As the end of summer becomes fall, elegant looks become surprisingly simple this cozy time of year. And if I wasn’t in love with this season enough -- the crew from The Vine Garden Market + this front door with they way they've got it looking just as pretty outside as it does in has me admitting autumn is honestly perfection. It’s easy to choose flowers and pull together classic style that’s picture perfect and fun - so effortless that it doesn’t look real even. But when you look, you’ll see the blooms, colors, laughter, simplicity -- it’s obvious this is a real doorway, a real day, a real dream. And the styling from Lavin Label with Kelli Boyd Photography make it all the dreamier.
As the golden leaves fall to the ground forcing us to bring out the copper mugs, birch logs, lanterns and candles - my summer soiree’s just aren’t going to cut it! So this is how this happend. I've got to be honest, I'm rounding up my favorites - my sister, bottle of wine, a couple of Pottery Barn things, plus contact info for girls I truely adore and headed to St. Simons again (just like we did last summer to see how somebody else breaks it down.
You know my sister Amanda who shares my deep rooted passion for authenticity and simplicity. Real life good times and great parties, right? So it's perfect that we meet up with a designers we’ve been following forever. Confession: she turned me on to their creative, artistic style ages ago. We’ve been fans ever since. When Monica walked up with her dog Gracie and Kelli met us crawling out of a flower van with oversized coffee in hand we looked at each other in disbelief (and a big laugh!).
Because you wouldn’t know a more personality-filled crew. Seriously. And, their skills of combining unexpected elements in an organic way is true artistry. Asking them to share exactly how they do it is absolutely selfish, I must say. But this house? This fall front door? Goodness wow. It’s worth it! I wish we could decorate parties for neighbors parties every day. “It’s amazing how things happen when you’re just being you,” we heard Kelly say. So they did, you’ll see. And with these tips you'll be doing amazing things too:
Tip 1: Use in season florals in rich neutrals on doors. Palettes that are fall specific are impossible to get wrong especially when you put them at the entry. Rose hips, amaranthus, bittersweets, olive branches and David Austin garden rose are a few simples you’ll find in fall. Guests are sure to feel warm and welcome with simple wreaths. Kelly says to try to imitate nature, avoid fussy and contrived. It’s easier than you think because with so many colors to choose from like navy, green, burgundy, golds, and chocolates.
Tip 2: Forage for leaves. Technically not a flower, autumn leaves like the Magnolia fresh cut from the yard are the perfect seasonal element. Maple Leaf Branches and even Oak Leaves are interesting. Style these free-for-the-taking pretties to achieve a high-end look for less.
Tip 3: Embrace the harvest. Cockscomb, Pyracantha berries, and even sunflowers are abundent this time of year. Use the season. And use it in copious amounts to make it all interesting. Think liberal, lavish, rich, running over and dripping. Repeat it in several places. The way they have the Hanging Amaranthus overflowing from the basket... makes the wreaths eco-rich and sooo interesting.
Tip 4: Pops of unexpected details. Add personality by incorporating your favorite things. I can’t resist the way the Vince Metal Clad Accent Stool is at the front door. Love that! Or put necessities like logs with flowers in handwoven containers like the Maya Basket. Isn't that basket unbelievable? Surprise, you can go from common to extraordinary in a minute! This is a critical element that makes guests feel relaxed and special.
Tip 5: Add candles and found greenery for elegance. Fall foliage? Fresh trimmed succulents and air plants? It doesn’t get more beautiful than that. “Take off all the leaves from the berry branches,” says Kelly. “They’ll wither quickly but the berries will last for days.” Plus when it comes to setting the mood, you can’t beat the immediate impact of flickering lantern light like the Wyeth Recycled Glass Lanterns. Put fresh clipped kernels and those candles TONS of candles everywhere - it’s fall, you guys!
To get more ideas for your fall front door from Pottery Barn, click here! These are the Pottery Barn items we used:
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Styling + Calligraphy: Lavin Label
Floral Design: Kelly Revels + Lauren Carter, The Vine Garden Market
Photographer: Kelli Boyd Photography
Photographer: Kelli Boyd Photography
Floral Supplies: Syndicate Sales
Wine: Cameron Hughes
Candles: 100 Candles
Architect: Thomas Thaddeus Truett Architect
Cocktail Napkins: Williams-Sonoma
Hair + Makeup: Anna May Hall
What other fall decorating tips would you like to learn? Any other projects you would like to make inspired by something from Pottery Barn? Share you thoughts with us on our Facebook Page! Use the hashtags #mypotterybarn #campmakery #lavinlabel so we can see!