Fall Forward

Fall spices and a cup of tea on a table top
Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

It’s the beginning of October and it’s time to fall forward, don’t you think? Fall is my favorite season here in New England. The temps can be all over the place (yesterday started sticky and humid and then the temp dropped 20 degrees!)  but the nights are chilly and the feeling of wanting to pull up the quilts is becoming stronger.

I loved the back to school season, once upon a time.

I remember the thrill of back to school clothes and the smell of new pencils and notebooks so vividly. I also remember that it was often way too hot to wear my new fall clothes – which was always quite a disappointment!

This photo actually looks a little like my brother Don and I, once upon a time. Except I’m pretty sure he didn’t hold my hand when we went to the same elementary school. But he was very blond and I was reddish/blond/brown and wore little outfits just like this. Ah, memories.

And in our homes, even the slightest whiff of a cool breeze makes us want to do a little fall decorating, pull on a cozy sweater and curl up by a fire.

fireplace with tapestry fall forward
Photo by Jayden Wong on Unsplash

 

Pumpkins on a front stairs door decor fall foward
Photo by Artie Siegel from Pexels

 

Center hall table with gourds
Photo by David A Land via Better Homes and Gardens

 

White brick fireplace, black bust, Hermes orange box, scarf, small oil painting, fall forward
Linda’s October Mantle featuring an Hermès scarf in oranges and browns, its box (mais oui!), a small painting by artist Pamela Copeman, large pine cones and a bronze scroll metalwork screen.

We can certainly add a little fall spice to our homes, even if the temps are still on the high side. I’ve gathered some fun items to add a little fall flair to your home. (Note: I will receive a small commission from the sale of any of these items purchased via this post. Thank you!)

 

Do you do anything to spice up your fall decor? I’d love to hear about it!

Linda Merrill Boston Design Fall market fall forward
At Century Furniture doing a mirror selfie in one of my favorite new releases – the Eve Mirror. (Funny, I just noticed I’m taking a photo of the Eve mirror with my Apple iPhone!)

I’m attending Boston Market Week this week at the Boston Design Center. There were some wonderful talks yesterday including a special talk by designer Michael Carter on the history of interior decorating and how it got it’s start as a profession here in New England! He featured two specific decorators – Henry Davis Sleeper ( I wrote about his home Beauport here) and Ogden Codman, Jr. who wrote the classic Decoration of Houses with Edith Wharton and worked with her on her home in the Berkshires, The Mount – which I photographed extensively here.

More to come on this year’s Fall Design Market in Boston!

(This post has been updated from the original 2015 post)
xoxo Linda Would you like my Favorite Tips for a Well-Decorated Home? Click here!

16 thoughts on “Fall Forward”

  1. Well…you know how I feel about the coming cooler weather and then winter! But yes, these images are wonderful and I am especially loving those wheat candle sconces. Fabulous. And the Juliska plates are lovely and oh so perfect for the fall table. Thanks!

    • Haha – I know – I think we both live where we should! The air is wonderfully cool here today. The sun is still warm and it’s going to be in the 90s again next week. But sleeping weather has been fantastic!

  2. Hello Linda, I love the fall season, and this is the first one I am getting to experience in Ohio in many years. Fall does seem to be coming late, though; the trees are still all green on October 3. We have already been to the apple farm once–to me, full-flavored apples are the real taste of autumn.
    –Jim

    • Hi Jim – you remind me that I forgot to include pics of my recent apple picking excursion. I made an apple crumble and still have a bunch left. It was hot the day we went, which didn’t feel so Sping like, but still fun. Trees seem a little slower here too, but the oak trees are busy dropping their acorns. I found an empty one on my front porch railing this morning – someone was having a snack!

  3. Hi Linda `– I loved getting inspired by this post! And your pretty mantel, with that Hermes scarf and Pam’s painting has given me the push I need to get out my own fall things and spruce it all up around here a bit to get in the mood…which hasn’t been easy to do when it’s still in the 90’s! But, I’m game now after seeing this post!

  4. Love this post Linda! It’s still high 90s here in Austin, but it’s supposed to finally change by tomorrow. Praying it will. Your beautiful fall colors are starting to get me in the mood that MAYBE we’ll have fall weather soon. Thx for sharing!!

  5. My fav of your post that I really related to believe it or not was the excitement of buying new school clothes. You see, this was one of my late mom’s and my very special times together each school year. Then after a day of shopping we would come home and lay out all my new outfits on my bed and rave about our beautiful purchases plus putting new combos togehter about what could go with this or that. Pricing was different way back then especially when designer labels weren’t a thing. I treasure those memories from my late mom and me doing our annual mom/daughter thing so I thank you Linda for bringing back this memory for me.

  6. I have such mixed feelings about fall – it’s a beautiful season here and so full of excitement as the academic year kicks off, but it means cold weather is coming and while I love to look at winter (when it is pretty, that is) from inside my home, I don’t enjoy the arctic temperatures at all! But meanwhile, I need to get on with my fall decorating, so thank you for the inspiration! PS that snake mirror always gave me the creeps…I have a really strong aversion to snakes! And Schumacher has that snake wallpaper too…eek, same reaction!

  7. I’m with Janet. While I love the colours of fall (yellow being my favorite), I’m a summer/heat girl (so why do I live in Western CANADA?).

    I have been seeing fabric pumpkins everywhere this year. Great fall inspirations here!

    • Hi Sheri – Hmm, Canada may not be the place for someone who loves the heat! It’s a reason I love New England, we have such a good mix of all the weather. Of course, we complain about every season – too cold, too hot, too short!

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