We don't have a mantel because we don't have a fireplace, though I have tried convincing J we need a fireplace, so I decorate our side table.
I do some decorating other places as well, like our dining room table and our entertainment center. Look at these pretty flowers I picked up at Micheal's for half price. Okay, most of them were on sale, one wasn't, and it was expensive, but don't tell J. Shhhhhhh.
I love how just changing out the flowers gives the room a much more fall feel. And I love these fake flowers. I mean look at those orange berry things. I have no idea what the are supposed to be, but they are cool looking. And my amber jar I
But anyway, back to our side table. I picked up a bunch of stuff from our local Dollar Store a few weeks ago. I got a few plastic gourds, which I had all intention of painting, but I kinda like the colors they are now, so we'll see if I end up painting them. We found the large amber jar at a thrift store a month or so ago. It's an old A&W jug and is very cool looking. I have my little glass pumpkin I got from JoAnn's last year (for 70% off) that I adore.
I also picked up this little ceramic pumpkin and owl at the Dollar Store. Yup, both of these adorable things were only a buck a piece. How adorable are they? I love the owl so much, it makes me smile every time I see him.
I also made some bunting out of scrapbook paper and some string I had. I just cut out triangles (I didn't use a template, I just eyeballed them) and then taped them onto the thick string I had. They turned out pretty cute, well I think they did.
And because not only is if autumn, but Halloween is coming, I added my little bat. I have had this thing for years and years. I think I've had it longer then J and I have been together. I love it, it's so cute. Time is starting to show on her though, and the cat has pulled her little feet off, but I still love her. The perfect little Halloween addition.
The left over gourds from my wreath ended up in the little bowl on our coffee table. I also plan on painting these little guys because they are pretty cheap looking, but I haven't gotten around to that yet. Maybe I'll paint them before next fall ;-) I'm also waiting for the cats to discover these. I have not woken up to these little guys all over the floor, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time.
So that's what I have for autumn decorating. It's not a lot, but it's just right for us. Just enough to make me smile.
Do you decorate for the different seasons or do you go all out for each holiday?