The next space up on my fall home tour is my living room! I have been steering more towards all neutrals and pale pastels in this room lately so I decided to keep that feel for fall instead of adding my usual pops of orange and browns. I used lots of layered velvet and knit pillows on the couch in all different shades of cream. blush, and magenta mixed in with my favorite gold leaf pillows from Homegoods. I layered up the mantle a bit more than I usually do for fall by adding some eucalyptus garland and then piled up some neutral pumpkins on the threshold too. I always add lots of pumpkins to my built-in shelves, all white and metallic this year, and also added a few vases with simple fall stems.Read More
One of the best parts of autumn is undoubtedly all the wonderful scents of the season! For a couple of years I have been putting together these homemade stove-top fall scents for the store and my own home. Each year I have added a few more ingredients and perfected my recipe a little more. These little jars of ingredients pack a punch, within a few minutes they will make your whole home smell just heavenly and exactly like fall! I've included all the ingredients and step-by-step directions below so that you can make your own. We recently had our own build-your-own simmering scent station set up at the mercantile and it was a huge hit! We had all the ingredients ready and empty jars available for customers to fill and customize themselves.Read More
I will just go ahead and warn you that my weekly favorites will most definitely consist of all things fall for the next month or so. This week my favorite finds include the dreamiest neutral fall mantle, a mouth-watering autumn panini, laid-back and chic fall outfit inspo, and the sweetest fall garland from Terrain. These finds are sure to put you in the autumn mood and I hope that they inspire you like they did me.
One of my favorite part of the new house is our giant front porch! Even though the old floor boards need a little work (hopefully will get to this next spring/summer), it is such a wonderful space to have and fun area to decorate! Right now we have one side set up with a small table and chairs and the other with a bench. We eventually want to definitely get a hanging porch swing for here. The center of the porch is where our front door is and there are a double set of stairs leading up to the porch from the circular driveway in front of our house.
We lucked out on finding this cute little IKEA dining set a garage sale and it's the perfect size for the porch. I created a simple centerpiece on the middle of the table with a few different colored pumpkins + wooden candlesticks. I also found the hanging gold planters at a garage sale and filled them with my favorite fall plants: cabbages + kale!
Near the front door I have some more pumpkins and old distressed baskets filled with ferns (also garage sale finds). This gold wreath on the front door is one of my favorite wreaths and I pretty much use it year round. I layered it on top of a dried fall floral wreath that I found while thrifting. Layering wreaths is my favorite way to create a one-of-a-kind statement piece for the front door.
Foddershocks have become one of my traditional decorations every year and I couldn't wait to decorate these columns with them! This year I found these giant ones just down the road at the Woodford Feed Co. and they go all the way from the ground to the roof!
Since this area is protected from the rain I was able to pile my bench full of pillows + a cute plaid blanket. The floral pillows are vintage barkcloth that I found at an estate sale, while the gingham + "Hello Fall" pillow were steals from the Target Dollar Spot. The wool blanket is also a vintage find and a perfect pop of color.
No southern porch is complete without some mums and I love the pop of color they add especially in these vintage brass planters. This little area by the door is probably my favorite little vignette on the porch. I used an old piece of barnwood to make this vertical sign a couple years back. It says "FALL" on one side and "JOY" on the other so I can use it for both fall and Christmas decorating. In front of it I used an old wooden trough to hold some pumpkins, gourds, plant, sticks, and dried hydrangeas. I also used a vintage basket beside it to hold a cluster of some more dried hydrangeas (I can't ever get enough!) and cornstalks.
Here you can see the full layout of the porch. Future plans include replacing all the floorboards with black reclaimed wood and hopefully replacing that lattice at the bottom of the porch with something more solid and finished looking (maybe some kind of stonework or solid wood). I'd also love to make some simple, real wood shutters like they use on Fixer Upper quite often. For now though I'm enjoying having this extra outdoor space and just one more area for me to decorate! While most of the items I used on this porch are thrifted or vintage, I've linked some similar options at the end of this post for you to shop.
Today I'm sharing one of my favorite easy ways to create one-of-a-kind artwork for fall on the cheap! Last year I shared a similar project using a thrift-store vintage painting and when I found another fall vintage landscape painting this year, I couldn't pass it up! These large, framed landscape paintings were very popular in the 70's and are pretty easy to find at local thrift stores or garage sales. In their original condition, many would consider them "grandma-ish" or outdated, but I just love the colors and wood frames on these. With just a little updating and your favorite fall quote or word, they instantly become the perfect fall focal piece. Even better, they are usually super cheap- I found this one for under $10! Since they are so large they can really anchor a space and you can customize your own with any quote or colors.
To begin, I traced out my word with a chalk pen. I used Pinterest to search font inspiration and then just free handed it. After I finished tracing out the word, I used gold + copper craft paint and a small flat-ended paint brush to carefully paint over each letter. I started with the copper and then finished by blending in some gold for extra dimension. You could also just use paint pens for this part, although you are able to get a much thicker, more opaque line with regular paint.
This project only takes a couple of materials and depending on the length of your quote, you can finish in well under an hour! The possibilities are endless for this project and you can really use any vintage photograph, poster, or painting as a backdrop. Below, you can check out my other DIY fall painting from last year too! I love the way these turned out and they are some of my favorite fall decor pieces each year. They are perfect for placing above a long sideboard, buffet, mantle, or bench with a wreath or antlers above! Please share with me your finished projects!
It's officially fall at our house and the weather outside finally feels like autumn too. After a busy summer of moving and finishing up our renovation, I could not wait to start decorating for the first holiday season in our new home! I may have started a little early (as soon as September 1st hit!), but I just love the extra coziness that fall decor adds to a home and I couldn't wait any longer. As always I collect things throughout the year for my seasonal decorations as I'm out thrifting and shopping for the store so that I can have a good amount of decor without spending a ton of money! I also can't help but grab a few things at Target every year because they have the cutest seasonal home decor (and always the best garland and wreaths!). Last year I gave a rundown of my entire seasonal decorating process with tips and tricks (including storage, shopping, and more) that you can check out here. The first room up on this year's fall home tour is the living room, which should always be the coziest and most comfortable room of the house! Our living room is a mixture of traditional and rustic elements with lots of texture and equestrian themed trinkets and pictures. I love that the neutral color scheme and overall style allows me to easily mix in my fall decor without having to change a thing! I always start by adding in a few pops of fall color: fall wreaths, knit pillows, some bright plants, and colorful gourds and pumpkins. But sometimes the most simple and natural decorations make the biggest impact, like my vases of wheat bundles on the mantle and the neutral pinecone garland. Whatever your decor style, I hope you can get some ideas about how to incorporate a little fall coziness into your own home. I've linked all my decorations and favorite items below for you to shop (have questions about something that's not linked- just ask!).
Fabric leaf wreath: Target | Vintage basket decor: thrifted
Home Sweet Home banner: Miss Molly Vintage | Basket wall hangings + wooden leaf shelf: Thrifted
Orange cableknit pillow: Target
Flokati pillow: Target | Velvet floral pillow: vintage | Oriental rug: thrifted
One of the best parts of autumn is undoubtedly all the wonderful scents of the season! For a couple of years I have been putting together these homemade stove-top fall scents for the store and my own home. Each year I have added a few more ingredients and perfected my recipe a little more. These little jars of ingredients pack a punch, within a few minutes they will make your whole home smell just heavenly and exactly like fall! I've included all the ingredients and step-by-step directions below so that you can make your own- or if you don't have the time, we have pre-made jars available for purchase online + in-store (shop them below!)
Dried Orange Slices (directions for drying below)
Dried Apple Slices (directions for drying below)
1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
2. Carefully slice your apples and oranges into thin slices (I used a mandolin slicer for the apples). 1 apple and 1 orange will make you 2-4 batches.
3. Line a few cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place the apple and orange slices in a single layer on top of the parchment paper.
4. Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours for the oranges and 3-4 hours for the apples.
5. Remove from the oven and let the dried fruit slices cool.
6. Create a batch of simmering scent by taking a handful of each ingredient: 3-5 slices of each fruit, 6-8 cinnamon sticks, 1/4 cup cloves, and 2-3 small sprigs of rosemary. Top with a couple of drops of vanilla.
7. To use: pour your ingredients into a saucepan, cover with water, and simmer on low heat for as long as you like!
After the first use, I just keep this saucepan on the stove and reuse it for weeks! You can just add more water when needed and just turn on the simmer whenever you are home. When the ingredients start to look a little stale, just dump the entire pot and start a new batch. You can also warm this in a crockpot by using similar instructions: add ingredients to a crockpot, cover with water, and turn on high heat (leave the top off and check on it every couple of hours in case more water is needed). These make such wonderful gifts and this is also a perfect scent to have going when you have company! The dried fruit and rosemary add just the right amount of fresh fall brightness while the cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla add a deep, warm spice. There's nothing more cozy than coming home to this perfect autumn scent and enoying it all season long!