Happy Columbus Day! I love long weekends, don’t you? Not only do we get a lot of stuff done around the house, but we ALSO get ample family time. This weekend, Greg and I knocked some big things off our “Get Settled” list. Amidst cleaning out the laundry room and re-organizing our kitchen, I managed to get a few fall decorations up inside the house (in case you missed it, I showed off our outdoor fall decor on Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

Like with the outdoor decor, I’ve been a little distracted getting the house all set up after moving to give holiday decor all my creative energy. At first, I just dragged out last year’s decor and told myself it was good enough for this year. It didn’t take long before I was craving a little more oomph and a fresh feeling from our fall display. A dose of turquoise and a few tiny projects later, we had a simple and fast but fresh new fall mantel to celebrate the season!

After the jump, I show you exactly what I did to pull this together!

I know turquoise isn’t exactly a fall color, but somehow, it was just what my display needed. I got the idea while rummaging through my fabric stash, looking for some scraps to make some quick bunting. The colors of these Amy Butler prints were a perfect match to my previous fall decorย and gave me the fresh pop of blue I was craving. Without a second thought, I was off and running.

The only new elements to my display are the pennant fabric bunting and a newly decoupaged polka dot pumpkin. I didn’t want to go out and buy another pumpkin, so I just decoupaged right over one of my old ones with some scrap Michael Miller Ta Dot fabric and Mod Podge. I even kept the same bow and beads on top ๐Ÿ™‚ To make my bunting, I fused the two Amy Butler fabrics together (wrong sides facing) using Heat-N-Bond, then cut out the pennant shapes. I sewed them all together using some brown bias tape I had leftover from this quilt.

I needed one other place to tie the blue all together, so I re-glittered one of my mini gourds with spray adhesive and some blue glitter I had on hand.

I rounded out the rest of my display with all of my pumpkins and gourds from last year as well as some new white porcelain accessories (from Marshals!).

It really is fun (and frugal!) to take items you have on hand and try to give them a new look. I wasn’t trying to all-out-reinvent my decor, but with just a few minutes and some random notions I had on hand, I have a completely new look for this season!

Taking pictures with a mirror is SO tricky! There I am…peek-a-boo!!!

OH!!! And if you are wondering, “where on earth did all that other stuff come from?” (as in the hutch, the mirror, and the lamp…), I told you I’ve been HARD at work with a paint brush out in the garage. For weeks, I’ve been painting and crafting away to get our front entry pulled together and here is your first peak at it. Come back and see me Wednesday, and I’ll tell you all about that hutch!

Until then…have a great rest of your holiday weekend!

See You Soon!