Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Throwback to Fall Decor

I've been thinking lately how much my style has changed over the years. It's been subtle but steady. A slow progression that continues to change. It seems I find something new I love everyday. This realization of slow change made me think how fun it might be to do a throwback to fall. A look back through the years on how I have decorated for my favorite season. So, sit back and let's take a look.

 
Fall 2011, my first year of blogging. I was really getting creative for the first time. Before then I never painted or crafted much. For the first time I started decorating with things other than store bought decor. I made the bunting from triangles of burlap and fake leaves and mums leftover from my 2007 wedding. I covered one of my son's sand buckets with burlap and filled it sticks and hot glued more fake leaves to them. I still love the look of that bucket of sticks. If I could find neutral colored leaves, I would do something like that again!!
 
I made my own stencil for the first time and created the Fresh Apple Cider sign from a wood box lid.
 
Notice those white pumpkins? I love them so much they make an appearance every year! :) 

I technically made this wood slice wreath for Christmas, but it could be used for fall as well. It's just an example of how, in only a matter of months, my style moved toward a more rustic and natural look.

 
 
Fall 2012 and I was full on rustic mode. The more neutral and natural the better! Even now, that is still the core of my style. Nothing really beats nature in my opinion. There's not much that compares to the color and the texture of things like sticks, pinecones, feathers, and acorns is there?
 
This was the year I really fell in love with ironstone and started building a collection. I used my pitchers and butter pats as the main attraction here.


 
Fall 2013 still rustic and neutral, but just plain and simple was my motto. My love for cotton bloomed last year. Looking back, this fall mantel needed a little more, don't you think? Some layering and more detail. And look! Those white pumpkins are back again!
 
 
 
This year, I have no clue what direction I want to go in!  
 
 
I'm still very much in love with my eclectic mantle I just put together and I'm not quite ready to change it up just yet. I may swap out the shells for pinecones or pumpkins. Add more antlers? Time will tell as I think about it some more.
 
My son is almost five now, and I thought it might be fun to involve him a bit more this year in the decorating. We'll see what we can come up with together!
 
Has your style changed much over the years? What are your favorite ways to decorate for fall?
 
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2 comments:

  1. I think you were doing really fantastic way back in "11! It took me a long time to find my nook or style as well. I think I've really always loved the natural look, especially in fall when it's all around and in the spring when we really want it. Everything you made yourself is really creative,too. I am so inspired! Thanks for taking us back! :)

    Jane xxxx

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  2. They are all pretty, Melissa! It is fun to see how your decorating changes over the years. I generally keep my mantle simple because it is not very deep so that limits just how much I can put on it. I also keep certain things in place (like our mantle clock and a couple of pictures) and then fill in with the seasonal or holiday stuff. I'm more the "if I like how it looks then leave it alone" type of person. : )

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