Free for (f)ALL Decorating: Simple Fall Centerpiece

This week I’ve been decorating for fall throughout my home and as much as I love summer, when fall comes around I’m excited for the cooler weather. I’ve already shared with you how I decorated our Free Find Buffet for fall while using the decor I already have and if you want to know how that buffet was free you gotta listen to this story.

Loving the traditional fall colors

Next on my list was our dining room table.I started with my centerpiece because that helps me get a feel for what I’m going for when I do my tablescape.When the holidays come around it really shines light on my decor style.Lately, I’ve been all about the country farmhouse look, but when pulling out the decor I see the traditionalist in me.The traditional fall colors, oranges, reds, browns and all those other colors we see when the leaves begin to change, I can’t part from.

Free for fALL Simple Centerpiece

How I got this look

I went with a fall swag and added a couple vintage amber pieces, a cake plate and a compote dish in the middle of it. Using some artificial fruit I filled the bowl and added some to the cake plate as well.The colors in the fruit tie in perfectly to the colors in the swag and to give them both a cohesive look I placed some of the fruit in the swag.

Traditionalist and Country Screams

This centerpiece definitely solidified the traditionalist that’s in me, but my buffet totally had screams of COUNTRY!That’s exactly what I love.Having pieces in my home that I enjoy and shows my style and how I love to mix the different styles together.

Going with a simple centerpiece here on our dining room table helped accomplish 3 things I was going for plus 1

1.Allowing us to communicate during our meals while the centerpiece was still there.Since this is the only table we have to eat at, it gets used everyday.We eat her together as a family daily and in order to communicate without obstructions, the centerpiece would have to be low and pretty simple.Moving the centerpiece when it’s time for dinner can become annoying.

2.Giving the table a touch of beauty and pulling in the outdoor colors of fall.Now, we all like pretty and every decorating season bringing the outdoor colors indoors, is a reflection of that season.This is what I try to accomplish every season of the year.

3.Using pieces I love like those vintage dishes and showing my eclectic home decor style.No one wants to live in a home that doesn’t reflect what they enjoy.Our homes are an extension of us and reflecting that extension of me is something I try to do daily and that’s not only when it comes to home decor.

Bonus:Accomplishing all 3 of these elements and not spending a dime out of pocket was also important.  Hubby and I are on a no buy and accomplishing the challenge of decorating and not spending gave me much satisfaction.Being content with what I have is an area in my life that I often struggle with. However, gratitude is a necessary step in being content.When I’m grateful for all that God has blessed me with I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and content with my blessings.

Be sure to check out the corresponding video below on my Simple Centerpiece.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Christmas Tablescape (Video)

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Trash to Treasure find: Rattan Chest

The excitement I felt when my husband and I found this on our way to the show Monday.

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Husband:you see that?
Me:I want it.
Husband:what you think?
Me:I SAID I WANT IT!
Husband:what are you going to do with it?
Me:Get it! 

There’s a house around the corner for sale and they sat this beauty outside.   At first glance I thought it was similar to my jewelry box, but it’s not.  This chest is taller, rattan (overlay) and there aren’t doors on the side that open.

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It’s in mint condition and it looks as if it hasn’t been used much.  For now I have it here in my living room/dining room area.  Considering storing napkin rings or something else.  I move our furniture around A LOT and who knows this can be in someone’s bedroom tomorrow.  This was truly a treasure for ‘me’ to find.

Nicole

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Home & Garden: Don’t pass up the Mums

WooHoo!  I smell Fall in the air!

Have you made the mistake of seeing something you like, not grabbing it and then it’s gone?  I do it ALL the time.  It happened a couple weeks ago when I went to Aldi.  They had huge beautiful Mums.  If my memory serves me correctly they were $3.99.  Since I was grocery shopping I wanted to stay focused and passed them up. Of course they were gone the following week.

So, this weekend I saw some Mums at Wal-Mart, not at the awesome price of $3.99, but I grabbed one up anyway.

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I can’t wait until they’re in full bloom.  I also added some fragrant fall candles around the house.

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Think I have a couple more totes to pull out the crawlspace and my Fall decorating will be complete.  What have you passed up lately that you wish you hadn’t?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Home & Garden: Takes me all day to decide on an outdoor light.

My husband’s honey do list has been neglected and not to mention it’s as long as Santa’s naughty list. So in order to keep me happy he’s been knocking projects off the list one by one.

Changing our light outside the front door was a priority. The light blew a feed weeks ago and at night it would take longer opening the door because we couldn’t see anything.  Letting company out at night was embarrassing, “watch your step!” Ugh! Not to mention it was ugly.

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So the week before last he had me go pick out a light fixture.  The original fixture was a flood light. That’s great for the patio, but for the front I was looking for something special :-). I walked into the home improvement store with confidence.  Thinking to myself…how hard could this be, and that’s when I was faced with about 5,234,456 lights right before my eyes.

Everything would have been fine and dandy if they had all the motion lights in one section.  But Noooooo! If I saw one I liked on display, I would walk by to see if it popped on, letting me know it was a motion light. 

Then I would txt it to my husband just for GP because I HAD THE FINAL SAY.  And that would take hours because our Sprint mobile service SUCKS like anything you know that sucks so bad! Real bad! Like you wouldn’t wish it on your enemy bad. Unless your enemy is an obscene phone caller.

Here were some of my choices

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Now my only concern was I wanted to find a light that matched the lights on the garage.
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These were replaced about 5 years ago. They’re still in good shape and after inserting this picture I see they can use some cleaning :-/.

However, everyone that I found to match them  were too large for the space. So I decided to go with the last light pictured.
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It looks great in the space, but now I want to replace the garage lights and my husband keeps telling me to leave them alone :(.

Is there something you thought would be easy to change, but it turned out to be harder than you thought?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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