I recently retired in July of this year from 37 years of teaching elementary school. This fall, I've turned that energy and creativity that I use to exhibit in my classroom, to our home. Here are some photos and ideas. I hope a few of them may inspire you. My personal philosophy is to decorate with what we love and makes me happy. Many times simpler is better. Use what we have, and know that one doesn't have to break the bank to have a warm, stylish, and cozy home.
Use What You Love and What Makes You Happy!: This is a little vignette on our family room bookshelf. I had all of the pieces. I didn't purchase anything new for this display. I love my Williraye candlesticks. The plate I found at a local Made in America shop. My sheep was from another shop. I thought they all went together and they make me happy! Then, I just added some autumn picks of leaves and berries I had from decorating my former classroom. Ta dah!
Lanterns are all the rage right now, although I’m not sure that they every really go out of style. We bought these lanterns almost 20 years ago at Restoration Hardware. They’ve actually been sitting on a shelf in the laundry room for a while now. I decided to use them in my autumn decorating and I am quite pleased with the outcome. I elevated the tall lantern with a stack of books. Having different levels adds drama to a vignette. Then I simply wound picks of leaves and sunflowers around the tall lantern and swagged it next to the smaller lantern. With the addition of some pumpkin candles, these lanterns really add a beautiful glow and scent in the evenings. I had a garland of rusty stars (from my rust period) and wound those around the base of the lantern.
Use What You Have and Use What You Love!
Here, I took an existing potted violet, placed it in a favorite ceramic pot with a leftover burlap square. I then added artificial fall leaves around the pot and have a dining room centerpiece. I absolutely love the tablecloth by April Cornell. This one is Farm Fresh in black. Her colors and designs in table linens make me happy, as does the Lazy Susan from Sticks Furniture Arts and Crafts. The Lazy Susan was an indulgence in celebration of an anniversary and it has graced our table for many years.
I wanted you to see the display on the top of our China hutch. Rather than pack the Byer’s Choice figures away for just Christmas time, I have them up all year. They were a gift from friends, reminds me of them, and they too, make me happy. All I do is change out the garlands with seasonal decorations.
I hung a garland from JoAnn Fabric or Michaels on the fireplace. 3M Command Hooks are holding the garland in place. More pictures of the autumn basket with the twinkling lights below. Did I mention, how much I love twinkle lights?
Display Things You Love! : Here is a photo of one of our bookshelves that flanks the fireplace. You’ll notice that the things we love: Bob’s special teapots, art books, more books, stone schoolhouse, and rooster pitcher that was a gift from friends, are all prominently displayed. I can honestly say that everything on these shelves are things that we love and express who we are. I added a few sprigs of fall berries and foliage to them for the autumn décor.
The lights that are tea lights are hanging from the bookshelves using Command Hooks. I found these black, metal tea light hangers one year before Christmas. I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to use them, but I knew I really liked them. I am very pleased with the added ambience they add to bookshelf. I even found battery operated tea lights on Amazon with a remote control and that solved the problem of having to turn them all on by hand.
Coming Soon: Outdoor Autumn Decorating From Our Welcoming Home!
I love creating, whether it is quilting, crafting, decorating, planning parties. I take inspiration from all things around me.
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