If you’re one of my regular readers, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything lately. That is because Chris and I have been in Europe for the past three weeks! For someone as fascinated with history, old-world charm, and architecture as I am, it was a dream trip. Of course I took a million photos, so I will be sharing some of them with you soon.
We just returned, and I am way behind on my fall decor. So in this edition, as I sit here wide awake at 4:30 a.m., I would like to share some fall decor ideas from seasons past.
Bulbs are Beautiful
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Last fall, my Mom removed some of her crocosmia plants. She offered me a handful of the dried plant stalks that she’d pulled out of the ground, bulb and all, so that I could use the seed heads in floral arrangements.
But the bulbs and roots looked so interesting that I decided to use the whole plant as decor.
It was simple: I filled a shallow clay pot with floral foam and then covered the foam with forest moss. I inserted a small bamboo garden stake in the middle and then secured the crocosmia stalks to it with garden twine.
I loved the look of the bulbs and winding roots.
A Creepy Planter
A couple of years ago, I discovered a very interesting plant called a cushion bush (Calocephalus ‘Silver Stone’). It became the centerpiece for my creepy little black-and-white Halloween planter.
For more on this planter, check out this post.
For a look that goes past Halloween and into Thanksgiving, I gave some mini pumpkins a gold leaf finish.
And I touched up a few birch leaves with the same treatment. For more on how I did it, check out this post.
I found that gold-painted leaves are an elegant addition to Thanksgiving tables.
A Festive Fall Dinner Party
While we’re on the subject of festive tables, one of my first posts shared a lovely fall dinner table that my Mom had created.
But let’s go outside now.
A Hoppy Harvest Wreath
When making a wreath, I like to shop my own yard for material. A few years ago, I made a silly wreath using only hops.
I’ll never forget the time that a nest of goofy, terrifying haunted hatchlings landed on our front porch.
This look was fun to create, and it’s explained in this post.
A Lazy Woman’s Fall Front Porch
Last year, feeling lazy and thrifty, I shopped my house and garden for fall decor.
I used what I already had on hand: Pots, urns, dried flower heads, berries, and fall leaves.
To my surprise, a strawberry plant I was keeping behind the garage was popping with fall color, so I moved it to the front door.
On the other side of the door, a begonia plant was starting to wind down after blooming all summer. But its show wasn’t over yet.
As we got closer to Halloween, I changed the look just a bit.
Okay, I splurged a little with this fun new pillow cover that I’d found on sale at World Market.
Skeletons and pumpkins worked together to ward off the uninvited. This is about as scary as we get around here.
As you can see, I was too lazy to even remove the tag from the skeleton lights.
But now I need to get cracking on my fall decor for this year. See you again soon, and I will share photos of some of the cool things we saw in Europe!
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- Floral foam and forest moss were used in the crocosmia arrangement.
- The premium leafing finishes that I used on the gleaming pumpkins are made by Precious Metals. There are 8 colors available.
- For the black eggs that the haunted hatchlings emerged from, I just painted clean cracked egg shells with a roughly 50/50 mix of Mod Podge and folkArt acrylic craft paint in Wrought Iron. The Mod Podge helped strengthen the egg shells a bit and also added a nice sheen.
- I love the Victorian skull pillow cover that I found at World Market. I don’t know if they will be carrying it this year, but I do know that changing out pillow covers is one of the easiest ways to decorate for Halloween. Etsy has a ton of fun Halloween pillow covers that go from farmhouse to frieghtening, and everything in between.
I think this one by PamperedHomeDecor is especially fun.
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