Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall nesting

I'm a lover of Autumn. I was born in September, and Autumn has always been my favorite season. Even though the temperatures here in North Carolina are just now cooling off from an oppressively hot summer, I've been doing a bit of fall nesting.

Welcome to my home!


I was inspired by a beautiful wreath I saw in the Williams-Sonoma catalog. With two kids in college this fall, I couldn't purchase this gorgeous wreath, but inspiration is free!


Fall Leaf Wreath
image courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.com

Determined not to spend a penny, I used a straw wreath form and pulled together all my fallish-looking elements and my glue gun.

First I simply glued sheet moss all over the straw form. (Tip: Leave the straw form wrapped in plastic; otherwise, you'll have a mess.)


Actually, the plain moss-covered wreath is kind of pretty:


Using the Williams-Sonoma wreath as inspiration, I glued and poked until the moss form was covered in autumnal elements. Here's the wreath I created for myself:


For $0, I'm really happy with it!


Encouraged by the way my wreath turned out, I used the rest of my fallish-looking floral elements to create a centerpiece for the table on my screened porch.


This was also a zero-cost project. I filled a basket with plastic grocery bags, then covered the plastic with a layer of moss. I placed a pumpkin from my pumpkin collection in the center of the basket, then just added leaves, pine cones, magnolia seed pods, cattails, feathers--anything that looked fallish.


Still to come--feathering the inside of my nest for autumn. I'll pull out more pumpkins and acorns soon. I plan to wait until October to put out any Hallowe'en decorations. Then November will be dedicated to Thanksgiving decor. I want to enjoy Autumn as long as I can!

What about you? Are you doing any fall nesting?

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34 comments:

  1. I love decorating for fall! You are inspiring me to take down my yellow summer-like wreath and get out my fall wreath. Everything in your home is so beautiful, Richella. Love that screen porch!!

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  2. Loving this NC Fall weather. I am jealous of your screen porch and your front porch seating area. Gorgeous.

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  3. Love your wreath and all the other little touches of fall you've added.

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  4. Love your creations. You are my kind of decorator :)

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  5. Richella, I am getting ready to add a few fall things. I don't go overboard and don't do the spooky stuff. I do like you and use a lot of natural items in baskets and bowls or trays. I love your porch and that wonderful wreath. I do just like you and fill my container with grocery bags and then cover the top. Love your basket on your table. Happy fall.

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  6. I wanted to let you know that I love your blog! And I love fall, so these projects are going on my list! :)

    -Holly

    www.bookshelfreviews-holly.blogspot.com

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  7. I love your no cost wreath! It is so pretty! I really like your front porch. (I have told you this before...but it is way too windy here in Kansas sometimes to put most of that stuff outside on my porches and patios.) But if I could I would, cuz it looks awesome.(:>)

    Can't wait to see the inside decorating!

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  8. You can't beat no-cost decorating, everything looks great!

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  9. Every thing looks so very pretty! your patio furniture just lends itself perfectly to fall decorating!

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  10. Your wreath looks amazing! I can't believe you made that without spending a penny! I love the cute welcome box on the front porch.

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  11. You did a great job on your wreath! You have a very inviting sitting area on your porch and I like the centerpiece on the outdoor dining table. It looks very pretty and cozy. Pamela

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  12. Everything looks absolutely beautiful Richella! I love your wreath and how you have made it all look like a million bucks without spending a dime. Oh, and I have serious screened-in porch envy! :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

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  13. Your wreath turned out beautiful, and you can't beat the price. Your sitting area is just gorgeous. Looks like fall has arrived at your home. Enjoy your weekend.

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  14. O'what beautiful fall touches! I enjoyed my visit and have become one of your newest followers.

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Gail

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  15. I'm soooo impressed with your beautiful Fall decor! Your front porch looks amazing. It looks just like a living room with lamps and accessories. I haven't done any Fall decorating yet. I usually wait until October. I don't do much inside, mostly outside.

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  16. Hi Richella, Your Fall wreath turned out wonderful. I haven't started decorating for Fall yet but I did pull some things out today to make a wreath. I always love seeing your beautiful porch.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  17. Beautiful!

    I really think your wreath looks better than the WS one.

    As redheads, we can't help but love Autumn since we match it!

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  18. So beautiful! I love it so much that I'm including it in my wreath "link love" post for tomorrow! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  19. I love it all! I haven't gotten my autumn stuff down from the attic yet, and I'm not sure I will this year. We're just so busy right now. Although, I really would like to decorate the front porch! That wreath is an inspiration! : )

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  20. Things are looking very fallish around your house. I love every single thing that you've done! Your wreath is spectacular and you were so clever to copy what you liked to get what you wanted without spending a cent.

    I haven't had time to do any fall decorating but I'm hoping to this weekend.

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  21. Yes, indeed I am fall nesting. Your home is so pretty Richella. Love your front porch. Have a great weekend!

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  22. It all looks lovely! I'm itching to start some fall decorating, but I fear I'll look silly if I don't wait another month. It's still in the 90s here in FL, but it's only my second fall here and I'm not used to the climate yet! :-)

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  23. I love your wreath. It's not an exact replica of the WS wreath but your own interpretation, which I think is even better. I am new to your blog. And just read your little bio on the side. So wonderfully said! I'm now following.

    Kim

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  24. Wow, Richella! Everything looks so beautiful ESPECIALLY that wreath! So impressed. = ) I've just started some indoor fall nesting...got some painting to do on the porch before it's transformation can begin. Happy Fall!

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  25. Your home is always lovely, Richella! I think your wreath is stunning! :) Happy Autumn!!

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  26. To be honest, I like your wreath much better!

    I love your porch and all the natural fall elements that you've used. It all looks beautiful!

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  27. Richella,

    Always love your decor posts! The wreath is phenomenal and so is the basket. I never have such beautiful items lying around!

    Thanks for sharing at the Inspired Room.

    Jenny
    TheLavenderMagnolia
    (in nearby Fuquay Varina!)

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  28. Love your fall creations. With one in college, I know how it is. Thanks for the inspiration, now I am ready to decorate for fall! Carla

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  29. I absolutely love your patio. so inviting!

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  30. Hi Richella. It's all so lovely! Your wreath and table arrangements are very pretty. I just love it when I can come up with something pretty without spending a dime!

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  31. So beautiful. And at $0 is enough to whoot for! Your wreath is amazing and the table centerpiece, too. Love the whole porch!

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  32. Fall is my favorite season and never lasts long enough! Great job. I posted my fall wreath and everyday that I enter and leave my home, I am taken aback.

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  33. Great Fall Decor!! It is my favorite season next to Christmas!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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