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Monday, September 24, 2012

Decorating for Fall With a Pastel Palette


I love traditional Autumn hues as much as the next gal this time of year.  Everybody needs a little red, brown, and orange somewhere in the house when Fall rolls around.  But not every room can handle those deep hues.  

If your decorating style lends itself to a softer look, don't fret...you can still get the feel of Autumn without cramping your style.

In my house, the kitchen can handle pretty much all the bright orange I want to throw at it, so that's what I usually do.  (See my Fall kitchen décor here and here.)

But, my dining room and formal living room are softer, lighter tones, so I've tried to usher Fall into these rooms accordingly.





In my usual style, I searched and gathered things from all around the house to style the mantel for Fall in the Piano Room.  



The book page wreath and garland are from my Seasonal Shelves from last year.  (You can see more on that here.)  I borrowed the lantern from the family room, and chose a few good colors of books from my stash in the French Cabinet.  There's just something about Fall that begs for books.  And don't forget--when it comes to décor, it's totally fine to judge a book by its cover.





A tiny stick with some punched leaves makes a great little Fall tree.  I made this one like my Fall tree from last year, which you can see here.





A few wheat and feathers in an urn adds some height and balance, and the pale orange pumpkin is just the right hue for the room.







These pale gray pillows from Ross were a cheap and easy substitute for my usual pink ones, which weren't quite right for Fall.






In the dining room, a couple of blue pumpkins add just the right amount of Autumn without being disruptive.  (These gorgeous things were at my local Walmart for only $.48/ pound, but if you can't find this variety where you are, paint the orange ones whatever color you want.)







With color like this, Fall won't wear out its welcome in these rooms 'til Christmas time.  For more mellow styling for Fall, see my Seasonal Shelves in the breakfast room.  

So, how does your house handle the colors of Fall?

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

My $2 Fall Kitchen Decor {I Told You I Was Thrifty}


So I really went all out on styling my kitchen for Fall this year.  I spent a whopping $2 on a little plastic pumpkin from Walmart.  Everything else you've seen before in some place or another in my house.  I just changed it up a little.



That burlap vase with the leaves is the one from this post, I just turned it around so the bee motif is in the back, then I added a couple of pine cones tied on with jute.  The chalkboard was the one I made for my parents' anniversary party, and the black and white pitcher is the one I got from my BFF for my birthday.  And there's the big-budget pumpkin right there beside it.


The chalkboard art is a product of inspiration I've gathered from my Chalkboard Art board on Pinterest.









Remember this burlap in a gold frame?  I used it for my spoon art in the Spring, but I re-made it into this leaf specimen art for Fall by cutting leaf silhouettes from scrapbook paper I already had.  Just tape on the leaves and labels and you're done!





Nothing too fancy, just fun for Fall.  Remember, you don't need to spend big money on your Fall decor.  Use what you have and dress it up for the season.  Save your money and buy a fabulous Fall handbag instead.  Now that's money well spent!







Stay tuned for my no-budget Fall mantel coming soon.  I'm on a roll.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall Seasonal Shelves 2012


This post brought to you by Glade Fall Collection. All opinions are 100% mine.

Every time a new season comes around, I start looking for inspiration for my seasonal decor.  Sometimes I go with classic, sometimes it's whimsical, but it's almost always eclectic (meaning, I search my house and pull things together from all over the place).  And for my Fall shelves in the breakfast room this year, I took my inspiration from a little candle.  Glade® sent me their new, Limited Edition Autumn Harvest candle from the Glade Fall Collection.  It's described as smokey, woodsy, and mellow.  So I went with that theme, and came up with this look...




I borrowed the iron gate from my gallery wall in the library, and that gave me a good start down a "woodsy" path.  Then, I added my painted owl from last year and put some pumpkins on the same urns I had up there from Spring and Summer.




Another pumpkin on some moss in a lantern balances out the other end...





And (big surprise) I had to have a chalkboard in there somewhere, even if it is just a small one.




A small thrift store patterned plate layered on my large blue plattter adds the "mellow" feel up there beside my large mercury glass apothecary jar.







And for the perfect cozy touch, the Autumn Harvest candle adds a little warmth and a great smoky scent, perfect for a chilly Fall day.  This is a totally unique fragrance that will get you in the mood for that crisp Fall weather.  And this isn't the only way to bring the fragrance of Fall to your house.  There's also Maple Pumpkin, Blackberry Jam, and Apple Cinnamon available in the Glade® Fall Collection.  Can't wait to try those as well!








And here's a little bonus:  click here to get a coupon for $1.50 off two Glade Fall Collection products at Walmart!








I hope this gives you a little inspiration for your own Fall decor.  I'm working in the kitchen next.  Stay tuned to see how that turns out!


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fall Planting: An Easy Outdoor Makeover


This post brought to you by Scotts Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am loving the transition into Fall and ready for all the fun that comes along with it.  This week, I've been busy sprucing up the outside of the house for the season, cleaning out some Summer containers, and putting out some plants for Fall.

It doesn't take a huge investment to bring a little fall color to your house or yard.  With a little inspiration and a little help from Miracle-Gro, you can definitely Find beauty in the Fall.  Whether you like container gardening like I do, planting trees or shrubs, or planting bulbs for the Spring, Miracle Gro has products and helpful advice to help you with all your Fall gardening.

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I added a punch of Fall color to the front of my house by emptying my urn planters of the Summer petunias and plopping in some nice big purple mums. 



I chose a couple plants with plenty of buds that haven't yet bloomed so I'll hopefully have some color for the next several weeks.



As for my large window box on the front of my house, it needed a Fall makeover as well. 


But, rather than spend a lot of money buying all new plants for the box, I just bought one medium purple mum, pulled out the red petunias, and dropped in the mum.




And for around $3, I was able to change the look of the whole planter from Summer to Fall...


The key to keeping these blooms looking good until winter hits is to regularly water them and add in my secret weapon--Miracle-Gro Bloom Booster.  A scoop of this mixed right in the watering can will bring out bigger and more beautiful blooms. 



One more project I did on the back porch was to change out my herb container garden to something for Fall.  If you want to read my post on using a drink cooler for a miniature garden container, click here.  To give this container a Fall makeover, I cleaned out all the herbs and used some Miracle-Gro Expand 'N Gro Concentrated Planting Mix, a couple of small mums, and an ornamental cabbage.



This planting mix expands when mixed with water and provides the necessary food the plants need.  Its unique blend of natural fibers helps to retain moisture as well.

I love the look of the cabbage and mums together for Fall.  And with just a few minutes and a few dollars, the porch got its Fall makeover, too.




Everything you need to know about Fall gardening in your specific region of the US can be found at fallplantandfeed.com.  And visit the Miracle-Gro Facebook page to talk with fellow gardeners and share your stories.

What are you planting this Fall?


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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fall Wreaths 2012


Today was the official "Changing of the Wreaths" ceremony around here, and that's kinda a big deal, even if it only involves me, my staple gun, my step ladder, and a few snickering neighbors jogging by on the sidewalk.  

So, now we are in full Fall mode, and the transitioning can commence.  I have to admit, you never saw any transition from Spring to Summer decor around here because it didn't happen.  I was pretty happy with the Neutral/Spring theme that I put out way back when, so I kept it out all Summer.  So, my favorite go-to green wreaths came down today and the new Fall ones went up.





This Williams-Sonoma Grains Wreath was my source of inspiration, and although mine look kinda like the skinny younger sister version of theirs, I still like them.  And since mine only cost me around $16 each, I like them even more.



If you'd like this look for your Fall door, here's the how-to.

I started with a grapevine wreath, recycled from last year's Fall wreath, so that saved me a few dollars off the bat.



Then, I gathered several faux and natural grains in the same shades as the original from the floral department at Hobby Lobby during 50% off week.




I also re-used a few stems from my fall swags from 2 years ago.  I ended up using 9 different types of stems for my 24" wreath.  If you're using a smaller wreath, you could definitely cover it with less. 

I started with the natural wheat, separated it into two bunches (because I was making 2 wreaths), and then wrapped it with floral wire to hold it together.  Once it was secure, I cut it off to make a shorter bunch.





Then, I secured it to the wreath with a little more wire.



This doesn't have to be perfect to work, as illustrated below.



Next came the light purple bush which I used the wire cutters to cut apart into single stems.  



Two of those, poked into the grapevine and tucked in under the tips of the wheat worked well.  I made this wreath using the same technique as I did on my favorite green wreaths, so click here for a little more detail.



Then, I just repeated the steps with the rest of the stems until they went all the way around.




And since nothing was hot-glued or permanently stuck on, I can re-use this wreath and all the stems again if I want to in the future.




At the "ceremony", I hung them with the same strips of burlap I've been using with the green ones all summer.






And so begins the Fall season at our house.  Now I've got a lot of transitioning to do.

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