fall decorating at the hunt house.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

if you knew me, you'd know i don't go too far down the decorating-for-the-holidays path.  honestly, i wish i did.  i have the fondest memories of my childhood home decorated with garland up the stairwells at christmas time, nativity sets out (including a precious moments one that i would play with for hours) for their once-a-year unveiling, otherwise hidden away in boxes amongst their newspaper cushioning for most of the year.  decorating lends itself to excitement and fanfare about the whole holiday, right?  it's worth doing.  but sometimes, the whole thing stresses me out and if it doesn't end up looking like the front page of cottage living, i'm all, "why bother?"  plus, doing it right costs money.  duh.  i mean, i always get a few mums, two or three pumpkins, and some gourds, maybe a glittery skull, but that's about where the path ends for me.

i'm going to try to do better (starting this year!  evidence above!).  i seriously enjoy it, the kids are so excited to see it (and help do it too), and when the house is quiet at night and i look around at the trinkets and such that help ring in the celebration, it makes me happy.

18 comments:

  1. I loved growing up with decoration everywhere too, so I'm gonna try to make it a tradition. but you're right, doing it the pretty way costs stupid amounts of money. luckily, we got a few decorations at my bridal shower, so hopefully that can tide us over.

    your decorations are so pretty! it's crazy what a few pumpkins can do.

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  2. I love your decorations! Themed without being too overpowering. But I know what you mean about getting all decked out. My childhood was filled with a gleaming house to match every season and holiday!

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  3. I think this is fabulous. Decorations help get you in the spirit of the upcoming holiday(s). Plus yours are totally tasteful and festive without making me want to vomit, which is always ideal :)

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  4. I love looking at all the decor and seeing the fronts of magazines smothered in ideas, but making it come true doesn't always happen. You're a lot earlier in the game than I am. I'm ready for some mums and pumpkins for sure!

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  5. Your house looks beautiful! I think after just a few years of making the effort you will build up a great supply of decorations!

    And funny you mention the nativity sets. My mother always put one out that was her mother's and it was forbidden to touch - but to a little girl, so seemed like a very special doll house I always wanted to play with!

    happy fall!

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  6. gorgeous! i am with you...it is hard to spend a lot of money on decorations!

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  7. Sweet post! You've inspired to "go all out" and do the same! As of right now I have ZERO fall decor goin on... and it's quite depressing now that I've stopped to think about it. =) Love the photos.

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  8. love it! I need to get some mums this weekend, they are my favorite. also, I saw a wreath on pinterest made of nuts! I think I want to make it for the front door...

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  9. How'd you do the puff garland!?!? It's fab.

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  10. I'm trying to convince Craig to let us get pumpkins but he says they're pointless in our apartment. And if we put them on our stoop, some college kid will totally smash it :( I will live vicariously through your pumpkins!

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  11. Oh man you did well! mY fall decor consists of two pumpkins sittin on the deck, one of which the stem broke off:(

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  12. @emily, here's the tutorial i use! http://www.marthastewart.com/265163/pom-poms-and-luminarias-how-to?czone=crafts/crafting-tools-center/crafting-tools-projects&center=276982&gallery=274329&slide=265163

    @alex, pumpkins are silly expensive, or can be depending on where you get them anyway. and then to have them smashed! gets my blood going. we'll have 24/7 surveillance on our stoop once halloween gets closer...

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  13. bridget hunt, you may have just motivated me to a fall decorating extravaganza. i'll let you know...

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  14. @nessa, good luck girl! i wanna see it when it's done :)

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  15. I am totally with you. I really need to make an effort to decorate for the seasons and holidays. I still have some time as my girl is just a babe and won't remember how drab her home was :p

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  16. So cute, and I love that your kids get excited and help. That makes it more special than any magazine cover!

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  17. I don't really love decorating my house either. I shouldn't say that, I like it, but it took me so much time to get to a happy place with my regular house decor (and there's still so much I'd like to do) that I don't want to hide all of that with the cheap holiday decorations I can afford.

    I love what you've got going in your house. The decorations are so organic and charming. It really looks cozy. I'm sure the kids are in heaven.

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  18. the only time we really decorate the house is for christmas and then we have tendency to go all out. but i think it is because in england we decorate less which is a shame as fall decorations are so pretty.

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