We are so lucky to live in a country that has all four seasons, but the transitional seasons are definitely my favourite. Autumn is really something special. The minute those leaves start to change colour, I am already preparing the house for cosy cold night’s in, with hot chocolate and great films.
This year, my autumn decorating has extended to outside too. I have become completely obsessed with American traditions to decorate their houses and doorways for each of the seasons. I think it’s such a beautiful thing to celebrate the seasons – Mother Nature never gets enough credit for the work she does!
Our front door is a shared entranceway, so I’ve kept my decorations subtle, to not encroach too much on the walkway. But if you own your own property, I encourage you to go wild! When Kalanchoe’s average just £1.50 in the supermarket, you can get enough to line an entire pathway for £20!
I’ve gathered a few larger pumpkins and a few munchkin pumpkins (who can resist them?!) as well as these beautiful orange Kalanchoes. I haven’t gone overboard, but I think it is the perfect way to put an extra spring in my step and smile on my neighbours faces, until it’s time to change it up again for Christmas decorations.
The beauty is, that I haven’t decorated for Halloween, but more for the autumn season as a whole. So this set up should last until mid-late November/early December.
Pumpkins are a great little squash. They last for ages and don’t rot easily, which makes them so versatile for decorating. At the end of the season, they also make great additions to any meal. So there’s no waste!
I use Kalanchoes as my flower of choice due to how hard wearing they are. They need relatively little care, apart from a water every week or so. As they are a succulent houseplant, they do feel the cold a bit, so I’ve been bringing them in to ensure they don’t get caught in any frosts. If any of the plants do start to look a little less ‘perky’ I can just replace them as they’re such good value! They are literally the perfect year ’round flower. They’re so long lasting, that these flowers I brought into the house for summer are still going strong!
Finally, leaves that have already fallen make the perfect free accessory. Just to give that final finishing touch.
Inside, I’ve potted two orange Kalanchoe’s to each of my favourite blue and white pots. In my gold pot, that sits by the bedside, I’ve potted four Kalanchoe’s. One red and three orange, to wake up to every morning and inevitably put a smile on my face.
I adore mixing up my bedside table for each season and this set up is so apt for autumn. The oranges make the room feel so cosy and warm. While the flicker from the candle, along with the fairy lights bring a beautiful glow to the room.
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