I love summer! I love hot weather, playing in the water, and enjoying all of the wonderful plants that come out to play. I'm usually very sad to see summer go. The past summer hung around for longer than usual. When it got cooler, I was surprised how easily it was for me to get into the 'autumn' mood.
I'm not one of those people who decorate for Halloween, but I do like to decorate for fall. Mr. P.S. and I are student newlyweds. This equals little to no money for decor. For the most part, I'm not into decor unless it's pictures or real live plants. I'm just not much for nicknacks. However, I was getting tired of our current mantel decor so I decided to switch it up for fall. Pinterest was a great place for inspiration:
I love mantels that are not completely symmetrical, but still balanced, like the one above. The large mirror provides a focal point.
This person took a wreath and hung it from an open picture frame. This is another good way to fill the space and create a focal point.
I love how whimsical this arrangement is. The candlestick and the miniature gourds are a nice touch.
I was not about to go out and buy an entire mantel's worth of decor, so I started with what I had. (BTW...we don't have an actual mantel. Mr. P.S. installed this Ikea shelf over the couch for our makeshift mantel. We left it unfinished.) I removed a picture from the large picture frame and hung my fall wreath from it with ribbon from my stash. I used brown and white tree boxes (Hobby Lobby) to fill the space below the frame. My one big purchase were the two pillar candles (Ikea, $3/ea) and candlesticks (Michael's, $8/ea with coupons). I will be able to use the candlesticks year round. I purchased the small candlestick for $2 (on the left) from Goodwill. I used mini pumpkins, an engagement photo and our name plaque to finish off the look.
I'm sorry, that old heating vent is probably driving you crazy. I have to live with it, but for you, I will touch it up a bit:
That's a little better. In a few weeks I'll turn the bigger pumpkin into some pie. Yum! By using what I had first, and being economical about the rest, I got a nice look for less. Do you decorate for fall? Do you have any creative tips to share?