Outdoor Spaces, Seasonal Decorating

Gather Here – the Backyard Fire Pit

What better place to gather on a crisp, clear fall day than your own backyard. And if it is filled with trees bearing the colors of fall – that’s even better. Whether you’re sitting on the patio drinking your morning coffee as the sun rises, or toasting the day’s end in the warm glow of a fire pit, there’s nothing better than spending time outside in the fall! Here’s where we gather – lots of pictures, less commentary.

Gather here sign, fire pit, lanterns, Adirondack chairs

The Colors of Fall

To me fall is the most colorful season of all! That’s why I let nature do the decorating for me! The day I took these pictures was simply gorgeous! The way the sunlight was filtering through the colorful leaves on the trees was simply magnificent! The camera does not do the scenery justice.

The perfect pumpkin – the quintessential symbol of fall!


The golden tree!


Love the contrast of the red leaves against the crisp blue sky!



Gotta have mums in the fall.


Our “college flower” – orange for UVA and purple for JMU.


Outdoor Living Spaces

I love being outside and enjoy making my outdoor living spaces as inviting and comfortable as the ones inside my home.

These summertime ferns were still thriving, so I surrounded them with mums and pumpkins and created this little fall vignette in a mulched area adjacent to the fire pit.

Happy fall y’all!


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A few fall essentials “gathered” around the fire pit.


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The Moskow Mule cup adds texture and a beautiful copper color to this little vignette. Now, I just need to add the drink.


Plaid flannel pillow cover, fire pit, Moskow Mule
My favorite flannel pillow cover – made from my son’s outgrown shirt.


Plaid flannel pillow covers
More flannels!


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Blankets are a must have when spending time outside in the fall. Love the colors of these plaid ones, as well as the Aztec print.


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Lanterns add an extra source of warmth outside.


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Cooper, our 10-yr-old Golden Retriever, crashing my photo shoot.


Gathering Around the Fire Pit

When it’s time to relax at the end of the day or to get some inspiration first thing in the morning, what better place to be than sitting on the patio enjoying this mild fall weather we have been having? Or maybe it’s Saturday afternoon and you’re tossing the football around, why not take a break and enjoy some hot chocolate around the fire pit – with or without an actual fire. Such a great place to spend time with family and friends! Or alone, snuggled in a blanket, sipping coffee, and reading your favorite magazine.

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Don’t forget the firewood! The peeling bark on these River Birch logs is so cool. Football, anyone?


Plaid thermos, fire pit
My favorite thermos. It’s plaid. Need I say more? Is it weird to have a favorite thermos?


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Ready to light the fire!


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A little southern inspiration.


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And we have a fire. Can’t you almost smell it?


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These string lights were a great addition to our fire pit area this summer. I highly recommend this patio upgrade.


So there you have it folks! I hope these photos bring a little bit of fall into your day and provide some inspiration on ways you can get out and enjoy your outdoor spaces this fall. During this season of gathering with family and friends, make sure you take time to reflect on what you are thankful for and what makes you happy.


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