I often share little peeks into my home on Instagram, and each time I do I get requests for a blog post with more photos of my holiday decor. I don’t go completely crazy, but I do really love to change my decor around for certain holidays. For smaller holidays like Valentines Day, Easter, and 4th of July (smaller in terms of season of celebration, not in terms of importance- just to be clear the Independence of our nation and the resurrection of Jesus do rank above the jack-o-lantern fest in my book), the only thing I usually do is put up a festive little display on my kitchen mantle.
If you’re the kind of person that’s overwhelmed by (or uninterested in) decorating for holidays, I love the idea of having just one special shelf, or maybe it’s an entry table or little corner somewhere, that gets a seasonal spruce-up. It’s a fun way to stay festive without feeling like you have to decorate your whole house.
For me, that’s what I do for most of the year, but when we get to September 1st I am ALL IN. I love decorating for fall and winter and have just as many giant rubbermaids filled with pumpkins in my garage as I do filled with Christmas wreaths, trees, lights, and ornaments. I’m kind of a holiday freak.
But before I show you more pictures of my house, I have to show you the app I found to keep all of that stuff organized, because it’s kind of a game-changer. I had no idea something like this existed and I’ve been having so much fun with it that it’s actually motivating me to organize. If you’re like me and have boxes and bins stacked in lots of different areas (many in high places) and hate trying to remember or label what exactly is in each one, you will love this.
This Gigmi app allows you to organize your containers on your phone, and even manage them on the computer. Here’s how it works. You take photos of stuff you toss into your bins. Maybe it’s decorations, like mine, or maybe it’s boxes full of kids clothes or camera equipment, or camping equipment. Snap a quick pic with your phone. Your real-life containers are all created and organized in the app, and when you click on one, it will show you everything that’s inside. This is especially helpful if like me, you stack bins like this out in the garage, or in the attic, or deep in a storage closet that you really don’t want to dig through to go try and find something. You can literally peek inside your containers without stepping foot in the garage and know exactly where your stuff is.
What’s even cooler is that the app will send a page of perfectly formatted labels to your email that you can then print and put on the containers. The labels have QR codes on them, so you can simply scan the label on any container and see all the info!
And that’s only one little application of this app. The best way to check it out is by playing around with it. It’s totally free! Also available on both Apple and Android devices. Take a quick break right now and get the app so later you can play around with it and try it out. I organized all of my holiday stuff and also bins way up high in my closet that are annoying to get into. I can already think of so many more uses for this. Find the app here!
So here’s a little peek into my fall decor, which is mostly in the entry, kitchen and great-room of my house. After a long, hot Idaho summer, I get ants in my pants to pull this stuff out on September 1st, but I don’t pull out anything Halloween related until Oct. 1st because September just feels way to early for skulls and candy-corn. I warm everyone up to my fall-crazy before I go full-throttle pumpkin pallooza.
One of my decor tips I’ve shared before, is if you have kind of a color theme in your house, incorporate that into your seasonal decor instead of working against it.
You all know I’m pretty obsessed with aqua tones. I love aqua and orange for Halloween, aqua and pink for Valentines Day, and aqua and red and green look fantastic at Christmas time. So if you have, as the Old Navy dressing room attendant told me as she carried my 12 different aqua colored clothing items, a “comfort color”- go with it!
I have about 847 pumpkins (okay, exaggeration, but lots) that I just sprinkle everywhere. You can find these in craft stores and even dollar stores. Many of my decorations came from the Target Dollar Spot, and when used in the right way, they look polished and chic.
My tradition is pulling out the Halloween stuff on October 1st when my kids are at school so they come home to the surprise.
I haven’t always been into Halloween, but after 12 years of marriage to a man who loves the holiday and giving birth to four boys who took after him, I have fully embraced this holiday and an now am kind of a Halloween nut. There is NO way that 12 years ago I would have put a giant skull canvas on my family room mantle.
Here is my Halloween kitchen mantle.
My favorite Halloween tradition is this one. I frame a photo of our kids dressed up in their costumes each year and we line them all up on this shelf just during October. It’s so fun to look back over the years and see how everyone has grown and remember how we all dressed up.
Also- if anyone is building a house, I love shelves like this that have plugs on them so you can light up seasonal decor! My builder thought of that and put in a few spots that I love.
If you’re in the fall spirit now and excited about pumpkins, make sure you check out these things!
1. This post about the time I tried a TON of seasonal pumpkin spice flavored things.
2. This instagram account where I share fun seasonal finds from stores I love. Right now it’s all about fall food but I am holding back alllll the peppermint-chocolate.
3. This link for TONS of amazing pumpkin recipes.
4. This link for TONS of fall baking recipes!
And don’t forget to check out the Gigmi app to get organized!
PLUS- I made something amaaazing the other day (kind of by accident) and I’m going to share the recipe only with Newsletter subscribers THIS weekend! If you want it- subscribe! The link is on the sidebar, and the home page!