Thursday, October 7, 2010

~decorating for fall with natural elements & a winner~

Sometimes you don't need to look any further than
your own backyard for decorating elements.
This year I wanted my living room to have a real organic
natural feel to it,
decorating with things from around my own yard.
The first thing I did was hang this gorgeous wreath my mom made
{these will be available for purchase at the ruffles and rust show}

I love these!
She collects leaves from around her yard, dries them with
some sort of special process so each leaf is perfectly shaped.
Each wreath takes hours to make, but the final product is gorgeous!
This particular wreath I have had for 3 years now
and it still looks like it did when she gave it to me.

I have this old wire basket that I got at a flea market a while ago.
It is usually filled with books.
I had a ton of spanish moss leftover from my dining room
decorating, so I filled it, letting it spill out the sides and front.
The kids and I walked over to our community garden
yesterday and picked some great pumpkins for this display.
I stole the mum off my front porch and
placed it next to the basket of pumpkins.

And of course, had to add this huge raven!

Orange dahlias add to the color scheme.

I also added some gourds and mini pumpkins I already had.
All the pumpkins and gourds are real,
unlike the ones in my dining room.

Here is a closeup of the wreath made my my mom.
Because they take so long to make, there will only be a few available.....
If anyone does not live in the area and is interested in one, please send me an email.

So that's it.
Very simple.
Very natural.
I also would like to give a huge thanks to this website
for mentioning my blog.
And I have a winner to announce for the dear lillie giveaway.
If you are Julie from just the two of us,
send me an email and you can claim your prize!
I have a couple more fun giveaways planned
for the next couple of weeks too!
If you have an etsy shop or have a fabulous
giveaway you think would be a good fit for my blog, send me an email!


Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

Gorgeous wreath!! The rustic browns look lovely on your white wall...
Fall decorating is one of my favs *swoon*

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Simply beautiful!

Kelly said...

love that wreath! and love the spanish moss filled basket with the pumpkins!

Lindsay said...

Gorgeous wreath :) Love all your festive displays :)

Natalie @ Blossoming Visions said...

How absolutely gorgeous this decorating is! I especially love the wreath made out of leaves. It's just stunning!

The Weathered Bungalow said...

This looks beautiful! Great job!!

xo, Meredith

Amy R. said...

Gorgeous yet simple! Off to get some pumpkins today!

Anonymous said...

Simply Lovely! xoxoxo ~Ashley

It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life said...

I always enjoy all of your ideas!!!

Unknown said...

Such gorgeous autumn goodness Melaine!

Loved your dining room decorations alos.


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stefanie said...

everything is just beautiful...especially your wreath!!

Tricia said...

Love it all :)

kimberly at mimicharmante said...

love the natural look - it works so well in your place!

Allison said...

It looks beautiful! Your mom's wreath is perfect for your room. Love all of the natural elemens and the black crow! Very tastefully done. Your room could be in a magazine.

All That Jazz said...

Your decorating looks so great, Melaine! You inspired me to use some Spanish moss in my fall decor. Those wreaths are amazing. I can see you got your creative talent from your mom! ;-)
p.s. will you be selling any of your pillow/covers at Ruffles & Rust??

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

The wreath your mother created is a beautiful and unique addition to your space. Love it! It's all so pretty though - just like always :)

Anonymous said...

i love the wreath your mom made! its beautiful! i live in florida and was going to email you but for some reason my new computer will not let me! i would love to get some more info! please let me know!

heidi @ City Girls Farmhouse said...

Wow, I love everything, the basket, the wreath, the mums, your whole set up! Great blog

bullie_mama said...

So pretty!
Your home always looks so perfect and lovely.
Can't wait for Ruffles & Rust! I've been saving my pennies so I can scoop up some of the fun vintage goodies.

Dear Lillie said...

Everything looks gorgeous, Melaine! And LOVE that wreath!

Kate from Party Resources said...

The wreath ROCKS!

Robyn said...

I love it! Simple pretty decorating like that is THE BEST! I adore that wreath, how COOL! Ohhhh, I have Scentsy give away if you want to pop by!

Sami Jo said...

Hey Melanie! Loving the wreath... I don't think I'm the only one. :) Congratulations Julie and y'all have a graet weekend! Hugs, Sami Jo

Brit said...

Your fall decorations are so divine, I love the wreath with dry leaves, simply wonderful. Happy fall! xo Brit

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