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
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 In their original condition, many would consider them "grandma-ish" or outdated, but I just love the colors and wood frames on these.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!
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!
Fall is officially here! I've had my living room decorated for a couple of weeks now, and I just love how cozy it feels this time of year. My living room is full of neutral colors so it's always a breeze to get it decorated for fall. I love adding the pops of orange and tons of texture throughout! I wanted to share with you the complete tour of my fall living room as well as a short rundown of how I do my seasonal decorating for those of you who had asked. I will try to give sources for just about everything I can, but if I forget anything don't hesitate to leave a comment and ask! Happy fall and enjoy!
Storage: All my seasonal decor is stored in our walk-up attic and is organized by holiday. My fall decor is further organized by theme, so I have a couple tubs of "neutral" fall decor, and some tubs for my spooky decor, etc. I have an old spinning purse rack up there to hang all my wreaths from so that they don't get crushed in tubs. This also works out well because I often change out wreaths during the year in between holidays, and this way I can easily access them and see all of them at once.
Collecting : I have some staple items I use year after year, and I always purchase a few new things too. Many of the vintage decorations (like my squirrel bookends, wood leaf plaques, horse pictures, etc.), I collect throughout the year and save for the holiday. Thrift shops, garage sales, and peddler malls are treasure troves for seasonal decor as long as you keep your mind open about it throughout the year. For example, I ALWAYS buy good wreaths whenever I see them. The gold fruit/leave wreath on my big white mirror was from a thrift store and I just spray painted it gold! I use it for both fall and Christmas in that same spot. Twig wreaths and pine cones wreaths are a couple of other kinds of wreaths that are easy to find while thrifting. I also always buy natural elements (like greenery, pinecones, twigs, etc.) If you continue collecting these, you will never have to pay full price for them at the craft store and you can use them to fill space all over your room (empty vases, jars, baskets, etc.) Any time I purchase a holiday decoration out of season, I bring it up to the attic and place it in the proper section (even if I'm just setting it on top of a tub or to the side). When you start unpacking your decor it's so nice to have new decorations that most of the time you forgot about!
Add Nature: Real, natural elements like pumpkins, gourds, and flowers are so important to my decor every year. If you don't want to store decorations, this is one thing you can add to any space to make it feel seasonal. Trader Joe's always has a good selection of unique pumpkins and beautiful florals. The farmer's market is also a great place to get unique items (I got my white Indian corn there this year and all of my mini squashes). I never skimp on these items and think they are so important to completing the space. Here's a tutorial I use to preserve my pumpkins so that they last the entire season.
Antlers: Hobby Lobby (spray painted gold) | Wreath: Smith + Hawken from Target bought at Bargain Hunt | White paneled shutters: thrifted | Leaf plaques: thrifted
New Items: I love mixing vintage and new, and every year I purchase a few new items to freshen up the space. This year for example, I got the adorable acorn garland from Target (not available online, but check your local store-only $7.99!), as well as some new textured pillows from Target, and a new accent rug by the door. I also got the wreath above my television from Bargain Hunt, but it is Smith & Hawken brand from Target. If you have never been, Bargain Hunt, is similar to Big Lots but with better brands (including TONS of Target stuff). They offer major discounts on items that have been returned to stores, maybe opened, but they are still in perfect condition. They also discount items the longer that they are in stores! Many times you can find items that are at Target right now for half the price. Other places I like to find new decor are Home Goods, TJMaxx, Marshall's, and Hobby Lobby.
Wheat vase filler: Hobby Lobby
The Process: I start by pulling items that need to go from the room. Anything too summery or that won't match with the look. I will pack these things up in the empty tubs after I have removed all my fall decor from them. Next I start placing the items that I put in the same place every year. For example I always fill the white vases beside my television with wheat. I always hang a wreath above the television with the wooden leaf plaques on each side. Sometimes you might decide to change things up, but start by placing things that you know for sure where they are going. Next I start doing more involved areas like my shelves, which I sometimes have to switch around several times before I find what I like. Thankfully this room is pretty easy for fall because I already have a lot of fall colors and horse items that can work with the theme. I like to switch out pillows with each season and add more knits and textures for fall. I keep a stock pile of pillows (also in my attic). Basically any time I see a pillow that I like on sale or clearance, or while thrifitng, I buy it. Even if I can't use it right away, I might use it somewhere for my holiday decor, or I might use it when I redecorate something in the future! I complete the decorating process with finishing touches like the pumpkins, gourds, and flowers. I try to change every part of the room up just slightly so that it feels fresh and new.
vintage cypress clock: vintage/thrifted (similar here) | vintage horse pictures: thrifted
Horse pictures + clock: thrifted | blankets: Target + thrifted | metal rolling basket: thrifted | "Our Home is a Swell Place to Gather": Target via Bargain Hunt
Florals: Trader Joe's
Gold fruit wreath: thrifted + spray painted
All thrifted | Indian corn + squash is from the farmer's market
DIY upcycled painting: thrifted (get the tutorial here)
Here's a super easy way to add some fall decor to your home for just a few dollars! Many of us have seen these classic landscape paintings from the 60's-70's, whether it be in grandma's house or at a garage sale or thrift store. While some might think they are tacky, I personally love some of the fall/winter scenes for seasonal decorating. I was inspired by an older post from one of my fave bloggers DIY Showoff, where she updated one of these paintings for her Thanksgiving decor. After seeing a picture of her project on Pinterest, I came across this painting the next day at the thrift store and snatched it up with the idea to paint some words over it. The next step was to decide what words to paint on it. I searched for "fall chalkboard art" on Pinterest and found so many cute quotes but decided this one fit the size and look of the painting best.
I used my favorite chunky chalkboard pen from Hobby Lobby. It has a really wide tip which I think is much easier to use when you are doing large scale quotes. You could also use a paint pen in any color that you think will compliment and show up well on your painting. I drew the quote freehand but you can easily trace it or practice with chalk or pencil. This project took me less than 10 minutes and I think it will definitely be the focal point of my living room fall decor! I can't wait to try it with more thrift store paintings- there are so many possibilities and cute quotes out there!
Here are some more ideas for updating thrift store paintings: