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Working With What You Have: Fall Decor Take Two

Deme Crinion1 Comment
We're halfway through October, which means halfway through my personal spending freeze.  The temptation to hit the store for "just this one thing" has come many times, but I especially felt the pull when the kids wanted to put up fall decorations.

Fall decorations that were in scarce supply around here since I purged at the end of last season.

On the plus side, the few things I did have were things I really liked.  So, before caving and shelling out cash for more pumpkins, we raided the craft closet and shopped the yard to augment what we already had on hand.

Here's what free fall decor is looking like around here this year...

Working with what you have: free fall decor

Before we did anything with decorations, we cozied up the place with some extra throws and pillows. A couple weeks ago we gave the piano a mini fall update (see the details here).  This rug instantly softened the area and has a great color palette for fall.
Working with what you have: free fall decor

The pillow is from Lulu & Georgia (courtesy of an awesome giveaway hosted by my most favorite of mommy grammers, Grace!) and pulled some of the orange accents from the rug.
working with what you have: free fall decor
We tossed a cozy blanket from our linen closet over the chair and called it "fall".

I've never known what to do with the top of the cabinet behind the chair.  Since the ceiling is pitched, anything set on top typically looks dwarfed and sad.  This was my attempt to add a little height.
Working with what you have: free fall decor
I already had this jug-vase-thingy from Home Goods and the mummy jar from Target.  I just needed something to fill them....something other than candy corn.  Because my rate of consumption is not safe.  Not safe at all.

I relocated a plant from another small pot to give our mummy some height..and some hair. Yes, it's an ill fit but I'm saying it adds to his mohawk.  
Working with what you have: free fall decor

Then I grabbed a few sticks from outside.  Thanks to a windy night they were basically covering the driveway.  I stuffed a large plastic bag inside to help hold the sticks in place.
Working with what you have: free fall decor
I liked the bare look void of leaves for fall, but wanted to add a little color. #cantstopwontstop

We ended up using a few pieces of  leftover felt from my daughter's First Communion banner project (purples and gold) and some blue construction paper to cut leaves.  I used a needle to string some black thread through for a loop at the top of each leaf.
Working with what you have: free fall decor
Easy peasy.

These were mini poms I cut from two sets of pom pom trim in my sewing stash.  I strung the black thread right through the orange ones...
Working with what you have: free fall decor

...but stretched out the white ones a bit to stick right onto the tiny branches.
Working with what you have: free fall decor

Together I think they make a fun pair.  
Working with what you have: free fall decor

I had some leftover poms, so I put them to use in the dining room as well.  This trio of blue and white was a $5 steal (for the set!) from a garage sale this summer.  I arranged a few orange pumpkins on them (again stuffing a plastic bag inside the short one so the pumpkin would sit close to the top).
Working with what you have: free fall decor
(You can see our work-in-progress picture ledges in the background!)

I grabbed a few more sticks for the leftover pom poms and dropped them in the pitcher.
Working with what you have: free fall decor

working with what you have: free fall decor

This old school mint high chair was another garage sale find from last year and it's become a fun spot to play with seasonal items.  We kept it simple with a couple of my more neutral pumpkins.
Working with what you have: free fall decor


Working with what you have: free fall decor

A 24 hr flu has taken our family down one by one this week.  The babe and I were the last ones to bite the dust so, hopefully we'll all climb out of the fog enough to enjoy some of this beautiful fall weather this weekend.  And finish up those picture ledges!

How do you get creative with seasonal decor when you're on a budget? Is anyone else shopping their yard for fall?

Working with what you have: free fall decor

*Check out our fallified piano right here.

*And for last year's fall home tour (and more backyard diving), go here.


Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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A Fallish Piano Update

Deme CrinionComment
I think there must be something magical about October.  Every September I wonder if fall will really ever come.  Then the calendar reads October 1st and suddenly there's a cool breeze and the leaves are changing.  Anne Shirley was so right, "I'm so glad I live in a world with Octobers." And now that it feels like fall outside, we're ready to celebrate fall inside.

Just a few days ago, I put out to the interwebs that I was going on a spending freeze for October.  Well, when I opened the bin of fall decor, and was quickly reminded that I had pared down my fall decorations at the end of last season, I admit that I was tempted to run out to the store to stock up real quick like on pumpkins and leafy things (it was September 30 after all).

But I resisted.  Or maybe I was just too tired.  Either way, we have a limited amount of fall decor and we're sticking with it.   When we purged it down, I kept only the things I really loved and that the kids liked using year after year.  So, anything we augment with is going to have to come in the form of crafty-free from whatever supplies we have here at home.  And it's good.  I was going to run out and buy stuff.  But now I'll be forced to use some creativity and let the kids help me make some stuff.

Which means we're also decorating one little corner at a time, instead of a whole house affair.  The first spot to get fallified was the piano.
fall piano update

I've always loved using the top of our piano to add a little holiday flair.  Last year we used lots of fall colors and orange hues, which really popped against the navy wall.  This year we kept things a bit more neutral and added some layers for texture.
fall piano update

For us, fall is not just about colors, but about cozying up the place.  Mia loves sitting on this faux sheepskin (IKEA) when she plays and I added a rug that didn't work out in our entry.  #doorclearanceproblems
fall piano update

The rug might be my favorite addition and helped define this musical zone in our living room. These pumpkins were a gift from my mom.....she found them at a little store up in the mountains and I love their quirky vibe.
fall piano update

fall piano update

I needed to add some height variation, so in the spirit of using what we had, I grabbed a few of our Harry Potter books.  The colors on the spines are perfect for fall and something about the magical wizarding world just seems to fit the fall/Halloween season.  Mia has devoured the first couple books and we're currently reading the first one aloud as a family.
fall piano update

And I finally found a spot for my Naptime Diaries print.  We used to have a gold sunburst mirror here, but I needed something for the nursery and this guy needed a proper home.  It was the perfect swap. 
fall piano update

And just in case you were wondering, the reason nothing gets done around here...
fall piano update

It's tough stuff when you pull yourself up and can't figure out how to get back down.  Which clearly she will never learn because of her 24 hr rescue squad.
fall piano update

 Yup.  Wrapped around her puffy little finger.  All of us.


How do you decorate for fall?  Are you a separate Halloween/Thanksgiving decorator or do you just jumble it all together?  I hope things are feeling cozy in your neck of the woods!


See last year's fall home tour here.

And how we gussied up the piano for Christmas last year right here


Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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