Monday, October 26, 2015

Fall Decorating - On the Mantel

I don't usually do seasonal decorating...mostly because we have a very small house with no garage or basement, and there isn't a lot of room to store decorations. But this year, I decided to find a way to do it anyway because it makes us happy and adds so much warmth to the house as the days get chillier.

But because we don't have a lot of storage space, I gave myself a couple of rules. First, anything new I bought should be able to be repurposed or displayed in different rooms throughout the year. So even though I love it, nothing too specific to Halloween or Thanksgiving. My goal was too find things that felt "autumnal," especially when grouped together, but that could just as easily be displayed during other seasons. The second rule was to use as many things we already owned as I could, to save both space and money.

My theme was "vintage woodland cute" because of course it was. I'm such a sucker for woodland animals and pumpkins and foresty things this time of year. And that vintage crewel piece reminds me so much of my childhood; there were handmade pieces like that hanging in our house and all our friends' houses.

Now that I think about it, everything about autumn feels very nostalgic to me, with all the holiday traditions and the memories they inevitably evoke. Peter and I carved a pumpkin yesterday for the first time in years, and the smell of goopy pumpkin guts hit me so strong! It was a little gross but so much fun at the same time. :)

Have you done any fall decorating? Leave me a link in the comments. I want to see!
xo, Mary


  1. Love it all!
    We have done autumn decorating, but I haven't taken photos yet.
    We have clever ways of saving space, too. (It involves an old X-mas tree.)
    I love the fox. We have an entire woodland holiday motif that's similar.
    That mantel is simply gorgeous. :)

    1. Thank you! I'd love to see your photos when you post them. :)

  2. I love your idea of decorating with things that can be out all year. That's such a great idea! These photos are lovely, and the mantel looks very sweet and Autumnal.

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  3. It's so you! You did a great job incorporating items that can be used any time, which is what I also try to do for seasonal decorating (with the exception of Christmas). :-D

  4. What a fun setup! I love all the little woodland accents :)
    I haven't carved a pumpkin since probably grade school! I need to invite the niece and nephews over for some fun!