The breeze blows gently through my hair, the leaves crunch under my feet and the air feels crisp and fresh this morning.
I clasp a mug of my favorite Instant Russian Tea and my heart beats faster.
It’s finally TIME!
My favorite season of the year is here!
Actually, it’s began about a month ago but here in NC the little invisible person on my weather app didn’t get the message.
Fall arrived and the hot temperatures remained while my brain was immersed in behind the scenes blog details, learning new ways to share my latest DIY projects with you, my favorite people.
As for my home? Until a few days ago there was a “Summer’s Here” sign on the front door.
Yep. I’m a DIY home decor blogger doing everything backwards this year.
My “seem to always have it together” blogging friends put their fall decor up in August and were frantically scouring the countryside for pumpkins.
Not this year, folks.
Sometimes you just gotta go against the tide and stand alone.
Am I singing your song right about now?
Good intentions, Pinterest boards full of great fall decorating ideas and all that jazz.
Maybe you even purchased some craft supplies for you and the kids to make together because they were JUST SO DARN CUTE.
It’s ok if you didn’t get it done. Life happens. A lot.
Give yourself a break today and let’s just do this together, with a few fall decorating ideas for under $10.
NO GUILT DECORATING. That’s my motto this year.
So many of you want to know how to decorate while staying on a budget so here’s how I do it.
First of all, I always ask myself a few questions.
- What do I already have in my decor that can stay?
This vignette by my front door is one of my favorite places to dress for the season but since I was short on time I just kept the books stacked like they were and added the fall wooden letters (stolen from this easy DIY wreath project!)
I added this yardsale tin as a bookend. So simple!
- What great things are in my stash?
What? You don’t have a stash? You’re going to have to work on that!
Pinecones nestle in beside artificial (aka fake!) elements from the craft store, bought at the end of the year sale.
The burlap and string ball was bought on sale at Big Lots last year and will be making an appearance through both the fall and winter seasons.
I used my $10 yardsale cathedral window for the first time this year and love how the neutral white pops and draws my eye towards it. (See how I used the window in last year’s decorating here.)
You’ll never guess where I got the floral swag from. A yard sale! I know. Surprise!
Most of my home decor accessories are from yardsales (if you want to know how I do it my best tips are here.)
You can see how I used some of these same accessories in a fall table setting last year.
The vases and flower arrangements in this vignette were $1 yardsale finds and the picture was a gift to us many years ago when we were first married. It had been hiding in my attic stash for a long time but I love the way its simplicity lets the pops of orange shine!
- What do I need to purchase to fill out the rest of the decor?
My only real purchase this year for fall? A couple of $4 bags of mini pumpkins from the home and garden store and two grapevine wreaths half off at the crafts store. For real. That was it!
My DIY Step Ladder Shelf holds a couple of those pumpkins and a few rustic odds and ends. Casual and easy.
One of my all time favorite yardsale finds was these $1 shutters, now chalk painted and hung over the love seat in my living room.
I’ve struggled with what to hang on them but these grapevine wreaths are perfect, decorated with some floral stems found at a you know where!
This room is now officially decorated, all cozy and ready for a snuggly, relaxing afternoon.
I really need to know, for my sanity’s sake, is anyone else just now adding a few fall touches to your home?
If this inspired or encouraged you I’d be grateful if you’d pin these fall decorating ideas or share them. But I’ll love ‘ya even if you don’t!