My Purpose

As a recent college graduate preparing to be a teacher and a recent bride, I'm learning how to live in a limited budget. In the process, I've had to find money saving tips & ways to re-use common items, create cheap lesson plans, cook inexpensive meals, design DIY wedding projects, and more. With the economic situation that many of us are in, I think we can all use any ideas that people care to share, and that's exactly what I want to do-- share my own ideas and those that I've found in my searches. I hope you find this blog useful and share it with others.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Easy Fall Home Decor

The cooler weather is on its way and with that comes the smell of autumn leaves, warm cider, and the beautiful rich colors. Here are a few ideas that go passed the pumpkins and leaves to make your home an autumn oasis.

Add coffee beans to your candle centerpieces. (Notice the woven basket used a riser.) You can also use candy corn pieces.

The Loopy Ewe

Debbie Mumm

Use a fall colored scarf as a table runner, or even a piece of burlap or old wooden board!
Good Housekeeping

Design Sherpa
Living with Lindsay

Add some unique tree branches to large vases or planters. If the branches are strong enough, you can even hang votive cups from it with wire.
Simple Solutions

Use large chunks of branches or tree to create a unique centerpiece.
Apartment Therapy
Or use just one wooden slab with candles and some fall accents. This idea looks really cute
with candles in a mason jar, gourds and fall flowers.

Design Sponge

Make sure to dress up the outside of your home too, not just the inside! Use cornstalks, mums, wagon wheels, garlands, season appropriate wreaths, burlap, pumpkins, gourds and more. You can even change your "Welcome Mat" to one more appropriate for the season.
Calla Magazine
Viette's Beautiful Gardens
This pumpkin has been covered with artificial flowers to make a festive centerpiece!

Fill a large bowl with everything autumn--- leaves, small gourds, berries, pine cones, and acorns.
Sullivan and Murphy

Use orchard's bushel baskets as planters for your mums and other fall flowers. 

Hensler Nursery

Use patterned paper and large letters in mix-n-match frames to create a festive addition to any autumn decoration.
Tatertots & Jello


  1. I love all the wood-sy type center pieces

  2. Me too! I wanted a fall wedding so badly and would have LOVED all these styles and decorating ideas, but with me being in the education field, a fall wedding just wasn't in the cards for us... So I have to share some of my ideas with others! :)