Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Some Simple Fall Touches

I told you that I have not had much luck finding any white pumpkins this year, but I did pick up a few green ones, and quite a few orange ones (those are everywhere!) and grouped them outside in front of my black cart with some bright yellow mums.


The kids added faces to theirs.



Have you seen those lighted grapevine pumpkins at Pottery Barn? I just love them! I was lucky enough to snag this one at a garage sale this summer for $2. It is so pretty and sparkly at night.


I painted a thrift store silver tray with chalkboard paint and added a halloween "eek!" I like to use things that I don't have to pack away after fall is over. My goal this year was to simplify. I am still changing and decorating my house in general since we have been here for just 2 years. I didn't want to create much more work for myself by having to pack and unpack a lot more stuff, so I pared down and kept it simple. Having 3 kids with different schedules has also inspired simplicity!



My simple, orange-free fall mantle. Oh yeah, I painted my bricks white this summer and painted my mantle "Contented" by Sherwin Williams. I like how it lightened up the space and added a little color. It took lots of color testing to come to this mantle color. I might add a glaze to it. We will see...


I love me some crows!




The spider is a vinyl decal and is easy to remove.




I found this wood crate at a garage sale for $2, so I filled it with pumpkins (wish they were white), pine cones, indian corn, a few leaves, and put some blue glass jars in the center. I lined the bottom with burlap. This is my simple dining room centerpiece that will last through Thanksgiving. I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, so I have a jumpstart on the table decorating...



Fall goodness...




I did not sell my tiered stand at the barn sale last month, so I added some fall berries, and glittery pumpkins and gourds to it in my kitchen. My friend Elise and I made the book page bird using this tutorial. They are intended for Christmas use and the link is to a book page ornament (so cute!), but I use mine all year round.


Hope I inspired you to keep it simple and relax this fall! Happy Decorating!











5 comments:

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

I love it all Amy... My book birds are out year round too... They easily adapt to all decor... hahaha, if you don't like your orange pumpkins, paint them cream or white... I like a bit of orange pops of color here and there...

Elise said...

Love all of your Fall touches!!
Elise

Flea Market Trixie said...

The fireplace looks great, love the color and the decorations!

J.A.M (Jonathan, Anna, and Michelle Norton) said...

I love how your mantle & bricks turned out. Your "simple" decorating is always so pretty!

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

i love that bird and those grey green pumpkins. they're so fun!