I love the vibrant colors of fall! I have been “playing” with "bits and pieces" and things I already have to decorate for autumn. Today I’d like to share a few of my favorite fall vignettes and how a particular décor eyesore became a fun, one-of-a-kind wall “enhancement.”
Let’s start with the décor eyesore: wall-mounted phone landline plate. We recently opted to do away with our landline telephones. That left a not so pretty landline plate in our kitchen that needed to “disappear.” One of my first thoughts was to follow the tobacco basket trend and hang one on the wall to hide the wall plate and add a faux boxwood wreath to the center. I didn’t have a tobacco basket, but employing the principle of using what I already had, I realized I did have a watermelon basket. One thing led to another, and this was the result!
I am quite pleased with our new, autumn wall decor.
I had purchased the “Welcome” sign at Hobby Lobby. Initially, I was going to copy another blogger and use it as the centerpiece for the front door wreath. (Check out Suzy's DIY wreath tutorial at Worthing Court .) Instead, I decided it fit perfectly in the watermelon basket.
Basic Watermelon Basket Materials:
• Watermelon Basket
• Welcome Sign
• Faux bittersweet branch
• Dried oranges and mixed pieces from saved potpourri
• Few twigs of seeded eucalyptus
• 3 small brass nails
All of the above materials were things I had saved. Yes, I save potpourri in Ziploc bags from year to year. Good potpourri stored in Ziploc bags retains much of its scent from year to year, and the bits and pieces can be used again for texture in displays or incorporated into new fall vignettes.
Meanwhile, the faux bittersweet branch was originally part of a garland that I purchased many years ago. Snipping the branch into smaller pieces have been much more useful in my fall decor, than leaving it intact as garland.
If you like this basket vignette, I encourage you to use the same basic materials I did and design your own basket vignette. All you need is a basket, a focal point, a few tacks, and some bits and pieces of foilage. The focal point could be a sign, wreath, chalkboard, or anything that strikes your fancy!
Our Amazon Echo: Alexa, even got a little fall makeover. I wrapped an orange and cream checked ribbon around her and secured it with tape. The fabric doesn't hinder the speaker quality of Alexa. Paper does. I know. I tried it and it muffled the sound. The paisley placemat in seasonal colors is a great contrast to the gray/green of the chest.
I needed “something” to hold the faux bittersweet in place in this small olive bucket. The “something” I used was some saved fall potpourri. The branches are standing tall, and the potpourri adds a subtle scent of fall. Problem—solution!)
My favorite rooster pitcher was placed on a small table with a candle and a piece of bittersweet from the garland.)
More bittersweet from the same garland on an Amish, wooden, sleigh.
My favorite, childhood pick up truck, painting my husband did of my grandfather’s barn, and more bittersweet in the vase and at the base of the pick up truck and vase complete "the picture".
Faux bittersweet and real (when I can get it) are staples of my fall décor. As you can see, snipping a garland apart or even a floral bush, can extend the versatility of your floral design stash.
A dear friend gave me this coal bucket. Her husband has a sharp eye for collecting “great” stuff. I asked about purchasing it, and she gave it to me! It is one of my treasured decorating pieces. For fall, I filled it with lots of faux stems and faux bittersweet.
Could it be any more perfect?! It sits on top of a wooden toolbox made by my husband’s uncle
I love how the colors in the throw on this Amish rocker compliment the colors of the faux foliage and bittersweet in the coal bucket. (It’s almost like I planned it that way!) This happy “coincidence” was able to occur, because I was focusing on the colors in the foliage and pulling out other elements from around our home that would correspond to the greenery.)
Things are not always what they seem: The “throw” is actually a favorite tapestry tablecloth that I have had for years. I originally purchased it for Thanksgiving dinner and loved its unique design. Throws are great accessories, but sometimes a beautiful scarf, quilt, length of fabric—or a tablecloth can get the job done just as easily!
Don't you just love the glow of candlelight! I love this battery operated candle that can be turned off and on with a remote. I found this large lantern at TJ Maxx over a year ago at a good price. It has adorned our hearth, along with its sidekick: the little birdhouse, for several months. Each season, the lantern and birdhouse get a little "makeover".
I used the same fall foliage to enhance a large lantern that sits on our fireplace hearth. The faux, small red apples contrast nicely with the eggplant and yellow foliage. Of course, I finished it off with a few sprigs of bittersweet.
The birdhouse got its own autumn wreath. I snipped a few pipberry strands from a larger bunch and wove them together to make a wreath.
Those are a few of my favorite autumn décor pieces and tips. Save florals, foliage, potpourri, baskets, and lanterns to use from season to season and year to year. Use wire cutters to snip greens, florals, and garlands a part. Cutting them gives you more pieces to use in vignettes. Open cupboards and search your home from top to bottom for your own treasures. This can be so exciting and satisfying to use what you already have to enhance a welcoming home. Enjoy!
It's that time of year when I start decorating our home with all the glorious colors, bounty, and scents of fall. First stop: Embellishing the front door with a vibrant autumn wreath.
I've been perusing wreaths online and in some of my favorite haunts, and many come with a hefty price tag. I saw a wreath at one national chain store for $69.00. This was a wreath that I considered mediocre at best. If I purchased it, I would "need" to "enhance" it (i.e. more $$$).
I just can't justify spending a lot of money on our front door wreath that will be exposed directly to the weather. I gave myself a challenge: make a full, lush, autumn wreath, that looked like it cost $100.00 or more--for a LOT less.