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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I'm falling for Fall

I normally don't decorate for "Fall" in September. I usually don't do any special decorating until the beginning of October when I decorate for Halloween. I put out a little "Fall" decor then, but it is mostly Halloween. I don't put out my "Fall" decor until after Halloween when I decorate for Thanksgiving.

And the reason I don't normally decorate for "Fall" in September, the HEAT!!!! August & September are the hottest months where I live in southern California. The temps are usually in the high 90's to low 100's. This year is no exception.

Now that I am into blogging, it motivates me a little more to decorate when I normally wouldn't. So I have decorated three different areas of my family room with an "Autumn" look. This was done without having to go up into my blazing hot attic to get down the decorations I already have. Instead I have used items I have picked up in the past few weeks that didn't cost much.

We'll start off with the small cabinet that resides between my kitchen & my family room.

The white empty frame is always here. I plan making it into a chalkboard someday. Hopefully before they go out of style. The white ceramic pumpkin I picked up at Goodwill in Arizona when I was on vacation last month. It cost me $1.50. The birdy candle holders came from Dollar Tree, as did the leaf doilies. The apothecary jar is always on this cabinet. I got it from Kirkland's about 3 years ago. I filled it up with letter balls that I picked up on clearance at the Coldwater Creek outlet last month. I think I paid $12.00 for them. The brown & white toile plate came from Marshall's about 3 years ago. I'm loving this color combo.

Next we will move to the shelf in my family room. I had seen a copper pumpkin at another store that I really wanted but it was $18.00. I was going to make my own until I found my copper pumpkin at Target for $8.00. The 2 small green pumpkins came from Walmart last week for about $1.00. The small white pumpkin came from Dollar Tree. The sparkly eggplant colored pumpkin came from Target. It was $5.00. A little more than I would have like to have paid, but I loved the color, the texture & that it sparkled. All the pillars, books & silver tray came from various thrift stores over the years.

And the last thing I have decorated for "Fall" is my fireplace mantel in my family room.

Here is an overall view of the mantel.

Here is the left side of the mantel. The brown & white toile plate matches the one on my small cabinet and came from Marshall's a few years back. The 3 apothecary jars I got at Big Lots and have had quite a while. I filled one with number balls from Coldwater Creek outlet. The middle jar has fall colored faux crystal gems from Dollar Tree store. The jar on the right has faux pumpkins & gourds, also from Dollar Tree. The leaf doilies and the fall garland also came from Dollar Tree. The silver candle holder is actually an old jello mold that I picked up at an antique store in Arizona on vacation last month.

I placed the "Family" sign that I made in the middle. If you missed my post on how I made it, you can find it by clicking here.

On the right side of my mantel I placed an old silver tray from a thrift store. My new "old" bust that I picked up at an antique store in Arizona on vacation. The crystal compote I got at a thrift store a year or two ago. I filled it with the acorns I picked up at Tai Pan Trading last Saturday. The white pumpkin I just got at Target for $2.99. The mercury glass acorn I just got at Home Goods. It was $7.00. I splurged on it. I really wanted a mercury glass pumpkin but I didn't want to pay $15.00 for one. So I justified spending 1/2 for an acorn instead.

I've sort of done the top of my white trunk and my china hutch. But not quite there, so I didn't want to share yet. Hopefully by next week I'll be ready to post more photos. And then in a couple of weeks it's time to decorate for Halloween. I love decorating for Halloween. But I have fallen for "Fall" as well.

I'm linking this post up to Its So Very Cheri for her Celebrate the Holidays Season Decor weekly party. Be sure to visit her blog to see this weeks participants. It will hopefully motivate you to start your seasonal decorating, if you haven't already done so. You know you want to join in on all the fun. And you have to see her faux mercury glass pumpkins. I want to make some now.

I'm also linking up to Rhondi's Welcome Fall Party. Be sure to visit Rose Colored Glasses for the participants in this blog party as well.

And not to be forgotten, I am also linking up with Rhoda at Southern Hospitality's "It's Fall Y'all" party on Oct 1.

Have fun partying!!!


  1. LOVE it! Everything looks so great together. My favorite are thr apothecary jars with the numbered balls and the pumpkins, they look fantastic.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!!


  2. It all looks great Kim. I'm the same way. I don't usually do "fall" until after halloween. I've been blogger brainwashed by all those ladies who live where there really are 4 seasons. LOL! In the valley we have or foggy.

  3. I love all your touches of fall throughout your home. That copper pumpkin is awesome!


  4. Well done! You've given me some great ideas! I am still clinging to summer but i know fall is around the corner and it is my favorite season.

  5. I love all of your colored pumpkins. I might have to load up on any sale pumpkins after the season is over, for next year.


  6. Oh, Kim, I just adore all your fall decorations. I especially LOVE that pretty copper pumpkin. I also just bought those cute little birdie candle holders at the Dollar Tree. Aren't they just the sweetest things, and at only $1.00, who can resist? Thanks for sharing your stunning fall colors!

  7. Oh everything looks just gorgeous. I love all of the wonderful colored pumpkins and the silver acorn is just beautiful. Your home always looks so lovely. Hugs, Marty

  8. Kim,
    Thank you for posting! I love your apothocary jars! Who would believe something so simple could look so cute. I'm on a mission to find some....Happy Fall!

  9. Lovely fall touches! It is fun to add up little fall touches here and there isn't it.


  10. Hi Kim!
    Thanks for the sweet comment about my DIY! I LOVE your fall decorating. All of your pieces work well together and are just so cool! Those numbered balls in the jar are sooo neat! And I have one of those bird candle holders from Dollar Tree, too. Aren't they neat?
    You do a fantastic job of decorating and I love seeing your pictures. Thanks for the inspiration!


  11. Thank you for the nice comment you left on my blog recently. I love your mantle display and the fall accents mixed in with your treasures. I know what you mean about the hot weather, it was 101 today in Phoenix, but the fall decor makes me think it is really about 70-degress.

  12. Everything looks great! Love all those pumpkins gathered togther!

    It's hard to get into the mood of fall decorating when the temps are hot! That was my problem last year!


  13. Wow! You do a really good job accessorizing. I find that challenging. Have a great weekend.

  14. Hey Kim !
    Once again you decorated so pretty !! I love your pumpkin display !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  15. Kim, I have loved those little balls since day one. And your copper pumpkin is so so cool! I'll have to look for one. And that giant acorn is to die for.
    Going on to the next post...
    :-) Sue

  16. Looks great! I am loving that oversized acorn and your family sign is fantastic.

  17. I love the copper pumpkin with the silver tray...but that mercury glass acorn is fabulous! Your mantel and shelf sure speak autumn to me.

  18. Hello sweet Kim - thank you for sharing such fabulous Fall decor with us! I love your arrangement of little pumpkins on the stands. And that copper pumpkin is so neat!


  19. it all looks beautiful. thanks for sharing.