Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thrifty Decorating with a Fall Flair


Hi all!  One of the BEST things about Fall is getting to decorate your home for the season.  I can't wait to do this.  Today, Jodi is here to talk to you guys about decorating for Fall - without breaking the bank!  Take it away, Jodi!

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Hi!  I'm Jodi from Blue Skies and Apple Pies!

First of all, I want to give a big thanks to Mia for allowing me to guest post!  I absolutely LOVE The Chronicles of Chaos.  So naturally, when Mia asked for volunteers to guest post I was more than glad to volunteer.

In honor of the changing seasons I'm going to share with you one of my greatest passions in life... decorating!  Specifically, thrifty decorating.

Fall is my favorite time of year.  There are so many wonderful things to look forward to during the next few months.  I love the colors, I love the weather, I love the warm cozy feeling you get when you're snuggled up in a blanket with a cup of cider.  And for me, the thing that sets the backdrop for the whole season are some great decorations.  And because I find decorating so much fun, I tend to go overboard so I decided I had to set some rules for myself.  Or rather, my wallet decided I had to set some rules for myself...

Blue Skies and Apple Pies Top 3 Decorating Rules

1. Maximize items that you already own.  The first thing that I do when I'm coming up with a decorating scheme is to scour my house for items that I already own that can be used.  I look for books, dishes, linens, and other items that have similar color schemes.  

These vintage wooden boxes were perfect for Fall and match well with the wheat in the jar and the cream pumpkins.


I gathered up some scrapbook paper in Fall colors and framed it in some IKEA picture frames that I had laying around.  The flowers were left over from my Grandpa's Birthday party and I used my favorite copy of Gone With the Wind to add some interest.

 2. Check Dollar Tree first.  My fave place to find decorations is The Dollar Tree.  Although the selection is limited, you can often find some great items.  These small white pumpkins came from The Dollar Tree.  The white linen is also from Dollar Tree {ignore the fact that it desperately needs ironed!!} and I have several that I use in different rooms throughout my house.




3. Keep it simple.  Sometimes less is more.  I've found that adding a few key pieces in a room can really have a big impact.  Most of the pieces that I own are neutral colors, but adding bright pops of orange can add a lot of interest.  In the dining area I added these ceramic pumpkins on a white cake stand.




These mini orange pumpkins created a great focal point in my living area.  I'm sure you have all seen similar ideas on Pinterest where you fill a glass vase with pumpkins and sticks.  The total cost for this vinette was around $5.00.  I used a glass vase that I already owned, sticks from the yard, and some mini pumpkins from the grocery store.




There you have it!  Follow these three rules and your festive house and your pocket book will thank you!  I would love for you to stop by Blue Skies and Apple Pies and share some of your Fall decorating ideas!

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Thanks so much, Jodi! These were great tips.  I hope you guys enjoyed them and please drop by Blue Skies and Apple Pies sometime and tell Jodi hello!

P.S. If you've missed the previous Fall Series posts, you can check them out here:

Fall with a British Twist
Fall Traditions
Trick or Treat!
A Joyful Fall Wedding

And don't forget to go enter my giveaways here and here.

Ciao!


 



7 comments:

  1. Awesome decorating tips! I love using baby pumpkins.

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  2. This post is amazing and its perfect timing for me! I started decorating yesterday and I first started at the dollar stores too!! Thanks so much.

    www.delabelle-k.blogspot.com

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  3. Loving these ideas! Especially framing the fall themed scrapbook paper! I never would have thought of that & I am totally going to do that once the Halloween decor goes! ;)

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  4. Love all of this, but especially love the frames with scrap book paper and the mason jar vase :)

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  5. I love all this fall decor :) So pretty!

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  6. These tips are great! Actually, this whole fall series is great!

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  7. Hey darlings! :) I featured this post on my ~A Little Sunday Potluck~ post today! :) Come on over & check it out and grab my Featured button if you feel so inclined...

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