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Fall is here, fall is here! Finally the cooler temps are near!

I’m not sure about your area of the world, but this summer seemed a little too hot for my liking. My husband told me about the term “Global Weirding“. It seems fitting for all this nonsense Mother Nature is throwing at us lately.

Luckily fall seems to have come just on time. Fall is my favorite time of year. Maybe it is the painter in me that loves all the colors. Or maybe it is the nature lover in me that longs to be outdoors in the fresh crisp air. Whatever it is, I love FALL!

I spent some time this past week putting out some autumn inspired décor. Although I’m definitely self conscious about my decorating skills, I tried to abide by my words from last year about not striving for perfection. So, now I’m taking a big breath and pressing the publish button to share my home looking warm and cozy (in my opinion.)

Antique books are my go-t0 decorating objects. I love books and I love those old linen covers. Even a torn and tattered book looks nice lassoed together with some friends.

Sometimes, even an open book can look warm and inviting.

I was so happy to bring my Ballard knock off painted pear out of storage. He really looks handsome with the autumn colors.

I love all the colors in this photo! I can’t imagine having a monotone autumn mantle.

Of course, Mr. Gourd looks handsome too. (Shhh. I don’t want to hurt his feelings, but I do love the pear more.)

Yes, I’m still switching things in and out like a high school football coach. I actually like the gourd, so he’s back in but the chicken wire basket is out. However, I wanted to show you the vintage map lampshade I made. The tutorial will be served up before you know it! Hopefully I’ll have a new lamp by then. This one is just a substitute for one on injured reserve.

You may have noticed this little terrarium on the side table. I was inspired by some insanely expensive versions here. Never fear, I will have a tutorial so you can make your own soon!

A full view of the mantle decorated. It is hard to believe that in a few months the stockings will need to be hung.

I had fun with this little vignette. A crow in an antique corn grinder? Now that is pretty silly. And another terrarium that makes me smile.

Quoth the Raven “Nevermore”

The acorn jar was an afterthought. It was just a quick little hot glue craft. Speaking of which, if you haven’t read my post about hot glue gun safety, it is a must! Your fingers will thank me.

It is fun having another surface to decorate. The top of our armoire (also known as the family command center) has some pretty purples and greens.

My Pottery Barn knockoff lantern makes a re-appearance.

Beautyberry and Orange Peel Cestrum from our yard.

The dining room has a simple centerpiece made with corn kernels and a candle.

But, I might be switching it out once I get this beauty back from my friends at the Habitat ReStore. Can you guess what it used to be? I’ll give you a hint: Hollywood glam never looked so good.

31 replies
  1. Lisa~
    Lisa~ says:

    I love it! I just did the same thing in my house. Fall makes me happy. I love seeing your details. So cozy and warm…when shall we get together for some hot tea and chocolate? Lisa~

  2. Amy @ the Happy Tulip
    Amy @ the Happy Tulip says:

    I love your Fall decor! You should not be self conscious about your decorating skills at all. It looks pretty, warm, and inviting- all things a home should be.

    psst- while the gourd is beautiful, I like the pear better too 🙂

  3. Marianne@Songbird
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    Why do you say you are self conscious about your decorating skills?! Everything looks gorgeous. Your house looks like a cozy place to cuddle up in and be together while the winds howl outside. Just as it should be.

  4. Rukmini
    Rukmini says:

    This is looking lovely Brittany. Yeah, fall is bright hues and warm tones. It feels somewhat not so fall those monotones. I mean I like whites, don’t get me wrong. But I think without some vibrancy in color palettes, fall doesnt really feel like fall.

  5. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth says:

    Great ideas! I have an orange pear on my mantle right now that I picked up at a rummage sale. I always love your down to earth and do-able projects–thank you!

  6. Tati
    Tati says:

    I LOVE the corn kernels as jar filler – it looks great! Also, I recognized the Hollywood Glam right away – great way to repurpose that ugly light fixture! I did some seasonal decor changes last week and felt very silly doing so while we’re still having 90-degree weather – it’s South Florida and we may not see the 70s until January!! 😉

  7. ColleenwithMurals&More
    ColleenwithMurals&More says:

    Now I know you’re nuts, ha! You’re questioning your decorating skills? C’mon over and ‘practice’ on my house, will ya? It’s all just lovely, Brittany. I love your vignettes. Great balance of texture, scale & color. (Must be the artist in you.) Most people have issues w/scale and balance, but you nailed it. imho, of course (for whatever that’s worth 😉

  8. the cape on the corner
    the cape on the corner says:

    i love all the warm colors of fall, it’s what makes it my most favorite time of year. i couldn’t imagine not using those colors in my decorating.

    and you are making me second guess selling that old light fixture! i love the way you repurposed it!

  9. Erin
    Erin says:

    So lovely and festive! I’m self-conscious of my decorating skills too, but you have nothing to worry about, Miss Brittany! (I’m envious of your photography skills too!) Everything looks wonderful. I’m especially loving that vintage metal lampshade — can’t wait to see the tutorial! My inner book nerd/English major rejoices at all the book vignettes and the Poe quote too! 🙂

  10. Richella @ Imparting Grace
    Richella @ Imparting Grace says:

    Brittany, it looks to me as if your decorating skills are just great! Your mantel and other autumn decorations look lovely. And WOW–what a lot of great tutorials you have coming up! You amaze me with your creativity and can-do attitude. 🙂

  11. Cindy
    Cindy says:

    Your Fall mantle is gorgeous, I can’t imagine having a monotone colorless mantle either. I’m sure there are some pretty ones at the party, but yours is deliciously colorful and I like it.
    Hugs, Cindy

  12. Molly
    Molly says:

    It all looks so cute. I found myself saying “I love that” with every picture! I have done my mantle and 1/2 my dining room table but you have inspired me to get going on the rest of the house!

  13. Carmen Skyles
    Carmen Skyles says:

    I love them all – I thought the black bird on the grinder was the best! (one of the best!) Hard to choose. The open book, it all looks like fall. Fabulous post Brittany, I can’t wait for your tutorials!
    Carmen

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