Autumn’s in the air and it’s time to decorate for fall on a budget! 

Autumn’s In the AirHuge wreath made with coffee filters, gourds, velvet pumpkins, mums and other fall decor

The rich colors of fall have always appealed to me.  I also love neutral decor and some of the lovely muted tones that are more and more popular for autumn decor but, and this is a big but, I try to use the same decor over and over each year maybe adding one new item per year or making something new so this year’s decor is all recycled from more years than I care to remember.Autumn and fall decor on a faux fireplace mantle including pumpkins, a black lantern, and a fall leaf garland

How To Decorate for Fall on a Budget

This year I started by decorating my mantel which is a big deal for me.  I have dreamed of having a fireplace and mantel for as long as I’ve owned this house.  I got tired of waiting and built my own last winter.  I started with an old cabinet and went from there and hopefully, someday I’ll share all the details and the how-to.

Close up of black lantern and fall decor on a fireplace mantel
I topped my mantel with a lantern, some small faux pumpkins and gourds and a wooden farmhouse styled tray.

Close up of orange mums in a seagrass basket with a fall leaf garland

Inside the fireplace, I placed some mums that were a birthday gift from my middle son (he knows me so well!) into an upcycled seagrass basket and placed that on top of an old drawer for added height.

Fall decor - lots of oranges included a velvet pumpkin, a homemade pillow, mums, and lots more pumpkin stuff
I like to use vintage pop crates any chance I get for decor (or to hold magazines and this one used to be a toybox for my oldest son….time goes by too quickly) and that is next to the fireplace holding a faux pumpkin.

Kitchen towel pillow, red plush throw and orange velvet pumpkin

Next to the fireplace I draped a comfy throw over the chair and topped that with a pillow I made from a kitchen towel and an old button-down shirt (tutorial coming soon!).

close of up cranberry colored plush throw with pom pom fringe

The throw has pom poms so I think I needed it 😉 plus, it was only $7.94 at Walmart which meant there was really no reason not to get it, right?

China cabinet with coffee filter wreath on it and fall tablescape

The next room I want to share is my dining room. I went simple this year for the dining room and am using another pop crate and more mums for the centerpiece.  I added some burlap to the crate to cover up the planter and that will also make it easy to remove for watering those mums…they get thirsty especially indoors.

simple fall table setting

I’m not entertaining today but I thought I would set the table just to make it look a little less empty.

basic fall table setting

Anytime I do entertain, I like to use something vintage or something from my mother just because and for this table setting I used my Pioneer Woman plates and topped them with some antique plates that were my mothers.  They have brown in them which made them perfect for fall.

close up of large planter of mums in a vintage soda pop crate on dining room table

I had some fresh apples and those are an easy way to add color to the table so I added them to help complete my simple dining room table decor and that sums it up for now.  I’m sure I’ll be adding some decor to my kitchen soon.

The next stop on the tour is Jennifer from Celebrating Everyday Life. Be sure to stop by Jennifer’s and thank you so much for stopping by!

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Monday 9/20

Southern Hospitality|Starfish Cottage|Home with Cupcakes and Crinoline|
Celebrating Everyday Life
|Savvy Southern Style

Tuesday 9/21

My Soulful Home | Love of Home | She Holds Dearly | Unskinny Boppy

Wednesday 9/22

Home Made by Carmona|Teaselwood Design|Little Farmstead|Our Southern Home|Housepitality Designs

Thursday 9/23

Stonegable | FrenchGardenHouse | Edith & Evelyn | Designthusiasm | Rooms for Rent


collage with two photos of fall decor depicting Autumn's in the Air