Fall Home Tour

If you’re coming over from Perfectly Imperfect, we are welcoming you with big open arms and a great big bear hug! If you’re a regular here on the DIY Playbook, you still get the bear hug treatment, followed by an OMG I can’t wait to share the fall changes I recently made to my home.

My claim to fame for this year’s holiday tour?! Fall-ifying my home with ZERO traces of pumpkins, leaves or the “traditional” fall décor that most holiday projects are made of, well at least on the inside the house that is. Sayyyy whhaaaaatttt?! Is that even possible? I know right. #gaspBlogger Stylin

Hold your pumpkin spice lattes people, I’m not saying I don’t love me some pumpkins, gourds, & traditional fall décor just as much as the next girl. What I’m saying is that I don’t have a BUDGET or the storage SPACE to buy up the entire fall aisle at Michael’s and transform my little ranch into a fall inspired cabin that graces the cozy cover page of Country Living. I WISH! So what’s a girl to do when her nautical home is being featured in a fall home tour series & she has no budget or storage space for fall décor? Quite the bloggin’ dilemma, right? Here’s what I did…

fall door

First, I panicked! Second, I called Casey and panicked some more. Third, I got my act together & finally came to terms that investing in traditional fall décor that is only limited to one season was not in my cards, & eventually came to the conclusion that that was okay! I decided that I’m going to make the BEST of what I got, adjust the color schemes with a few simple changes based on things I already had around the house, and create some art on a budget.

So that’s what we did. We used what we already had, ditched the blues and nautical inspired touches, all while creating a space that inspires us to tackle all this AMAZING season has to offer without breaking the bank. Oh, and we did break the rule of having absolutely zero traces of fall décor on the outside. But heck, mums are one of my favs- so I didn’t feel bad splurging.

Wreath Tutorial /Door Color

plantsfall doormum


Bridget's House Fall

I’m not totally sure what constitutes my changes as “fall”, all I know is that it just feels far more fall than what our home normally looks like. More oranges, more reds (which I NEVER have), more cozy blankets & a lantern here or there seem far more fall to me.  And I guess LESS pieces of coral, less nautical art, and less blues help do the trick as well.


Bridget's entryway

fall bagfall styling



IMG_2875above the couchI plan on giving you all the scoop on this Target tandem bike art next week, but for now I’ll leave you with the basics. I rearranged my entire wall to add more rustic, fall-ish pieces all for under $60. All I bought to complete the new look was the tandem bike canvas & the material to make the frame that goes around it. The rest of the frames and décor were things I already owned, which meant FREE.  Like that pallet sign for instance, remember it from our wedding pictures?

IMG_2897IMG_2877fall pillows 2mason jarantler candle

antler candle

Fall house

Bridget's OfficeCouch // Table // Curtains // Cake Pan DIY Tray // Light FixtureCoffee Table Styling with Succulents

Succulent GardenSuccullent Garden // Wall Art Details // Office DeskAntler ArtIMG_2478IKEA Hacked Shelves // Cheap Framed Art

The guestroom isn’t screaming, “Hi, I’m FALL”, but it is far more fall than what the shelves usually look like. Less nautical and summer-y and more red, orange, and rustic now than ever before. I think… I certainly hope. Again, just by using what I already have from garage sales & thrift shops & overflow “stuff”, I was able to transform this space into on that hints at fall for FREE. Yup, F-R-E-E.



Same story for the laundry room, except this time we didn’t do the whole thing for FREE… more like for under $10. I purchased the Target Geometric Canvas Art to replace the bright blue one I had there before, but everything else I added was either a FREE printable or “art” I had around the house. A few colorful rolls of washi tape helped give this space the extra kick of color too. Not a bad turnaround for under ten bucks, huh?

IMG_2520IMG_2559IMG_2546IMG_2564IMG_2549Laundry Room Makeover/ Laundry Room Gallery Wall Details

And there you have it…. the fall home tour that does not have one pumpkin, gourd or gorgeous leaf print anywhere to be found. Although our changes don’t consist of tons of the latest, greatest holiday decor this season, I am proud to say that we were able to change up our home ON A BUDGET within our means and still LOVE the new look. I guess this season we learned that it’s not always about trying to buy the best or the most festive new “thing”, sometimes it’s challenging yourself to use what you already have & still make it work. I hope you too can challenge yourself to be creative with the items you do have, while still sprucing up your space to welcome this football weather in style!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now, you HAVE to go check out what fall gorgeous-ness Emily from Decor Chick! is cooking up!decor chick

Bridget SignatureA HUGE thank you to Lindsay for hosting another inspirational blog-hop series! I guess you should probably add her home tour to your list of things to-do today. And heck, while you’re at it… check out this creative line-up of bloggers too!!

The White Buffalo Styling Co.
The Nester
Eclectically Vintage
Bliss at Home
Perfectly Imperfect
DIY Playbook
Décor Chick
Rain on a Tin Roof

The Inspired Room
Home Stories A to Z
Charming in Charlotte
Thistlewood Farms
Julie Blanner
Beneath My Heart
Cuckoo 4 Design
Dwellings by Devore

Southern Hospitality
Just a Girl
Number Fifty-three
My Fabuless Life
In My Own Style
Iron & Twine
Run to Radiance
The Thriftress
Primitive & Proper

The Handmade Home
DIY Showoff
Simple Stylings
Shabby Creek Cottage
The Chronicles of Home
Finding Home
DesignPost Interiors

Jones Design Company
Jen Rizzo
Dimples & Tangles
Desert Domicile
Tatertots & Jello
Retro Ranch Reno
Eleven Gables
Sarah M. Dorsey
This, That, & Life

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  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    So pretty, I especially love the mint and yellow combo!

    • Aw, thanks so much Julia!! Means a lot coming from you!!!!

  • Shaunna West

    Love it! Love your pillows in the living space…such pretty contrast and pattern. And i totally know what you mean about fall decor. we keep it pretty simple, too!

  • Lovely!! I love your living room—so simple and clean and pretty! And I’m kind of obsessed with all your laundry room art!

    • Thanks @Tania!! All of the laundry art was F-R-E-E. Free Printables, greeting cards I had around the house and even a page ripped out of a book. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Anneke at This, That & Life

    Bridget, you are awesome and I love, love, love your home! 🙂

    • You are too darn sweet Anneke! Thanks so much for stopping by. Can’t wait to see your fall home tour, you know we are huge suckers for all things nautical!! xo

      Hope all is well!!

  • Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    Wow -what you lack in funds you more than made up for in creativity!! Love your home and all the colorful little touches – cute idea to hang that print with a colorful piece of washi tape!

    • Thanks so much!! I’m trying to challenge myself to use what I have instead of buy, buy, buy. We’ll see how long it lasts…. 🙂

  • So gorgeous! I love all of your budget-friendly fall touches!

    • Thanks Caitlin!! We can’t wait to see what you have in store. =)

  • your home is so bright and pretty! i love it!

    • Thanks Cassie!! Thanks for stopping by. Happy Fall =)

  • Love it! Your home is already beautiful and those small changes really warmed things up. Also, I just saw that bicycle art at Target this weekend and I talked myself out of buying it. I think this is a sign that I need it in my life! 😉

    • It IS a sign!! You have to go back and get it!!!

  • Jenna

    Beautiful! Everything is so cozy!

  • Summer Hogan

    Awesome tour guys!!! Love every bit! We are door twins 🙂

    • Yes we are!! Thanks Summer =) Happy Fall, lady

  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Always love the home tours! Gives me such great ideas 🙂

    • Thanks so much Alysia! As always you’re too darn sweet!

  • Michelle @ Iron & Twine

    Surprise, surprise…I LOVE IT ALL…like always 🙂 And love what you ended up doing for the wall art ~ that bike? swoon! xo

    • Thanks lady!! How about your gorgeous tour?! With two little ones on the way…. how the heck do you do it?!

      Thinking of you!!

  • thethriftress

    This is my favorite kind of seasonal decorating – Using what you have to create a mood!

    • I LOVE this!! I never thought of it as “creating a mood”, but you are SO right!! I am going to use that from now on. Thank you!! Happy Fall. -B