Gathering Spaces: Cozy Fall

While we’re still unpacking from our recent move in mid-October, I still planned ahead and made sure my Hallo-Fall decor was readily available to put out this year. Decorating a small space can be very challenging because if you’re not careful, a small space can look cluttered and kitschy.

I have never been one to fork over a lot of money for seasonal decor. I love the little things. I also love purchasing things for my home when I’m traveling on business or visiting friends. Here are a few examples of how I’ve incorporated inexpensive investments into a few key pieces of fall decor that last me from the first PSL to the first day of Christmas Crazy.


Invest in warm.

Cool fall nights mean getting cozy. These yellow, softer-than-soft blankets are perfect throws without splurging on cashmere. Plus, they’re Willie-approved.

Soft Throws | $19.99 | Marshall’s | Similar styles in store


For other inspiration, check out my Pinterest board “GOODS”.


Bring home seasonal flowers that tie in your accent colors for fall. I love these flowers I scooped for $7 at The Fresh Market in Carytown. Well-cared for bunches can last several weeks. See care guide from Design Mom.

Flower Bunches | $7 | The Fresh Market, or your local Farmer’s Market

Once you’ve identified a color theme you like, the rest is easy. Here’s a few gems I love from my own kitchen space. I always love small touches that remind me of friends.


A special gift from our dear friends that makes tea time that much happier.

Sunny Kettle | Crate&Barrel | Similar



Pepper and Salt Cellars | $18 | Rae Dunn here, originally purchased on a Nashville trip at Lulu in Franklin, TN



One thing I always rely on is snagging decor when the holiday has come and gone. I scooped up the two wood pumpkins on a clearance Halloween sale while visiting family in Powell, Ohio. The small pumpkins are from …. (drumroll please) … Dollar Tree! Can you believe how cute these are for just $1? Finally, I couldn’t resist getting this owl on a trip to visit my BFF in South Carolina. Her TJ Maxx store had an awesome selection of owl things, and this was a great addition to my Hallo-Fall decor.

Wooden Pumpkins | $14 + $17 | Rue de Lily, Powell, OH

Ceramic Pumpkins | $1 each | Dollar Tree

Ceramic Owl | $12.99 | TJ Maxx

Do you decorate for fall?

What are some of your favorite treasures you’ve purchased from around the world?

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