As you know by now – I LOVE FALL. The first full AUTUMN day will soon be here – its official calendar start date – September 23 .
I went to my basement where I store all my decorative accessories not in use to see what I had to use to “autumn-ize” my house. I also use acorns, potpourri, and other tidbits of nature I find when I am out walking. I placed a glass hurricane with a candle in a bowl first and then filled in the rest. I like to light the candle in the early evening, it adds a certain elegance, an ambiance that says sit down, relax, have a glass of wine, toss a snugly throw over you kinda feeling.
I also thought I would share a few photos taken from my book, Instant Decorating. They are from my previous house in New Jersey. The publisher of the book wanted me to change my living room for the 4 seasons. This was the fall room.
The fun part of decorating for fall is that the decorative accessories needed to autumn-ize your decor are literally right outside your door. The best part is that they are free.
The burlap and tree branch no sew window treatment is a simple and classic way to add a bit of “warm and cozy” to any room. Since this was a double window I needed a long tree branch which I had to hunt in the woods for. Adding a treatment on a smaller window, say in your mudroom would not require such a long branch and would be super easy. It would warmly greet you when you walk in the door. Instructions for making it are at the end of this post.
Here is another view of the room. The candlesticks were from Pottery Barn and the rest of the accessories I made or found at flea markets. The area rug under the upside down bottom section of a vintage chest are 3 small rag rugs sewn together to create a larger looking one at a fraction of the cost it would be to buy a large one. The orange pillow is simply two cloth napkins tied over an existing pillow. Wrap rubber bands to attach the two cloths on each corner of the pillow and then cover the rubber bands with raffia. The floor lamp’s shade has what is basically a gathered waist skirt with a hem placed over an existing shade. It comes on and off very easily.
Burlap and Tree Branch No Sew Window Treatment
Note: Instead of using the large nails to hold up the tree branch, you could use wood curtain rod holders that hold two-inch diameter wood rods. You can find them at WalMart and anyplace that sells curtain hardware. They usually come unfinished or white.
For more no-sew decorating ideas check out the posts in my: No Sew Decorating category