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It’s Fall, Y’all!

It’s Fall, Y’all!

I love fall. Love how the leaves gradually turn from green to brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and crimson red. Love the chill in the air and the warmth a good cup of java provides.

Fall reminds me to enjoy beauty all around, because life should be so much more than stressful days full of getting it done, carpool lines, or staying on the run.

It’s fall, y’all! Change is in the air and I’m loving it!

Currently, I have a cinnamon apple candle in my kitchen and the fragrance is delectable! I love how a single whiff draws me in, encouraging me to stop for a moment, to embrace this small, fragrant gift of fall and all it has to offer.

My summer hydrangeas are dried up, but, outside my home you’ll find multi-sized orange pumpkins clustered together, tucked next to yellow mums like best friends eager to stay for a spell. Inside, you might find white, or possibly pale shades of tiny, green pumpkins displayed in unconventional ways—atop stacked books, or displayed on delicate crystal pedestal dishes. Or even inside antique wooden bowls for an element of surprise.

Try bringing the outside in. Allow your gotta-have-a-Pinterest-board self to think creatively. Adorn your home with colorful leaves, pumpkins, tree branches with their leaves stripped off or still clinging for dear life.

Thankfully, I’m learning to intentionally gather moments that require less work. I’m giving myself permission to simplify. To buy the pumpkin pie and canned whip cream so I can spend more time gathering around the table with the people I love. To linger over crumb covered paper plates.

As we celebrate fall, I hope you will join me in allowing ourselves to fall away from all the stresses of our lives as we embrace the season with wonder. Instead of fretting over creating perfectly decorated homes, lets focus on creating cozy home environments that make our families want to gather. That put hearts at ease in our perfectly imperfect living spaces.

So, let the fall celebrations begin. May our homes be filled with meaningful conversations flowing as generously as the tea pouring from our kettles. May laughter rise high above the precious, crumpled leaves our children collected on the walk we didn’t have time to take—but did anyway.

Let’s be kind to ourselves, in every season. And, remember, as the old saying goes, “This is the best day of your life,” so, why not celebrate the best of everything this season has to offer?

As the leaves fall away from the trees let’s also fall away from our personal demands and sky-high expectations. Happy fall decorating!

By: LaTan Roland Murphy is a writer, speaker, and teacher who also has a decorating business – Interior Elegance by LaTan. LaTan loves encouraging families to be thankful for what they have and helping them use what they have to create beautiful things. (The decorations and pictures are originals of LaTan Murphy.) Visit LaTan at http://latanmurphy.com.

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