Leaves fluttering to the ground? check
Colder temps at night? check
Creepy cornhusk dolls at your local grocery store? check
That’s it. It’s officially fall here in Hotlanta. We should call it Autlanta…ya know…Autumn? Atlanta?
(except for that one boo in the background)
Yeah – ok, that one was a little weak.
But the point is still the same…Fall has officially arrived. And I love it more than Real Housewives like appearance enhancements, if you know what I mean. So that is why as soon as the 31st was over, I was packing away my spooky Halloween-inspired decor and pulling out the fall gear. Here’s one little corner of my kitchen that I redid with a little help from a $10 bill.
Previously, this corner of the kitchen was pretty basic for all-year-round fun.
Usually the decor meets our basic needs but doesn’t look too autumn-appealing. I went with the ‘decorate in threes’ rule by placing (1) an oversized clock, (2) a frame with homemade art, and (3) a little dish for catching spare change and those coke caps (gotta love the free coke rewards!). But as cute-as-a-benjamin-button this corner was, it didn’t say ‘fall’ to me. So I was definitely ready for some change.
And now it looks alot more fall-infused.
I removed all the elements of before except for the frame. I just flipped my homemade art over and cut a piece of tan linen and placed it directly over the back of the “1435” art. Then I added some faux fabric leaves, which were only $2 at Hobby Lobby, making sure to curl the stems for a more appealing look. The key to the art was to be haphazard…lopsided…but with a little movement. It makes the art look more natural to have some of the leaves hanging off the linen and to have a couple of those red beauties overlap.
In front of our recycled art, I got out a white cake plate (it was from Goodwill just in case you wanna know) and threaded through some checked brown ribbon into the little holes on the sides.
(ABP TIP: when you are browsing the Goodwill aisles, look for plates, trays or items with holes…even if they are just punched out for the design of the plate like this one or if the tray has sides that you could drill holes out of to make similar to this. Take it home and thread your favorite ribbon through for a holiday specific decor item!)
Topping our little white cake plate is a $6 (scored on sale!) woven pumpkin from Target. A leafy candleholder (gift from our wedding) and a couple brown votives (from an after-Christmas shopping excursion) add some glitter and gleam while a ruby pumpkin pot is the new perfect place for spare change and a box of matches.
I still kept with that ‘rule of threes’ by grouping two sets of three items into the corner for a grounded and balanced display. And my total cost? $6 (woven pumpkin) + $1 (ribbon) + $2 (fabric leaves) = $9….leaving me just enough for a junior bacon cheeseburger 🙂
So what do you think? Did I start off the fall decorating strong or is this corner just so-so? Are you opposed to the pumpkin trend for Thanksgiving? And is there anything that you love to use for fall? Maybe it is a leafy wreath or an orange tablecloth or even a bunch of pinecones that you collected with your kids? Whatever the holiday item – let me hear all about it. Afterall, I have many more corners of my house that need a little Autsome (autumn+awesome) influence.