Driving the back roads of the beautiful KY countryside yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice that maple trees are starting to change color and dogwoods are well on their way to red.  I love this time of year when the sky is a startling blue, the leaves are beginning to show off their colorful displays, and jackets are a part of our morning routines once again.  This means it’s time – time to add some fall touches to your home decor.  Here are some ideas to get your creative juices running:

Bittersweet is one of our favorites here at StyleBlueprint:

Just a little bittersweet adds instant “autumn” to a mantle.

Bittersweet was used recently for this lovely table display at a friend’s birthday luncheon.

I used Bittersweet here with some limelight hydrangeas and some branches from a Japanese maple tree.

This is how I used bittersweet last year. I’d love to say that hole in my ceiling has been covered, but my life is just like yours – busy – and it’s still there.

I’m about to talk about pumpkins, so here are my segue photos!

This picture is from last year. Now, I have enormous mums in these same urns.  You’ll see the current picture later in the post.

I LOVE this design. It’s by a New Haven, CT florist, Chrysalis. I’ve included a link to their gorgeous designs below.

www.chrysalis-designs.com

So, let’s move on to pumpkins.  If you want to see an impressive display, go by Whole Foods:

If you don’t have time for picture at a pumpkin patch, Whole Foods provides a pretty easy place to plop your kids down. I took this picture last year – on my phone – and truly captured the essence of this relationship between my middle daughter and my son. But, really, this is a photo op waiting for you! The lighting is best in the morning.

This display is on my front porch coffee table. It’s so pretty lit up at night.

Add some faux fall leaves to your outdoor urns to further embrace the beauty of the season.

SB reader Julie Davidson has this cute pumpkin on her front porch.

Gorgeous mums line stone stairs

While spring, summer and fall are all seasons to celebrate hydrangeas, fall showcases dried hydrangeas and limelight hydrangeas the best:

Dried Hydrangeas courtesy of SB reader Helen Curnuttes.

Limelight hydrangeas will dry right in the vase looking just as fresh as when they were alive. They will brown instantly with the first freeze – so be sure to cut yours this month!  Elizabeth has them beautifully displayed here.

Sunflowers, cabbages and mums round out my favorite autumn flowers:

Sunflowers with Asparagus Fern

Purple and white cabbages with sunflowers make a long lasting floral display

Sunflowers and Magnolia make an easy fall floral arrangement.

Mums – Can you believe I got these ENORMOUS mums for only $10?  It’s worth stopping at the road side stands!

For perspective, that front door mat is five feet across. Those mums are huge!

Look at these beautiful fall arrangements.

Aren’t these gorgeous?

I hope you all are inspired to embrace fall and all of its bounty.

Happy Wednesday!