5 Fabulous Fall Vignettes for Fall Home Decorating

FALL HOME DECORATING

Can you feel fall in the air yet? I have been getting excited about the change of season that is slowly starting in our part of the country. Fall is the most beautiful season and fall home decorating is my favorite. I love the cooler temperatures, the gorgeous colors, and all of the amazing home decor.  Before getting to the five fall vignettes, I wanted to tell you what I have been up to lately.

 I have been busy getting all my shops and my home ready for autumn the past two weeks and plan to open up my own home for you, here on the blog, for a fall home tour soon!

 Stop by all my shops below to see what’s new in fall home decor, Halloween party favors, spooky decorations and more-

Once Upon A Home Designs

The Party Fetti Shop

Ready Set Craft Kits

Pinwheel Pretties

I DO Wedding & Bridal Designs

5 Fabulous Fall Vignettes

Today, I wanted to give you some tips on creating fall vignettes in your own home! First, what the heck is a “vignette”? In decorating, a vignette is a small grouping of objects that creates a pleasing focal point.  Basically, its an arrangement of home decor ornaments, florals, and seasonal decorations on your side tables, coffee table, fireplace mantel, dining room buffet and table, kitchen island and anywhere else in the home that you have a surface space to decorate.    Here are five fabulous fall vignettes to inspire you to decorate your home for the season-

First, let’s start small with a coffee table vignette.  How easy is this- a tray or a farmhouse style wooden box filled with fall artificial florals and a faux pumpkin and electric candles create a stunning focal point in the living room and does not take up too much space.  This setup is perfect on your dining room table at Thanksgiving too.  I have a much skinnier and longer farmhouse style wooden box that I transition every season on my dining room table.

Next, go big if you have a large fireplace in your home.  I have a huge fireplace and it seems like it always feels empty, no matter how much I add to the mantle, – so don’t be afraid to add height and layer this area in your home.  I generally stick to the rule of three or five items grouped together but a large oversized fireplace and mantel can be the exception.  The repetition here of the metal wall architectural hanging and the wreaths works perfectly and does not feel overly busy.

Don’t forget to add some fall decor to the kitchen, as with this small side buffet. If you need some free fall art for your home, be sure to visit my previous post for – 25 free fall printables  to add some seasonal art to your home.

I love the added bicycle in the vignette above, for a little unexpected ornamentation. Mums are wonderful for the home, but keep in mind while they add a pop of color and nature inside the home, they won’t do as well indoors, versus potted outside on your porch.  I recommend, purchasing a few lower priced mums that you can add to decorative containers, just before a family gathering or party to add around the home and move them outside after your event is over.  This way you will extend their life and did you know you can actually plant them in your garden at the end of fall and they will come back next year!

Next, are two very different fall decorated entry side tables –

This is fall elegance at its best. The neutral colors of this fall vignette are just as wonderful as traditional bright fall shades. The added simple grapevine wreath over the mirror draws the eye up too for added height.

Finally, this side table near the entry, may be simple but it makes a dramatic statement.  You can do this on any table in your home.  The created table runner is just burlap fabric, tied at each end with some fun fall ribbon.  This vignette only features three decorative pieces on it too but it works as a total eye-catcher with the even height at each end and lower pumpkin centerpiece under glass.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Be sure to subscribe to my blog to receive all my up-coming seasonal decorating tips in your email inbox as we move into the holidays, I can’t wait to share more inspiration for your home!

10 Christmas Table Styles

10 STYLISH CHRISTMAS TABLE SETTINGS

When the spread is this stylish, no one will notice if you overcook the roast on Christmas Day! Here are ten popular trendy styles for setting up your Christmas dining table.

Let’s start with Farmhouse– its the big 2016 home decor trend right now.

So, if you don’t have this vintage 1950’s model red truck with a Christmas tree in the back- seriously, if I see this one more time. . .

it is a bit redundant on every blog and home design store this year,  don’t worry if you did not rush out and pay $50 for that one Christmas decoration!  Please do NOT buy this- it is not worth the price and will most likely not be in style next year! Some home design trends can be skipped, if it is not in your budget.

Farmhouse is a mod podge of vintage items with rustic and woodsy decor, at least for this 2016 Christmas and its very easy to create this table setting.  Visit an antique store for some old ceramic putz houses, smaller Christmas trees, wood candle holders, other vintage decor, and any rustic style painted signs you can find locally.  Gather some oldie decorations for your centerpiece, add in some natural wood elements, and give it some height.  Place settings for the farmhouse style consist of vintage plates and glasses. Goodwill or your local thrift shop is a great and affordable place to find really nice vintage gold and silver plated tableware.

Next up is traditional Plaid – it is an easy go-to and never goes out of style for Christmas.

The updated version of plaid is Buffalo Check– black and red squares.

I like to call this next style Wintry – its icy blue and silver with strong elements of white.

Woodsy has been popular the past few years and is still very much in for this year.  Pull together sliced tree slabs, natural pine cones,  fresh or fake evergreen sprigs, and add in some miniature deer, elk, birds, bears or other forest creatures to get the look.

You can never go wrong with a style of Sophisticated Elegance and the best way to achieve this style at your Christmas table is to keep it simple and in a monotone (one) color scheme. This predominately silver set-up is a good example.  All gold works just as well too!

Shabby Chic has been around for a while and is wonderful way to create an atmosphere of comfort and nostalgia. The American version is lots of pinks, light blue, and mint green layered on creme.  For a more French style of shabby chic, stick with elements of grey and black layered on stark white.  The key decorative elements include – vintage lacy or crochet linens, chandeliers, crystal, and lots of roses.

Scandinavian has its style roots from mid-century (1950’s) and is a reduction of everything.  It is simple and clean.  Think IKEA- but not as cheap.  This table setting is a good example- pick only one or two decorative pieces (snowflake candles and embroidered hearts shown below) and repeat it without over-doing it. Red is definite must for creating this style, as it is a dominate color in the culture and pairs perfectly for Christmas.

There is not a darn thing wrong with Whimsical.  If you pull it off, it can be fun and still classy.  It also makes a perfect set up if you plan to sit all the children at your Christmas dinner at a separate table.  What defines this style?  Any theme that is a bit more childlike- peppermint, Christmas movie themes, more non-traditional colors like neon brights or pastel pinks and blues.  Consider your table as Wooville in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and go from there for a whimsical style.

Last is Traditional – basically dominate colors of red and green.  No need to spend a lot of money on this one.  Use your tableware and add in a solid red and solid green or even white with these two dominate colors layered on top.  Go with fabric for your linens in these two solid colors for your tablecloth, place mats, and napkins.  Lots of candles are great for the table center.   An easy and inexpensive table centerpiece can be created using red and green glass bulb ornaments fill inside a large clear glass bowl or vase.

So, there you have it – 10 Christmas table styles to get you ready of your holiday gathering.

Be sure to stop by my shops this week for the

Christmas Clearance SALE!

Use discount code:  XMAS25 for 25% off all Christmas decorations.

Now is a great time to stock up for next year!

Keep in mind that if ordering now, you won’t receive your order before Christmas and the sale is only for ready to ship Christmas inventory (custom deigns are excluded).

Visit any of my shops below for the sale –

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

READY SET CRAFT KITS

This will be my last post for the Christmas holiday – so I’ll wish you a Merry Christmas! Come back after the holiday for more great party and New Year’s Eve decorating ideas!

FALL DIY FARMHOUSE MASON LIGHTS

FALL DIY FARMHOUSE MASON LIGHTS TUTORIAL 
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Just in time for the cooler weather and the earlier sun down of fall evenings.  These glittery, twinkling lighted jars are perfect on the front porch during this time of year. . . and leave them out until after Christmas. They transition perfectly from fall decor to winter Christmas decor as well.  They are also an easy diy project which makes them so affordable!
Mason Jar Craft Tutorial
MATERIALS NEEDED: 
Mason Jars or any small glass vessels or candle holders
Loose glitter (gold, silver, or white-optional)
liquid glue/spray adhesive/spray enamel (I used Mod Podge, but you can use any glue that dries clear)
Ribbon or 18 gauge wire (optional)
Battery powered string lights
HOW TO MAKE YOUR GLITTER LIGHTED JARS:
Start with one mason jar.

Shown here are two different versions in silver glitter and white glitter. You can use gold glitter as well.  The gold would look great for fall and would carry over well for Christmas.

Next, make a special mix of your glue and glitter in a disposable cup.  Add enough glitter so that it is chunky.  Mix well.  Using an old brush, coat the inside of your glass jar with your glitter mix.  Let that coat dry completely (a few hours) and then apply a second coat.

Here are the jars after one thick coat of the glitter mix.  They are still slightly damp, so they have not become completely translucent yet.

The jars should look like this after two coats and when they are completely  dry.

Once the jars are completely dry, you are ready to add the battery powered lights.  Open your package of lights and unravel the strand and then carefully insert them into the jar.  Try not to scrap the edges of your jar, or you will remove the glitter coating.  Its best to start with the end of your strand of lights at the bottom of the jar and add the lights in a circular spiral around the edges and up to the top with your battery pack at the top- this way you can easily add new batteries when needed.  You can also use LED lights, if you can find strands small enough or you can even add in fancy twinkling mini lights that can be found a local craft stores.

Here are the jars, both with white and silver glitter, with the lights turned on and lit up!

They even glow in the daylight!

You can add a finish to the top with either a tied ribbon bow, fall or Christmas style ribbon or even burlap would be great or if you want to create a farmhouse style lantern, add wire handles to the top.  Simply cut a long strand of wire and make a circular ring with it around the top of your jar. Cut another long piece of wire, about 8 to 10 inches long, depending on how long you want your handle, and bend it in the middle to make a loop at the top for the handle (as shown), then, take each end, about an inch and loop it under the ring and up around the handle.

There you have it, your very own fall farmhouse style mason lights.

By the way, I survived the move to the new house and all my shops are now back open for business.
I will be busy adding new fall and Christmas decor over the next few months.
Be sure to visit any of my shops below-

Pinwheel Pretties

The Party Fetti Shop

I DO Wedding & Bridal Designs

Once Upon A Home Designs

Ready Set Craft Kits

 Jill Signature