Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
Fall is such a beautiful time of year, and an exciting time to refresh your home. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to add fall touches to your spaces! Join me on this amazing Fall Blog Tour and get inspired! A huge thank you to Brendt from She Gave It A Go for hosting. If you are joining me from Amanda’s Blog Midcountry Journal – welcome! Be sure to head over to Merichelle’s Blog We’re the Joneses next on the tour.
Often when you are left with a blank space, you don’t know where to start. It’s overwhelming. Let me give you a few ideas to get started. You do not need to go buy new things. Start with what you have! This is my empty dining room table, and then you see it’s set for daily use. Let’s remove what I have and get some fall ideas going. And isn’t this Mora Ivory Rug from Well Woven Rugs darling?! You can snag it here.
I decided to use a tablecloth since I use them very rarely, it makes the occasion feel more special. This one came from my darling 91 year old granny and I love it. You can find inexpensive ones at Walmart, Ross or TJ Maxx.
I love to use wood chargers because they are so versatile, I can change mine up for every holiday. If you would like to see more ways to make wood charges you can read my posts here. This year I added a stamped “B” to mine and love the way it turned out. I used Iron Orchid Designs Typesetting Stamps that you can find here. They are great quality and easy to use – I love all the products from this company (especially their transfers!!).
Then I layer what I have for the setting. Generally I use a roped charger (I link these in my Amazon store here) because they seem to match everything. I add my wood charger, a napkin, then decor.
There are some many ways to spice up a place setting, use your creativity! I loved the custom made name tags (since handwriting is not one of my gifts) from Caroline at PaperCase Studio found here. She is beyond talented!
This usually feels like the most overwhelming part. Just mess around with your space and see what feels good to you. I will walk you through how I created mine for this season.
First – I love table runners. I have some linked in my Amazon store for you here. Add one straight down the middle.
Second – Add a base. I made a wood base from a some of old wood that I cleaned (watch how here) and then stained with Rusted Weather Wash Stain (you can find that here). I then added a varnish and put some 1×3 bases underneath to make it taller.
Third – Add the middle. I started decorating the middle first, then moved outward. I like to work in three’s with large pieces. I made this bucket of greenery with different fall foliage from Joann’s. Red leaves, sticks, berries, and ferns. I separated them away from the main vine, then mixed as I wanted.
I added these bundles to a foam ball and inserted it into the vase. I also added these to mason jars on my wall.
For an additional look you can add some to your place settings.
Fourth – Add outside pieces. I love the look of dried wheat and I found these amazing pieces from Floral Treasure that you can see here. Debbie Garza is the designer and grows the flowers she uses, dries them and creates her masterpieces. I have numerous pieces in my home from her and LOVE THEM. Plus, her prices are just as inexpensive as craft stores, but you are getting custom grown and custom made!
Fifth – Fill in the gaps. I grabbed some pumpkins I found on clearance last year that I saved, and added nuts left in the shell, scattering them around. Added a sign I had and that was it. It was a simple look for me and still very earthy.
I hope you learned something new as you prepare your home for the fall season. It’s such a wonderful family time! Enjoy the rest of the tour my friends!