Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall Nesting Party

Autumn weather hasn't reached North Carolina yet, but the calendar says that it's
Click here to see how I made the burlap-covered candles.

So I'm ready for a little fall nesting.

I have a pumpkin collection that I've been building ever since I first got married--25 years now! I'll get those out a little later, perhaps to celebrate the autumnal equinox (on September 23 this year). For now, I'm nesting by adding little bits of autumn here and there.

First, the front door:

See that cute little fall "Welcome" sign above the door?

And on the front porch:

Click here if you'd like to see how I made my pillows for almost no money.

In the living room, I pull out my cozy wool throw and add some fall-colored pillows.

In the dining room, I put out my burlap table runner (it's actually just a piece of burlap with the ends frayed, but I call it a runner), some autumn-themed topiaries and a pretty leaf-shaped tray.

Aren't the topiaries cute? They're covered in acorns.

Actually, I made the topiaries. I found these cute acorn-covered balls at Home Goods:

I think they're meant to be hung; I just cut off the jute hanger. Some time ago, I found some really ugly topiaries on super-clearance somewhere--I think they were covered in hideous fruit. But the containers and the topiary forms were nice, so I bought them and stored them until I thought of a good way to re-invent them. When I found the acorn balls, I knew exactly what I wanted--I just cut the tops off those ugly topiaries and replaced them with the acorn balls.

I wanted to add some autumnal texture to my primitive sideboard, so I polished up a Revere bowl (a $3.99 Goodwill find) and filled it with fallish decorative spheres. (What do you call decorative spheres? Is there an official name for them?)

Some are covered in jute; others with feathers. I found these on final clearance at some point and have been saving them for fall.

Are you in the fall nesting mood? If so, you should visit Melissa's Annual Fall Nesting Party for lots of inspiration!


Dawn said...

look at you all decorated up! cool! but it is not cool here at all :) i love those topiaries! i was looking at my back-to-school flag still swaying in the breeze this morning and was thinking that it might be time to start thinking about starting to go "fall." i did buy some fake fall leaves :)

Anonymous said...

For it being Almost Autumn you certainly made it feel like the season. Your home is so beautiful and so cozy.

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I've only gotten out my fall wreath so far. I love all of the touches you've added so far. I need to get on the ball.

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love using acorns for things this time of year - I really need to find a homegoods! I don't thing there are any around here :(

Darcy @ m3b said...

I need lessons on how to make my home beautiful like you do. I look at your pictures, and I am always so touched by how beautiful everything looks.

For those of us that nesting is not natural, I have no idea how to learn. I read you, Melissa, Nester, Kimba.

I guess I need to put what I see in action.

Marie said...

I'm a new follower from the Fall Nesting Party at The Inspired Room!

Your blog is wonderful and I'm so glad I found it - your home is just lovely :O)

Happy Fall & nice to meet you!

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

Squeeeeeeee!!! I LOVE FALL! Your topiaries are soooo cute & your house looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

Your house and your Fall decorations are just gorgeous! I really love your acorn topiaries and your burlap runner (I have one like it!). Thanks for the great ideas!

Happy Fall,

HoosierHomemade said...

Your home is beautiful! I have 3 boys also, 19, almost 17 and 13! How fun!
Thanks for sharing!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Richella, it looks beautifully fall at your house. I'm just not ready to tackle anything yet, but maybe in a couple of weeks. I don't do a lot.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Everything looks mah-velous! I love your topiaries!!! :) The pics make me want to come over and hang out. :)

Sue said...

I like how you combined the acorn ball ornaments with your old topiary "stems" to create a really cute new topiary ball. Your home looks so cozy, and your living area on the porch is gorgeous dressed in those fall colors.
~ Sue

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Paula said...

Things are looking quite fallish around your house. I love your acorn topiaries. Since your house is looking so festive, could you come help me with mine??

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I normally decorate for the seasons, but won't put out much this year, due to the fact that we are getting ready to have new flooring installed upstairs. Things are in a bit of a mess. Love your beautiful home. Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

Heidi said...

I wait until the equinox to decorate with Fall items. Around here we usually have an Indian Summer and it's too warm for Fall things! But your home looks wonderful - just the right touches.
Drop by for a visit sometime,
Heidi - Heart and Home

Jane said...

I love all your fall touches. Your home is gorgeous, by the way.

Visiting from Melissa's Fall Nesting Party.


Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Beautiful Richella! Your home is so lovely and warm!!

Jane said...

I love all your beautiful fall touches! I'm visiting from Melissa's Fall Nesting Party.


Anonymous said...

Everything looks great! I especially love the color of your dining room. Do you happen to remember the brand and name of the color? If not, don't worry about it ;o)

Val said...

YOur home looks so warm and cozy!!! I love it.

Ladybird said...

Your chic and cheap decor is fabulous! Even though NC isn't fully fall, I think the indoor decor helps us transition into the next season. It makes leaving summer not-so-sad and reminds us of the beauty and comfort that fall brings!

New Every Morning said...

Those topiaries are so creative!!!

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