to have you here to kick off the Farmhouse Fall Tour of Homes with so many talented bloggers.

Cookie Cutter Cottage Fall Tour | Bless'er House

If you’ve never visited here before, you should know my husband Robert and I are crazy. We moved into our newly built cookie cutter suburban house a year and a half ago, and we make it our mission to tear it apart.

I know. It’s the weirdest thing. We were handed new house keys, and then we busted out the power tools. We’re always creating outside-of-the-builder-box ways to bring some farmhouse charm to our characterless house. (You can check out the full “before” here.)

Okay, so enough with the backstory. Welcome to our little slice of autumn here in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC!

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

Out here on our front porch is probably my favorite place to be right now. We’ve had this pretty summer weather with a hint of a fall breeze lately, and I’ve already started getting it cozy.

I’m not usually into the color orange, but I couldn’t resist a little out here. It just makes everything come to life this time of year.

Since we are always on a tight budget around here, I stretched our budget as much as I could using a pair of DIY rustic shutters to frame our door, some mums I picked up for under $30 for all, and fall foliage at a discount during the pre-fall sales.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

Right now, we’re rockin’ the fake pumpkins all over our house at the moment since the real ones are not so easy to find just yet.

The upside- we can play an impromptu game of dodgeball with the fake ones anytime we want. Right?

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

Right when you walk through our front door is our newly madeover foyer.

I love decorating with thrift store items, and I keep an eye out for seasonal decor all year long.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

Probably one of my favorite thrifted items of all is this typewriter that I use to switch out seasonal quotes.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

Next to our foyer is our dining room, which is still a bit of a work in progress. We’re big fans of the color blue around here, so I kept things neutral with white pumpkins and white mums.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

Pretty much everything in here is a DIY including those dining chairs, buffet cabinet, and rope chandelier.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

It’s amazing what a little greenery can do for an entire room too, don’t you think?

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

In our hallway, we have this cozy little spot that we use as a makeshift mudroom. Hats, shoes, scarves, everything ends up here. It helps so much in keeping our sanity as we’re rushing in and out of the house with our daughter.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

Across from our bench is this old window that I used from my husband’s childhood home to turn into a chalkboard. I love using a few handlettering tricks to change out the quote or scripture on it every few months.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

With just a plank of wood and a few feet of rope, we made a ledge to easily decorate it with the seasons too.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

Our living room is probably one of the biggest transformations of all. It’s still not finished, but that faux fireplace we built has made a world of difference.

I can’t even tell you how happy I was to decorate it with pumpkins and grape leaves this year. Working around that big TV is an interesting ordeal though.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

We kept the neutral tones in here too with the white pumpkins and mums.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

Over at our kitchen table is where we eat pretty much all of our meals. We have a big crush on industrial style around here, and our collection of clocks makes this space so much fun.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

I put together this easy centerpiece with a $4 thrift store tray and some pumpkins I got on sale from Michaels and Walmart.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

Those pine cones and wood slices I used for candle holders came right out of my in-laws’ yard. Gotta love free decor straight from nature!

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

You can see more about all of the decor sources for our table from this post. Dinners seem extra special nowadays with it decorated.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part One | Bless'er House - Great ideas for decorating for fall on a budget

So are you ready to grab a cup of hot cider and settle in for the rest of the tour?

You can stop in to check out the rest of these bloggers’ homes throughout the week:

Monday

Meadow Lake Road | Migonis Home | Bless’er House

Tuesday

The Fat Hydrangea | Sypsie Designs | The Refined Relic

Wednesday

Anderson + Grant | Seeking Lavender Lane | Little Glass Jar

Thursday

Gracie Blue | Home Remedies | Home by Heidi

Friday

Home by Ally | Cherished Bliss | Dandelion Patina

And if you’d like to join in on the fun, share YOUR fall home decor on Instagram with the hashtag #FarmhouseFallTour. We’ll choose a few to feature on our own feeds throughout the week!

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28 Comments

  1. Loved fall your tour! Fall is my favorite time of year on our little farm too! Thanks for sharing some inspiration! I am always adding new things to the farmhouse and love seeing what other Mommy bloggers are doing. God Bless,
    Sara Jo Floyd

    1. Thank you so much, Sara Jo! I had a lot of fun putting this one together. It’s so hard to believe I’ll soon have to take it all down to replace it with the Christmas stuff.

    1. Thank you so much, Ashley! I adore your home too! It was a blast being part of the tour with you. 🙂 Hugs!

    1. Thank you, Michelle! I absolutely loved your tour. I swear we’re style twins because I love everything you do. So glad to have had the chance to do it with you!

  2. PS. I meant to be describing my curtains and that’s one pair 108″ and 3 pair that are 84″ so that’s a LOT of what in fall translates into FALL!!! To my defense last year no year before I did turn them to white lining for Christmas and had a very proper white/cream accented Christmas glittering from kitchen to great room. I did do it. It was hard though. Lol. Hope you are imagining color all over!! And your poem??? Copied on the back of an old tray with my new COLORED chalk!!! I do so love George Eliots poem. But as you by now predict mines in color. Smile

  3. I love it all!!! I tried. I tried to buy just white pumpkins and I did get a few small ones but these quirky oh 4″ pumpkins with the loooongest stems all bent or curved and 2/2.99 just looked sooo cute. I bought the GIANT mum in white ….but this dark reddish one Ohhh it looked so pretty. I did my kitchen and hutch shelves in turquoise, red and black with my roosters and a chick marching to my freehand chalkboard saying. Next? The table. I was being a purist. No orange allowed!!! But then as I went to my great room off the kitchen with bright dark brownish red and golden yellow and oh there’s stuff that just looks like a leaf in its glory of deep orange or mixed with that red or that yellow–it just explodes FALL!!! Oh dear I thought. Oh dear. Miss well Mrs Blesser House would just have a conniption fit!!!! But my books of spines of reds, oranges, blacks, Browns and yellow…my Autumn sign painted by a friend on a side of an old tongue and groove dresser drawer…I just tossed her! And there! And in sheer delight I long for a ride to the Pottery Barn outlet just to get the stacked reddish orange, orange and yes off white pumpkin pillow for my RED leather setee chesterfield chair!!! Oh dear. I tried. I did. Let’s just blame it ALL on those too cute little orange pumpkins with those loooong stems all askew. Okay??? For I LOVE what you do but I just can’t seem to copy it✨✨?

    1. Gwen, I chuckled the entire time reading that! You are a hoot! I say if you love color, decorate with color! I attempted the red decor at one point and realized I was only decorating with the color because it’s what I saw others doing and it wasn’t really “me”. I’m the quiet, thinker type. Neutrals/blues are just me. Sounds like lots of color is in your personality though. Own it. 😉 Our homes should be as different as we are.

  4. Your porch is BEAUTIFUL! I want those shutters you made for my porch! 🙂 I also love all of the pumpkins you’ve added throughout your home and how you’ve decorated your table. So pretty! I would love you to link this up at the Holiday Craftacular party we are having this week on 5 blogs – curlycraftymom.com!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  5. Hey Lauren,
    Love, Love, Love your fall home tour!! I’ve been following your fall posts, but it was great to see how it all came together and it looks great! Thanks for sharing…..
    Have a great week!
    Lanita

    1. Thanks, Lanita! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. Tomorrow will be the last of the fall decor I believe before we’re back to busting out some power tools again. 😉

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