Whisper Fall Softly

Whisper Fall Softly

“All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds.

Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature.” 

~Rudolf Steiner

Hydrangeas & White Pumpkins

Isn’t that a beautiful quote?  We are surrounded by such beauty in nature and our own back yards can be a wonderful source of decor items. In my home I wanted to whisper fall softly and subtly.

I shared my White Pumpkin Centerpiece with you all last week, and extended the same theme into the family room, decorating with natural items and a neutral fall color palette.

Family room - Decorating for fall

Pears, white and green pumpkins are scattered throughout the room. The mantel was kept simple with dried hydrangeas from the yard, a galvanized tray and wicker basket. Crepe myrtle tree branches were placed in a large glass vase filled with wine corks. They have such beautiful seed pods.

Early Fall Mantel using natural elements like white pumpkins, dried hydrangeas, pears and crepe myrtle branches. One of my favorite mantels of all time!

Early Fall Mantel - blue and green themed mantel. Group together green pears , white pumpkins and pretty dried hydrangeas.

Dried Hydrangeas and White Pumpkins - beautiful fall decorating using natural elements

When I decorate with natural elements and a neutral color palette, then mixing and adding multiple textures is important. Votives filled with rice hold taper candles nicely and firmly. I painted a faux bois pattern on each taper with chalk paint. I’ll demonstrate how to do that later this week.

Faux Bois Painted Taper Candles

Most people think that because I’m a coastal decor chick then all my wood work and furniture in our home would be white. Well, my hubs is very traditional and he loves dark wood. So as in every marriage, we have to compromise, and therefore have quite a bit of dark wood furniture. I’ve tried to lighten up our bookcases for fall with white candles, baskets, white pumpkins and pottery.

Bookcases decorated for fall - white pumpkins and pretty pears
Bookcases decorated for fall

My huge dough bowl is filled with pumpkins and goose neck gourds, and of course, more dried hydrangeas. I have more dried hydrangeas then I need but I can’t resist their fluffy, full blooms! (Click here to learn how to dry hydrangeas).

Decorating with Dough Bowls - pile pretty white and green pumpkins and gourds in a dough bowl with dried hydrangeas. Soft colors and natural elements are perfect for early fall decor.

Neutral Fall Decorating - Green pumpkins and dried hydrangeas - fall home tour

Do you hear it? Shhh…. there is is. The quiet, understated whispering…. fall is here.


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  1. I love all of the natural elements you used … simplistic, but packs a beautiful and inviting Fall “punch!” You’re sweet to compromise with your hubs … sadly, mine lost his decorating voice many years ago. lol

    • Ha! Thank you Becca! My hubs used to be one of those “you can’t paint wood” kinda guys. I’ve reformed him though. I’m still working on convincing him that the fireplace brick should be white washed…. I might just go for it and deal with the wrath that will most likely follow. 😉 OR maybe I should turn it into a sponsored post…. money always talks to men. Ha!

  2. chris aka monkey says:

    very nice whispering softly xx

  3. Soft and sweet! I too am whispering fall in with some beautiful hydrangea blooms. I have placed them all over the house along with some plaid throws, and white
    pumpkins…. soft!

  4. Kim your family room is gorgeous and I love that quote so much!

  5. I love the soft colour you used for your fall décor.