Fall Home Tour: Vintage Botanical Scientific Decor with Boho Maximalist Influence means lots of plants, insects, and pumpkins.
Welcome to our fall home tour. I’ve been busy transforming our home, and I love how it’s turned out. It’s a little different. A little more full, with so many interesting and collected finds. I’d call this style vintage botanical science decor -with some real boho influence. I’ve included some science decor in my decorating a few other times -here and here, but this time is the best time. I stuck with my favourite black and white colour scheme this fall, and added in an accent colour of green. You’ll see the boho influence too with all the plants, grasses, feathers, and twinkle lights.
I’m joining the Seasonal Simplicity Home Tour this morning. There will be new tours all week long to inspire you, so be sure to check them all out at the end of the post. And if you’re coming from The Rambling Renovator, I’m so glad you’re here.
We have this console table near the front door, and it’s full of little treasures this fall. I like to think about a Victorian botanist who’s been collecting all fall and studying different plants. But this year you see she’s developed an interest in insects too.
Fall Home Tour Inspiration
It’s amazing where you can find inspiration. This summer we took a trip to Florida and enjoyed a great family vacation at Disney World. One day we headed over to Universal to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The displays were pretty incredible. It was so detailed that it really did make you feel like you were in the story. As we wound our way around the Hogwarts castle in the line up for a ride there were classroom props like bottles of ingredients for potion making, and skeletons of magical animals, and text books. I felt so inspired. The more I looked the more I saw. When we returned to Disney World, I started looking at the displays differently and noticed more and more details, and felt more and more inspired to bring a little story telling to my own fall decor.
I already loved the look of vintage scientific pieces in decor, so my theme for fall was decided. I’m also feeling influenced by some of the maximalist boho decor I’ve seen emerging all over Instagram and Pinterest. I love simple too, but there is something about this collected look that’s so fun. Bring on all the layers of plants, vintage, and scientific collections.
Would you believe I had most of these items already, but I did pick up a few new to me vintage pieces, including some creepy crawlies. I also removed the chair covers in the dining room -remember the ones I made from drop clothes here? I felt like the black chairs helped add a moody darker layer for fall. Also, I picked up some inexpensive dark green velvet curtains. It’s amazing what a difference a few changes can make to a room.
On the dining room table the collection really comes to life. My own little cabinet of curiosities.
To create this look I started out with lots of house plants -some are real and some are faux. I added in some glass cloches -since they feel very science-y. I also included lots of glass bottles, and scientific glass.
And some pieces I’ve been collecting just for this look -some old notes, a compass so my wandering botanist doesn’t get lost in the woods, a vintage ruler, and old telescope found on kijiji, magnifying glasses, and old spectacles.
And then I layered in lots of natural elements she might be studying, some insects, feathers, grasses, pinecones, mushrooms, chestnuts, seeds, and acorns.
It was so much fun to put these collections together and play with some storytelling.
I can imagine her pushing her work to the centre of the table, and then coming back to it to work some more later.
The Butterfly Wall
And one of my favourite elements in the room is the checked feature wall. I created the buffalo check wall with paint -you can read all about it here. Since we were adding the collection of insects this fall, I thought it would be fun to create a butterfly specimen wall.
I used paper butterflies, and straight pins to create this look. Insect pins are usually black, so I spray painted some regular straight pins black. Then I attached the paper butterflies to the centre of each square with one, folding the wings up a little to create some dimension.
I love how it kind of looks like wallpaper. It was really easy to do for a huge impact in the room.
On the buffet cabinet, I’ve included more of the collection.
The vintage typewriter and spectacles are all ready for typing up notes of observations.
My favourite new piece is this vintage card catalogue. I found it at the antique fair a few weeks ago, and it’s perfect for this look.
This area might just be my very favourite. 😉
Over in the living room, the theme continues.
This little vintage table at the end of the stairs is full of more collections for fall.
This brass bug was a thrift store find this week -you might have seen in Instagram Stories. He was just too perfect to not use with all the other bugs for fall.
This DIY wreath turned out so great. I made it with some foraged grasses that grow wild where I live, and an up cycled wreath form. There’s a full tutorial for the DIY Pompas Grass Wreath here.
Over on the couch, I added in some green pillows, in some really rich cozy velvet for fall.
On the coffee table there’s a collection of pumpkins -this unusual green one is so cool. I’ll try and save some seeds from it and see if I can grow some for next year. And the bug collection is such a neat natural element too. The velvet pumpkins in the living room are a diy. I’ve saved some old pumpkin stems from last year, and hope to make a few more with a tutorial. Those real stems really elevate the project.
The living room is a little more bright and airy, but the continuation of lots of plants, and pumpkins makes the whole main floor still feel cohesive.
Over in the kitchen I kept things on the table nice and simple. This old wood dough bowl is another antique fair find from years ago.
It’s perfect for every season by just changing out what’s inside of it. This year there’s a collection of dollar store pumpkins that I painted from orange to white, and a few mini velvet pumpkins mixed in.
On the little side cupboard there’s more plants, vintage bottles, and grasses for fall.
The poster is a free download from The Biodiversity Heritage Library. They have all kinds of amazing antique plant, animal, and insect drawings, all available for free download. I’m planning to do a whole blog post about how to make inexpensive large poster art like this from colour engineer’s prints -coming soon.
There’s pretty much nothing better than being able to go for a walk and cut a few pretty branches and bring them home and put them in a vase. This time of year, every leaf really is a flower.
Also, I always love decorating my open shelves for each season. My brother-in-law made the floating shelves for me out of inexpensive plumbing supplies -see how here. It’s really fun to change them up each season.
My daughter Maddie loves to bake and she’s already making pumpkin Madelines, and pumpkin bread to tempt us this fall.
On the shelves I’ve added a few pops of green, some pumpkins, and plants to tie in with the rest of the house.
The green glasses were a fun vintage find at the thrift store, and I can’t wait to use them this fall.
I always like to add a little art to the shelves, and this time I’m using Craftberry Bush’s free pear printable. Lucy is an incredible artist and I always love her work, this one was perfect for here this fall.
It’s the little details that make a house feel like a home.
There were so many photos to share with you this season for our fall home tour, because this year my styling was full of special little pieces. I’ll be sharing lots of closeups and more details on Instagram Stories this week so be sure to follow along. And I do hope you’re feeling inspired for fall.
More Fall Home Tour Inspiration
Whatever your style you’re sure to find lots more inspiration from all my blogging friends all week with Seasonal Simplicity Fall Home Tours. Be sure to check out Lemon Thistle next, I just love her style.
This week is Fall Home tour week! All week long talented bloggers are sharing their homes dressed and ready for fall to help inspire you with all kinds of ideas for your own fall decor. Just click on the links below the images to see more…