Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fall Decor for the Hall Tree

I spent several hours one morning last week,  trying to get the fall decor on the hall tree in the foyer to look like I wanted. After several tries, I finally liked it well enough to stop tweaking it.

First I removed everything I had on it.

before

I swapped out everything on it including the lamp.  I decided to use this really old one.  I do like this lamp though. Alot!


Do you remember these lamps?  I think some people used to place ruffled cloth shades on them.  When were these popular, maybe the 70's?


I kept it simple, the lamp, a brown metal vase with fall flowers, a book with rust, orange, and green colors, and this owl.

 after
Then I hung this wreath I decorated the other day, on one of the hooks, and called it finished.

On the bottom shelf, I placed a long brown wooden container filled with fall leaves and pumpkins.

That's it, nothing too over the top.  Just a simple theme that will last through Thanksgiving.  

I think this lamp works the best of any I have tried on the hall tree, so it may have found a new home.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Creating A Subtle Fall Mantel Display

A quick trip to the consignment shop netted me a few goodies that I can use for fall decorating.  They will add a subtle fall look which is what I'm after this season.  I don't want a whole lot of bright color, just a subdued touch of color.  I have the colorful curtains in the dining and living room (made from fall fabric tablecloths), so I don't need a lot of other things.

This fabulous tin is one of my new treasures.  I just love the colors, and it has an unusual curved shape.  I got two of the orange berry candle rings too.  So this is one end of the mantle.


I bought this Readers Digest book because of it's colors, rust, gold, and the front has green and orange, so it blends in perfectly, used to elevate the small picture, which I found today.  It's not as big as an 8 x 10, but the picture is probably 4x6.  The tone of the colors are perfect for my subtle vignette.



On the other end of the mantle, I gathered books in fall colors, added gold colored bookends, and another candle ring.

 Here is the entire length of the mantel.  




I love the quiet look of this display.  Nothing is too big or too bright.  Have you added fall colors to your décor?


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Quick Paint Project

Quite a while back, I painted my knife block, bread box, and hanging mail/bill holder in a turquoise color from a paint sample from Lowe's.  I stenciled fleur de lis on all the pieces, to make them a set.

I decided to give them a makeover. I used Waverly, White Chalk Paint, and a little mod podge to attach graphics.

BEFORE:


AFTER:





I found the "bread" graphic on Graphics Fairy, and the one of bread loaves from a CANSTOCK site.

The tile backsplash in the kitchen has the design below above the stove top, and various tiles have one vegetable, as you can see above. To continue the theme, I found pictures of the same veggies to place on the mail holder.





I added a little distressing along the edges.






I like the change.   

This was an easy and free makeover since I used items I already had, and just printed the graphics and photos off the computer.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Re-Creating Fall Décor From My Stash

Recently, I pulled out some of my fall floral items and created a small wreath and a wall/door arrangement. I'm recycling supplies I already had to make something new.

I bought a small grapevine wreath for $2 recently and decided to attach items to make it work for the fall season.  I started by hot gluing some burgundy and orange flowers on, added some berries and leaves, a pumpkin, and our initial "M".  I found a piece of mesh ribbon to make a bow, and here is the final product.



I've had this cone shaped metal container with the cupid face for several years.  It came from Kirkland's.  To make this arrangement, I used floral putty to attach a piece of green floral foam to the inside. Then I clipped various floral and leave stems from fall bushes I had, and randomly arranged them inside the cone. It will be pretty hanging on the front porch, probably beside the door.




To make this arrangement, I rescued an old crock from a storage shelf, and filled it with mostly yellow flowers from my stash. This scarecrow was a 98c find at Wal Mart, and finishes the arrangement off.


I decided to makeover this burlap wreath for this fall since I sold the one I had last year, in a yard sale!  Don't know why I did that except, I had so many, and was really trying to purge some!

Anyway, this is the wreath that I made over for this year.
BEFORE
All I did was remove the aqua rosettes, and add leaves, and other fall items I had in my stash.  I just hot glued them on, then clipped some mini clothespins on some of the items for fun.
AFTER
This was a very easy project, and I will use it on the front door.

Do you purchase new items for the seasons, or recycle items you have by changing them up?  I love using what I already have and giving it a new look. New arrangements from old stuff!  Stick around and see where these end up!!

I'm trying to just add a bit of fall color right now without going all out.  It's hard to do!  At least when I am ready to bring it all out, I will already have some of the items recycled and ready to go for this year.

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