Monday, July 30, 2012

Fall Decor Contest at WhisperWood Cottage

Well, I'm arriving late to the party, but not too late, I hope.  We've been out of town, so I just got the news today.  WhisperWood Cottage Blog is having a Talent Scouting Party, and they're looking for fall decor.

I thought I'd show you three tablescapes that I did last fall and a few photos of our fall mantel from last year, as well.

Fall is just about my favorite time of the year, and there's so much you can do to decorate your home and lawn during this season.  For starters, you can dress your kitchen or dining room table in fall colors and textures.  All three of these tables were done by me last November.  Just click on the titles to see the entire post with more views of each table.  For all of these tables, I was, for the most part, able to use things I already had on hand.

The place mats on this first table are reversible, so I was able to flip them over and use them again on my Thanksgiving Table.  I also used this same table runner on the "Giving Thanks" tablescape.  The greenery, autumn leaves, and acorns in the first two centerpieces came from mine and my mother-in-law's yard.  These are a few ways I saved money when I created my fall tablescapes.

Mantels can be tricky to decorate sometimes, involving lots of arranging and re-arranging (at our house anyway).  But they are a great spot to acknowledge the change of seasons in our homes.  Here are some pictures of our den fireplace and mantel last fall.

I found the garland of silk fall leaves on clearance at Michael's, and I thought the colors and texture of the leaves looked very realistic.  The pottery plate with painted pumpkin came from Home Goods.  I love Home Goods merchandise, and they're very budget-friendly. 

All the pumpkins are real; we bought them at a pumpkin farm a few miles from our home.  Pumpkins come in so many interesting colors and shapes now.

The pottery mugs and rooster came from a community of potters in Seagrove, North Carolina.

The hanging copper pot I bought many years ago, and I love it on the fireplace.  The horse brass on the wall to the right of the fireplace was obtained on our trip to England.

The candelabra came from Pottery Barn many years ago, as did the hand-made oak basket on the left.  I filled it with lightly scented pine cones from Michael's.

 A cozy fall fireplace.

We're still in the grips of hot summer temps now, but I'm sure fall will be here before we know it.  It's fun to start sharing some decorating ideas early.  Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you'll take time to visit the other entries at WhisperWood Cottage today.



  1. You are so sweet to jump right in after being out of town and participate in the fall party. I remember your pretty copper pieces and definitely like your real pumpkins. I guess fall is around the corner. They are already putting out Halloween and Christmas decorations in the stores.

    Hope you are having a nice week.

  2. They can scout all they want, but they will not find any fall talent at my place. I'm not even going to think about fall until it's cooler.

    Your stuff, however, is lovely. My eyes were drawn to that copper pot by the fireplace immediately. I love that!

    As for me. I will be trying to figure out a way to celebrate August and not rush the season. (And believe me, celebrating August is one of the hardest things for me to do. I do not like the month. Period.)

    1. Only good thing about August for me is that my birthday is in it! lol xo

  3. Hi Denise, all your fall decor is just beautiful, I love that you use real pumpkins, etc. The scouts will be pleased with what they see here. xo

  4. Beautiful table and mantel Denise....good luck at the party!!!...

  5. Love the glow of the candles! Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn Décor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

  6. I shudder every time I even just THINK about having to decorate our mantel!!! It is narrow, and there are so few things that actually fit up there. Heaven help us all if I find a sledgehammer somewhere! :-) Home Goods indeed is the best! I just saw that a new one will be opening nearby in about a month. I can't wait for grand opening day! I always like to make an event out of it for myself! Kind of like tailgating for the avid shopper! :-) Beautiful decor, Denise, and glad you're home safe and sound from your trip!

  7. love love love your fall decor...just beautiful..
    I love fall favorite colors...
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  8. you sure know how to make Fall Beauty in your home. I can almost smell cinnamon and the smoke from burning leaves in the yard.. 2 of my favorite fall smells.

  9. Hi Denise~ I enjoyed seeing a recap of your mantle vignettes and fall tables! I have runner envy from your runner from Sherry :) I hate to rush the seasons, but I'm beyond ready for fall and cooler weather! Hope you're staying cool!

  10. Denise,
    your fall tablescapes are lovely and the mantle looks great! I don't get what builders are thinking when they make them so narrow! Fall is my favorite time to decorate! Just found you and have enjoyed browsing thru. I'm your newest follower and would love for you to visit me.



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