If you’ve been reading the blog lately, you surely are not surprised that I’m here today with some of my blogging girlfriends for our second annual Fall Open House (you can check out my first fall home tour right here). I’ve been dropping hints all over the place (ahem, Spiked Warm Apple Cider…Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars)… I’ve realized that I filling our home with the flavors and aromas of fall is as important as the fall decor to fully embrace the season.

So, I hope you can take a little time out of your busy day to stop by our  Fall Open House tour. I have prepared hot cider (with or without a little sumpin-sumpin in it), pumpkin cheesecake bars and am thrilled to celebrate the coming of fall with you.

And before you head home, make sure to pop in and visit the lovely homes of my girlfriends for some more fall inspiration. Links to their Fall Open House tours will be at the bottom of the page.

Pumpkin Cheeecake Bars...perfect dessert for fall.

I really focused on natural fall decor this year…for the most part my fall decor came from the produce and floral departments of my grocery store…except for the cotton boll garland that called to me from our local florist supply shop.

As you come through our front door, you’ll be greeted by the bowl of Potpourri I made. It smells lovely sitting in the bowl; but I made it for simmering, which really releases the combination of delightful aromas. I prepared  little bags of potpourri for you, so make sure you grab a bag and the ‘how to’ at the end of the tour.

Bowl of Simmering Potpourri...makes your home smell like fall and perfect for gifting.

But let me just tell you…it’s all apple-y and orange-y and cinnamon-y and clove-y and rosemary-y and…Oh my, it smells so good!

Bowl of Simmering Potpourri
Fall Mantle in Fall Home Tour

But let’s get on with the tour. From the foyer, let’s just pop in the den…

Cotton boll garland is one of the natural elements to use in your Natural Fall Decor.

My mantle continues the natural with my fresh white pumpkin, twigs in a vase, cotton boll garland and small pinecones in the bell jars.I do love to tuck family heirlooms, like this old iron hose that belonged to my dad, into my decor.

Fall mantle featuring natural decor elements
Fall Home Tour mantle featuring natural home decor elements.

My ‘copper’ log bucket and pine cone bucket are both functional and pretty. Check out how I made these faux ‘copper’ pieces here.

Faux copper log and pinecone bucket.

From the den, lets meander into the kitchen…

Kitchen hutch featuring natural fall home decor.

Even if I don’t decorate anywhere else, I will always seasonally adorn the green hutch in my kitchen.

Neutral decor on dark hutch

I stayed with the natural theme here in my kitchen as well with the fresh apples, cotton boll ball and wheat sheaves.

Needle felted pumpkin

I had a ball making a batch of wee needle-felted pumpkins and filled a tray with them on my green hutch…I like the contrast between the dark green and the white.

Here is the link for the ‘how-to’ post and video on these easy peasy needle felted pumpkins.

Vintage spoons and forks add charm to all seasonal decor.

My assortment of random forks and spoons always fit with any season; I like to use them at home but also gift them with jars of jam and jelly.

Fall centerpiece of fresh artichokes.

My dough bowl is filled with fresh artichokes…

Artichokes in dough bowl

just fyi…you can get a carton of 5 artichokes for $2.99 at Trader Joe’s.

Fresh white pumpkin, seeded eucalyptus and a needle felted pumpkin...natural elements for your fall decor.
Needle felted pumpkin and fresh white pumpkin

In the hallway outside of mudroom, I added some fresh seeded eucalyptus branches and another fresh pumpkin …oh, and I just had to add a wee baby pumpkin in a nest because, well…I had a wee baby pumpkin and a nest!

So, that’s what I’ve done so far in my home. Thanks so much for stopping by my Fall Open House.

I am working on a floral arrangement for my dining room table that will also echo the natural and whites that I have elsewhere in my home. I’ll pop back in once I have that finished.

Have you started your fall decorating? Is there a certain element you’ll be adding this year which is different than what you normally do?

Whip up a batch of this delightful homemade simmering potpourri to fill your home with the aromas of fall. Perfect for gifting.

Before you head out, make sure to grab a packet of simmering potpourri…I made it just for you.

Fall Simmering Potpourri...perfect gift or for your own home.

It’s a delightful blend of fruit, spices and herbs…the aroma is heavenly.

I used:

  • 2 apples, sliced thin
  • 2 oranges, sliced thin
  • 5 cinnamon sticks, crushed (I used a meat tenderizer)
  • 3 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 3 large sprigs of rosemary, cut into 1-2″ pieces
  • 10 bay leaves
Little bags of simmer potpourri make a great gift.

What I did:

  • I sprinkled cinnamon on the apple slices and ground cloves on to the orange slices and placed them in my dehydrator for 15-18 hours, alternatively you could dry them in your oven if it has a warm or dehydrate setting (typically around 140-150°).
  • Mixed all ingredients together. If you do put them in separate bags, make sure you get a little of each of the ingredients into each bag.
  • To simmer your potpourri, put approximately 1/2 cup into a small pot of water and heat on low, refreshing the water as it evaporates.
This simmer potpourri recipe will fill your home with the scent of fall.

And for more Fall Open House inspiration, do pop in and visit my girlfriends to see what they have put together.

A Home To Grow Old In | Hey Fitzy | Nourish and Nestle

Sweet Parrish Place | The Red Painted Cottage | Savvy Apron

And while she’s not in our open house this time, one of our buddies lives in Houston and is recovering from the recent floods…so decorating her home is the farthest thing from her mind.  She did post a great idea for making an outdoor movie screen…which really has me thinking…Pop by and give her a little love!

artichokes in dough bowl

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  1. Stacy G.

    September 15, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Your house looks so beautiful, Lynn. I pinned the potpourri recipe for later!

    Those felted pumpkins are adorable. I have some wool roving around here from one of my many failed attempts at crafting. I should pull it out again and try to make a little pumpkin. Better yet, I should unleash my crafty 11-year-old on that project. 🙂

    • lynn

      September 15, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Hey Stacy,
      I am so thrilled with that potpourri. I was gone all day today and returned home to a wonderful smelling home…can’t beat that.

      And those little pumpkins! Aren’t they just the bees knees….I actually made a batch of white ones and orange ones…so easy to make. Definitely put your 11-year old on it.

      Have a great weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. sherry

    September 15, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Hi Lynn! I love how you brought fall into your home with items that are natural. Your fireplace looks so cozy with the copper, logs, and the cotton stems. My favorite thing in your home tour is the gorgeous felted pumpkins. They are beautiful and I would love to know how to make them. You say they are easy so I can’t wait for the tutorial!

    • lynn

      September 15, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Hey there friend…thanks so much for stopping by and visiting. And I enjoyed visiting your home too.

      Those little pumpkins…are they just! I made a whole bunch of them…easy project for TV watching.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  3. Robin

    September 15, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Oh my gosh, I love, love, love those felted pumpkins! I can’t wait to see how you made them. And, I can smell that beautiful potpourri through my computer! Your house looks amazing, and I love all the natural elements you used!

    • lynn

      September 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      Aw thanks Robin…i’m pretty tickled with them too. I made a whole bunch of them…easy TV project (as long as you have finger protection!). And that potpourri…returned home today from being gone all day to a home that smelled like fall! Sheer bliss.

      Have a great weekend my friend.
      Hugs, Lynn

  4. Tammy

    September 15, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Hi Lynn,

    I love your natural fall decor. Those little felted pumpkins stopped me in my tracks. Love them! So excited to see that you will be adding a tutorial for them soon!

    • lynn

      September 15, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Hey Tammy…those little needled felted pumpkins would go perfectly with your home decor. You and your kids can whip some up quickly.

      Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  5. Nicki Parrish

    September 15, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Lynn, Your home looks so cozy and ready for Fall! that simmer post bag looks heavenly, I just might have to give it a try. It is wonderful to have the smell of autumn in the air! I am waiting patiently for that felted pumpkin tutorial, because they are absolutely adorable!

    • lynn

      September 15, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Hey there Nicki! That potpourri was so easy to make…and not only does it smell good now but when the fruit was dehydrating with those spices…oh my…even my hubby who never can smell a thing was so excited about the heavenly aroma. And you will enjoy making those pumpkins! Easy and fun.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  6. Cindy Richter

    September 15, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Love your natural look and had to smile when I saw the wee baby pumpkin in a nest. So cute!

    • lynn

      September 15, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      Hi Cindy…doesn’t that wee pumpkin look like it just belongs in that nest!? Kismet…meant to be, right?

      Thanks for your kind compliment and looking forward to working with you for our Christmas tour!

      Hugs, Lynn

  7. Sherry M

    September 15, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I love the felted pumpkins! I actually love the simplicity of it all. Not over the top, creeping discreetly in, just like fall. Thanks for sharing.

    • lynn

      September 15, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Aw thanks so much Sherry! Those little pumpkins were so easy and quite fun to make…the perfect craft to do whilst watching a great tv show…as long as you have finger protection.
      And thanks for your compliments…I love the image of ‘creeping discretely in’…while I have to honestly say I hadn’t considered it while in the midst of decorating, it surely is a great analogy. Thanks!
      I wish for you a lovely fall weekend my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  8. Mary

    September 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Lynn your home is warm and cozy with just the right amount of fall. On the mantel you have that lovely piece of art and the decor happily coexists with it not trying to compete with that masterpiece. And of cours those little needle felted pumpkins are just adorable.

    • lynn

      September 15, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks so much Mary…don’t you just love those little pumpkins!!! I made a whole bunch of them…once i started I just couldn’t stop.

      I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  9. Barbara Juneau

    September 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I I love all the wonderful ideas of using natural things for decorating in the fall, my favorite time of year. Can’t wait to try simmering potpourri and bring aromas of fall into my home. Thanks for all your great ideas.

    • lynn

      September 15, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks Barbara…it feels good that the majority of my fall decorations are from the product aisle or flower store. And I’m with you on loving fall…it’s a gentler season, isn’t it? Especially after a hot summer.
      I do hope you enjoy that potpourri…it really produces a lovely aroma.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking a minute to leave your kind comment.
      Wishing you a lovely weekend my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  10. RS

    September 15, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Love the felted pumpkins!

    • lynn

      September 18, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Aw thanks my friend…I do too.

  11. Carol

    September 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Lynn, I love how you used so much of the natural elements in your decor. I’m in Michigan and was still having problems getting my hands on some of those ghost pumpkins you have. They must have shipped the ones from Michigan to NC, so that probably explains why I couldn’t find any! Anyways, I love your fireplace with the copper, and I can’t wait to make your potpourri and to learn how to make those adorable felted pumpkins!

    • lynn

      September 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks my friend…it was touch and go on those pumpkins…they came in the day before I was taking photos. Phew…

      And the instructions for the felted patterns is on its way!

      Hugs, Lynn

  12. Stacey

    September 18, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Beautiful! Have I told you before how much I love the art above the fireplace? It’s really pretty. Natural touches are truly the best!

    • lynn

      September 18, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Aw thanks Stacey! I painted it several years ago…one of my hobbies that I really want to get back in to one of these days. And I’m really enjoying the simplicity of the natural decor.
      Thanks for swinging by my friend.
      Have a great day.

      Hugs, Lynn

  13. Janine

    September 19, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Love your tour! Your autumn details are perfect and I love the artichokes and simmering potpourri!

  14. Sam - Raggedy Bits

    September 19, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Your house is looking all nice and cosy and ready for Fall!! I love your simmer recipe too!! Wish my computer screen had scratch and sniff!!!

  15. Toni | Small Home Soul

    September 19, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I love this idea, what a great Christmas gift for neighbors. We all usually exchange baked goods (that our waistlines don’t need). We have an orange tree and a Bay Laurel bush (lots of them) and I have a dehydrator. It as meant to be. Thank you for such a great gift idea!

    • lynn

      September 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Oh yes Toni…definitely easier on your waistline. And a nice change. Think your neighbors will be thrilled.

  16. yuni

    September 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    This is making me all sorts of excited for Fall!! Love this, Lynn!

    • lynn

      September 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Oh good Yuni! I’m ready…bring it on.

  17. Kim

    September 19, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Everything looks beautiful. I cannot wait for your tutorial on those felt pumpkins! Love them!!

    • lynn

      September 20, 2017 at 10:03 am

      It’s out today Kim…you’ll have fun making them. Just protect those fingers.

  18. Tara @ Lehman lane

    September 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Natural decor is def my favorite decor Lynn! Your home looks beautiful and I bet that potpourri smells amazing 🙂

    • lynn

      September 21, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      Hey Tara, the potpourri does smell wonderfully ‘fallish’…really helps get me in the mode. And thanks for you kind compliments…I am enjoying my simpler, more natural decor this season.

      Hugs, Lynn

  19. Janet

    September 21, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    You have decorated your home with warmth and plenty of charm. Those felt pumpkins are adorable and the pumpkin cheese bars look devine.

    • lynn

      September 22, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Aw thanks Janet…I am enjoying the calmer feel this season…all the natural and neutral really does exude a simpler feel.

      Wishing you a fantastic weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  20. Dealman

    October 8, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I love your natural fall decor. I can’t wait to make your potpourri and to learn how to make those adorable felted pumpkins!

    • lynn

      October 12, 2017 at 9:19 am

      I do love those felt pumpkins and am still enjoying the smell of fall in my kitchen with that potpourri. You all are heading into spring aren’t you? Tuck the ideas away for next year.

      Hugs, Lynn

  21. Sherryc

    October 5, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Lynn, I fell in love with your potpourri recipe! Can you recommend a good dehydrator? Thanks.


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