Finding Fall Home Tour 2014


Finding Fall 2014If you are coming from Not Just a Housewife

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on the Finding Fall home tour – Hi! and welcome to my home. I hope you are enjoying the tour so far and have picked up lots of ideas and inspiration to decorate your home for the season.

On Friday it all ends over on the BHG Pinterest Board on All Things Fall.

When decorating for the season I stick to my basics…nature, pumpkins, candles, flowers, and add a few more layers to cozy things up and of course pops of color everywhere.  This year my focus color is orange. I decorate using the things I already own or find outside. I shop the house and move things from room to room to make them look fresh and new to my eyes. This helps when decorating on a budget.


If you have read my blog for a while, you know that my design background is from years of working in retail display.  It was there that I learned how to be resourceful. We had no budget, only items in a prop room to come up with ways to decorate the store that would be enticing.  We had to make “new” with lots of old stuff.  It was the theme behind my book, Instant Decorating.

To make the book display above, I looked for all white books at the thrift store and covered the binding with a Fall quote. I will share the tutorial and free printable with you next week.


I made the mirror with two window sashes and a ceramic topper that I painted gold, then glazed with a white wash.  The branches in the urn (yard sale find) are from a big bush in my backyard. The round balls used to be in a bowl in my family room. The tray is a thrift store find that I painted the inside orange with a new chalk paint recipe. More on that in an upcoming chalk paint post.


The gold skeleton keys are from the hardware store. The watch faces I bought at an auction many years ago. I don’t have many collections, but they are one of them.


This is the season where we actually use the dining room.  Every year I choose a color scheme for the table setting and come up with a plan on how I will set the table when we have guests.  I don’t change it every time we entertain.  I use the same items over and over. It keeps things simple and I can get everything set up in minutes this way which comes in handy for impromptu get-togethers.  Last year I made Scrabble place card holders using chalkboard and glass tiles that looked perfect on my driftwood finished table.


I recently painted the room white, which I have been wanting to do since I painted the corner hutch turquoise. I like using white as a background for walls, main pieces of furniture, and my dinnerware. When it is white – any color can be added and looks fresh and new. I did buy new placemats at HomeGoods to add something new to my mix of decorations.

The chairs are slipcovers that I made years ago, being white they go with anything. I have made 2 sets of chair back runners for them to change up the look every so often without a huge expense involved.  I made  no-sew black & white striped one last Fall and a turquoise damask set.


I made these paper ribbon place cards that frame the top of the plates.  I will have a tutorial and free printable for you next week.


I like simplicity – it’s elegance at its best.  Some heirloom cheese pumpkins and a soup tureen say Fall without too much fuss. To hide my supermarket mum plastic pot, I ripped two corners of a brown grocery bags down about 6 inches and then carefully rolled down the top edge of the bag a few times.  A no-cost way to cover the ugly pot.


The thrift store chandelier that I made over when I first started blogging keeps on going, cracks and all.  I made 3 sets of covers for the shades out of scrapbook paper a few years ago.   I like the leopard set for Fall and how it pairs nicely with orange.


More of my Roman numeral clock and watch face collection displayed in a plate stand that I keep in my dining room when not in use. I do use the stand every year to take Christmas cookies to my friend Karen’s annual cookie exchange party.


The ceramic pumpkin in the cabinet in my kitchen has special meaning to me. My mom made it. She was a huge lover of Fall so the apple does not fall to far from the tree in that regard :-)


Her initials and date are on the bottom.  I was 14 years old when she made it.   It makes me happy to be able to display it in my own home in a prominent place every Fall since she passed away.


I already have orange in my kitchen, the addition of some Fall flowers adds the layer of cozy.   I found the area rug at Walmart.


No matter how you decorate for Fall, what is more important is that you take the time to sit back and enjoy it.

I crave that wonderful nesting feeling that the season brings.  It is worth taking the time to sit back and relax and enjoy everything the season offers.  Watching football on TV while snuggled up in front of the fire with a good red wine and yummy snacks…bliss. Oh! and of course a pumpkin or two in sight.


Next Wednesday I will show you Part 2 of how I decorate for Fall.The Graphics Fairy Button

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