Fall Mantel

Well it's time for some more fall inspiration! As you remember I had my front porch fall decor put out so early this year. I was probably rushing it a little but I just couldn't wait any longer to get it all out! This is one of my favorite times of the year.

Starting today these ladies will be hosting a fall decor series of great ideas and inspiration for this season. It's fun to see all these creative ideas. I've linked up to join in this year. 

Our Fall Mantel at the store.

I started with an antique gold mirror as the centerpiece and then stacked vintage trunks in the mantels opening. I added pumpkins, old books, wooden candle sticks, a concrete urn full of gourds, an orange vase with curly willow branches- from my grandmother's yard, a wooden acorn, and salvaged architectural pieces that I already had.

These black and white pumpkins are from Hobby Lobby.

 I then added a few collected pieces: an antique wooden spool, metal basket, wooden letter, and a small crock with festive accessories.

The mantel was originally from an old New Orleans house that was salvaged.  I just love the details and chippy paint.

Click here and check out the party!

The Lettered Cottage


crate-ive projects

There's just something about a vintage wooden crate that I can't get enough of these days. The graphics and lettering on old crates are all unique. Maybe it's the simple, rustic charm that I love or the fact that they make wonderful storage solutions and are great for displaying special items. Every time I’m out and about buying for the store and I run across a wooden crate I usually snatch it up, because they can be used in so many different ways. Here are a few simple DIY ideas using crates.

Roll it: Attach casters and add old book pages
for an inexpensive side table.

Stack it: I have several stacked storage crates around my house including a set in the garage and some in my office. This idea is a great alternative for a bookshelf. Just arrange and secure with screws.

Tote it: A crate turns into a one-of-a-kind picnic basket with the added leather handles bolted to the crate. Old shipping crates carried everything from fruit and wine to ammunition, cokes, and milk.

Shelve it: Make a shoe rack with three crates of identical widths; the heights and depths can vary. Old pine boards are cut to make the side rails, then screwed to the crates. Make sure the back sides of the crates line up so the unit will sit flat against the wall. 


Hang it: Start by removing all but the middle partition from a coke crate. Add a mirror and accessories for bathroom storage. Roll with it: A vintage milk crate is used to store toys, just by adding four small casters to the bottom and some chalkboard paint. Carry it: To make a tray, remove the long sides from three different crates, then attach a 1-inch wide board to each end and add handles.
{three crates will make two trays}

Organize it: Fill a vintage crate with magazines, mail, and books to sit anywhere around your home or office.

photos via flea market style and pinterest


Fall Decorating

Well it's almost here! The Fall season is upon us, with all it's brilliant colors, cool nights, and decorating galore. Let's explore all the options this season has to offer for decorating our homes! 

Here are a few beautiful inspirational ideas to adore, plus a sneak-peek of my front porch fall decor.

Centerpiece of pumpkins covered with mums

Framed leaves and berries

cg candles and leaves on mantel

Mini Pumpkin Wreath

fall mantle, fall mantel

via mamie jane's blog

Gourd vase with pumpkins

Green Apple Fall Wreath

Fall leaves in small vases

Leaf Vase with Pumpkins

My front porch fall decor.

Enjoy this beautiful weather and have a great weekend.


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