La Rentree- Welcome Fall!

I think Fall has arrived here in Portland, Oregon.  As much as I was enjoying our Indian Summer I think I am ready.  The leaves are beginning to turn colors on the maple tree in the front yard, the mornings and evenings are cool and the rains have returned.  Welcome Fall!


In France they have an official term for the return of Fall, it is La Rentree.  They use this term to welcome September and the school year.  It has been described as a national mood, a surge of awakening, realignment and the promise of renewal.  I like that.  A return to routines and a little more structure in our day.

This past week I have been celebrating La Rentree by adding some Fall and holiday touches around the house.  One sure sign of Fall around our house is the candy dish filled with candy corn (one of my favorites).  In fact, it has been filled and refilled several times already.

Next to Christmas, my favorite season/holiday is Fall and Halloween.  Even though I don’t have anyone at my house young enough to dress up and go trick or treating this year I still love to decorate for the holiday.

Today I want to share with you some of the La Rentree decorating I have done the last week or so.

I like to create various “vignettes” through my house.  Like this corner in my kitchen – I change the decor with the season.


Each season/holiday I just change out the plate, candle and holiday decoration for the next season.  When there is no holiday coming up I have a “generic” plate and candle that I use.

Another holiday vignette I change out is on my stove top.  This decoration has a dual purpose – it looks cute but it also covers up the mess that may be on my stove top.  It also makes a great additional serving spot when having a party.


I use a  black wooden tray I bought at Pottery Barn and use various holiday candles, pictures etc. to display on the tray.  Beware of using candy corn as part of your decor – it will get eaten!!

I also like to use existing decor and just change it up a bit to go with the current season/holiday. DSC_4418

Before the pumpkins there was a bird’s nest in this cloche, for Christmas I will probably fill it with some glass ornaments.

This tray sits on the coffee table in my family room and I just change out the candle and the balls for different seasons/holidays.


The same for this canister that sits on the mantle in my living room.


Here’s the sofa table in my family room.


The buffet in the dining room…


and the dresser in my entry way .


This year I added a few new items to my holiday decor (I couldn’t resist).  I fell in love with this fun candy corn wreath for my front door.  O.K. – I have a thing for candy corn, it’s just so darn cute!


I also created a few new holiday decorations myself thanks to some great ideas I found on some blogs I visit.  Linda  had made this darling fall ribbon garland and I knew I just had to have one too.  She is actually having a giveaway where you can win one but I couldn’t wait – I had to have one now, so i made my own.  But who knows maybe I’ll win hers too and then I’ll have two!!  (or maybe I’ll share)  It is so simple to make – all out of ribbon.  I used orange, black, green and purple  – my favorite Halloween colors.


Here’s a close up.


Then I was so excited when I saw this darling Halloween garland over at Emmie Cakes.  I fell in love instantly and knew I had to have one.  Not only did I order a Halloween one, I got one for Thanksgiving and Christmas too.  I ordered mine as a kit (you can purchase them assembled) but half the fun was putting it together!  I love it!!


I hope you enjoyed my little tour!  Tomorrow I’ll share with you a little tool/trick I use that makes  my holiday decorating easy and mindless!

I’d love to know how you celebrate La Rentree – how do you welcome Fall into your life?

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Wow! Your decorations (and home!) are beautiful! I try to put out a few things like some wooden leaves that I hang from my peg shelf, and a fall scarf on my entry table. And I, too, am continually filling (and emptying) a dish of candy corn.

    I really should go get some more things for fall since it IS my favorite season!

  2. says

    cindy »
    I tied the ribbon onto black craft cord which I found at Michaels in the yarn department. I also purchased all the ribbon at Michaels – they have bins of $1.00 a roll ribbon (3 yards) and some of it was their $1.99 a roll holiday ribbon. I didn’t pay more than 1.99 for any of the ribbon. I cut the ribbon into 7 1/2 ” pieces. I used 21 different ribbons but you probably could get by with 15-17 different ones. Hope this helps!

  3. Linda says

    Leigh Anne, thanks for telling us how to make the garland—but I have one more question. You just knot it onto the cording??? That’s it??? Very, very cute.

    And your home is darling, as usual! I have a few fall-ish things up, but I like to wait (till Oct 1) to put up the Halloween stuff. I have tiny paper pumpkins on the fireplace mantle, the dining room tablecloth is ‘fall-ish’ (is that even a word?) with gourds, leaves, etc on it, and I have fall berry candle rings on all of my tapers in brass candlesticks.

  4. says

    Linda »

    It is not actually even knotted. It’s kind of like the first step of tying your shoes – before you make the loops. Just half of a knot I guess – does that make sense??? I just pull it tight.

  5. says

    What cute ideas! Tamara sent me the link to your blog telling me “My sister-in-law is amazing!”. She didn’t realize that I already check out your blog now and again ever since my heirloom blanket giveaway and photo contest! I put up a post of what Michelle chose for her prize, and the blanket Jenn is getting.

  6. Laura says

    Love your blog and I love that ribbon garland. I’ll have to figure out how to make one. Did you tie one ribbon at a time or more than one at a time? What do the ends look like?

    Thanks for sharing with us!

  7. says

    Laura »
    So glad you enjoy my blog and the ribbon garland. The ribbons are tied on one at a time. At the ends of the garland I made loops in case I wanted to loop it over a door knob or something. I ended up just tying it onto my candlesticks that are on my mantle. The swag measures about 5 feet long and the ribbons are cut into 7 1/2 inch lengths. I used 23 different ribbons and had about 14 pieces of each type of ribbon. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  8. says

    Love the decor! I copied your idea for adding candy corn around a candle that I have in a glass vase, too. Love it!

    I especially love the your wreath and garland. I may get ambitious and try that this month…or next Fall. 😉

  9. Ariana says

    Leigh Anne! The MyEmmieCakes lady is our ward’s Enrichment leader! hahaha What a small little Mormon world we live in!

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