As most of you know, I resigned from my teaching career in June. This obviously makes us even more cautious with spending our money, so I really wanted to decorate for this fall season using things I already had. I love what I came up with, and I love that I didn’t have to spend a dime!
I don’t have a true mantel, so I use the top of my bookshelf to decorate seasonally. I was also able to use the top of my DIY wine rack this year too!
I wanted to mix neutrals with metallics for my fall décor. I wanted it to be warm, and not “halloween’-y”. I took a fresh look at items I already had in my house, and I moved things around. People often get stuck because they buy an item for a specific space in a room, and don’t think of moving it somewhere else. If you get anything from this post – I hope it’s that you can re-think the items you already have by moving them around or spray-painting things to give them a new look.
Here’s how the top of my bookshelf looks right now:
I was able to re-use the copper “pot” with burlap and the book bundle I made. I love this look! That pot was originally gifted to me with some bulbs in it – but I kept it because I love the look!
I have gathered a bunch of materials from yard sales over the past 4 years, and now was time to bring these things together! I used the grapevine wreath (bought for 50 cents last summer) to layer, and not use it as a technical “wreath”. I love the texture it brings.
I bought this pumpkin from Kohl’s for less than $5 at the end of the last fall season.
This box was a fun find at a thrift store this past summer. I was planning on taking off the wood top and spray-painting the bottom, which I probably will eventually. But when I put it out, I actually loved the wood and the metallics! But I decided to use it as more of a trough, and took candles I had in other rooms to fill it. I grabbed a rattan ball (leftover from years ago) and some leaves from the dollar store (also from another year’s fall decorations).
Finally, I got rustic wooden frame for 99 cents and attached the copper plate ($3.00 at the thrift store) last year and put them together to being some height to my mantel.
Now let’s move to the area on top of the wine rack. This definitely doesn’t scream “fall” but it continues the theme of neutrals, wood, and metallics.
I bought those wooden spools for $1.00 last year! I had thought they should go in my crafting area, but I pulled them into this area as an experiment- and I love it! Don’t be afraid to SHOP YOUR HOUSE. Fill vases with things that you wouldn’t typically think of – they might end up being your favorite looks!
That little elephant was a treasure I found while I was yard sale shopping 3 summers ago. I think he’s so cute!
The lantern was from a yard sale, and it brought the metallics into the space. I also spray-painted the rattan ball (which was originally a brighter brown) that was somewhere else in my house. I spray painted it a mettalic color to bring a different metallic shade to the vignette.
I also decided to re-think the corbel and use it as part of my décor instead.
I love my new fall decorations!
Have you tried to shop your house?! Try to look at your décor with a new eye – maybe something could be transformed with some spray paint. Or maybe something could look totally different if it’s in another room with some other items!
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