A couple weeks ago, our sweet friends Vicki and Jennifer from 2 Bees In A Pod asked if we’d like to join a few blogging friends to each create a fall inspired tabletop or mantel. I immediately said yes, and then I kicked myself for it because the truth is, I’m just not that great at decorating. I really want it to be my thing, but it just isn’t. I don’t have that instinct to pull a bunch of random items together and make it look like they were all meant to go together. It takes me ten years just to finish decorating one room.
But I decided to just roll with it, and gave myself the additional stipulation to only use things I already owned. So after hunting through the basement and backyard, this is what I came up with.
This large ceramic pumpkin bowl used to be my moms. When she downsized houses I inherited some of her holiday decor.
The pinecones came from the backyard and the 2-tier stand was something I bought for my master bathroom.
The cute little sugar bowl is from a silver tea set my mother in law gave me.
These little pumpkins and gourds were just in a random bucket of fall decor in my basement. Notice anything funny about one of them?
Max (my 3 year old) thought it was an apple and tried to take a bite. If you’ve been following our blog or Instagram feed for a while, you’ll know Max likes to “help” with a lot of my projects.
Did you notice that gorgeous vintage typewriter? A lovely friend of mine passed away a few months ago and left me some of her things, including this typewriter. She was just shy of her 93rd birthday.
I picked up the branches in my backyard and added some little lights leftover from a Christmas project.
In the end I’m glad I said yes, because it was fun to dig around and find pieces to put together. If nothing else, it reminded me that sometimes you only need to shop your own basement to do a little decorating.
Now if you’re ready to see a few ideas from my friends who have some real decorating talent, check out the links below. Hope you’re having a great start to your week!
Be sure to hop over and visit our friends and their wonderful blogs for more creative Fall Mantels and Table Tops:
2 Bees in a Pod – Rustic Fall Mantel
The Crowned Goat – Fall Inspired Dining Room Tablescape
Pocketful of Posies – Fall Table
Refresh Living – Fall Harvest Mantel
Anderson + Grant – Simple Fall Centerpiece
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Amy this looks so good! I love the way you mixed the vintage typewriter with the silver your mother in law gave you with the natural elements from the pinecone and the branches, it’s so pretty. I don’t have pumpkins out yet so seeing yours makes me want to hit the stores and pick up some. PS: I’m pretty sure those lanterns need me 🙂 Two thumbs up lady, I’m proud of you, Coco
Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod says
Hey Amy – You can no longer claim that “you can’t decorate”. This tabletop is beautiful! We love how you pulled in sentimental pieces to your decor – the typewriter and silver sugar bowl are fantastic. And who doesn’t appreciate your design assistant Max – teethmarks and all? Great job!
Cat @ Pocketful of Posies says
Beautiful job Amy! I love how everything has a personal connection. It makes it so sweet and special! I agree with Vicki and Jennifer, you can’t claim that you’re no good at decorating. Obviously this proves otherwise!
How pretty! You remind me that I want an old typewriter.
Everything looks SO pretty Amy! Especially crushing on that lovely vintage typewriter! How special!!!
Love this, Amy! And yes you have a nice decorating style! What a great typewriter with a special meaning! Have a great day!
Jamie | anderson + grant says
You keep saying that you don’t know what you’re doing when decorating, but it never shows. This is really lovely, bite marks and all 🙂 You just have to trust that you DO know what you’re doing, because I think you are the only one that doesn’t see your talent. I always love how you stage your furniture and projects….that is decorating just as much as this display is. The basket full of pine cones is beautiful, by the way!