• Ally Holt

Fall Home Decorating in Los Angeles

Updated: Apr 8, 2019

September is almost over and it still feels like summer in Los Angeles. It's weird. No cozy fire pits in flannel, no thigh high boots and no hot pumpkin drinks. Nights are cooler, so I'm finally able to transition my wardrobe to include more layers, but it's still a different vibe. Below are some of my #NotSoBasic alternatives for celebrating Fall - spiced lattes not included.... technically.

1. Ditch the sweater and layer on a bomber jacket

As much as I wish I could wear cozy sweaters and trench coats this season, it's just too hot right now. Light bombers are a cute alternative for on-the-go or when it get's chilly at night. I wore this military green bomber from West Coast Vibes during my wedding reception and during our honeymoon travels. Graham has a black one and we even have our new monogram etched on the front - so cute. Stay tuned for photos of me wearing it during the reception!

2. Bake pumpkin cupcakes!

The other day, my husband (so weird to say!) and I were eyeing a pumpkin pie. I was immediately inspired to make pumpkin spice cup cakes! I even had all the ingredients thanks to an earlier emergency Vallarta run by Graham to get spices. Recipe below!

Pumpkin Cupcake Ingredients:

2 cups (250g) All Purpose Flour

1 cup (200g) Brown Sugar

1/2 cup (100g) White Sugar

1 tsp Baking Soda1 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

3 and 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (homemade or store bought)

1 and 1/2 cups (337g) Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 tsp Vanilla Extrac

t1/4 cup (60ml) Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or other vegetable oil)

1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar1 Flax Egg

Pumpkin Spice Frosting Ingredients:

3 cups (375g) Powdered (Confectioners) Sugar1/3 cup (75g) Vegan Butter1 tsp Vanilla Extract1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice2 Tbsp Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk)

Pumpkin Cupcake Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add the brown and white sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice.Prepare your flax egg by mixing 1 Tbsp of ground flax seed meal with 3 Tbsp Hot Water and allowing to sit for a minute to become gloopy.Add the pumpkin puree, vanilla, olive oil and apple cider vinegar to the mixing bowl.Add the flax egg and mix in. Your batter will be thick.Line a cupcake tray with muffin liners. Divide the batter evenly between them.Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean.Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Prepare your frosting by adding the powdered sugar, vegan butter, vanilla and soy milk to the bowl of an electric mixer. Start on slow speed and gradually increase the speed until thick and smooth. If your frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar, if it’s too thick, add in more non-dairy milk. When you reach the right consistency add in the pumpkin pie spice and mix in on slow until just mixed.Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and decorate with pumpkin pie spice and crushed pecan nuts.

3. Welcome guests to an atypical wreath

I was so close to buying a wreath of gilded pumpkins and sunflowers, but it was $40.00 at Michaels - even with my coupon, it just didn't seem worth it. I ended up finding a cute mint green and gold wreath from Marshalls for $24.00. It matches my light blue and green interior perfectly. 💁🏼

4. Sprinkle your home with antique glass pumpkins

It's hard to say no to pumpkins this time of year, so why fight it? I'm not even sure pumpkins are local in LA, but I want them - real or fake. Last year, I purchased a striped and sparkly pumpkin, so this year I decided to go a more sophisticated route. While shopping at Marshalls, I found two antique glass pumpkins. One is on my kitchen table and the other is on top of our hutch - both are chic AF.

5. Watch Hocus Pocus with an LED skull 

I've asked Graham to watch Hocus Pocus 5 times this month, each time with him saying no. It's on Redbox, so I'm getting it whether he's watching with me or not. For company, I found a cool skull with tiny LED lights inside. He's lit. See day to night below!

6. Wear black as much as possible

Like me, you probably wear black everyday, but in case you need a reminder... Chanel.

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