Natural Elements for Fall Decorating

I love decorating around the house using natural elements… especially in the Fall. It is a surefire way to change the whole vibe of your space with minimal effort. There is so much more you can do to get ready for fall than adding an old tired wreath of fake orange and red leaves.

I have been saving so many photos of pretty flowers lately, I just wanted to share a few that I find inspiring.

I love the idea of a wreath made out of cotton bolls. I found this photo on Pinterest.
I love the idea of a wreath made out of cotton bolls. I found this photo on Pinterest.
This is just so pretty and not too overdone. I love the idea of fresh flowers above the bed. Unfortunately, I did not save who posted this photo, so if you know, let me know so I can give them credit!
This is just so pretty and not too overdone. I love the idea of fresh flowers above the bed. Unfortunately, I did not save who posted this photo, so if you know, let me know so I can give them credit!
I am obsessed with this wreath from "Finding Home." You can find Laura's tutorial here.
I am obsessed with this wreath from “Finding Home.” You can find Laura’s tutorial here.
I love this wreath that I found from @mooncanyon on Instagram.
I love this wreath that I found from @mooncanyon on Instagram.
This photo of dahlias in a prep bucket from @hedgerow on Instagram is magical.
This photo of dahlias in a prep bucket from @hedgerow on Instagram is magical. Their arrangements are also magical.

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out my inspirations for Fall decor! Don’t forget to check me out on Instagram @Chair_candy to see all the awesome chairs I find!

Roadside Find: Free Wood

Roadside Find

Free wood? Even if I couldn’t think of a project off the bat, this was too pretty to pass up!

I found these outside of a girlfriend’s place. The pieces of wood are huge, and it took two of us to carry the shorter pieces. We didn’t know what we’d use this wood for, so we just grabbed the two smaller pieces. Later in the day, I thought they would make amazing table tops, but it was too late to go for the longer pieces. We ran into some contractors, who said these were pieces of a staircase they were building that weren’t cut quite right.

Good score, huh? What would you do with them?

When to (Not) Quit: Tricolor Table

Remember my post about  knowing when to quit?

Apparently I don’t.

And that’s not always a bad thing. Here’s a picture of the dining set finally finished (and I’m so, so happy with it!!!)

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How cute is this?! Note the orange tray from my DIY Tray post!

The neutral gray legs and chairs balance out the bright orange and Tiffany Blue. I’m sneaky and took a Tiffany & Co. catalog to get matched at the paint store. I love this set so much I am tempted to keep it, but it would look terrible in my hot pink dining room and wouldn’t be good for my hoarder-ish tendencies. Yeah, I just made up a word.

Anyway… here’s another pic!

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Side view- don’t the colors work well together?

Okay, so I almost quit… but I couldn’t give up that easily. Plus the chairs were basically done, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt anything to mess with it a little more.

I ended up staining the lighter side one more time then re-staining the whole thing, which made it a lot more even. I actually like the differences in the wood- it really shows that this isn’t a new piece, and I LOVE that it has history!

Table Top
Once it was all put together, I really don’t mind the difference in color. It is aged wood, after all, which is part of the beauty of up-cycling!

I’ll do another post with some before shots so you can see just how far it has come.