I can hardly believe it’s October already, but the calendar doesn’t lie, so it must be true. I’m afraid to blink, or it will be Christmas! As much as I love the cheery red decor in my kitchen, it looked very summery, and I waited a little too long to bring it in. It’ll be perfect again when it’s closer to Christmas, but in the meantime, I wanted some autumn decor in the kitchen.
I don’t have room to store boxes full of seasonal decor, so whatever seasonal decorating I do, I need to be able to use it for several different seasons. For example, I don’t want to decorate more than once in the autumn, so I started with some natural elements and vintage decor, as the “base” of my decorating. I “shopped” my home for vintage pieces I already had. When all the shops are loaded with seasonal decor that looks so cute, it’s easy to forget that you probably already have everything you need – you just need to mix things up a little, and add some natural elements that can be disposed of when the season changes. What little money you do spend, should be reserved for things that can be used for more than one season.
The October book pages banner I hung above my antique kitchen stove can be switched out for November pages next month. I can actually switch out the pages every month of the year if I want, because it has beautiful hand drawn illustrations for every month of the year.
It is a facsimile reproduction of an early 1900’s nature notes diary (available on Amazon here).
I used twine and vintage clothespins to hang the pages on, which I can move to other spots in the house if I want to later. Instead of book pages, mittens could be hung on them in the winter, or sprigs of flowers in the spring and summer.
I keep a basket full of pine cones, acorns and buckeyes hanging in my entryway all year, so I just pulled out a few to display on an antique scale. I picked up two scales at a yard sale last weekend. The other one is super rusty, and I’d like to hold onto it for awhile, but this one has a little less rust – really the perfect amount in my book.
It’s available in my online shop here.
I collected some leaves that had started to change color. I scattered a few on my antique kitchen stove, and I love how they look just resting on an old plate and hymn page.
The antique blue Ball jar used to be my kitchen dish soap dispenser (seen here). It’s the perfect color to hold some pretty white and yellow blooms I gathered today.
As I’m creating vignettes in my home, I always make sure to use a variety of textures.
I looked everything over, and I had paper, metal, glass, fabric, wood and natural elements, but there was still something missing…
The lantern I used in my Summer Tour was the perfect finishing touch. The candlelight looks so pretty shining through the cross bars.
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