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Farmhouse Fall Entry Way – Behind the Scenes Design Plan

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(*Sending hugs and prayers to my friends, both “real life” and friends met online, down in Texas.  If you’d like a way to help, be sure to check my Instagram stories today.*)

Last week, I shared this year’s fall color palette and design themes [HERE] on the blog, but what I didn’t share was my process regarding how I decide on colors, decor layout and how to blend all of those ideas into a cohesive space.  Below, I’m showing you a behind-the-scenes look at how I do design work both for my own home and for my home decor and e-design clients!  Come inside my brains…if you dare. πŸ˜‰

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I usually begin with an inspiration piece, picture, color or concept, and then I let the room take shape from there.  Not sure about you, but I need to be INSPIRED in order for the creative juices to really get to pumpin’, and I love that moment it all *clicks* in my mind!  For my fall looks this year, I was so inspired by the mix of copper and navy found on the handles of some of my vintage copper tea kettles.  I’d played with those colors a bit already in the guest room redo [HERE], so I knew I loved them.

Next on the design how-to list, I like to choose three or four colors and then stick to ’em!  Variations on the color are okay, for example different shades of navy or creamy white along with basic navy and basic bright white, etc.  I’ve found that if I give clients a small number of colors to stick to, it makes the design process and decor shopping a LOT easier.  Plus, you end up with a totally cohesive space no matter what item you buy, because it all ends up in the same cohesive color palette!

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To finish out the planning process, I like to choose a few finishes or accent colors plus a couple of textile patterns or textures to complete the space.  Up above, you can see natural textiles mixed with navy and farmhouse pumpkin, plus the addition of copper, washed wood and chippy white paint.  All of these choices regarding textiles and finishes should also remain pretty neutral and stick close to the chosen colors of the palette…that way once it’s all assembled, everything will blend and harmonize!

By shopping my own home for vintage pieces, old windows and lamps, I was able to create a welcoming entry way.  Using the color palette created above, I added different shades of blue, green and cream pumpkins, along with my vintage copper I’ve collected over the years to add that warm fall tone to the mix.  Threw in some farmhouse pillows (pumpkin pillow by Porter Lane Home), a few touches of pale faux lambs ear, and…a couple more pumpkins πŸ˜‰, and we’ve got a fall farmhouse entry to welcome guests this season!

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Hopefully this gave you some insight into my design process, and maybe you can use this process for your own home on your next project!  Have a great day, buddies, and I so appreciate you stopping by.  Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more inside-Erin’s-head posts like this! πŸ˜‰  Come say hi on Instagram and Facebook, too!


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  1. I love this idea so much! How refreshing to see white and blues instead of typical orange and black. Thank you so much for your inspiring posts and ideas!

  2. Jodi says:

    I like your choice of colors. Your copper kettles are the yummiest. πŸ’™πŸ’›

  3. Haley says:

    Simple, calm & peaceful. I love your style. Thanks for letting us see the process. I, for one, would love more perks inside your head!

  4. Denice says:

    This was so helpful to me as we’ve just acquired a farm house and will be doing quite a bit of renovating. I feel like I’ve been bouncing around some, but having this thought process outlined actually helps me narrow it down. Love it!

  5. Meagan says:

    I just love this so much! I’m such a novice so it’s awesome to read about your process. The end result is to.die.for!!!

  6. Alysha says:

    I haven’t had a chance to read yet but I wanted to pop on in hopes to catch you and just say thanks for being such an inspiration. I’ve decided to finally take the plunge in offering home styling and it only took me 5 years after finishing design school. Haha. Scary world out there and you’ve inspired me to go for it.

    Much love,

  7. Shawna says:

    Totally not related to this post but I loved seeing your makeup post, you should do a hair tutorial/fave hair products. :):)

  8. Janese says:

    Loving the navy touches with the cooper. Thanks for ‘a piece of your mind’ it was quite insightful and definitely inspires me to take some additional risks with my holiday decorating πŸ€—

  9. Kayla Edgeller says:

    Absolutely gorg! I have the same copper kettle that you do with the blue & white handle. You inspired me to break it out & use pops of copper in with my neutral pumpkin, florals, & greenery for my fall look. My daughters birthday us in October so I decided to do floral & pumpkins to double as party decor as well!!

  10. Sandee says:

    Peekie, peekie! LoVE your process. I’m a planner been thinking of my fall decor for months. I did add some copper accents thanks to your brilliant mind. I’ve always loved copper. I’m not a fan of yellow gold, orange, or typical colors this time of year. I do however love those colors in foliage, leaves things like that. So I do have lot’s of that. I’m just using those in very small doses. The rest is natural tones and copper touches. I’m still waiting a bit to put it out as its still well into the 100sΒ° here.
    Your set up is just beautiful.

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Thank you, Sandee! Sounds like our tastes are similar–can’t do orange pumpkins, but I love me some fall foliage and copper! πŸ˜‰

  11. Anna says:

    Hello Erin,
    Thank you for your post. I would definitely like to see more of “what’s inside my head”. Thank you for taking the time to share your creativity with us.

  12. Trudy says:

    Not related to this post, but when you say in your stories that all your girls are taking a nap, do you mean even the oldest? Thanks for all your tips and tricks!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      When they are home from school on weekends and summer, yep! Oldest just rests, but my younger three still nap.

  13. Amanda B says:

    Hi there Erin, I’ve been playing with adding mint and teal in to my fall decor this year. I am finding that I am enjoying how it tones down that traditional hit of orange that suddenly shocks it’s way into my otherwise neutral space this time of year. Love this peek at your process!

  14. Traci says:

    I’ve started my own interior design business this past year and I’m loving it. I’m having trouble finding software I love to make my design boards. I love yours that you posted at the beginning of the blog. Could you tell me what software or app you use?

  15. Shanik brown says:

    I may have missed how to hang these windows in such a pattern… but I have all the same windows and how can I achieve this look?!?! Love!!!

  16. Rachel says:

    I don’t think Erin brain is soo scary πŸ˜‰ look at all the beautiful decor, ideas and passion that comes out of It! Love the blues and coppers, keep it comin lady!!

  17. Cindy says:

    Do you have a specific stain color you use for the more neutral/natural wood tones like the lamps and other pops of wood tones throughout your home?

  18. Shonda says:

    This is beautiful! As is everything else that you do…wish I had just a fraction of your talent/creativity:) you are such an inspiration! I would LOVE to see more of these posts! ❀️

  19. Piper says:

    I love seeing how your design mind works!! I need to look at my fall decor and check to see if it works for this. Thanks so much pretty lady for sharing!!! Would love to see more. Also, how did you hang the copper pots from the ceiling? Thanks!

  20. Emily Banks says:

    Hey Erin!! I’m just curious and I’d love to know what software you use to help you design? I have been looking for a good one for a while now!! Love everything you do!


  21. Alicia says:

    Looks amazing? Can you share what computer software/online program you use to help with the design process?

  22. Mary says:

    I love hearing the thot process behind the beauty!!! We’ll take more!!!πŸ˜€

  23. Carolyn Bryant says:

    Love all of this. How did you hang the Windows?

  24. Veronica says:

    Love the color palette you used. I have just finished remodeling my home and have a pale gray palette and have been wondering what to do for fall instead of the traditional oranges browns and rust tones. I am inspired to put my own spin on the beautiful colors you have used. Can’t wait to see what you will be doing for Christmas!

  25. Julie Lancia says:

    Erin, Love seeing how you plan and then watch it all come together. Your choices of copper and blue are just stunning. Fun to see the behind the scenes. XO ~ Julie

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