Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Little Bit More Fall Decor...

I told you I was busy this week putting out the fall decor & when I started on my kitchen shelf I got so busy, I forgot to take a picture of the "before" summer version. Not that you're all dying to see that, but I kinda wanted to remember it for myself in case I run out of ideas & need to use that one again next year. I did find this pic of the kitchen, so if you look closely into the background you'll see the "before". Remember the topiaries?

And, don't hate me, but here's one of the things I love about that range hood: Now you see them...

Now you don't! No one will ever know I have trees hiding in there. Except you & me, of course.

I'll just interject here that if you are building or remodeling, DO NOT waste good storage space. Think it thru & use every possible nook & cranny. You never know when you may want to hide away some trees.

And here's my little fall display. I show you this to point out a couple of things.

First, don't be afraid to dress up your cabinets with a wreath now & then. And because I get a lot of questions about how I hang my different wreaths, I'll show you this little tip:

I've been using these Command hooks for years on my cabinets to hang wreaths. Especially at Christmastime. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the package & adhere the hook upside down on the inside of the cabinet. Then, loop a ribbon thru your wreath, knot the ends of the ribbon, take it over the top of the cabinet, then catch the ribbon on your hook inside the door. Here's a picture. Sorry it's not completely focused. I was on tip toes on a bar stool, trying to take a picture without killing myself. But that's the way I hang my wreaths, and so far I've lived to tell about it!

The second thing I wanted to point out is that you don't have to spend a lot of money on seasonal decor to give your home the feeling of fall. I literally spent a dollar on this shelf display, & just used things I already had for the rest.

Here's where I spent the big buck:

This was a Dollar Store sea gull that I painted with black craft paint. It took all of 5 minutes.

The wreath is one I've had for years & used to hang on my front door at my old house. And I LOVE a chalkboard as a great way to change up the decor for all kinds of occasions.

The white stoneware is part of my collection from all around the house.

My Mamaw (a.k.a. my southern grandmother) gave me the turkey platter a couple of years ago, and the blue one is one I had in the cabinets. And I've used those pine cones for years.

I hope this inspires you to shop your house before you shop the stores. You may find everything you need without spending anything!

Sharing these ideas with a few of these parties!


  1. Absolutely beautiful! I love your kitchen and your fall decor. Good job!

  2. Oh Julie-sweet Julie- I love your house! It looks wonderful dressed for Fall. I have storage built in over top of my range top too...but it is full of Christmas mugs & things. are right-you can never have too much storage. I love that little black bird...that is not a black bird at all- lol (sorry-couldn't resist). I saw some black crows from the $1 Store too and now I really have to go check that out!

    I have never seen those Command hooks before but you can bet they will be my new best friend. Thanks for the tip!

    Happy Evening to you- Diana

  3. Love the fall look! and what an awesome idea to use those hooks upside down like that. I'm totally gonna have to try that out :)

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  4. Jealous of your sneaky storage!! And your gorgeous kitchen... oh my, it is beautiful. And your wreath is perfect there!

  5. Great ideas. Your kitchen is beautiful!

  6. Looking beautiful for fall! Love your hiding spot for the topiaries!

  7. Your kitchen is beautiful. I love your cabinets placed higher with the mantel. I think I'm going to steal some of your creativity and hang some wreaths from my cabinets too. :)

  8. Your kitchen is really beautiful. I love the storage above the range...genius. Your fall display looks really nice. Great idea for the wreaths. I was thinking of hanging two wreaths in my kitchen this year.

  9. So I am pretty sure after looking at your kitchen that you DO have the perfect life. Bliss or no bliss. :)
    I love that range hood. I'm thinking about doing a post about our kitchen remodel that is four years old now. I still am so thrilled with what we did but I think I will include a picture of your range hood if you don't mind. Of course I will link you up. As for the decor, perfection. I like the informal balance for a change.

  10. Julie, thanks for the info on hanging your wreath on yesterday's post AND the command hook tip! I love command hooks but never thought to do that! Clever!
    Thanks again!

  11. I Love your ideas, they are so do-able. (if that's a word). Some DIY and craft sites have things that are so difficult and expensive; your blog is a breath of fresh air. I think I commented before on this but, I just made your framed jewelry organizer and I love it. Thanks.

  12. 1. I love your kitchen!
    2. Simple and awesome.
    3. Picking out the small thing---OMG!!! I think that turkey platter is one we have too! It looks very similar to the turkey dishes that my grandfather bought for my grandmother forever ago. I love them! I am glad to see that someone else in the world has them.

  13. Love it! Your kitchen is fabulous.

  14. LOVE your secret hideaway in the range hood. :) Very cool!

  15. Love it! Great idea with a wreath over cabinets!

  16. So perfect! I love your kitchen area...beautiful! Command stuff is!

  17. All I can say, is I love it!!! The chalkboard is beautiful! I love how you used what you had! Your kitchen is gorgeous!!! I'm here from The Nester's Fall Mantle party.


  18. Oh my goodness..this is beautiful! Your kitchen is amazing to begin with, but all the fall things makes it all the more lovely!!

  19. I love your fall look. You have a beautiful kitchen. Great idea with the command hook. I'll be using that!

  20. I love the fact that you did something a litle different and dressed up your kitchen range hood and cabinets! Great idea! :)

    xo- M

  21. Hi, Julie,

    I came from Nester's and I wanted to tell you I love your kitchen stove decor!


  22. Beautiful kitchen! Your beautiful fall wreath "pops" off the white cabinets! Love the turkey plate!

  23. Love it!!!

  24. What a great tip! I found your blog through Melissa at The Inspired Room--and you definitely have a new subscriber! Thanks!

  25. Found my way here from the fantel love love it!!


  26. 1. I love your name :)
    2. Great idea about the hooks INSIDE the cabinet
    3. Great decor
    4. I love your kitchen... Can't wait to see the rest of the house ;)


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