A while back, I wrote about our new, more minimalist approach to seasonal decorating. As part of our desire to own less, spend less, and want less we have really simplified our take on seasonal decor. In that post I celebrated the fact that I no longer felt the pressure to create an autumn mantlescape or a beautiful porch vignette.
So when my husband brought a bunch of squash and pumpkins in from our garden and they began to take over my kitchen, I looked around my house and discovered that I had a big empty cleared mantle to put them on. I was originally just plunking them there until I had a chance to cook them, but I quickly began to feel that it was more beautiful than any vignette I could have contrived!
Of course, the mantlescape keeps changing as I cook some squash and buy or harvest others. I just made a bunch of pumpkin puree, so now the mantle looks much cleaner and simpler. I still think it's lovely, and the squash are out of the way until I need them.
We can celebrate the abundance of a harvest season, and create cozy in our homes without adding clutter. I believe that our homes can reflect the seasons in simple, authentic ways without weighing heavily on our to-do lists or our craft budgets.
[This is day 9 in a 31 day series about celebrating autumn. Click here for more fall inspiration!]