Simple Fall Vignette in No Time!

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A room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table

My family and I spent last week in a beautiful private home in the mountains of NC. I can’t wait to share all about our trip and the amazing home we stayed in, but first I wanted to share a quick fall vignette I put together in my own home.

A view of a forest

While we were we were on vacation I was waffling on whether to decorate for fall at all. This year the only place in my home with signs of fall was our kitchen table. Life has been crazy stressful this year and I have been in survival mode.

Can anyone relate?

Somehow decorating with pretty fall accessories just doesn’t seem as important after one life changing event and one crisis after another.

Ironic isn’t it? I’m a DIY/home decor/lifestyle blogger with no time or desire to decorate! 

To prove my point here’s what my den looked like until yesterday. The room is decorated with browns and reds which makes it very convenient to leave up decorations from Valentine’s Day AND Christmas.

Yes, CHRISTMAS! Those are Christmas ornaments you see up there! They’ve been collecting dust all year. 

Don’t judge me. It’s been a hard year ~sigh~ 

A clock in the middle of a room

Yet yesterday found me dragging out the tubs and moving pieces from one room to another so I could join my fellow hometalkers (read all about hometalk here and follow me here) sharing amazing fall projects.

Diagram, text

Yet why should I be surprised that my camera decided to be mischievous and mimic the colors of fall on the screen? In other words, somethin’ is broke and needs fixin’! 

~another deep sigh~

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In spite of the technically inferior pictures (please don’t look too close unless you’re blind as a bat like me and then you can get as close as you want!) I’m sharing this simple fall vignette on my pretend mantle piano.

A living room filled with furniture and a fire place

Those white shutters were in our den (with the lovely Christmas ornaments!) and I wanted to change up my mantel decor so I brought them into the living room and started the design from there. 

A vase of flowers sitting on top of a wooden desk

Mini pumpkins are inexpensive  and add a pop of color to a more neutral vignette.

Home and Pumpkin

These yardsale candlestick holders are my favorites and you’ll usually find them somewhere in my home at all times.

Vignette and Autumn

This arrangement was $1 yardsale find and you can’t see it but the vase is chipped in the back. I love it, imperfections and all!

A vase of flowers on a table

I love the simplicity of this vignette and can’t wait to show you a few more fall touches in my home. Let’s just hope my camera decides to stop being temperamental!

I hope you’ll take a few minutes and visit some of the links below as well as check out #homeforfall on the hometalk website. It’s never too late to decorate for fall…..or if you’re like me, just leave it up for next year and you’ll be ahead of the game!


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  1. Marty,
    I l o v e your fall vignette atop your piano turned mantle surface, dear one!!!
    The vase with the Autumnal arrangement is gorgeous!!!
    I’ve been on a “hunting” for candlesticks, such as yours, for quite a while!!!
    I adore shutters. . . all sizes, colors and uses!!!
    Hang in there, sometimes we can only see in part of our situation. . .but God knows the whole.

  2. I love the fact that you used shutters! They look so pretty and I never even would have thought of that! Thanks so much for sharing your cute ideas with Share The Wealth Sunday!

  3. I am cracking p that you had holiday stuff from last year still up. Life gets busy, doesn’t it? Thanks for linking up at the Best of the Blogosphere Linky party!

  4. So loved your narrative about where you are in life filled with ‘busyness’ and priorities. It is ironic to be a DIY blogger and not have time to decorate. I so can relate. I love the set up but don’t enjoy putting things away. However, I do love the vignette you put together. Sometimes less is more and does look lovely. My favourite are your candle holders. Great find Marty!

    1. Hi, Thea. As I get older I find myself moving toward simplicity and desiring less “things.” There just isn’t enough time for everything! I’m glad you liked the vignette and it inspired me to do a bit more decorating as well. About time! Have a great day!

  5. Aww Marty, I hear ya loud and clear. While my hurdles are self inflicted due to desiring to purge and clean instead of decorate for fall, I jumped in and went for it too. Even if only my mantel makes it, so be it! haha

    Glad you went for it! And now maybe your Christmas may come down since it’s partly down already? 🙂

    Beautifully done! Love your space. The shutters add the perfect amount of brightness too! Thanks for linking up with us!

    1. Hey, Donna. Good for you for purging and cleaning. My hurdles are more life inflicted but that’s just the way this year has been.

      I loved your mantel! Amazing as always. This was the most fun blog hop and I’ll be getting around to everyone but it just may take a while! Thanks for organizing and encouraging us. You’re the best!

  6. The crate is great Marty. The vignette is perfect for this cold snap we are having. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is around the corner.