Autumn Decorating & DIY

This year I would like to do more seasonal decorating in our home. As a lover of homewares, décor and soft furnishings, being able to play with seasonal decorating will allow me to mix up and refresh our décor four times a year.

Seasonal decorating also allow me to get creative and make décor items for the home, something I have been wanting to do for a while but have never managed to make the time to do so.

As we move into Autumn, I want to create a cozy living room to hunker down in. Soft cushions to lean on, cozy blankets to snuggle under and decoration that evokes the Autumnal colours and wild nature that surrounds us.

Creating a Mood Board

As with any decorating job, my first task is to create a mood board. This involves scrolling on Pinterest and Instagram looking for inspiration.

The first thing I do is pick a colour palette and collect images that suit. For my Autumn colour palette I’m going with terracotta, burnt orange and russet tones, paired with sage and dark murky greens. To balance it out I’ll incorporate white and palest grey with a hint of green black.

This mood board is all about colour and nature.

For texture I want to mix soft wool and fabric with whicker baskets, galvanized metal and natural materials sourced from the garden.

I love the texture knits and simple cushions shown here. I love the use of faux pears and autumn foliage to bring nature indoors. I also love the collection of ceramics and amber glass bottles and the rustic timbers.
Again I love the use of foliage and pumpkins for decoration, the use of whicker, rustic timber, linens and amber glass bottles and jars.

Shopping my Home and Stores

My next step is to shop my home for décor items I already have that suit my decorating style or theme. I love shopping for homewares, almost as much as I love shopping for fabric and yarn. So I hit up some of my favorite stores to see if they had any budget friendly pieces I could add to my Autumn decorating.

Home Shopping List

  • Old ceramic jug
  • Metal embossed jug
  • Growler jar with twinkle lights
  • Old white Ikea wool blanket
  • Light sage green wool Ikea blanket (technically new, but I bought it a couple of months ago)
  • Small brown glass jar
  • White ceramic bud vases
  • Old cream ceramic milk jug
  • Owl tealight holder
  • Vintage and Penguin Classics books
  • Dried paper daisies

Store Bought Items

Getting Crafty

After creating my mood boards and working out the style, textures and colour scheme, it’s time to look at crafty ways I can create my Autumn décor. Once again my first stop is Pinterest for inspiration and to find patterns.

I know I definitely want to create a wreath from both faux and natural items. I’m also hoping to make some garlands.
I’d also love to make some faux pumpkins and love these ones made from fabric and wool. I’d also like to make some crochet acorns and I’m planning on doing an Autumn inspired Embroidery piece.
As well as making new cushions for our lounges, I’d really like to make some throw blankets and a quilt. I also love the texture in the wall weaving and dream catcher. I would love to make some crochet pine cones to go with my pumpkins and acorns too.

A trip to spotlight recently happened to coincide with a 40% off sale on all of their fabric, so naturally I bought some meterage of fabrics that I thought would work well with my Autumn décor.

I also raided my yarn stash to see what I had to use. I intend to raid my fabric stash also, and have actually already started working on and English Paper Pieced cushion panel.

The Fun Begins…

Now that I have my mood boards done, I’ve shopped my home and collected new décor items, got my making list sorted and raided my stash, it’s time for the fun to begin and get crafting.

I’ll be sharing my Autumn Decorating DIY as I go heer on the Blog and on Instagram @missleela_handmade and @missleela_home.

If you would like to check out my Autumn Pinterest Boards you can do so here:

Autumn Decorating Board

Autumn DIY Board

Until next time, I hope you are staying safe, keeping well and letting your creativity shine.

Miss Leela x

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