I’m letting you in on a little secret: I am terrible at decorating for the seasons. Don’t get me wrong, I want to be really good at it. I want my house to smell like pumpkin spice on the first day of fall, and I want every cotton stem and pumpkin and wheat stalk displayed perfectly throughout my house, but I never take the time to actually do it.
This year, everything changes. I was delighted when Kendra, from Joy in Our Home, asked me to take part in her fall blog tour. (Okay, so at first I was a bit nervous because… decorating. But my anxiety turned to excitement at the thought that I could actually get my home decorated for my favorite season.)
Today, I’m sharing just a glimpse, but I’ll have you know that I enjoyed decorating the mantel/fireplace so much that the fall season is spreading to other areas of my house as well 🙂 Look at this cute centerpiece for the table:
Okay… mantel time. Since I am not one that always does well with seasonal decorating, I decided to reuse some of the same things I had on my mantel this summer. (Yes. I decorated the mantel for the first time ever this summer… It was actually at the end of July, but who’s counting?)
I found this milk pitcher at IKEA (if you don’t have an IKEA near you, here’s a similar one on Amazon). During the summer, it sat empty. By adding some stalks of wheat, it immediately took on the look of fall.
I also had a tobacco basket sitting on the mantel alongside a potted plant. I decided to add a little “Gather Sign” I’d found at Target’s Hot Spot. Instant fall feel. (If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby nearby, you can find tobacco baskets here.)
Originally, I was shopping Goodwill for some wooden candlesticks that I could repaint, and wouldn’t you know, I found exactly I was looking for… I stood there in the aisle eyeing those candlesticks, but thought it’d be rude to push an elderly woman out of my way to grab them… Ugh. Elderly woman also wanted said candlesticks. Missed opportunity. No worries. World Market had exactly what I was looking for… Maybe not as cheap as Goodwill, but no painting required either.
I decided to make a few wooden pumpkins for the mantel as well, so I found a rather large piece of wood in our garage, cut it down, painted the pieces, and added a little frill. (You can find the full tutorial here.)
Little bit of a challenge when working around a television 🙂
Still working on the hearth, but I was inspired by Lindi from Love, Create, Celebrate and made that Autumn sign 🙂
Be sure to pop on over to Anderson + Grant as she has some perfect advice on keeping your decor simple and meaningful… and check out all the wonderful fall inspiration (everything from porches to recipes to tablescapes) from 30 amazing bloggers below (under the Pinterest image 🙂 )!
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More Fall Inspiration!
Vignettes on Monday
Front Porches on Tuesday
Fall Recipes on Wednesday
Tablescapes on Thursday
Mantles on Friday