Back before I became a crazy houseplant lady, I actually thought you were supposed to throw out your houseplants at the end of the summer season. Can you believe it? After spending what might equal to a semester of college tuition on houseplants and gorgeous pots, a person should just toss them out with the trash to make room for pumpkins and pinecones. Uggh. Sometimes, I just want to slap my younger me. Today, I am going to share how to use houseplants in fall decor.
You know – how to actually allow several different elements of nature to work together in harmony. What a novel idea, right? Seriously though…it never would have occurred to me to use houseplants in fall decor to enhance our seasonal home style.
By the way, one (just one!) plant in this post is not a real plant. Can you guess which one? The anwer is at the end of the post.
I’ve mentioned before that I got tired of the Hubs referring to me as a hospice for houseplants and decided I would show him. If caring for 55 potted plants – some big, some small – hasn’t shown him yet, I don’t know what will. I’m proud to say I’ve kept some of these babies humming along for close to a year now. Sure, I’ve lost a few since starting this mission in early January of this year, but keeping 48 or so alive out of 55 ain’t so shabby. There has been great joy in caring for all of these guys, and there was a pang of guilt and sadness each time I had to say goodbye to a potted friend.
Anyhow…back to showing you how to use houseplants in fall decor. The first thing I did was to simply toss in a few fall-inspired textures and metal finishes. I pulled a lot of my summer bright pillows, baskets, and cloths, replacing them with neutrals and pops of blues and oranges.
A few of my bright flower pots will remain in the mix because, hey, I already spent a fortune on pots and don’t plan on splurging on more pots right now. But I do have a few extra terra cotta pots out in the garage I could switch some plants to if the fancy strikes. Plus, many of the pots are teal, turquoise, or blue which is part of my fall color theme this year, anyway.
Once I pulled any decor that screamed summer, I spread around the artifical pumpkins, pinecones, garlands, and pricks all around the house. In the dollar spot at Target, I scored several $1 fabric and porcelain pumpkins. I added these to a few I already had in my fall decor collection.
I also found some great fall-inspired potpourri at Kirkland’s which came in handy for adding to trays.
Silvia, the silver pothos, looks so pretty on a brass-finished tray with some potpourri.
This wooden box ususally lives on the dining room table with glass vases for single stems. For this season, it’s borrowing a little real estate on the living room bookcase to hold candles, two small philodendrons, some wooden beads, and a little more potpourri.
My friend over at Brush and Pen, painted this sign last fall. With its abstract and bold color scheme, it is the perfect fit for my house.
Hobby Lobby has a great collection of berry pricks which are handy to just tuck into a plant for a subtle hint of fall. I also found a few leaf pricks at Target.
By the way, how cute is Princess SB of Arkansas as she helps with the weekly plant watering?
This beautiful blue vase has floated around our home from room to room for years. You can see where it started out near the entrance in the first picture in this post. Eventually, I decided I liked it best on the dresser in our bedroom.
This black-and-white pumpkin was probably the priciest of my fall purchases this season, and I still managed to get it at a good price at Hobby Lobby, thanks to the standard 40% off coupon.
Another fun purchase at Hobby Lobby was this pie box.
Once I had all of the articial decor up, I assessed where I might still need a touch of something. At that point, I popped a few fresh pumpkins and gourds around to fill those spots.
This Better Homes and Garden basket from Walmart was such a great purchase. Not only has it been a great home to Sly, the snake plant in our master bedroom, but I love changing out the message on the chalkboard plate.
This staghorn fern has been such a joy to watch grow. It has grown quite a bit in the six weeks that I have had it. I was a bit intimidated about trying to keep it alive, but the caring method is actually quite easy. You just pop the whole piece, wood backing and all, into a sink bath of water for about 15 minutes once a week or so. Easy peasy.
Any ideas as to which plant in this post is not a real plant? If you guessed the Morning, Pumpkin plant, you were right! That corner of the kitchen just doesn’t get enough consistent light for me to fight the battle – even though a small snake plant or ZZ plant could probably work okay here.
So, there you have it. That is how I use houseplants in fall decor! Several of the plants featured here today were also featured back in February for my Valentine’s Day Home Tour. I’m hoping these babies will still be around and thriving so I can challenge myself to use them in Halloween and Christmas decor, too! We shall see!
Do you incorporate your houseplants in fall decor?