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

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  1. 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

  2. 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. 😉