French fall decor in the living room with my Fall Home Tour part II today! It’s all part of the high end/low budget decorating style that I’ve been sharing with you online for over 20 years now! Be your own trendsetter and decorate with elegance and individuality! Reuse, repurpose, buy new, purchase old and mix up styles. I’d love to show you the ONE THING that inspired me to create this look!
The sunlight is streaming in first thing in morning that I set up to take some photos and it gives the living room a glow! I love how this is the first room that you see when you enter our home. It’s due right actually, with the view straight ahead into the dining room and then past to the pool and garden.
The straight ahead view to the world beyond is what sold us on this house years ago! The living room was another matter and in general the house was a neglected 1962 disaster of a fixer upper. Some day I need to go through the old photos and share, but you can see a bit more of our journey HERE.
This year’s French decor in the living room though was inspired by ONE THING. Nature! As nature here is so different than most of the country it’s not the fall foliage of the Smoky Mountains to our north. One of my biggest decorating tips is to find one UNIQUE THING that sets the tone for your room. Don’t do something because it’s trending!
- PINE CONES
- FALL LEAVES
It’s the land of palm trees and what better to inspire me than my own backyard! This 10 foot tall palm frond had fallen off from one of the palm trees on our property. With a few days to cook in the sun on the ground, I grabbed it from the trash pile. After checking for bugs (all good) I brought it inside knowing just what I would do. It’s the inspiration for my fall French decor in the living room, and a great way to not only bring the outside in…but muted fall color.
Pulling back for a full room view with a typical softly muted palette that is soothing to the eye. I have used pale blues, soft sand tones, and a little bit of grey. The oversized dried palm frond is the only real bit of nature currently in the room, but that could change with the season.
Curves are one of the things that draw me to French style furniture. I love the legs on this vintage French tufted sofa! When I spotted it at least 10 years ago in a thrift shop I grabbed it! It was so inexpensive that I could afford to have it professionally recovered. Yes, you can live with white furniture (slipcovered) and I talked about it more in this post – How To Live With White In A Casual Home.
*I just wanted to point out that I do try and link the sources at the bottom of my own decorating posts. When the item is vintage I will link similar items when I source them! If things are sold out or unavailable, feel free to leave a comment and ask for help or email me and I’ll do my best. You can also go the SHOP page here – SHOP MY LOOKS & FAVORITES.
5 Tips – French Fall Decor In My Living Room
- Save money on purchasing florals by keeping a nice supply on hand of faux flowers. Yes…these are faux and could be used for any season! I get most of my faux florals HERE.
- If you find yourself decluttering or downsizing collections, keep or purchase some Chinoiserie pieces that are timeless and uplift your decor scheme a few notches on the elegance scale.
- Use a tray to gather or corral your decor pieces and keep things neat. Have several on hand in different colors and even textures! I’ll link some favorites below.
- For fall, consider a collection of fabric pumpkins. There is an initial outlay to spend but you do save in that you’ll use these yearly. I’ve been collecting velvet and metallic pumpkins for years and cannot wait to bring out the bins every fall!
- Finally, use pieces for something other than their intended purpose. I’ll explain what I’ve done below, but search yard sales and thrift shops for things that catch your eye!
The pumpkins in this bowl are faux (see the CHINOISERIE DIY HERE) and the bowl isn’t a bowl at all! It’s a vintage crystal French beaded dome ceiling light cover and I’m had several of these for years. They just make me happy and they are pieces I use in every season to add a bit of French chic decor to the living room!
Metallic tones of gold, brass, champagne, silver and all others add warmth to a home for autumn. These faux pumpkins with real stems are my favorites for French fall decor in the living room!
This brass and glass coffee table is a favorite, allowing the rugs that I switch with the seasons to be seen. Rug rotation is a good way once again to save money and make your home have variety for the seasons.
Velvet pumpkins with real stems and some candles warm up the mantel. I’ve repeated the luxe look of velvet in some throw pillows as well.
So it’s up to you to decide if you want to take the plunge and go for adding some faux fall to your decor! If you enjoyed the French decor in my living room, don’t forget to check this post as well for more ideas – European Rustic Decor For Fall!