Hey y’all! I’ve finished up my 6-part series on the “Phenomenal Fall Favorites,” and I thought it would be nice to gather all the blog posts on this fun topic and have them in one spot for you! It’s loaded with lots of beautiful and inspiring photos from other fabulous bloggers around the worldwide web. So grab a fuzzy blanket, snuggle up on your comfy chair and check out these following posts. Prepare for inspiration overload! Enjoy!
Thank you so much, again, for taking the time to read these posts. Your encouraging comments mean so much to me! If you’d like to see more inspiration-filled photos, stop by and say hey on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest….Or even leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you! Have a wonderful day, wherever you are!
Thanks for stopping by! I just finished up Modern and Rustic Fall Tablescapes, part 5 of the “Phenomenal Fall Favorites” series. So naturally, the next and final post for this series is Delectable Desserts for Fall! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we all need that yummy recipe that’ll satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. And so in this post, I hope you find that “special” one…just in time for your gatherings with family and friends!
And my favorite… 🙂
Well, there you have it…lots of delicious recipes for all your parties and get-togethers! Is your mouth not salivating right now??!! Mine sure is! If you decide to test any of these recipes out, I’d love to hear all about them!
Also, if you’d like to see all 6 posts in the “Phenomenal Fall Favorites” series, click here for the compiled list.
I’d love to hear from y’all! You can stop by and say hey on my Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest…or comment below! 😉 My readers are the best!
Hey friends! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’m so excited to show you these cane chairs that were transformed from outdated and lifeless to fresh and bright!
But first, if you missed my post on our chalk-painted vanity that we found on craigslist, you HAVE to and check it out (i.e. right after you finish this post!)!
Anyone can renovate a chair. You may not think so, but I promise — you can do it! A few years ago, I used to be interested solely in fashion and working out, but since the dawn of Pinterest and the incredible blogland that we have available to us, these little blessings have awakened my inner-diy self! 😉 Okay, now that hopefully you’ve realized you can totally do this project yourself, we’ll get started.
A few weeks ago, I picked up all four cane chairs at a yard sale on a beautiful Saturday morning for a total of $20! I couldn’t believe it! I guess it’s because they were brown, yucky and quite a mess, but looking past their present state, I could see their wonderful potential! And most importantly, their “bones” were in excellent shape!
What you’ll need:
- Paint of your choice (I used Sherwin Williams Snowbound with Paint + Primer in One by HGTV Home.)
- Paint tray and disposable tray
- drop cloth
- old, clean rag
- black chalkboard paint (or any black paint you have on hand will do) (This step is optional.)
- paint roller and paint brush (I used the Purdy Nylox line and their White Dove rollers.)
After removing the chair cushions and placing the seatless chairs on top of the drop cloth, I began my project. First, using my rag, I wiped off all the dust. Next, using the chalkboard paint and foam brush, I painted all the edges of my chairs. You may be wondering why on earth I painted chalkboard paint onto my chairs, yes? Well, first, it’s because I wanted the black paint to show through the white paint after sanding the edges. Second, it’s because that was the only black paint I had on hand. 🙂 But if you’re not planning to give your chairs that “chippy” effect, you can skip this process all together.
Okay, so I might have gone a little overboard on the black paint. Ha! But really, all you need to paint are the edges that you’ll sand later.
Once your black paint is dry, open up your white paint and stir well. Pour the paint into your painter’s tray and, using your Purdy brush and/or roller, paint your chairs. I love, love, love how this paint rolled on easily and quickly!
Because the grooves of the cane were very difficult to paint with a roller or brush, I grabbed a can of true white spray paint and quickly sprayed the cane without a single hitch! I wish I thought about doing that before I spent 30 minutes trying every other option! But at least SOMETHING worked!
(In regards to painting cane, make sure you don’t paint a thick layer onto the cane. Add a few thin layers instead of one thick layer, or it’ll look like a sloppy mess.)
And here’s the finished product!
Now, if you’d like to take it a step further like I did, then grab your handy sanding paper and start sanding all the edges….You know, the natural areas that wear over time. I started out with a fine grit sanding paper and then gradually increased the grit for the desired effect. But this is where my handsome hubs would disagree with me. Ha! He says to start out with a more coarse grit and then decrease to a finer grit. But since I was doing the project, I was gonna do it MY way. Haha! Gotta love your better half!
Here’s the finished result of my chippy chairs….I love them!!
And what do you think about our new, 10-foot farmhouse table with the matching bench??!! Isn’t she a beauty?! We love the X-shaped legs, the just-right gray paint, and barnwood tabletop! And with our four cane chairs, it’s a set made in heaven! 🙂
On a sidenote, Sherwin Williams sent me the HGTV paint and the Purdy products for my testing and evaluation. All opinions are my own. And I can tell you that, wholeheartedly, I loved their products. There are some brushes/rollers out there whose bristles and nap come out so easily, and it gets super frustrating. You end up having to stop your painting and pull out each individual bristle. But I knew I could count on Purdy to help me with this project! Also, the HGTV paint went on so smoothly and efficiently. I loved having the built-in primer!
Also, I don’t claim to be a professional at giving my furniture that “chippy” look. But what I can tell you is that I put a lot of love into these pieces, and it’s a matter of trial and error. Growing up, my sweet parents always said to me, “The person who never makes mistakes is the person who never tries.” So, don’t get discouraged if you make a few mistakes with your painting projects — just learn from it and move on….That’s why shopping at yard sales and thrift stores is so great! The prices are usually crazy good, so if you have a diy fail, it’s no biggie! 🙂
Are you inspired to find a lifeless chair and give it a makeover? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Comment below or stop by and say hey on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, HomeTalk and Facebook. It always makes my day to hear from my sweet readers!
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Hey friends, and thanks for stopping by! Now that I’ve finally shared our diy, farmhouse-styled master bathroom makeover on the blog, we can return to our regularly scheduled series….Today, it’s all about rustic and modern Fall tablescapes, part 5 of the “Phenomenal Fall Favorites” series! You’ll see lots of plaid blankets, antlers, candles and more plaid blankets! (Here’s a hint: I just might have a slight obsession with plaid…especially during this cozy season. Ha!) (If you missed part 4, “Beautiful Fall Mantels,” then please click here for some crazy-good inspiration!)
Be prepared to get seriously inspired, because this post is loaded with gorgeous table settings and centerpieces!
First off, let’s focus on this rustic tablescape at Tone on Tone Antiques. So in love with this monochromatic setting. To keep the neutrality from looking flat, the blogger chose to use different textural elements, such as antlers, hydrangeas, white pumpkins and candles. A beautiful variety of accessories that go oh-so-perfectly together.
Here’s a look at Liz Marie’s beautiful tablescape. I love how she used fringed dish towels as her placemats. And notice the vase filler…white beans (a very inexpensive option!)! Also, I love her diy chalkboard table runner.
Isn’t Allison’s dining room at The Golden Sycamore just gorgeous?! This plaid fabric scrap turned table runner wasn’t even hemmed. I’m all about any project that’s quick and easy! Also, the tablecloth underneath the runner is actually just a dropcloth. I love to hear about how others repurpose items!
Loving this simple, yet eye-catching, tablescape at Dreamy Whites Online. The ironstone plates, the rustic bread board, plain glasses, plaid fabric, textures from nature….Doesn’t it make you want to drop by and relax at her table? These accessories are everyday items that most of us already have in our homes. How lovely is that?!
Loving this budget-friendly, neutral setting at the blog, Bless’er House. Simple and refined. Rustic and elegant. Oh, and if you happen to stop by her blog, she gives a detailed list of her purchases for this jaw-dropping autumnal decor.
I’m smitten with Finding Home Online’s creative, rustic table. That old wooden box is something to behold. Its patina is gorgeous! She filled her box with an ironstone pitcher, wheat and pinecones from her backyard, pears, pumpkins and apples. A perfect combination.
And here we are again at Liz Marie’s most recent Fall centerpiece. Don’t you just love that door that she repurposed into a table top?! And just a few faux pumpkins, along with outdoor greenery, look so pretty in her vintage dough bowl.
And I just love the simple and rustic tablescape that Holly Mathis put together! The mixture of plaids and the natural elements are stunning! And how about those dishes? She mixed both modern and traditional plates.
Here’s another fabulous tablescape designed by Jen at City Farmhouse. Wowee! How about that plaid blanket stacked with the craft paper — love it! And those gold lanterns add the perfect touch of glamour in this rustic setting.
I love Lindsay’s stylish autumnal table at The White Buffalo Styling Co. blog! She actually decorated her table based off of her floral fabric napkins. That’s a great way to start when trying to decide what colors to bring into your tablescape. I also love how she used wood chargers and vintage green glasses, along with her ticking fabric runner.
This rustic, yet refined, tablescape at Home Remedies Rx is so simple to put together! Faux pumpkins of various sizes and outdoor greenery, along with a table runner, create a fun ambiance when it comes to styling a beautiful table!
And yet another Fall tablescape from the beautiful blog, Dreamy Whites Online. I have such a weakness for French grain sack anything, so it was love at first sight with this vintage runner. 🙂 And notice those fun French baker’s cups that are sitting on each ironstone plate. The blogger filled these adorable cups with flax seed to hold the candlesticks in place.
And lastly, in case you needed a little “brush up” on the proper placement of each piece, here is a very helpful description.
So what do you think of this post, part 5 of the “Phenomenal Fall Favorites” series? Which of all these tablescapes and centerpieces is your favorite? I hope you’ve been inspired to use an idea or two in your own home!
And don’t forget to check out my last post in this fun series. Part 6 is next –“Delectable Fall Recipes.” I promise that you’ll find some tried-and-true recipes to make for your friends and family this Fall. (My favorite recipe in this post is the S’more Cups recipe that friends and family ask for time and time again! I guarantee that your peeps will, too!)
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Update: Since this post went live in late Summer of 2015, our bathroom remodel has received some pretty awesome attention! I’m excited and honored to say that it’s been shared on a couple of my absolute favorite magazines….First, in May of 2016, Country Living shared all about our bathroom on their website. (Please click here to read that post.) Second, it’s also been published in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of American Farmhouse Style magazine. (Blog post coming soon!) I’m over the moon with excitement and still can’t believe our home has gotten this kind of attention from some of the most respected sources out there! On another note, I wanted to remind you to follow along with me on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, HomeTalk and Facebook, so that you don’t miss another post. Plus, it makes my day to hear from my sweet readers!
Hey friends! Today, I want to share with you all about our bathroom makeover and a few of our sources, which you’ll see at the bottom of this post! This particular space has needed a total overhaul since the time we moved into our home, which was a very long time ago! 🙂
But first, I need to show you these “before” photos. I cringe to even post them, but RELUCTANTLY I must, in order to show you how far we’ve come!
Before the reno, our bathroom was complete with red walls, builder-grade counters, a garden tub, and diamond-styled, cream-colored tiles that’ll knock your socks off! And the worst part about it??? The builder placed carpet, yes CARPET, in our bathroom. Yuck! Who does that?! I also need to mention that the photos below are a mix of before and mid-process pics. So, here she is — in all her glory!
But, alas! Because of our hard work and frugal efforts, we have finally given ourselves the bathroom of our dreams! And due to our small bathroom, every decision we made was centered around how to maximize our space.
And when I say “frugal efforts,” I mean that we did all the work ourselves (i.e. except the shower)! More specifically, my sweet honey did the manual labor, and I did the decorating. 🙂
Here’s a complete list of everything we did to create our dream bathroom! It was quite an undertaking!
1. Flooring. To save money, we removed the carpet ourselves and didn’t add any special flooring. But rather, we painted our concrete floors with a gorgeous white paint (please see details of the the paint in the sources list at the bottom of this post). It’s wonderful, and it brightens up our room like you wouldn’t believe!
2. Tub. We bought a 56″ acrylic tub that had “slight imperfections,” yet was brand new. This route helped us to save oodles of money. And with three sides of the tub hidden, the imperfections are covered as well! Also, I love my husband’s idea about where to place the faucet handle, as seen in the pic below. That way, we don’t have to reach over the tub when it needs to be turned on! (And nevermind my reflection in the tub. :))
3. Shower. Professionals were hired to install the subway tile and seamless shower glass. For the tile, we chose 3″ x 6″ white subway tile and a dark-gray grout, and the shower floor is a herringbone tile with the same dark grout. The shelf is a man-made material called Staron. (We love this “counter” in our shower, and it cleans very easily. So far, I’ve had no problems with staining.) To save money, we ordered a remnant piece of the Staron, instead of ordering a complete slab!
Our showerhead is my absolute favorite! (If you’d like the direct link to my all-time favorite fixture, please click here.) We’ve tried other brands and styles, but this one fits the bill to a tee! I love the “snake” neck, so that I can easily move the showerhead around when I’m cleaning, and it has several massage settings. I highly recommend it!
And don’t you just love this seamless shower enclosure?! It’s fabulous!
This fun, antique pot came from an awesome antique warehouse in Atlanta, and I found this succulent at my local grocery store for half-off!
4. Shiplap. To add some fun rustic, farmhouse vibes, we chose to install a shiplap wall. I love, love, LOVE how it turned out!!
5. Light Fixtures. What do you think about these sconces? They’re actually outdoor lanterns, but who says you can’t bring them inside?! And at $30 each, you can’t beat that price!
6. DIY Draperies. This burlap fabric for our draperies is beautiful, super-inexpensive, and gives the perfect textural element! To cut costs, I used my craft-store 50% off coupon and bought 6 yards of burlap. Once I got home, I cut it in half (you only get one “fabric cut” with the coupon). Next, I folded over the top edges about 1/4″ and then used drapery clips to keep the edges in place. To line these rustic curtains, I grabbed two white, twin-sized flat sheets, folded the extra fabric in and clipped it with the burlap. Easy peasy! And it looks amazing! Instead of spending big bucks on finished drapes, I handled it my way and only spent a fraction of the cost. At $12 total, you can’t beat that price!
7. Vanity. We really wanted Carrara marble and a 70″ vanity, but we also wanted the best bargain we could find. After searching Amazon, eBay and local sites, we finally found THE one on Craigslist! She just needed a little Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and then, she was golden! You can find out how I transformed this beauty here.
8. Accessories. Lastly, once we were finished with the bones of the room, it was time for the fun part: the accessorizing. Heh-heh-heh. 🙂 I really love to accessorize! Picking out items that “make” the room are so exciting to me! From the black faux “fruit” crate to the galvanized candle to the metal wall baskets to the vintage clasp jar….I just love the hunt for beautiful decor on the cheap!
Interested in the sources list? Below are a few of the items we used and where we found them.
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Paint tools — Purdy 2-1/2 in. XL Brush, Wagner 9 in. Extension Pole (The one we used is now out of stock, but here’s one that’s similar. You’ll LOVE having an extension pole!!), Wagner Roller Cover, Paint Roller Tray, Tray Liners (These liners are disposable for your paint tray, and they are a staple in our home! Makes cleanup a cinch!)
Paint on floors — KILZ Premium 5-gal. White Paint Water-Based Interior/Exterior Primer, Sealer and Stain-Blocker (My absolute favorite paint!)
Vanity — Craigslist (To find out more about this vanity, check out this post.)
Acrylic Tub — Here’s a similar model to the tub we chose….Acrylic Freestanding Flatbottom Non-Whirlpool Bathtub in White
Sink faucet — Home Depot
White Subway Tile — Home Depot (3″ x 6″ tiles)
Gray Grout — Home Depot
Light Fixtures — Home Depot
So, there you have it — our complete reno and a few of our sources. Overall, we spent about $6,000 for the total makeover. Our initial budget was $5,000, but once we decided to hire out professional help for the shower glass and tile, the budget was increased slightly.
We are so pleased with the results of our bathroom! What do you think of our fresh space? I’d love to hear your thoughts! And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at TheRusticBoxwood@Gmail.Com, or stop by and say “hey” on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And of course, I always love to hear from you in the comments below! 🙂
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Hey y’all, and welcome to part 4 of the “Phenomenal Fall Favorites” series! Today, we’re talking all about beautiful Fall mantels. If you missed part 3 — “10 Gorgeous, DIY Fall Wreaths” — click here for some amazing and creative autumnal decor!
I hope you’re inspired as much as I am to add more touches of autumn to your home for this beautiful season!
Loving these pretty neutrals on this mantel…the copper, the gilded mirror, the white pumpkins, the acorns, the greenery. All against a white backdrop. So simple, yet so elegant!
And how gorgeous is this mantel?! So many unique items in this pic came from a thrift store or her backyard….Just goes to show you that you can totally make your mantel look stunning under a tight budget! Also, the black chalkboard paint pops against all the white…and the DIY muslin garland acts as a gorgeous finishing touch!
This next mantel also contains thrifted items and bits of nature from the blogger’s own backyard. I love the beautiful DIY paper-feather wreath! Notice, also, the symmetry of the decor on the mantel — branches tower the fun taxidermy on either side of her fireplace!
Take a moment and observe the details on this mantel in the picture below….Everything’s neutral and can remain with the changing seasons, except a couple of items — the pumpkin chalk art and the lantern filler. Genius! I also love her diy book-page wreath. I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of that style! (And if you’d like to find out how to make such a wreath, check out my easy tutorial!)
Below is our mantel from last year. It was full of natural elements (pinecones, antlers, and real and faux pumpkins) and thrifted items. The silver pitcher is actually from Restoration Hardware, but I bought it at Goodwill for $2! And I made the DIY mossy “B”…a simple project that took a mere 5 minutes. The wood charger and the bust came from Hobby Lobby, and the faux birch-bark candle holders came from my sweet mama. The DIY garland was just a spool of pompoms hot-glued to pre-cut canvas shapes from Michael’s. I then used a sharpie to write the word FALL and then glued the fabric flowers onto either end. Easy peasy! It’s definitely not perfect, by any means, but it helped to tie everything together.
And how fun and unique is this mantel?! Everything on this shelf was under $6 per item! So cool.
I love this simple collaboration of decor on her faux mantel. So pretty! And those gold dots on the pumpkins are actually stickers. (On a sidenote, the word “grace” conjures up the awesome truth of God’s unmerited favor toward us sinners, on receiving His wonderful forgiveness and then in turn, showing forgiveness to others. Yes! If you have any questions about God, the bible or salvation, I’d love to share with you what God has done in my life! There is such wonderful freedom in Christ!)
What do you think about this decorated mantel? She incorporated lots of neutrals that can transition with the change of seasons. All she’ll have to do is simply replace a couple of Fall pieces with Christmas ones! Bingo!
Love this mantel and how this blogger thought outside the box and used very unconventional, yet super cool, items that give that space a “collected over time” feel.
Look at the pretty colors and fun details of this mantel!
I love how this blogger incorporated beautiful, antique silver with old book pages that have such a pretty patina. And that glass-less window has the perfect aged look to it!
This neutral mantel dressed up for autumn is so fun! Those white pumpkins came from the dollar store and were transformed with a little paint! And let’s not forget the bottom of her fireplace — the cozy plaid blanket, the old wooden box, the galvanized bucket holding the birch logs…Love it!
Well, you have just viewed 12 inspiring mantels. Whew! Those were some gorgeous vignettes! Which was your favorite? Are you inspired to decorate for Fall yet?
Up next in the line of the “Phenomenal Fall Favorites” series is part 5, “Rustic Fall Tablescapes.” You don’t want to miss this post!
Also, be sure to stop by and say hey on my social media feeds….I always love to hear from y’all! You can catch me on Instagram sharing some pretty photos or on Pinterest, pinning up the wazoo! You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook….Or you could comment below. Y’all are some of the sweetest readers I know, and your comments truly inspire and encourage my heart. 😉
Hey y’all, and thanks for stopping by today! Before we begin, I wanted to remind you to stop by and say hey on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest, so you don’t miss another post! I always love to hear from my readers!
Welcome to part 3 of the “Phenomenal Fall Favorites” series! Today, I’m sharing with you lots of easy diy wreaths for Fall! Since I just posted all about gorgeous autumnal front porches (part 2), naturally, this was what had to come next! I hope this post will inspire you, yet again, to enjoy decorating for this beautiful season.
Look how pretty this apple wreath is! And I love how the blogger hung her wreath on a rustic chalkboard.
This book-page wreath with chalk art in the center produces a big impact! And did I mention how easy this type of wreath is to make yourself? I’ve dedicated a whole blog post to making such a wreath, too.
And what are your thoughts about this cotton-ball wreath? I LOVE it, and the good thing is that it costs only $3.50 to make. What??!! So fun!
And how about this cute diy paper wreath? I love that you can choose the specific paper you personally like.
This diy pumpkin-patch wreath is so easy to make, and I love the bold color palette!
And how gorgeous is this simple diy, neutral fall wreath?! You won’t believe what fabric she used!
And wow. Look at this stunner of a wreath that was made with felt and yarn. Loving that bold pop of yellow against the black door, and I love it that she stuck with just one color.
This corn-husk wreath sits center-stage as a beautiful show-stopper!
Check out this gorgeous wheat wreath! Very chic!
And last, but not least, this rustic, diy acorn wreath is stunning!
I love all of these wreaths so much, it’s gonna be hard to make a decision as to which one I should make this year for our front door. Have you made any fall wreaths lately? I’d love to hear about them and see pics!
And if you’re interested in checking out the rest of the “Phenomenal Fall Favorites” series, I’ve included a roundup that includes links to all 6 posts. (Click here.) Or, if you’re like me, and you want to take it one step at a time, check out my next post (part 4) in this series: “Beautiful Fall Mantels.” (Click here.)
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Hey y’all! I’m glad you could join me for Part Two of the “Phenomenal Fall Favorites” series! Today, our focus is on making a welcoming front door for this colorful season. (If you missed part 1, “Thrifty and Rustic Fall Essentials for the Home,” you can click here to see that post.) I hope you’ll be as inspired as I am as we take a look at some gorgeous Fall porches!
How cute are these painted pumpkins?! So simple, yet so eye-catching! I also love the use of these vintage, galvanized accessories!
Loving the abundance of white pumpkins, the height varieties and the old crates!
What’s not to love about Liz Marie’s front porch? I’m in love with her church pew! And the way she added accessories through texture is right on. Her pillows, basket, leather ottoman, and throws all mix perfectly with the natural elements that she’s used!
How cute is this front door?! The chalk art, the crates, and the pinecone garland are so much fun….Did I mention how much I love those crates?! So pretty!
And how about this vintage box with a colorful mum inside? Such a simple, rustic touch!
My goodness, this porch is stunning. And her colors are not your typical autumnal palette, but the soft white mixed with the different blues whisper, “Come and sit awhile. Curl up under this cozy blanket, lean back against the fluffy pillows, and listen to the crickets making melodies and the gentle breeze blowing through the crisp leaves.” Aaahhh. Okay, so maybe that sounded a little cheesy, but still, don’t you agree that this space is calling your name?!
This inspiring porch is filled with beautiful colors…from the flowers, to the furniture and pillows, to the pumpkins and old window.
I love the simplicity of these pots with the mums! And her striped rug adds a subtle hint of color.
And look at this beauty of a front porch. The leaves are all placed in just the right spot, and I love how she incorporated furniture with fun, neutral pillows — gives it the perfect touch! Also, notice the rustic picket fence, the pretty “farm” sign, and the vintage containers. Just beautiful!
And yet again, another inspiring front porch pic from Liz Marie’s home. Notice the different heights of her decor, the over-sized letter “G,” the vintage items, the fun fabrics and textures and the use of nature. Such beauty!
What, to you, makes an attractive porch that gets you in the mood for Fall? I’d love to hear your ideas!
And if you’re interested in Part 1 of the series, “Phenomenal Fall Favorites,” be sure to check out my post on 7 Thrifty and Rustic Fall Essentials for the Home. There’ll be more in the coming days, from beautiful, fall wreaths to stunning tablescapes to yummy recipes to fun garlands…all for Fall! Hope to see you again soon!
Update: Part 3 of the “Phenomenal Fall Favorites” is up and running! And in that post, I’m talking all about gorgeous, diy wreaths for Fall!
Hey y’all! I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited for the upcoming fall weather! And with the changing of the temperatures comes the changing of my home’s decor. I mean, I absolutely love summer, but I also love a fresh start. Freshening up my home helps me to re-evaluate what I need to keep and what I need to purge.
So, with that fresh start, I’ve begun an 6-part series called, “Phenomenal Fall Favorites.” (Click here for the roundup of all 6 posts.) I’d love for you to follow along with me for the next couple of weeks, as I present to you lots of the latest and greatest inspiring ideas when it comes to decorating your home!
So, let’s get to it. Today’s post is part 1 in the series, and it’s all about thrifty and rustic Fall essentials for your home.
1. COZY TEXTURES
Add layers of cozy textures…plaid or faux-fur throws, fluffy and soft pillows, and layers of rugs. Yes, there are very expensive items in this category, but you can totally do it under a tight budget! Consider Ikea and H&M for down-pillow inserts; thrift stores for blankets, throws; TJMaxx, Ikea, H&M and Urban Outfitters for rugs and pillow covers. Now, you can always shop thrift and antiques’ stores for every one of these items, but the stores I just listed for you have beautiful rugs and pillow covers for super-cheap prices! Also, there are tons of tutorials out there for diy pillow covers. (Here are a couple of tutorials….DIY Placemat Pillow Covers and DIY Pom Pom Pillow Covers.)
My favorite candles are the 3-wick candles at Bath & Body Works. Because they’re $22 each, I always wait to purchase them until they’re half off, and then I add a coupon to reduce the price even further, which ends up making them about $8 each. My favorite autumnal scents are “Sweater Weather,” “Leaves,” “Mahogany Teakwood,” and “Farmstand Apple.”
If you’d rather make your own candles, here’s a great DIY tutorial on “Pumpkin-Spiced” candles.
Also, another great tip for giving that fall-like ambiance in your home is to use flameless, battery-operated candles on a timer. Just set them to turn on automatically at a designated time each evening, and let your candles bring in a cozy, warm atmosphere! I promise, you’ll love it!
3. NATURAL ELEMENTS
Shop the outdoors, or more specifically, your yard, to bring in vibrant colors and some natural elements. Examples include acorns, pinecones, colorful leaves, pumpkins, cotton branches, moss, birch logs, and — my favorite — antlers!
Incorporate burlap into your decor. Its natural, textural element adds some definite Fall flair to your space! Plus, it’s very inexpensive, especially if you use a coupon at your local craft store. 😉
5. ANYTHING GALVANIZED
Examples might include barrels, trays, pots, pitchers, lanterns, chicken feeders….The list goes on and on! I recently did a post on how to “age” a plate rack from a brand new chicken feeder. (Click here for the easy tutorial.) Because we all know that a rustic, galvanized plate rack can cost an arm and leg, so why not make one yourself?!
6. CHALK ART
Incorporating chalkboards into your Fall decor is another rustic touch. Don’t have a chalkboard? It’s so easy to make one yourself….And it should only cost you a few dollars total! (Click here for the simple diy chalkboard tutorial.) Now to the fun part — diy chalk art. Check out the inspirational designs below. Just remember, if you don’t like to do your own chalk art, there are vinyls that you can add to your chalkboard (e.g. at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s), or you could always use a stencil for your chalkboard.
Examples include vintage crates, old kitchen linens and hotel silver. All of these fun ideas can definitely be found at thrift stores and antiques’ stores for fantastic prices!
Well, there you have it, friends — a list of 7 thrifty essentials for rustic, Fall decorating! What do you think about this list? How are you planning to decorate your home this year? I’d love to hear all about it!
The next post, part 2, in the “Phenomenal Fall Favorites” series is all about making an inviting front porch for Fall! There are six categories in the “Fall Favorites” series, and each post will have the next category. I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think.