Fantastic Fall

So far this fall, we’ve had my family in town visiting, Vincent’s fourth birthday party, we’ve started our kitchen remodel, and our sister-in-law and niece just left yesterday to move to Alaska.  We’ve been busy.  Too busy to think about fall decorations, I’m afraid.  Recently though, I did sew a few fall pillow covers and rearranged the entertainment center for a different look.  When fall rolls around, I love to look at the pretty red, orange, and yellow leaves.  But, I’m not a huge fan of red in our home.  I can tolerate orange in the right application, but I love yellow lately.  Knowing that, I decided to use splashes of orange and yellow mixed with jewel tones and dashes of metallic gold.  Wanna see?

First, I sewed new pillow covers from Pier 1 place mats I already owned.  I dug around in my button stash to find gold buttons.  Sewing the pillow is very similar to a normal envelope closure pillow.  Just add buttons.  The teal pillow behind I made using left over fabric and covered the old inserts.

Total cost so far?  Zero dollars.  I still have to dig out my pine cone wreath.  And probably my Halloween decorations while I’m in there.

I used more left over fabric to make pillows for the living room.  The teal velvet fabric I bought last fall at Hobby Lobby.  The color pops against an orange pillow I stole from my office.  A mix of patterns, textures and colors tickles my pickle.  (That’s what Vincent says).

Color blocking is a hot trend, and it’s easy to do.  I rummaged through my fabric stash and found eggplant and yellow scraps, so I pieced them together and sewed an envelope closure back.  Insert pillow form and done.  Still at zero dollars.

Our entertainment center has rocked the same green and blue theme since spring, and things needed to change.  Not wanting to spend any money, I scoured the house for fall-ish elements.

Here’s a breakdown of new items:

1.  Natural wood tones.  A wooden sculpture from Target several years ago, a wood vase, and a carved stump add warmth.

2.  Metallic gold and brass accents.  Nothing says fall like gold if you ask me.

3.  Pressed leaves taped to a piece of white card stock is quick, painless and free art.  I had some leaves pressed in a book from last fall that Ben’s cousin, Handy Sammy discovered.  I completely forgot until that moment and decided to put them to good use.

4.  Tweed and felt leaf bowls from last year.  Just for texture and color.

5.  I pulled yellow books off the shelves to group together for more color.

It’s not perfect, but it was free.  And it changed the view.

What have you done to decorate for fall?  Are you a fan of red?  What do you think of the jewel tone twist for fall?

P.S.  We’ll be back this afternoon, so come again.

14 thoughts on “Fantastic Fall

    1. My Honest Answer, Sadly, our ‘back this afternoon’ isn’t kitchen related. But, we do have a special giveaway. Kitchen stuff tomorrow. 🙂 I know, it’s kitchen mania. I love it!


      P.S. Still working on a house floor plan. I have to dig out our master floor plan (if I can find it).

  1. oh lovely…now i’m dying to get home and make some new pillow covers! these look super easy to do! (my fiance is totally going to roll his eyes at me when he hears that new pillow covers are taking precedence over grocery shopping!)

  2. Because I’m not into all out seasonal decoarting, I like the simple touches better.

    Also, that last pic is great. The colors are so pretty, but it would look so classic in B&W!

    1. Lizzy, The pillow covers are super easy. You need roughly 1/3 to 1/2 yard of fabric for each that’s about 40 inches long. Sew the short ends and then make a square. Super simple.

      Brittany, I too like simple touches. The only season we go all out for is Christmas. Because it’s just too much fun. And the boys love it. And I love sparkly things, much like a racoon.

      Erica, Thanks! Ben actually built the entertainment center. 🙂

      Thanks again, ladies!

  3. Wow, I’m going to try to get my husband to build me one! Did you use a tutorial or come up with the design on your own?

  4. i love the silhouette frame! do you make those and sell them?? i’ve been trying to get around to doing it but it may be quicker for someone else to do it for me:) i think i need to start with take a profile pic of each of us. let me know! thanks.

    1. Hi Janet and Summer Jo Brooks,

      Yep, I made those silhouettes. And, if you’re interested in buying some, they’re $15 each with free shipping. I can cut out of any color(s) cardstock, too. If you’re interested, please send pictures of each person in profile to and I’ll get started as soon as possible!


  5. amanda, any tips on taking photos for silhouettes? and is it $15 each in that particular size?? can you do bigger sizes???

    thanks! sorry for all the questions…

    1. Hi Janet, For silhouette photos, just make sure your subject is in complete profile; shoulders at a 90 degree angle is best. And, the $15 per silhouette is up to an 8 by 10 overall size. If you want something larger we’ll have to discuss. 🙂 I hope to help you!

      Thanks again!

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