It’s so hard to decorate for fall when it’s still so hot here in Charleston, but don’t think for one second that I’m not silently begging the weather to change! I’m ready for crisp breezes, and sweaters, and pumpkins, and the smell of fireplaces smoking in the evening. I’m ready for acorns, and crunchy leaves, and chili with cornbread. I’m ready to drag all of my orange bins down from the attic and decorate (I said this to my husband the other day and he had the nerve to roll his eyes at me). Uh!
In honor of my longing, and all of those longing along with me, I’m taking a little walk down Autumn Memory Lane. This should tide me over until the first cold snap comes through. You’re safe until then, Hubby!
Back in the day, before I even considered a blog, when I was only a Pinterest-newby in fact, I decorated my mantle for Fall with items I had bought at Michaels and/or Walmart, and a bunting flag I had made myself, and I was oh so proud. This was probably one of the first pictures I added on Pinterest. I cannot stand that you can see my fan in the mirror reflection. Ugly, Kelly. Ugly.
WHY IN THE WORLD I chose these colors, I have no idea!? If you could have seen the rest of my house, you’d realize that I had not one speck of green or yellow or purple in it. I think I just picked up what looked “Fallish” to me without being traditional. It was the first time plastic pumpkins were coming out in various colors other than orange, and I went with it. I remember being so proud of myself for using white rice (I bought a big ol’ bag of Jasmine rice from Walmart) to fill both glass containers with.
And I loved my Autumn bunting flag! I was very much (and still am) into burlap. Here’s a few more photos from that Autumn.
I completely forgot about this wreath! I wanted it all feathery and purple and gourd-filled. We had just recently painted our front door though, and because we used an oil-based paint, it had this awful shiny gloss look for about a month or two afterwards. I could not get a good picture of this wreath without a glare from the door.
The next fall, the Autumn bunting flag made it out again, but the green pumpkins, and yellow and purple flowers, I am happy to say did not.
I was going through a gold phase instead, so picked up three ceramic owls, and spray painted them gold. I also rounded up some fun bronze and copper pumpkins (amazingly enough, found at Walmart) and added them to my already silver-pumpkin collection. The two teal vases you see were originally bought from Hobby Lobby to be lamp bases (but that never happened). I liked how they incorporated the colors of my home into the Fall Mantle Decor. I filled them with dried flowers bought from (yes, again) Walmart.
Here are a few more pictures from that Autumn:
If you headed over to my dining room that same Fall, you’d see I added blue pumpkins to that decor. Those were purchased at Michaels and were painted with acrylic paint.
This fall decor doesn’t make me cringe as much as the yellow, purple, and green the year before, but it is somewhat shocking to see how dark everything was in our previous home’s dining room. I loved that burnt-orange wall paint when we lived there (it closely resembled Campbell’s tomato soup) but looking back, I can see how much my tastes have changed. If you’d like to get a glimpse of how we updated this room before we moved, visit my post How We Sold Our House in a Weekend. You’ll be amazed!
Last year, we had just moved into our new home. I was so excited to decorate for Fall. The blue pumpkins came out again, but I decided to paint over the really dark blue ones with a pale pink or creamy white. I also picked up some pretty Magnolia leaves and Silverdust leaves from Michaels. I was definitely trying to go lighter this time around.
Also Autumn 2014, but in the A.T.L.
Last year, my interior-design sister hosted Thanksgiving for our family in her Atlanta home, and she had such a gorgeous table that I have to show it off too!
I loved how she used vintage books, curly twigs, and walnuts in her decor. She does a really nice job bringing together old with artsy. I love all of her natural aspects.
Of course, my favorite photo is the one my sister sent to me after Thanksgiving was over, and she was cleaning up her table and putting away her decor. Seriously, could this be any cuter?
Okay, Fall! I’m ready. Hurry up!!!