The other night I just couldn’t fall asleep. Which was really depressing because it had been a long day and I had been looking forward to it all night. Don’t you just hate when that happens?
One of the reasons I couldn’t fall asleep was because my mind was busy running ninety to nothing brainstorming Fall decor ideas as well as a few other creative thoughts. Since, I don’t have anything to show for my thoughts yet I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and look at what I did last year.
I really loved all the height variations and color in this mantel set up. There are several pieces here I plan to use again this year which I guess is one of the things making it a little difficult to get creative with it. I’m up to the challenge though. I’ve already started pulling pieces around the house that I think I might use. Shopping around the house is the best way to go! Sometimes you would be surprised at how much stuff you can find.
According to Pinterest the picture above is the most popular shot of the mantel. Pinners have really gone crazy over it and I appreciate all the love. I have to give part of the credit to my sister though because she made the monogramed picture for us as a house warming gift.
I had so much fun making this monogramed “S” for our door last year. I plan to use it again this year because it’s just too pretty not to.
My thinking is that since I won’t be spending money on the door decor itself I might purchase something for the landing area of our front door. I’m thinking topiaries would look nice but we will just have to wait and see what I find a good deal on.
We didn’t really do a lot in the terms of “Fall Table” decor last year. Some of it might have been because we were only weeks away from the arrival of our precious little girl, Noah.
I did show a glimpse of it in this post where a shared a family favorite soup recipe.
Right now I am still in the dark as to how I want to decorate it.
I’m not sure if I will take advantage of it being a chalk board table top and draw something or layer it with lots of pretty fall garland, carnival glass, and pottery. The layering affect is appealing to me right now but who knows where I will land in a week or two.
With all this planning and dreaming (not while sleeping) it looks like I am going to be as busy as a chipmunk preparing for the winter! ML had to calm my desire the other night to fix soup every night for the next month! Seriously, it’s one of my favorite things about cooler weather. Do you have any special decor plans for the Fall? Or find yourself resisting the urge to make soup nonstop?
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Your house was so pretty last Fall, I know you’ll do something creative again this year!
Thanks for the encouragement! Right now it is a mess but I am hoping to get everything set up this week. Who knows how that will turn out though.
I have been trying to think of what to do also…I can’t decide and I don’t want to spend too much money. I do love that S monogram your sister gave you; very cute!
Thank you! Working within a budget is a such a creative stimulant and great challenge.
Things are looking pretty around your house. I love the S your sister-in-law made and it’s great that you can incorporate it into a mantel display for any season.
Thank you! I do love how versatile it is. I think I have kept it on the mantel all year and more than likely it will be making a reappearance for the Fall mantel.
Aha! I’m not the only one who can’t sleep at night because of these kinds of thoughts!
I would definitely encourage you to re-use your cute “S” and to get a little something for the front porch. This is what I’ve done over the years–bought a little something each year to add to what I bought or made the year before. Since you don’t have to re-invent the wheel, you can spend that wheel money and energy on adding an option!