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!!
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?