EntertainingFavorite Fall Decorating Moments of All Time September 8, 2014 For me, life is all about moments. My family always jokes when we’re together and asks me if this is a MOP. Years ago, we were camping at our favorite spot in Tennessee, Cades Cove. It was October and the air was crisp. It was just an hour before sundown. We were going to ride around the 11-mile loop that they have there where you can see beautiful scenery and tons of animals. During our yearly camping trips, we would go around the loop at least once a day, right at dusk, and we would keep a running tally of all of the animals we saw throughout the trip. I have such great memories from those trips and that beautiful drive. During this particular time, my dad was driving us in his truck and my mom, sister, and I were in the truck bed. We were bundled up in wool blankets and had cups of hot chocolate in our hands. I was so overcome by the cozyness, the crisp air, and the moment that I said, “Now, this is just a Moment of Perfection.” Ever since, that’s my little phrase. I’m always looking for those moments that just feel right and I wouldn’t change a thing in the world. Not that they’re literally “perfect,” but that’s exactly how they feel to me. To me, fall is filled with those moments. Every year around August, I start to really get the Fall itch. I make myself hang on until after Labor Day, but after that, it’s on. It’s time for pumpkins, cozy evenings by the fire, apple cider, hot apple pie, crisp evening walks…the list goes on and on. I could live fall over and over, truly I could. One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is that it forces you to decorate early for all seasons! My first fall projects and tours begin next week, so I’m spending this week buying pumpkins and cozying up our home for fall. There’s just nothing like it! To get me in the fall mood (not that I need much prodding) and to get my fall decorating juices flowing, I was looking back through my past fall projects. There are two projects that I love more than any I’ve ever done and they just happen to be fall. Two years ago, my mom, sister, and I decided to start a little business. We’ve always loved planning parties and decorating homes and wanted to take that in a professional direction. We made table linens, styled parties, and created some home decor lines. We quickly realized, however, that churning out the same product over and over just wasn’t for us. What was for us, was brainstorming the idea, creating the project, photographing it, and sharing it! This experience made me pursue the blog in a whole new way. Our fall tablescapes from that business are still my favorite projects I’ve ever done. We did two: one to be a more traditional take on fall and the other to serve as a fresh, modern take on fall decor. First up, was Enchanted Autumn. For this one, we went with a fresh fall color scheme inspired by green heirloom pumpkins. The vintage floral napkins really gave us our color scheme and we carried it out with green, white, and gold pumpkins. For the place cards, we cut notches in tiny wood rounds and inserted card stock. We stamped a Maple Leaf on the card stock in gold and wrote the names over-top. The wooden charges are still one of my favorite pieces we created. We used a lot of wood rounds in both of these shoots. We styled a little fall buffet over underneath the tree. We just used a card table covered in a white sheet, but it has an elegant feel out in this field, don’t you think? Our other tablescape, we deemed Grateful Harvest. We used vintage floral fabric for the napkins again, but in a more traditional fall color scheme. For the place cards, we tied card stock to grapevine napkin rings. We stamped an orange pumpkin on these underneath the names. We went with more traditional pumpkins for this shoot to really play up the orange tones of fall. Man, I still love these tablescapes. Both of these are shot at my parents’ farm. They have this table here all the time by a large fire pit, just ready and waiting for a party. I think most any tablescape would be pretty here, though, with all of that gorgeous scenery. For more details about how we put these together, make sure you check out the original post from each: Enchanted Autumn, Grateful Harvest. I’m planning some more shoots out here soon! I’m off now to work on this year’s fall projects! I’ll have some fun DIY’s and pretty fall moments to share over the coming weeks! Are y’all already in the fall mood? What’re you doing to get geared up for the season? *** And thank you so much for y’all’s sweet comments about our little girl’s name announcement. If you missed it, find out what we chose here.