Let's look at the exterior first. The front door sets the tone for what you'll find inside.
If you decide to enter the house through the garage, here's what you'll see at the end of the driveway:
When you enter the house, you'll see this simple yet beautiful lamp on the console table in the entry way.
I found this about a year ago at Big Lots. I have a more expensive fillable glass lamp from Pottery Barn, but I like this one better because the large opening offers more versatility as far as what you can put into it. I usually keep artificial artichokes in it.
Moving into the great room, I have my mantle decked out with artificial pumpkins and gourds.
I've had them all so long, I'm not sure where they came from. Most of them are ceramic. A few of them have Old Time Pottery stickers on the bottom, along with a 99 cent price tag.
If you look closely, you can see I used the old "candy corn in the candle holder" trick.
Of course I made sure that plenty of pillows and cozy throws are available for cuddling up on the couch on chilly fall evenings.
In the kitchen I added a few fall accents to the display that sits on my island.
You may have seen this centerpiece with burlap wrapped candles before. I'm thrilled that it is being pinned and featured on other blogs. You can read about how I made it here.
I keep moving it from the screened in porch to the kitchen and back again. I'm not sure where I like it better. Maybe I just need to make another one.
I usually don't bring out the Halloween decorations until October, but these guys are so cute that I want to enjoy them for as long as possible.
Read about how to make your own Ballard inspired chandelier magnets here.
Here's the view from the kitchen as you look toward the mantel.
I got this arrangement at Sam's Club many, many years ago. It's held up quite well.
Finally, here's a view of the great room in its entirety.
Sorry about the pitiful photography. I'm working hard to improve.
It was a busy weekend getting ready for fall, but I'm so glad everything is done. It makes me want to plop down next to a cozy fire with a warm cup of hot chocolate and my favorite blanket. What have you done to get ready for the season?