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Fall is just around and corner and we’re already planning how to decorate our homes. I’m sure you’re imagining pumpkin spice everything, golden leaves scattered among mantels and tabletops, and pumpkins galore, right?

We love celebrating fall in Pensacola, but we tend to decorate our homes a little differently down here. As you can imagine, our autumn isn’t quite as defined in Florida as it is around the rest of the country. So, as a coastal city, we have to get a little creative and decorate a little differently.

Our inspiration comes from our white sand beaches and pristine emerald waters and incorporating those elements into our daily lives. While visiting, you’ll find these coastal features all over Pensacola – in our hotels, our homes, and at events – you’ll see our sense of design.

Here are some ways you can incorporate Pensacola into your home this autumn:

1. Get to carving those pumpkins.

Pumpkins will always be synonymous with autumn, and I like to get creative with the pumpkins that I put out every year! My favorite way to decorate a pumpkin is to start by whitewashing it. The dark orange is muted into more of a peach. Then get to carving. Instead of carving ghouls and goblins, try your hand at starfish, seashells, crabs, anchors and seahorses. If carving isn’t your thing, break out the paint brushes and add some dazzle with glitter and accessories, like a driftwood stem. Putting the iconic Pensacola Beach sign on a pumpkin would be the perfect memory of Pensacola.

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2. Put a piece of Pensacola in your home.

Pensacola is teeming with arts and culture. There are many galleries in Downtown Pensacola that have a plethora of art that is made and designed locally. These artists use our sea life and beach elements as inspiration. You’ll find photographs, paintings, carvings, designs, pottery and more that would be perfect to accent your home during the fall.  Grab some usable art in many of our boutiques and galleries. Marty Campbell Gallery has an array of glass cutting boards that portray Old Christ Church, Joe Patti’s iconic sign, the 12th Avenue tree tunnel and more. Marty has a beautiful capture of the Fort Pickens arches on aluminum that is sure to be a conversation starter.

cutting board

3. Get to shelling.

We have plenty of seashells, as you can walk along our pristine beach and find shells or walk into a local shop and find them as decorations. Seashells and sea glass are the perfect way to add some decor to your home for the fall. You can find sea glass, glass seashells, seashell centerpieces, seashell inspired serving platters, and ornaments. Rusted Arrow Mercantile is the perfect blend of southern coastal farmhouse decor that has just what you’d be looking for to decorate for fall. Walk in and you’ll see cotton stems in metal planters, pumpkins in wooden boxes, and sea life decorations galore.

rusted arrow

4. Bring home the smell of the beach.

Fall is the perfect time to use scents to make your home feel like you’re on the coast. Belle Ame Bath and Body on Palafox Street in Downtown Pensacola offers a variety of handmade soaps, candles and lotions in dozens of scents – some seasonal. Take home their top-selling citrus scents: Lemon Verbena, Citrus Vanilla and Lime Mandarin Basil. Or bring back home with you scents like: Life’s a Beach and Island Spice.

Photo By Belle Ame' Bath and Body

Bella Ame

5. Wreaths

It’s not really Fall until you put a giant wreath on your front door, is it? In the Coastal south, we love wreaths made out of faux sea oats, starfish and shells, burlap and nautical rope and even dried citrus fruit. There’s no better place to find a wreath than Celebrations the Florist and gift shop. They have plenty of seaside succulents to browse. You can pick out one of their pre-made wreaths or they can help you design a customized coastal wreath to bring back home.

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Celebrations The Florist

Be sure to take some of our coastal lifestyle and serenity back home this fall!

Left a coastal fall favorite off this list? Be sure to leave a comment below with your tip!