Beautiful and Simple Fall Decorating Ideas

It’s September and after Labor Day, which means it’s…

… my absolute favorite time to decorate.  I love adding the colors and textures which add some warmth in my home.

I’ve compiled several simple and beautiful Fall decorating ideas that I have come across lately.  I hope you enjoy them!


A wreath is a great way to start your Fall decorating.


I love this mantle decor.  Who says Fall has to be orange and red?  Love the white pumpkins and arrangement of silver trays.


I will definitely be making some stuffed pumpkins.  These are so cute.


Now this is just brilliant and super easy!


How pretty is this and so easy and inexpensive to do.


There’s a park near my Mom’s house that has tons of acorns.  Need to go and harvest a bunch from the ground.


Great centerpiece for any table.

I could go on forever.  So many projects, so little time.

What is inspiring you for your Fall decor this year?  Share a link with us in the comments.

Happy Fall, Y’all


Creating a Spring Mantle

It is officially Spring! Trees are blooming, the grass is greening, flowers are popping up, and the sun is shining…well, when its not raining.

I’ve been trying to get this post done for days, but the past several days, the cloudy weather hasn’t cooperated.  But, finally today…sunshine, which means light and a photo shoot!  Yay!

Yes, it was time to change my “mantle” up from what it was for Winter (see that one here).  And, today, I thought I’d talk a little about creating a mantle vignette.

The first thing I usually do is gather all the things that I think I may want to add so I have plenty of stuff to choose from.  Then, I usually start with my largest element which this time is the white frame.

The frame with the wreath was the start of the layers I wanted to create. 

The next largest item was the scale, in all her rusty glory.   I added a bird and nest then a little flower pot with flowers on top.  Again, more layers.  To even the height on this side with the frame a little, I added the slate sign.

The pretty tulips in one of my many blue Ball jars balanced the height of the scale on this side. Don’t you just love tulips?

Then, down in front, I added some rolled moss, a little bird cage with colored eggs inside and a few more scattered to fill the space in front.  Layers. 

And, there you have it.  A pretty, Spring color filled “mantle”.  Here are a few more detail shots.

Happy Spring!

Linking to Layla’s Spring Fling Link Party over at The Lettered Cottage.  Come see me other there and all the other beautiful mantles!

The Lettered Cottage

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Winter Mantle Link Party

You thought we were finished with mantles for a while didn’t you.  Nope.  We took down all our Christmas decor and now it is time to dress up those bare mantles.  Link up and show us your mantle below.

My mantle isn’t really a mantle…it’s a shelf, is in my kitchen.  It’s a fake mantle…a fantle.  During the winter, I like reminders of warm and cozy things and candles, for me, bring a warm feeling.  Since this is the kitchen, I added some of my white iron stone pitchers and an old rusty loaf pan I picked up on my trip to On a Whim in Lucketts, Va. (See that post here.)

My shutters are back that I painted last Summer and I added a platter that I picked up at TJ Maxx last year.

I love old antique keys and put this one on some burlap in a frame and added one of my blue jars with a little epsom salt and it was complete.

Now, let’s see your mantles or shelfs or whatever you have.  🙂

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Winter Mantle Link Party Announcement

It may feel like Spring here on the East Coast, but it is January and still Winter.  Got your Winter mantles finished yet?


I’m finishing mine up today.  Come on back Wednesday, January 11 and link up your winter beauties!

Pass on the news!

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A Halloween "Mantle"

Did you miss me?

Well, I’m all moved in, almost all the boxes are unpacked, and we are settling in.  It’s been fun decorating a little in the new place (I will be posting some pics this week) and I had a little fun decorating a “mantle” on my front porch for Halloween.  And, I’m ready to get back to blogging and some projects!

I’m usually not a big Halloween decorator since my kids are all almost grown, they don’t really get into any more.  But I felt a little inspired by all the mantles I saw over at Home Stories A2Z’s Halloween Mantle Party and thought I would join in.  I hope I’m not too late.

Since I don’t have a mantle in this house either, I decided to make a vignette out on the porch for the trick-or-treaters to enjoy next week.

I mostly used things I already had.  but picked up a few things at the Dollar Tree to complete it.  The chalkboard is actually a print from a Goodwill frame that I spray painted with Chalkboard Paint covering the ugly interesting painting.  A few ceramic pumpkins, crows, leaves, and grave stone from Dollar Tree.  Oh, the caldron is from Dollar Tree too, with a stick out of the yard that I sprayed black.  All sitting on a coffee bag covering an old drop leaf table I haven’t refinished yet. 

Looks a little spooky, huh?

Are you ready for Halloween?  Do you decorate for it or just for the Fall season? 

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Just a Little Fall in the House

It’s officially Fall and its time to warm up the house a little with some Fall decor.  Even though I’m moving in a few weeks, I couldn’t help but put out just a little before I have to pack it all up.

So, here’s my Fall “mantle”.

Most everything I already had.  You may recognize the lantern from last year that I made out of an old brass light fixture (see post here).

And the shutters that I painted here.

The new things are the stuffed pumpkins I picked up at a recent craft fair for $1 each, a bunch of dried wheat for $2 (had a 50% off coupon), and the little pumpkin potpourri in the candle holder (you know, those Dollar Tree hurricanes glued to a glass candle stick).

Love this little tarnished silver cup.  It’s a little trophy cup for the Old Dominion Classic. Got it at Goodwill for 55 cents!

I am liking the layers and colors without being too…orange.  Not that there’s anything wrong with orange.  It’s so fun to shop around the house and bring little things together to create a whole new look, not to mention it doesn’t have to cost anything at all.

Linking up to:

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Less than $20 Makeovers and a Challenge

Can you make a change in your home that will really make a difference for less than $20?  You bet you can.

Here are just a few things I have done in my own home for less than $20 that I think made a huge difference.

1.  Line the back of shelves with fabric.



These built-in shelves in my dining room were quite boring before and just adding a little of my favorite burlap to the back added much needed color and texture and makes my accessories really stand out.  You could do this with paper or even a little paint.  I just stapled the burlap up there. So easy and cost less than $6.

2.  Change a light fixture.



Chandelier Rehab post here

I hated that ugly lantern-looking fixture in my dining room and even though I am a renter, I’m not afraid to change some lighting. (Just save the old ones to put back up before you move.)  And, yes, you can find light fixtures for less than $20, at yard sales, thrift stores, etc.  Look for a shape you like or even just parts of it.  A little spray paint or reconfiguring can go a long way.  I found this one at my local Habitat Restore for $10.  It was brass, but I just spray painted it and added a little scrapbook paper to the plastic candle things that were discolored and a little broken and presto…new pretty fixture for under $20!  It made a big difference in how the room felt and how I felt about the room.

3.  Paint a piece of furniture.

Do you have a dresser, coffee table, side tables, or even your dining room table that could use some updating or just needs some spiffing up?  Just a little paint can go a long way in this department.

Dresser Update post here

This dresser was all beat up and didn’t go with my color scheme any longer.  Just a little time, some white paint and some spray paint for the handles, and it was new again.

4.  Change things up. This can even be FREE!

If you are anything like me, my decor is always changing but I’m not necessarily buying all new stuff.  For example, this shelf which I call my “fantle” because I don’t have a fireplace mantle to decorate so it’s my fake mantle or “fantle.” 

This was from this past Spring (my blog used to be titled Living on a Dime).

Spring Mantle Post Here

Every season this gets changed up and brings fresh look to the room. I mostly shop my house for things I already have and may add one or two new things that are really inexpensive or that I make.

And here it is now:

I already had everything here but the shells, which I bought for like $7 at Michael’s.  See the post on Beachy Mantle here.

So, change things up a little.  Go shopping in your own home.  Move a chair in from another room, move the artwork around or just bring in a new accent color.

A challenge for me

My challenge for myself this weekend is to change the look of my 1/2 bath, especially that nasty 1970’s green and yellow floor. 

Really…who ever thought that looked good??  YUCK!

I’m ok with everything from the baseboards up, but I can’t focus on anything but the ugly floor every time I go in there.  And it just never looks clean, so that really irritates me.  And, I’m going to do it for no more than $20!  Yep. 

Here is my inspiration pic.

Courtesy House of Turquoise

Love the clean white floors and the board and batten.  So light, bright and clean.  Do you think I can make a change like this for less than $20? 

We will see how it goes.


Beach Mantle – Yep, It’s Almost Summer!

Oh, Summer.  It’s finally here, well almost.  It has been a cold, wet and dreary Spring and I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop thinking about some sunshine and being
“knee deep in the water somewhere.”  (My new favorite Zac Brown Band song.) 

So, to get the Summer feeling started at home, I have redecorated my “mantle.”

 I took my sunburst mirror from my bedroom and put it here.  We needed some sunshine in here! 
(Sorry about the grainy pictures.  The lighting in this room is horrible.)

Even though I found a real antique fan a few weeks ago, I still love this replica I got at Hobby Lobby.  We are gonna need a cool breeze this Summer.

I whipped this framed sea shell last night with a yard sale frame, some chalk paint, my favorite burlap and some hot glue.  I love how the frame looks so weathered.  That board behind it is one I had laying around.  I just added a little chalk paint, washed a little sea glass colored paint over top and some acrylic antiquing glaze over that.  Reminds me of driftwood.

My sunburst mirror again. 

The only thing I purchased for this display was the course sand for the jars and a bag of shells. The hurricane on the right is a Dollar Store candle stick and vase glued together.  I’m sure you have seen these before in the past year on other blogs.  Love the starfish.  Need more of those.

Are you ready for Summer?

Joining in on Layla’s Home May’d Spring/Summer Party.  Go take a look at all the other Summer mantles.

The Lettered Cottage



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Spring Mantle

It’s finally Spring, although the weather didn’t think so this weekend.  It even snowed this morning, but nothing stuck, thank goodness.  I’m finished with the snow…onto flowers, green grass, sunshine days and a Spring mantle shelf.

I carried the dogwood theme from my front door right on into the entry/dining room. 

I just love this frame and have had lots of fun adding a new quote to the chalkboard for each season.  I added a dogwood petal, well, just cause it needed something. 

I have always loved this quote and it reminds me of Spring.

I tied up my old books, which are falling apart and added a little scrapbooking tag I’ve had forever and of course my little bird.  I’ve gotten so much use out of him.

Have you decorated for Spring yet?


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