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Neutral Fall Faux Greenery | Wayfair & Birch Lane Sales

Why ditching traditional fall colors is a better decorating decision to stretch your dollars + the best neutral fall greenery and decor on sale.

This post is sponsored by Wayfair and Birch Lane.

Fact: I don’t own a single piece of orange decor right now.

Also fact: Even though fall is quickly approaching, I’m not mad about Fact #1.

And when you hear my reason, maybe you’ll be with me on this too.

Neutral Fall Faux Greenery | Why ditching traditional fall colors is a better decorating decision to stretch your dollars + the best neutral fall greenery and decor on sale.

I’ve been in this phase lately of screaming, “Minimalize all the things!”

We’re still cranking out declutter mode over here (and in the Bless’er House Facebook Group) week by week to purge the crazy.

I’ve taught myself that less is more when it comes to mantel decorating (and really lots of other surfaces at this point too).

And you know what else? I’m slowing my roll on the pumpkin spice and everything nice train this year.

Wanna know why? By sticking to neutral fall decor…

  • It costs less money in the long run.
  • It takes up less storage space in the fall off-season.
  • It gives me flexibility to use the decor I already have in endless combinations.
  • It requires less time and energy in seasonal redecorating.

So since Wayfair and its related brand Birch Lane asked me to grab a few pieces from their Labor Day Sale and inform y’all about it because it’s one of my favorite home decor and furniture sites, I figured now was a good time to declare war on orange and hug a (faux) tree.

Neutral Fall Faux Greenery | Why ditching traditional fall colors is a better decorating decision to stretch your dollars + the best neutral fall greenery and decor on sale.

I know. I’m a total rebel in this #PSL decorating blogger world.

Do you promise not to hate me if I vow to place at least 1 pumpkin somewhere in our house? Can we still be friends?

Okay, whew!

Because I have to be honest, as much as I try, I’m not an orange fan. I like pumpkins, but truthfully they make sense for only 2 months out of the year whereas greenery works year-round (even a chunk of it on into Christmas).

Neutral Fall Faux Greenery | Why ditching traditional fall colors is a better decorating decision to stretch your dollars + the best neutral fall greenery and decor on sale.

So how can I say, “Make wise decisions about your decorating purchases and spend where your money can stretch over the course of the entire year” and then blow hundreds of dollars on fall-specific orange decorations that will be out of season within weeks?

Nope. I’m not gonna roll like that. This year is different.

Because if you’re strategic about your decor and opt for good quality pieces that work year-round for any season, you almost cheat the system when it comes to fall decorating.

This year I picked up this faux Japanese maple tree I’ve had in my Birch Lane shopping cart since April. And you know what? It rocks as fall decor.

Neutral Fall Faux Greenery | Why ditching traditional fall colors is a better decorating decision to stretch your dollars + the best neutral fall greenery and decor on sale.

You know what’s even better?

It’s a classic that can stay in that corner for 11 months out of the year so I can get every single dollar’s worth.

Neutral Fall Faux Greenery | Why ditching traditional fall colors is a better decorating decision to stretch your dollars + the best neutral fall greenery and decor on sale.

These faux olive branches work 365 days of the year. Surround it with pops of red and boom! Fall morphs later into Christmas like it’s nothin’.

Neutral Fall Faux Greenery | Why ditching traditional fall colors is a better decorating decision to stretch your dollars + the best neutral fall greenery and decor on sale.

And you know the other perk?

They won’t ever die. I don’t have to remember to water a plant AND take care of the kids. I can’t do both, ‘kay?

I don’t have to worry about a giant mess it’ll make when the leaves fall off as it slips into a sad demise, like all of my real plants inevitably do.

Neutral Fall Faux Greenery | Why ditching traditional fall colors is a better decorating decision to stretch your dollars + the best neutral fall greenery and decor on sale.

And when it comes to this little faux nandina tree, I don’t have to worry about my almost 1 year-old dumping dirt out of the pot onto the floor and throwing it around like confetti because there is no dirt to worry about when it comes to the fake version.

Neutral Fall Faux Greenery | Why ditching traditional fall colors is a better decorating decision to stretch your dollars + the best neutral fall greenery and decor on sale.

But what I love about all three of them – the maple tree, the olive branches, the nandina tree…

They all LOOK real and have a designer quality, which is one of the things I love about the decor from Birch Lane.

Neutral Fall Faux Greenery | Why ditching traditional fall colors is a better decorating decision to stretch your dollars + the best neutral fall greenery and decor on sale.

So there it is. That’s my fall epiphany this year. The green is here to stay and the orange can take a hike.

You can shop the Wayfair Labor Day Sale today for up to 75% off and free shipping over $49 on most of their items, and you can use the coupon code SAVE25 for Birch Lane’s Labor Day Sale to get an extra 25% off your order, plus free shipping.

I hope it helps!

Neutral Fall Faux Greenery | Why ditching traditional fall colors is a better decorating decision to stretch your dollars + the best neutral fall greenery and decor on sale.

I rounded up a few of my other favorite neutral fall decor pieces from the Wayfair and Birch Lane sales that transition well throughout the year, if you aren’t feelin’ the traditional fall colors this year either.

So if y’all need me, I’ll be over here sipping my #PSL and virtual shopping in my sea of faux greenery. Not mad about it one bit.

Are any of you going the neutral route for fall this year? Have you found that it’s cheaper and less of a headache in the long run too? Or am I the lone weirdo in this?

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25 Comments

  1. Lauren: enjoy this blog … re: the Tea Bed by Zinus, I did a ton more research, not being able to have a Tempurpedic for my guest bed, I came back to the Zinus 12″ tea memory foam bed, twin. (10″ not available here on Amazon)
    I will let you know after it arrives and I try it out!!
    Thanks for the tip, keep up this great blog.
    Ann Lee S

  2. I have been reading your blog for quite awhile and love both your decorating and writing style. I particularly love this post because I lose friends every year when fall comes around. Perhaps it’s because I detest the color orange and I don’t like pumpkins or pumpkin ‘spice’ anything. My own style is ummm…shabby chic/farmhouse/french country kinda mix so neutrals with pops of color (albeit nooo orange lol) through accessories are my go-to. I am also an avid plant killer…so yeah, this post spoke directly to my soul. Thanks for making my day, as you always do when I get a chance to sit down and read 🙂 Oh, and happy fall to ya!

  3. I love the warm and cozy colors of fall, including orange! It doesn’t cost a lot to decorate traditionally for fall. I picked up 6 fall items on clearance at True Value for less than $6! And I love filling my front door planters with various colored pumpkins/gourds while leaving the vinca vines still cascading underneath them. I get 3 months out of my fall decor, as I put it out the end of August beginning of September.

  4. Love the new colors, saw the olive branches in Walmart today, they are also on sale In Wayfair. Love your decorating style😊

  5. Funny you should post this! I’ve been painting all my orange faux pumpkins so they match my decor! Not feeling the orange this year either! Thanks for this post!

  6. To each their own, of course, you should never feel the need to apologize or think you are weird for liking something different. We are all unique and should do what we love without caring if it’s “in” or whatever. With that being said, I love the idea of using more neutral items for the holidays that can be used year around, as opposed to as much season specific decor, but I still love the warm colors of fall. I currently use a lot of color in my home, but we are building a new home and I plan to keep the backgrounds more neutral and use color mostly in the form of accessories. I also prefer to keep it a little more neutral and sophisticated and go a little more colorful with the outdoor decor on the porch. When it comes to fall decor, I have really come to love the use of accessories that are in warm metals like bronze, antique brass and copper, and also terra cotta, which is more subdued version of orange. Rougher textures like those found in baskets, chunky knit throws, wheat stalks, woven fringed pillows, etc. really help add to the fall look. Curious, what happened to the vintage bench that was in your foyer (that looked like a wagon seat or something like that)?

  7. Love this post and your minimalistic approach. Makes awesome sense from both a time and money perspective. I never like red and green in my house at Christmas time, so I transitioned to neutrals with a sparkle here and there and I love it.

  8. I might have an alternative that will give everyone some food for thought. In my town, we have a few small thrift stores for used items. One of them sells quality items at VERY cheap prices. Proceeds benefit local families in need and, since I was one of those families once, I donate every chance I get. They have plenty of storage space for seasonal items. If I really want something for a particular holiday, it’s affordable at this shop and when I’m done I can ‘donate’ it back. You can think of the money spent as renting the item or your donation to the organization. Like I said, it’s just food for thought.

  9. I like the neutral decor but I don’t know why you call it seasonal if you leave it out all year. I think the reality is that most of us are tired of the over the top decorations and wasting tons of money on it. A reasonable amount of fall decorating that I will do will do nicely until Thanksgiving when we decorate for Christmas.

    1. I feel like these green plants work well for fall as well as other times of year but not the other way around because not all green plants work well for fall. Like a palm tree or tropical plant, to me, seems summery and would be out of place in October/November. So I figured maybe it would help to share the faux plants that do fit in with fall. Not sure if that makes sense at all. Haha!

  10. I have pumpkins out but not a one of them are orange. I don’t particularly like the fall colors and gravitate more towards neutrals. Love this post!!! (I”m a plant killer too).

  11. The only “season” I decorate for is Christmas! I live in SoCal so our seasons aren’t determined by the calendar dates for spring, fall, summer, winter, as much as they are by the weather. It will cool down but that probably won’t be until late Nov. I move accessories around so my look does change from time to time but all my accessories, with the exception of Christmas decor, can be used year-round. Most can be used in more than one room. I love the greenery you purchased!

  12. I bought some faux plants, thanks for the suggestions. I love the reds, oranges, browns, and yellows for fall decorating. As an adult I think back to my childhood memories of my mom switching out the house for each holiday, I can’t imagine not doing that. While I have taken a different approach to what I purchase, I definitely cannot leave behind my favorite fall colors. Pairing down and minimizing is happening in my home as well, for me it’s more about getting rid of clothing and other unused objects. Holidays colors and items spark my joy! And my kids… as adult children they love coming home to a colorful decorated house. 😊 Thank you for all the fabulous greenery links. Love your blog.

  13. Being from the Northeast and now living in NC, I cannot give up the traditional fall colors. I like seeing the leaves change, even if I have to create it in my own house decorations. It’s a personal preference, I guess.

  14. Nope, can’t embrace it! It is pretty, but it seems to me that you are blurring spring-like looks with what is an orange, rust, brown, etc. fall color season, LOL! Yes, orange and rust may only be there for a few short weeks, but do we take red out of Christmas for those few short weeks? What about Santa? Do we get rid of him because he is only in our homes for about a month? Just some thoughts…..Of course, everyone should decorate how they like, but taking green out of St. Patrick’s Day would be kinda crazy. 🙂

  15. I am with you! I live on the Florida coast and fall never seems to arrive. Ha. Through the years I would buy a pumpkin or two which always felt pathetic, sparse and out of place in the Florida heat. So last year I officially gave up. If I want a crisp fall day surrounded by pumpkins, falling leaves, scarves and boots I will just need to book a trip!

  16. I tried but I took my non traditional colored item back to the store. Ive been paring down for years and now have just a little bit of Fall and Xmas decor. Since Fall has more than one seasonal color, more than just orange, I’m going the traditional way. Altho, I liked the non traditional colored table runner I bought, every time I looked at it, it just wasn’t striking a chord with with me. I lived with it for a week. I decided I would take it back and pull some of its colors into my seasonal Fall decor I already have.
    I do love the faux greenery, it’s outstanding. I’ve been trying to do the same. Build an inventory of faux plants. This is probably the last year of living plants for me. I only have about a dozen I think. Altho, it will break my heart, I’m going to put them on the curb went temps cool down and hope they all get adopted by someone who has more energy than I do. I’m tired of overwintering them in the house.
    Your blog is one of my favs!!! You always post something that is valuable to me and that I enjoy reading. All the best to you and your family!!!

  17. Love the neutral, pared down look you introduced this Fall (and the olive branches – just ordered some)! Compared this Fall tour with the last one and the difference in your home is striking. Didn’t realized until I toggled back and forth between the photos all the home deco and furniture items you had changed. I like the botanical line drawings that replaced the colored ones and the new bench. When I moved into my new place almost 2 years ago, I got rid of tons of seasonal decorations as my new place is very neutral and I wanted to keep that look year round (did keep some of my red, white and silver Christmas decorations and my white pumpkins). Last year I bought some “lumpy” faux pumpkins in bluish green and faded orange to mix in. I just wanted to add seasonal touches that didn’t overwhelm my year round look and then have to wonder where to store it all as I no longer have a large garage and attic space. From what I have been reading on a number of blogs, this feeling on down-sizing the intensity of seasonal decoration appears to be catching on as we simplify our homes. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pictures of the new look.

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