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A Simple Fall Tour – Our “Farmhouse” in the Suburbs

In this post: A simple fall tour of our “farmhouse” in the suburbs. Plus a look at our living room and dining rooms dressed for fall. 

It’s time for our fall tour! Woohoo! I love every seasonal tour we share with you. But I think, each year, I feel a little more me with my style, if that makes sense. So here is our simple fall tour for 2020. 

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Hi there, Lovely. I’m Shannon.

shannon welcome at front door fall

If you’re new here, I’m am a happy wife to my best friend, Dean and momma of two teenagers and a twenty year old. I am most comfortable in a pretty top and comfy bottoms, with a hot coffee (or glass of wine, depending on the time of day) in my hand. 

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In early September, I released my first traditionally published book, Home Made Lovely – Creating the Home You’ve Always Wantedwhich means I have the privilege of adding Author to my list of “titles” and accomplishments. 

I believe home is the most important place on earth and my passion is helping frustrated mommas who really want a lovely home go from “I don’t know where to start” to “I absolutely adore my home!”

Whether it’s decluttering, decorating, cooking up yummy food or creating a beautiful project for your home, Home Made Lovely (both the blog and the book) have got you covered!

The Fall Dining Room

This year in the dining room – at least so far – I’ve kept the fall decor very minimal. 

dining room from entry vertical

Like really minimal.

dining room hutch fall 2020

I’ve only added two candle wreaths to the scale on the table, my favorite row of mini white pumpkins spelling out “thankful” on the sideboard and a few faux candy apples in the hutch. Oh and a pillow. 

farmhouse scale with orange pip berries and candles

The wreath on the chalkboard has been up for months. It sort of spans from spring right through autumn, don’t you think? (I even moved the table over for the shot below so you could see the whole, simple sideboard.)

dining room sideboard with plates and chalkboard with wreath

other side of dining room and hutch fall 2020

The Fall Living Room

I added a few more touches of fall in here than I did the dining room. It was just easier to do somehow. #throwpillowsforthewin

living room corner and sofa

Of course our black shiplap wall doesn’t hurt the moody fall vibes any either. 

hml couch and numbers scroll

Let’s just look a little closer at this adorable little setup on the sofa table, around the Ikea drawers.

sofa table ikea drawers

When the white dresser that used to live in the corner moved down to my office, there was a big blank space that was perfect for this tall rustic wood lean to mirror. (Okay, so now we have a big blank space in our master bedroom closet. Oh well.)

shannon and camera fall 2020

Oh and these two adorable little tables I found at Bouclair a year or so ago are the perfect surfaces to add little vignettes to. Of course, they’re good for setting a drink down on too, which is originally why I bought them for this space. 

shannon and little tables

little tables

Dealing with the TV

And of course there’s the fireplace/tv area. 

I posted on Instagram the other day about why we have our tv on the mantel in here. The gist is it’s because it’s the only logical place to put a tv in this room…without creating a redundant focal point in the space.

Let me explain.

Each room should only have ONE focal point. And in this room everything points towards the fireplace – the flow of traffic, the adjacent kitchen, and of course how the furniture is arranged.

living room fireplace with tv off and rust pillows

When you or I try to have more than one focal point in a space – like a large fireplace and a then a tv off to the side or on another wall – it creates visual confusion. The space feels off. There’s no flow.

And since we spend a lot of time in this room, and we do watch tv here (I love to have a cheesy hallmark movie or an old sitcom on while I cook, we do church in here now and we watch movies together as a family here), not having a tv in the space wouldn’t work for us.

So, we make it work by making the fireplace area as pretty as we can. I’d love to have a Samsung frame tv. But it’s not currently a budget priority (hello two teens and a college kid), so we add some greenery  and a pretty farm scene as our tv screensaver. Maybe we’ll add a diy wood frame soon.

hml living room fp fall 2020

We all have home imperfections we have to work with in order to make our homes work for us. A tv over the fireplace is one of ours. But honestly, I don’t think it’s really that bad at all.

The Fall Kitchen

This year I even added a few small touches of fall to the kitchen.

At my old desk (my office is now in the basement and this desk space gets used for my son’s zoom classes), I added a lovely fall flower arrangement that my neighbor brought me for my book launch. I also added a battery powered candle with a timer and a faux pumpkin next to an old stitchery I made years ago. 

kitchen desk fall

desk detail

On the counter, next to the coffee things, I placed the new amber glass bottles Dean and I found at the antique mall a couple of weeks back. And the antique copper kettle and thrifted candles are now on the cutting board. (Everything was sanitized when we brought it home, no worries!)

whole kitchen for fall

amber glass bottles

Farmhouse Fall Video Tour

Join me on the Home Made Lovely Youtube Channel for a super informal walk-thru style tour of our house all decorated for fall. 


Well, that’s all for our simple fall tour. But you can check out my friends fall tours below for even more inspiration! 

fall tour photos

Sharing today with me…


Deeply Southern Home ** Tatertots & Jello ** Two Twenty One

Love Create Celebrate ** Homemade Lovely** Maison de Pax

And sharing the rest of this week…


The Happy Housie ** Modern Glam ** This is Simplicite

House by Hoff ** Maison de Cinq ** Inspiration for Moms


The Turquoise Home ** Clean & Scentsible ** A Pretty Life

Chrissy Marie Blog ** Colleen Pastoor ** Jennifer Maune


Finding Silver Pennies ** She Gave it a Go ** The Tattered Pew

My Sweet Savannah ** Willow Street Interiors ** Taryn Whiteaker Designs


Cherished Bliss ** Life is Better at Home ** The DIY Mommy

Cuckoo 4 Design ** Life is a Party ** Rambling Renovators


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What is your favorite fall decor item this year? Is it real or faux?

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