If you have been with us for a while, then you know that I like to use things I have on hand when decorating for a season or a holiday. I am not one to go to a big box store and buy a lot of stuff that represents a particular holiday. Using items that I have on hand makes decorating so much more fun for me because I get to put my creative juices to work. That being said, I really like the way our home is looking this fall. It’s my favorite season, which has been mentioned on here way too much, and I think our place looks its best in the fall. I think the fall colors go so well with our neutrals and navy. Think about it – orange and navy, green and navy, brown and navy. Yes, yes, and yes. So, come along and see the small touches that I added to our great room to give it a taste of fall.
You saw snippets of this room when I showed you the pillows that I made for fall. Now let’s take a look at the simple fall accessories that I added.
Fall on the coffee table
Here’s a vignette I made for the coffee table. It is in a galvanized tray which complements the dining area’s centerpiece. Shortly after taking this photo, I changed the green book for a blue book.
Fall in the eating area
This is the eating area in our great room. I bought a plain table runner at Ikea for $7.00 and painted a brown French ticking stripe on one side. My intention originally was to paint stripes on both sides, but the texture of the fabric is rough, and the fabric paint ran under the tape. I looked at some photos of French ticking, and there are all kinds of stripes so I knew I could stop painting lines any time I wanted to. I topped the ticking with a galvanized caddy that Jordan handed down to me. In the summer I use it to carry things to our patio when we eat outside. However, it makes a great caddy for gourds, don’t you think? There are real and faux gourds in the caddy along with some fake leaves. The real gourds, the runner, and the leaves are the only things I purchased for this room.
Originally I had wooden candle holders with the brown candles, but Jordan sent a text telling me they weren’t big enough. I polished up our big silver candle holders and put the brown candles in them. I like the combo of the industrial galvanized metal along with the silver.
The last time you saw my wooden African bowl, it was holding moss balls. They are on a break now, and I filled it with white pumpkins, votive candles in amber holders, and some more of those fake leaves. I love how this looks with the blue and white ginger jar.
I scattered some pumpkins around the room like this one in our book shelves.
Fall on the mantel
Our television is over the mantel, and what you can’t tell in this photo is that Mr. Right was watching a football game when I was taking pictures. That’s why it’s cropped so closely. I had to put something on the mantel that would not interfere with the screen, so I just lined up some small pumpkins, votives, a few books in fall colors, two big lanterns and more leaves.
Here’s another angle unedited. Ha! See……we really do live in our house.
That’s a wrap for the great room. You can see that my fall decor will last until Thanksgiving, and that’s a win-win for me. Up next is the kitchen.