Katie and Andrew’s Autumnal DIY Decor
For fall decorating inspiration, I checked in with my neighbors Katie and Andrew Moore. Katie is a local interior designer and Andrew is a talented DIYer and together they have created a warm and inviting home mixing sentimental family heirlooms with new and handmade furniture and accessories.
As you walk in the front door, you’ll immediately notice the first of three large rooster statues, which belonged to Katie’s grandparents long ago. After her grandparents passed away, the roosters made their way to Katie’s house. She keeps one out all year long, the others make an appearance just for the season. They’ve got a sort of vintage farmhouse chic quality which says autumn to me.
The concrete coffee table is one of several pieces Andrew made. Katie loved the version on sale at Crate and Barrel, but didn’t love the price, so Andrew figured out how to make one (here’s more about how he made it). A glass shelf underneath provides extra out-of-sight storage.
Another one of Andrew’s projects is this shelf which spells out LOVE. Katie pinned a similar one on Pinterest and Andrew surprised her with one of her own. Right now it’s empty, but it can be used as a shelf for small items or mounted on a wall. That’s love for you, literally.
Katie’s mom made the quilted runner that sits on the coffee table, accompanied by candlesticks that were a wedding present, elements of nature and a few decorating accessories from Hobby Lobby.
On the sofa, our canine model Stewart shows off one of the pillows Katie uses in her fall decor. She switches out the orange paisley cover as the seasons change.
In the dining room, Katie mixes a white table and farmhouse style chairs from Crate and Barrel for a classic look that will coordinate with almost any design style.
Her casual, elegant place setting is easy to assemble, using existing linens, wedding gifts, craft store accents and fresh fruit.
Andrew carved this tree stump with a dremel to make a sign for the bar at their wedding reception two years ago. There’s a slot on the top of the stump where they inserted a small chalkboard. I love how this can be a part of their everyday decor now.
Katie is the designer behind the local interior design firm, Olios Design. As Katie gave me a tour of her home, she also shared these simple seasonal design tips:
Decorating for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do. There is something about the changing of the seasons that gives me an itch to also change up the decor in my house. My favorite place to purchase holiday decor is Hobby Lobby. Although the closest one is about 45 minutes drive, it totally is worth it! Oh, and if you plan on going, they are closed on Sundays, so plan accordingly.
If you can’t make the drive, here are a few great tips to take your fall decorating up just a notch.
- Use everyday household items to decorate. Try using a tall water glass as a vase or a dinner plate as a centerpiece base.
- Create a homemade fall floral arrangement by grabbing some twigs and leaves from outdoors. To add a little glam, gently spray them with spray glitter.
- Decorate with printable art (see the first photo above). There are a lot of free printables out on the web (and ones for purchase, too). Surf the web to print the one you love!
How are you decorating for fall? Did you see any ideas to use in your own home?