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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall Decor for the Home

I was finally able to get the fall decorations from around the house posted.  I think you may notice some improvements in the photos in this post.  Instead of opting for the quick and convenient camera on my iPhone, I borrowed my daughter's Canon Rebel.  Wow!  What a difference.  Certainly worth the extra time it takes to download, watermark, and then upload to my blog.  There are a lot of pictures so you may want to grab a cup of coffee and a seat.  I'll try to keep the commenting to a minimum since there are so many.  I hope you enjoy taking a small tour of my home decorated for fall.

 This beautiful gilded mirror was an auction score for...wait for it...$11!  Are people just not looking or what?  It's very old and very heavy!  I added the small wreath with a black and white gingham ribbon.
 This is a grouping of pumpkins, pinecones, leaves, and acorns...both real and, uh, fake faux.  The half moon (as my grandfather called it) table came from my mom's parents.

Yes, that's a vintage school microscope.  I thought it looked at home among the leaves, acorns, and other items from nature.  

An old strainer turned basket for found items.  I have also used it as a cloche with a starfish during the summer.  I grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains so I have a thing for river rocks.  

 An old crock filled with daisy mums from my sweet sister.  They were an anniversary present from her this past weekend.  The crock sits under the half moon table.
 Another shot of the table with ironstone platters in the rack above.
This vignette sits on the hearth near our fireplace.  More crocks!  The pumpkin topiary in the larger crock was made using the $1 plastic jack-o-lanterns and a $2.50 metallic pumpkin from Target.  Super easy and more on it later.  The pitchfork (barely visible behind the crocks) was actually used by my grandfather many, many years ago.  I love having pieces with family history.  The crocks were, believe it or not, Goodwill finds for $4.99 and $7.99!
I happen to be one of those poor souls with the huge black hole (tv alcove?) above the fireplace.  Therefore, I only took a picture of the side of the mantel.  A grapevine pumpkin and pinecones are simple and I love the natural colors against the white.  

I wish I could say I decorated my table with beautiful dishes and centerpieces, just like it was waiting for a special fall dinner.  Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is, we're homeschoolers.  For a lot of homeschoolers, that means the kitchen table is where we do school.  I did manage to place a pretty tray, an urn, and a few ceramic pumpkins in a basket in the center.  We work around it : )

The top of the antique cabinet I purchased at the local thrift store has been crowned with a garland of berries, pinecones, hydrangeas, and an ironstone tureen.  You can read about the purchase of the cabinet here.

 Another metallic pumpkin from Target and a butternut squash on the kitchen island.

 The old dough bowl, berry spray, and dried artichokes sit on the bamboo table below the antique cabinet in the kitchen.  Dried artichokes are a beautiful yet cheap fall addition.  I purchased these at the grocery store about a month ago for $.68 each.  I just kept them on the counter until they were completely dried.  You don't have to do a thing to them!  This is probably cheaper than buying artificial artichokes from the craft store!

And, lastly, I wish I could take credit for this adorable idea but I can't.  I found it on Pinterest.  The pumpkin is simply a group of canning lids (wish mine were more rusty!).  I tied mine together with a piece of twine and stuck an old clothespin and leaf in the center.  That's it!  By the way, see the potted rosemary behind it?  It's fake!  I found it at the thrift store about a year ago and I've had SO many people try to smell it or take a pinching from it.  It's the best fake plant I've ever seen.

Well, thanks for sticking with me to the end.  I hope you found something that has inspired you.  I know my inspiration comes from the many, many wonderful blogs out there.

God bless!

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  1. Everything is just beautiful! I love all of the touches of white pumpkins here and there! Just so pretty. Thanks for sharing with us this week!

    Take care,


    1. Thanks Trish! I confess, white pumpkins are my favorite. I enjoy following Uncommon Ground. Angie

  2. Just gorgeous!! I love everything!! I saw the canning jar lid pumpkin too!! What an awesome score on that mirror!! I wish I could get that lucky!! Lover your little collars under your squash too!! I'm your newest follower! Have a lovely day!! ~Deanna

  3. Thanks Deanna! I just posted on Hometalk about estate auctions and my mirror. Here's a link if you're interested: Hometalk is a great site...just as addicting as Pinterest : ) I'm bookmarking Laurel Leaf Cottage to check out this evening. God bless! Angie

  4. Your fall decor looks great! I just found you via aka design, and am your newest follower! I'd love you to visit and if you enjoy my blog, follow me back :)

  5. I love your fall decorating! It is so beautiful. I am going to include a link to this (giving you full credit, of course) in my fall decorating post at


    1. Thanks Patty! I'd be honored to have you link to my page on fall decor!


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