We’re just winding down around here from a crazy Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend. It was perfect, but now I’m exhausted. That’s how these things work!
I just had to pop in here for a minute though and show you these few pictures I took a couple of days ago.
A few days (or weeks?) ago I showed you my Fall fair mud room, which is the entry we use most, straight into the kitchen. I thought I’d show you our “real” outdoor decorations though as well. They’re much more normal. Very normal actually. Maybe a little underwhelming. You’ve got to have something though! Even if it is just a little something.
Around here, all the corner famer’s markets sell the same package: 1 bale of straw, one corn stalk bundle, and one pumpkin for $10. It’s a pretty great deal for someone like me who thinks this stuff is worth it’s weight in gold.
I even sprung for the giant $6 pot of mums instead of just the little $3 ones. It helps a lot. I feel like the front of our house starts looking pretty abandoned sometimes without a little cheeriness, especially since it never gets used.
I guess the over-grown bushes don’t help either, but I kind of like them over-grown! Especially in the Summer when they’re all covered in pink. I guess that’s done now, so I have no excuse!
Oh, and an update, just in the name of being honest: The straw bale actually isn’t there any more. It’s now almost permanently in the back of the tractor for hay rides. I guess I can be OK with that. Hay ridin’ cousins are pretty cute!
I don’t have those pictures ready, so I’ll just have to spring them on you one day when you’re least expecting it. Deal?
…and suddenly we were in a rainbow!
It’s just fine if my front door decorations are simple and sweet for now. The best decorations are all around us outside anyway.
Yesterday, I was getting the house all ready for our dinner and Chris came in and told me “The corn across the street is way better than your corn, you want me to go cut you some?” I said “Yes.”
Still waiting on that corn. I guess he thought he was being funny.
Let this be a lesson to him: You don’t joke about corn around here. Or any offerings of Fall decorations, for that matter. If you’re offering up Fall decorations, you’d better be ready to deliver!
So that’s the simple truth of the matter. Our Fall decorations outside are just the same as everyone else’s around here. And that’s just fine with me!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.