Hello sweet friends! So sorry that it’s been awhile since I have posted. Things have been so busy for me staying one step ahead of my design clients that it’s been a challenge for me to update the blog. As I finish up a couple local design projects and do the final styling, I’m also incorporating touches of fall into my client’s homes and today some super easy 5 minute fall styling tips and tricks that I have been doing in these recent client projects.
I love using beautiful decorative bowls of all sizes when I seasonally decorate. It’s the perfect vessel to mix seasonal elements and you can add dimension by clipping berry sprigs off of faux stems and working them into the top of the bowl mix like I did recently in a client’s home below.
For this seasonal bowl, I layered velvet pumpkins, faux small green pears (you can pick those up at any craft supply store) and pinecones. I cut sprigs of faux berries off a larger faux stem that I found at Hobby Lobby. I fell in love with the beautiful light lavender color of the berries. I just simply slipped in the sprigs so the berries would come out the sides of the bowl, which adds dimension to the bowl.
I use decorative bowls a lot in my styling because it’s a great way to contain a pop of color or add something organic like these small moss balls that I layered in a beautiful blue and white decorative bowl. I also add just a few small berry sprigs for a touch of fall.
In another client’s house, I layered velvet pumpkins, moss balls, pinecones and sprigs of berries in a wood bowl. Again, you do the same thing with any type of bowl and get a similar look.
Making Faux Stems Look Real
Unfortunately, when it comes to fall styling, it’s hard to use real stems because branches of leaves won’t last long and I have to incorporate faux stems. However, there are ways to make faux stems look beautiful and organic by selecting stems that actually look real to you and if you use the faux stems sparingly, you can get a more realistic look.
Below, I mixed a few faux olive branch stems with just one fall stem that had several branches in a tall glass vase. The greenery mixed with the fall stem used sparingly helps to make the total arrangement look more realistic.
On my client’s entryway table, I did the something similar and only used three tall fall faux sprigs in a jug to get a more realistic look.
When I select faux stems, I not only look for stems that look real but I also look for stems that have a dried natural organic look. For example, below I found these pinky faux stems that looked real and looked more like dried naturals. I mixed them together with these green fuzzy look faux stems that add that pretty pop of green but they also looked more like a dried natural instead of a faux plastic type stem.
I really love to use these fuzzy green faux stems a lot in all my client projects (I buy them at Hobby Lobby) because they have that beautiful organic pop of green and I just love how real and organic they looked either mixed with other faux stems or by themselves in a jug/vase.
Work in Faux Fruit
I have a love affair with incorporating faux fruit into my styling projects because it’s an inexpensive way to add pops of color and that organic element that I like to include in everything that I do.
On my client’s kitchen island, I simply layered a glass vase filled with small faux green pears on a cutting board with small pumpkins and a smaller vase filled with dried wheat. Together, the whole look is fresh, fall and organic.
Faux fruit is a great filler for those seasonal bowls and again, you get that instant pop of color.
I incorporate faux fruit a lot in my projects all year round because of the intensity the color brings. It’s so simply and an inexpensive way to add something interesting.
Keeping It Organic
No matter what season you are styling for in your own home, if you look to incorporate the most organic elements (or organic looking elements) and keep it simple, you will get a more realistic seasonal layered look. As you saw above, something as simple as cutting faux berry sprigs off of a full stem of berries and working it into your existing decor is an easy and beautiful way to layer for the seasons. Using dried naturals such a dried eucalyptus, dried lavender or wheat is another way to get an organic look.
As you look around your home, you don’t have to rearrange anything but look for places to slip in dried naturals like a jug or a vase that’s already in place.
Small jugs or narrow vases on side table like below is a great spot to slip in a few sprigs of dried lavender.
Fall Mantle Styling
If I’m styling a mantle for fall, again, I like to keep things simple and organic and usually mix in velvet or faux pumpkins with small real pumpkins, pinecones and either real or faux eucalyptus. Of course, styling a mantle for fall takes a little longer than 5 minutes but if you just stack and layer pumpkins first and then add eucalyptus or olive branches, it doesn’t take long at all.
I really love working with velvet pumpkins in the fall because they are so pretty and you can use them year after year.
Last year for my Thanksgiving table, I layered velvet pumpkins mixed with real pumpkins on a wood board down the center of my dining table.
It’s so fun to seasonally decorate but it’s especially fun if it’s easy and simple. Get creative and use what you have and play with it.
Happy Fall Y’all!!