Decorating with Vintage for Fall

Last week I finally finished decorating my home for fall.  I’m a slow decorator and it takes me a long time to figure out exactly how I want an area to look and then to get it looking just right.  It makes me very happy to have my home decorated for the season and I really enjoy the displays that I create.  In today’s post, Decorating with Vintage for Fall, I’m sharing the fall decor in my formal living room, dining room, and on my porch.

Decorating with Vintage for Fall

When it’s time to decorate for a season, I start with the seasonal decor that I keep packed away in my basement.  I spread it out on a table and then pick and choose what I want to use.  I also shop the storage shelves in my basement for vintage items that could work in vignettes.  I try to use what I have and not buy bunches of new things that I will have to store.  I did purchase a few new to me things to use this year and I’ll point them out as they appear in this post.

Decorating with Vintage for Fall

Fall Decor in the Formal Living Room

My formal living room is my favorite room to decorate because it is located at the front of our home and it gets great light.  This room is one that I’m in and out of multiple times a day and I like for it to look pretty, especially when I decorate it for a particular season.

Fall Mantel

A few weeks ago I shared my fall mantel as part of a week long blog tour hosted by my friend and fellow vintage lover, Angie of Postcards from the Ridge.  You can see more of my mantel here and if you are a lover of vintage, be sure to visit Postcards from the RidgeFall Mantel

My mantel is a spot where I used a few new items.  The painting was a lucky find in an antique shop in Concord, NC.  When cleaning the painting, I discovered some writing on the back of it that lead to learning a few things about it.  I explained all of this in my fall mantel post.Fall Mantel

The bittersweet garland and faux fall foliage are also new items for this year’s fall decor.  These are things that I’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.

Formal Living Room Fall Vignettes

Let’s move on the the fall decor that I haven’t yet shared with you this autumn.  A favorite spot to decorate in our living room is the top of my grandmother’s chest.Fall Vignette on an antique chest

For this vignette I focused on shades of brown and added texture with the woven wicker tray and carved box.  Pumpkins and a gourd add a pop of fall color to this scene.Fall Vignette with wood squirrel, handmade clay acorns, wood box from India, Hagar compote filled with cotton bolls and a cigar box filled with pinecones.

I love using pumpkins and gourds in the fall and when I see them for sale at a roadside stand or even at the grocery store, I have to stop myself from buying more and more.  Learn how I dry and save my gourds to use from year to year here.Pumpkins and gourds used in fall decor

This squirrel is a fall item that I’ve had for many years.  I typically don’t use many tchotchkes in my decor but this sweet squirrel is an exception.  He is used every fall in my home.Fall vignette with pumpkins, handmade clay leaves and acorns, cotton bolls in a Hagar compote, and pinecones in a cigar box.

Near the squirrel is a clump of clay acorns handcrafted by a potter in Seagrove, NC.  The acorns are new to me and I acquired them from a local gentleman who was selling them from his father’s estate.  Wood squirrel, handmade clay acorns and a baby pumpkin used in a fall vignette

Here you can see a few more items that I purchased from the same gentleman, four clay leaves.  All are marked, “Teresa”, and one is marked “2007”.  I just so happened to spot these in a local FB group for sale shortly after they were posted.  I hesitated for a few seconds and then decided that if I didn’t mark sold on these quickly someone would beat me to them.  I was correct as a few minutes after I typed “sold” someone else typed “next”.Fall Vignette with an antique jug, handcrafted clay leaves, pumpkins and gourds, a wooden squirrel, wood box from India, a Hagar compote with cotton bolls and a cigar box filled with pinecones

I like how these clay leaves look on either side of the basket.Fall Vignette with an antique jug, handcrafted clay leaves, pumpkins and gourds, a wooden squirrel, wood box from India, a Hagar compote with cotton bolls and a cigar box filled with pinecones

These clay leaves look very much like the real thing.Handcrafted leaves made with clay

To balance out the display, I used an old jug that my mother gave me long ago along with two clay leaves.Vintage jug with clay leaves handcrafted in Seagrove, NC

Another Living Room Fall Vignette

Another spot in my formal living room that I like to decorate is the table to the right of the fireplace.  This table usually has a lamp on it but I borrowed it from this table to use in our family room with a fall lamp shade that I’ve had for years.  I’ll share our family room’s fall decor next week.A formal living room decorated for fall with vintage

I focused on shades of green and brown for this vignette.Fall vignette in a formal living room

My grandmother’s green vase is filled with dried River Oats.  In front of it are two Magnolia leaves that my aunt gave me.  They seem to be real Magnolia preserved in some way and then painted, one copper and one gold.  If they aren’t real, they are very authentic looking and feeling faux versions.River Oats in a vintage green vase with a gold and a copper metallic Magnolia leaves

On a round cheese board that was also my grandmother’s I created another fall vignette.  A tiny platter with a fall scene on it was an Appomattox, VA antique shop find long ago.  I only paid a few dollars for it and I’ve enjoyed using it every fall since I purchased it.

The leaf is a Vermont souvenir that my husband secretly purchased for me on one of our leaf peeping trips.  I found the bottles in my basement and I’m not sure where they came from, perhaps one of my grandmother’s homes or they could be bottles that we dug long ago.  Fall vignette with a small fall plate, vintage bottles, a leaf leaf ornament from Vermont, and a bowl filled with faux acorns

The faux acorns are a bonus from the gentleman who sold me the leaves.  They are displayed in a bowl that my good friend bought for me in Italy when she visited there a few years ago.Fall vignette with a small fall plate, vintage bottles, a leaf leaf ornament from Vermont, and a bowl filled with faux acorns

Fall in the Dining Room

We almost always enter our home via our porch which leads into our dining room.  The dining room adjoins our living room and it’s also a spot that I like to decorate seasonally since it’s an area that I’m in multiple times a day.A dining room with antique furniture decorated for fall

The dining room table centerpiece is a DIY Wood Box that I made a few years ago.A dining room with antique oak furniture decorated for fall

I filled the box with candles, pumpkins, sweet gum balls, and sprigs of faux bittersweet.A DIY wood box filled with candles, pumpkins, bittersweet, and sweet gum balls is used as a table centerpiece.

I wanted the pumpkins to have a bit of shine, so I used this technique that I’ve found that not only gives shine, it helps to preserve the pumpkin.A DIY wood box filled with candles, pumpkins, bittersweet, and sweet gum balls is used as a table centerpiece.

Every fall I spread my small pumpkins and gourds out on newspaper in my basement and dry them to use the next year.  The pumpkins usually don’t dry well but every once in a while one will, so I always try rather than pitching them in my compost pile.A DIY wood box filled with candles, pumpkins, bittersweet, and sweet gum balls is used as a table centerpiece.

I decorated the oak buffet with gourds in a wood bowl, a fall painting, and fall candles in silver compote bowls.An antique oak buffet decorated for fall

I bought this fall painting years ago in Vermont at a bargain price because it is ripped.  A Christmas gift tag is taped to the back that says, “To:  Bill and Audrey  From:  Debi”.   Vermont painting with a wooden bowl filled with gourds

The candles are beeswax and were purchased at a local shop years ago.  They used to smell really good but over the years have lost their scent.Vermont painting with a wooden bowl filled with gourds

My grandmother’s chest is the first thing that is seen as we enter our home from our porch.  Dining Room Decorated for Fall with Vintage

On the chest is a Haviland platter, a brass candle holder, another Vermont leaf, and an Ikea candle.Fall vignette with a Haviland platter, gold preserved Vermont maple leaf ornament, brass candle holder, and an IKEA candle

Fall Porch Decor

Our porch is a great spot to relax and it’s another spot that I enjoy decorating for each season.  The pillows are $5 outdoor pillows from Walmart.  I love their fall colors and plaid pattern.  They also get bonus points for being Virginia Tech Hokies colors.Porch Decorated for Fall

A fall wreath that I made a few years ago hangs on the wall.  The table holds an old green bottle that my mom gave me, a green compote filled with acorns picked up on walks with Sherman, another Vermont leaf, and a piece of bark covered with Lichen.  The plaid picnic tin was an estate sale find a few years ago.Porch Decorated for Fall

More acorns are displayed in my dad’s silver porridge bowl. 1941 silver porridge bowl engraved with Freddie Ahalt filled with acorns

My aunt gave me this perfume ad that she bought at a flea market a few years ago.  The colors in the card coordinate with the orange pitcher on the table.  Bean Brother Indian Queen Perfume Advertisement Card

That concludes today’s tour.  I’ll be back on Tuesday to share how I decorated our family room for fall.

Decorating with Vintage for Fall

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  1. Such pretty vignettes each one, I love them ! I dry my gourds and then I paint them in gold and white. Next time I will try light gray and blue.
    I’m pinning.
    Happy Fall.

  2. I also want to say I love vintage furniture and specially heirlooms. We have some from hubby’s grandparents and parents. Love all of yours too. Always my fav.

  3. The decor on your grandmother’s dresser is just lovely, Paula… that squirrel and those acorns are adorable, and the cotton balls in the pedestal bowl are just so pretty! Great fall decor this year!

  4. Paula, you’re just the BEST at decorating with vintage items. Your things never look stuffy or out of date. . . they look fresh and lovely and very welcoming.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party. I’m featuring you this week!

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