Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fall... soothing & tranquil

I remember a couple of weeks ago, I opened up my social media apps, and it was as if, overnight, the whole world had gone stark-raving mad with piles upon piles of fall decor.

It made me feel kind of sick.
I experience this same feeling each year around this time, and it's definitely caused me to pause and consider, before bedecking my own little halls.  I've definitely changed my ways, as my style has changed into a bit... less over the years. And the question I'm always asking these days as I scroll through my feed of chaos is, "Shouldn't seasonal decorating be more about enhancing the soothing and tranquil vibe our home heralds for our loved ones?"  It seems like more and more, it's become all about morphing and transforming your home into a space that's completely new and different.  And spending gobs of money on these massive transformations.  Wha???

Remember when grandma's house was peaceful because it was predictable?  Everything that came out during the seasons were familiar (perhaps quirky and old fashioned, but even that holds a comforting familiarity that seems to be lost these days.)  Now, people are racing to places like Target, to gobble up every scrap of seasonal tidbits that can be scattered on every flat surface, and it gives your eyeballs a headache after too long.

I want to be a slightly different voice out there at this point in my life.  My father is slowly dying before my very eyes and what I thought was really important, wasn't.  What's actually meaningful to my family, is a place that feels soothing, rather than jarring.  I've always been big on making our home a haven, but seasonal spaces often go by different rules.  This year, I decided to keep the "rules" much the same and keep everything pretty much the way it always is around here. 

I am too tired to try to transform my entire space into a place that neither of us have ever seen before, (and just why?) and also, I'm on a budget, so heaping my table with impractical centerpieces just so I can snap a great, fake, staged house tour image makes no sense.  (Those drive me bonkers and I think they need to stop.) (And this is coming from a girl who loves centerpieces...but the real ones!)

Today, I swept my floor, unrolled a brand new rug that my husband sweetly included into our budget (Wayfair), to replace the really tiny $30 shabby one we had been using, and since the sun was out, I snapped a few photos of it all, for you... as it was.  (It was clean because I clean.  It wasn't staged, it was just picked up because that's how it is here on a pretty much constant basis.)  I barely did anything extra to welcome fall this year, and it's perfection to my own heart.  A touch here and there, real life, functionality and simplicity.  I crave that in social media.  Do you know what I mean?

One of my friends and I were texting as the fall craze hit social media, and both of us were pulling things back off shelves and such because our brains hurt from the overload.  We saw a photo with a single pumpkin sitting on a shelf, and it was like a calm in the storm.






 

 I'm trying to be patient while I wait for the completion of my birthday present open shelf here... I can't wait to stock simple while plates and bowls there.




 I also want to share about this pillow because it fits perfectly into the minimal fall sweetness I'm working on creating over here.  (It was gifted to me, and I couldn't love it more.)  It is well made and simple and I'm pretty sure this is going to be a forever favorite.  It was made by a local girl with an Etsy shop and her pillows are all lovely, and come with the inserts too!

Please do check out her holiday designs- They are swoony! (You can click here to shop.)




Throughout the home, my goal was to make fall... soothing and tranquil. 

I pulled out furry blankets and throws, plumped pillows, freshened bedding, and set out yummy smelling candles, several that were gifts. (I recently had a birthday and was massively spoiled.) These are things I do each year, seasonally and that alone feels like the best form of simplified fall decorating.  I do enjoy seasonally changing out a few artwork pieces and wall hangings, but this year, I found myself leaving many more open and empty spaces on the walls through the house.  

I don't know if you've experienced the seasonal social media overload like I did, but I do hope this post encourages you to take a step back, make it work, make it function, and make it a haven.  

XOXO,
Sasha
 

25 comments:

  1. Oh I love it all so much!! Those candleholders on your coffee table are so pretty! Do you mind sharing the source? Thanks! Beth P

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes they were from Crate and Barrel last year. We love them.

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  2. I think the older we get, we grow more comfortable in our skin and are not afraid to show the world who we are...and not fall into trap of social media-decorating ever season-mine is prettier than yours mentality. Your home has always felt so inviting and welcoming..as a home should be. I am slowly decluttering areas and getting rid of "extra" seasonal décor. It's freeing. Love the featers in your Marth wreath too. :-) Thanks for sharing, Sasha.

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    1. Thanks girl! Yes it is freeing! You go girl. :)

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  3. Oh man, so with you on the explosion of any season. I copied you (like always) with a simple pumpkin on the table and it may be as far as I get in the house this year + hydrangeas from the garden. I just can't tolerate the stuff everywhere and want to actually enjoy the seasons we're in. I'm looking at our decor similar to a capsule wardrobe - just my basics used in different, creative ways rather than a house full of stuff that is destined for goodwill. (Do you think those ladies actually KEEP all that stuff or do they hide the tags and return it?? #crazytown)

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    1. Haha I love it. A simple pumpkin is so perfect!

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  4. Sasha...you're home is so dreamy. I was sad to see you leave this behind but so happy when you returned. Beautiful photos.

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  5. Agreed! It's too much and feels like some sort of weird competition on social media. Life is too stressful and jarring at times without throwing in all the extra "junk". Simplifying is the way to go and you've led the way in teaching us how to do it so elegantly.

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  6. Looks so soothing and relaxing. I used to go all out with the Fall decorating because I'm a Yankee living in Texas and leaves don't change color till January in Houston. So if I couldn't have it outside I was going to have it inside. But, I have given away three boxes of Fall decor and three boxes of Christmas decor and it feels so good to have less stuff. A few homemade pumpkins and I'm done. Yes, those blogs with the overload are too much, the difference between them and you is that they are business bloggers and you share your heart. Thanks for being real. Blessings!

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    1. That was a really sweet thing to say... thank you.

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  7. How refreshing to see your beautiful home and read your honest words. I agree with you about social media. I'm just not feeling inspired and quite frankly I am disturbed by the excess and fakeness too. :( Ha, I haven't even decorated yet besides one white pumpkin on an ironstone cake pedestal. :) I will get around to adding a few more touches when I feel like it. ;)

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    1. That was perfectly said... disturbed by the excess and fakeness... exactly how I feel.

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  8. I love to check in now and then to see your updates and insights, Sasha! I am so sorry about your father. I came across his book while doing some fall organizing. Saw it through a clear drawer and a flood of memories came. ❤
    I so appreciate your talent for space-art and creating the feeling of 'home'! Thank you for sharing all these years and I hope you continue. Many blessings and much gratitude to you and your family!!

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    1. Thank you Nicole! Always nice to hear from you. Thank you for the kind words about my Dad.

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  9. Love this post - feeling the same way! Thanks for sharing with such pure honesty. ♥

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  10. Yes. Yes. Yes! I feel the same way and have for several years. Your home is beautiful and much more my taste than most bloggers I follow. I actually do get physically sick if I overdue with the decorating and everything at Christmas, especially. It isn't what we should be focusing on, in my opinion. My favorite bloggers add simple, natural touches. Send that extra decor spending money to the Red Cross or your favorite organization.

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  11. Agree with you wholeheartedly - I am trying to be content with what I have and resist the pressure from social media to buy. When I am tempted, I remind myself that I don't need it and don't want to store it. I limit myself to decorating just a few areas in my home - my front door, my mantle and my dining room. I am also using some beautiful fresh pumpkins I found this year. They will last until Thanksgiving when I plan on using them to make some lovely stews and pies. They will serve double duty and I don't have to worry about storing my "decorations"! Thanks for all your inspiration - I love your blog!

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    1. That is exactly what I'm planning to do with mine too! Mine tend to rot before I get to the cooking part... I need a cooler house maybe? Haha!

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  12. Sasha, I've quietly read you're blog for so long, and not into social media or posting anything much, I'm even reluctant to post this response just because I like to mostly be in the background, but I wanted to tell you I have enjoyed your posts so much and you're such an inspiration. My daddy too is very sick and not expected to live long. My heart goes out to you. I'm sobbing after reading this post and can relate. Hugs to you! Keep on keeping on!

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  13. I have to ask--your desk plant...real or fake? Also, I love the lamp and every other room and item in your home I think: )

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