With all this talk about fall nesting, I thought it would be a good time to share a bit about my philosophy of decorating for those who are new to The Inspired Room, and then share a few “nesting tips.” My motto is:
“When life inspires our home, our home inspires our life.”
What my philosophy basically means to me is that I don’t really like to decorate my home for the sake of decorating or following the crowd. There is a reason behind my decorating madness! I decorate to inspire myself to live the kind of life I want. The change of the seasons is always a good time for me to reflect on blessings and get my home in order to further inspire my life. Seasons inspire my home and my home inspires my life.
When I see evidence of a new season in my home, whether it is a wreath on the door, candle burning in the entry, or pumpkin bread in the oven, I feel renewed energy for life and my family. I get excited about the process of seasonal nesting because each change of season represents a new way to love my family, a new reason to feel blessed and it gives me new inspiration to keep my priorities in order.
Nesting brings out my passion for my family and my home, whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall.
10 Seasonal Nesting Tips
- Take your decorating cues from nature each season. Even if your corner of the world doesn’t show the seasons, create the impression of seasonal freshness and ambience yourself with simple changes around the house!
- Enjoy the bounty of the season. Fresh and seasonal fruits, vegetables and traditional recipes break up the monotony of year-round sameness in our diets.
- Create family rituals tied to the seasons. Pick a few special traditions for each season to enjoy with your family.
- Create a seasonal gratitude journal. Have everyone in the family add pages to it each season.
- Create a simple nesting notebook filled with your family traditions, recipes, and decorating ideas for each season.
- Designate a four shelf storage unit for seasonal decorations. Label one shelf for each season and find a separate area for Christmas.
- Keep the seasonal decorations simple. A basket of apples on the counter, pumpkins piled on the front porch in the fall or a seasonal wreath on the front door can be enough to make a statement.
- Incorporate seasonal scents. Engaging your sense of scent in each season is as important as bringing out the decorations.
- Enjoy the sounds of the season. Create seasonal play lists and pump up the tunes so you can whistle while you work! Sounds of nature (Birds, rainfall, ocean waves, rustling trees) can be effective too!
- YOUR IDEAS
Now it is YOUR turn!
Add your seasonal nesting tip in the comments to round out our top 10!
See a great post on simple Fall decorating here, and a cute idea from her here. Big thanks to Teresa for the ideas and for sharing her beautiful photos today!
Photo credit, used by permission: Teresa