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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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