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How to Decorate Your Cozy Apartment with Fall Faux Florals
Welcome My Wee Abode’s Fall home tour, part TWO!
This time, the tour is all about MWA’s living area and balcony… and fall faux foliage! (Say that three times real fast!)
So, hang on to your hats… today’s post is filled with tips, tricks, and LOTS of photos!
2023 Fall Home Tour
Today and throughout this whole week, join me and 27 of my home decorating cohorts for the 2023 Fall Home Tour hosted by my sweet friend Marty at A Stroll Thru Life.
This virtual home tour allows us to open our hearts and homes to y’all in hopes of inspiring you, and maybe even helping you solve some of your decorating dilemmas.
Did y’all get a chance to visit Yvonne’s Tanglewood home via StoneGable? Yvonne’s home is always filled with AMAZING inspiration, and she shares the BEST tips and tricks for decorating your home with your own style! Yvonne and I met at a blogging conference several years ago, and we have been ‘sisters’ ever since… both in the Lord in our hearts!
Fall Home Tour Part 1
Last week was all about the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tour! If you missed it, you can peruse My Wee Abode’s Entryway and Kitchen!
However, I wasn’t real thrilled with way my entryway…
So, here is a quick revisit of the entry to My Wee Abode that includes a couple tweaks.
The entryway coat hanger now holds my straw tote displaying some faux eucalyptus stems in autumnal hues, as well as some neutral-tone thistles and pampas grass.
My favorite sage windbreaker is always on the coat rack, ready to grab as I face the crisp breeze of a fall day in So Cal (or even as I work in the cool temps of our clubhouse).
And, the pantry wall decor REALLY wasn’t my favorite…
When I went to Hobby Lobby to find some faux foliage for autumn, I decided I would try to save some money and create my own cabinet door decor, instead of using the pretty neutral fall wreaths that I really wanted. (Be sure to take a look at the before pictures.)
The more I looked at what I had done, the more I realized it wasn’t ‘me’. So, I went back and bought what I originally wanted:
The subtle fall colors and autumnal style are perfect for dressing-up the wall pantry.
Money-Saving tip: Go with Your Gut
When you find a decor item you genuinely love and it’s available at a discounted price, it’s may be prudent to invest in it. Opting for a less preferred alternative in an attempt to save money could potentially lead to higher expenses down the line when you eventually decide to purchase the original item.
Decorating for Fall – Apartment Living “Room”
Now, let’s get to the real nuts-and-bolts of THIS tour, shall we?
This year, fall in our tiny home consists of lots of lifelike foliage, flowers, and even some natural elements, along with deep rusts and ambers, honey-toned hues, and a touch of rich greens.
On this tour, you’ll also be privy to some never-before-seen views of My Wee Abode, as well as a new DIY added to the living area!
Small Coffee Table Decor -Using Lifelike Blooms and Natural Elements
As you step into the living “room”, one of the first things that catches your eye is the the sweet little mirrored coffee table decor.
Last month, via the Pinterest Challenge, you may have seen similar coffee table fall decor However, for this tour, I decided to change it up a bit, and I love it even more!
The faux bittersweet berry branches and the deep green vase remained, but the original candle was switched-out for this cute little frosted orange votive holder with a gold leaf charm. AND, the green velvet adds a bit of warm luxury to this fall vignette, don’t you think?
The jar is filled with faux acorns as well as some real mini pine cones. And everything is corralled on a pretty galvanized tray that is a staple item at MWA!
How do you know you have a good faux stem or branch?
Step back three feet… if you can’t tell whether it’s real or not,
you’ve got a good ‘fake’! 😉
You know what’s great about these dried gourds? They’re the real deal, but you don’t have to fuss over them like you would with living decor elements. They’re practically like fauxs in that regard! Aren’t they just so cute?
These were exchanged for the red leaf tray that was in the OG.
Simple Fall Faux Florals on Living Room Surfaces
The IKEA cabinet is an apartment must-have. It does double-duty, storing plenty of DIY supplies behind those woven doors, and also makes for another surface to add fall decor.
A new honey and white throw blanket that caught my eye at Hobby Lobby makes an appearance on the sofa!
Placing a heartfelt lettered sign at the top of the cabinet with a little lamp has been my “go-to decorative element” for achieving that a touch of coziness during the fall season. It’s the small things that make all the difference, don’t you think?
These burnt ivory and rust faux hydrangeas…
…have been used at my tiny apartment for the last three years! They can be arranged in just about any type of vessel, and you can even add additional stems and and natural elements, if you so desire!
If you invest in quality faux stems, you can use them over and over through the years, creating a new ‘look’ each time!
The narrow side table between the sofa and Mom’s recliner gets a declutter for each photo shoot. It normally holds all of Mom’s activity books, Bible, devotionals, clock, etc.
But because this post is all about inspiring y’all, the table is cleared and some simple fall elements are added.
The woven pumpkin I purchased last year sits atop a stack of books in autumnal hues of green, orange, and burgundy. The combination of the basket and pumpkin, with their natural textures, adds an inviting touch of warmth and interest to this year’s seasonal end table decor.
Since last Christmas, I’ve started adding garland to the large lettered artwork above the sofa. This artwork never changes, as it shares one of my favorite Bible verses (and songs) with everyone visiting our home. And it reminds ME each day that the Lord is faithful, all the time!
How to Add Autumnal Faux Florals – Media Area
The console and TV fall decor make my heart especially happy this year… for two reasons.
First, the colors and simplicity just seem ‘right’ to me.
See that lovely woven runner? It’s a new addition to this year’s decor. It brings a ton of texture to the space. It’s paired with the floor vase holding those beautiful neutral-toned maple leaf and blue pod branches from last year’s fall shopping trip. When you throw in the amber demi-john and those faux pumpkins, it’s like creating one big, cozy vignette in this area!
Faux branches are a great statement piece. Use them in a standing floor vase, or you can get creative with a large glass vase or urn for a stunning dining room centerpiece. They also look fantastic on a spacious kitchen island.
To the right of the console, rustic wooden pillar candle holders are topped with DIY candle rings and plaster ‘pine cones’.
Adding another little dried spinner gourd to the base of the candle holders follows the “rule of three” for creating a fall vignette. Odd numbers in decorating are pleasing to the eye!
The second reason I’m lovin’ my media area is…
This new DIY!
The wireless sconces have been added to each side of the television, and are a GREAT answer for any apartment or rental home! Heck, they are perfect for any type of home when you don’t have hardwire for lighting, or don’t have the desire to add it!
The DIY tutorial is coming this Saturday (Lord-willing), and I’ll give you all the deets then. But for now, suffice to say, I’m in love! (And these are MUCH better than the wireless ceiling light I did in the loft apartment.)
The Dining Area – How to Decorate Your Cozy Apartment with Fall Faux Florals
My Wee Abode’s dining area includes a dining table that folds down on both sides and can be pushed up against the wall, creating more seating area when needed.
The fall centerpiece on the dining room table makes my heart jump with joy… seriously.
I’m so thankful for a Creator that made us in His image. Thus, we can create and appreciate the beauty of decor and natural elements that He has given us! Just a teensy glimpse of Heaven.
Y’all… I took WAYYYY too many photos of this large gourd! I’ve been wanting one of these for several years, and finally purchased one!
Draping gold and rust velvet across the table on a diagonal, I then added rust colored votives and nestled the jumbo dried gourd in a ‘wreath’ of faux bittersweet branches. Those bittersweet sprigs sure came in handy this year!
I won’t bore you with all the photos I took of the centerpiece…
Okay, maybe just one more!
This is a different type of faux tip. Wanna “fake” a luxurious table runner?
Drape leftover velvet fabric across the table,
making sure to hide the unfinished edges.
For added interest, use two complimenting colors!
Oh, and you can use extra green velvet on a coffee table tray, too! 😉
A ‘new view’…
Have you seen this view of the dining area before?
The large mirror is one of my prized possessions that I purchased at an estate sale before I moved into the original My Wee Abode. It does triple duty! It’s a decorating item, mirror, AND it covers the HUGE fuse box on that wall! LOL!
The large berry wreath was an investment piece this fall season. When I saw it on Amazon, I fell in love!
Usually I would try to DIY a wreath, like my 15-minute fall hydrangea wreath… but I couldn’t have made this for less than what I paid. It actually would have cost A LOT more to DIY!
Always consider the cost of a DIY project.
It might be more economical to just bite-the-bullet and purchase item already made!
Especially if you love it!
The photo-trio to the right of the wreath were super affordable at Hobby Lobby. To me, they are warm and cozy and simply shout fall.
And last, but not least in the living area, take a peek at the buffet cart and you’ll find a sweet little vignette.
You can add natural touches to your home with pheasant feathers and cedar rose pine cones. Oh, and don’t forget to DIY a cozy velvet mushroom; it’s there, adding its own special touch!
Okay… let’s mosey on outside for a quick peek at how faux florals and foliage are being used on the balcony!
How to Decorate Your Cozy Apartment Balcony with Fall Faux Florals
Because the balcony here at My Wee Abode gets almost NO sun, I’m learning that growing most flowering plants is near impossible.
So, this fall season, I’m trying out some faux seeded plants!
Several guests have seen the window box ‘plants’, and were surprised that they aren’t real!
It’s easy to create these little potted plants:
- Place a piece of floral foam at the bottom of a terra cotta pot.
- Arrange branches of faux berry (seed) branches in the foam until full (I used three branches in each pot).
- Cover the top of the pot with Spanish moss.
It’s as easy as that!
If you run out of fall branches, like I did, simply create another faux arrangement using different faux stems in your stash!
Did you spot the daisy-like mum at the other end of the patio???
Did you know there were mums that looked like daisies? This was new to me!
And, yes, these are real! I consider mum plants a long-lasting cut flower. If I keep this watered well, it should bloom for at least a couple months!
And don’t forget, faux boxwood plants are still a thing! Add one of these affordable IKEA plants to a mini olive bucket and you’ve got yourself fall decor perfect for an outdoor table!
One more thing, if you’ve got a bit of space on your balcony and the fall air is feeling all fresh and crisp, why not throw in a little healthy fun and give these quad exercises with dumbbells a shot?
I hope you’ve learned some tips and tricks on how to decorate your apartment with fall faux florals! And remember, these ideas are great for any type of home, whether you own, have a rental home, or even a dorm!
Now, since this is a virtual home TOUR, be sure to hop on over to Thrifty and Chic! Alicia is sharing some subtle fall decor in her front living room that will inspire you!
And be sure to catch-up on Monday and Tuesday’s tours, as well as come back tomorrow and Friday to catch all the inspiring homes! There’s sure to be at least one home that will fit your style! The links are all listed below the shopping guide!
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Happy fall, y’all!
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