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Fall Vignette {Fall Display}

It’s beginning to feel more and more like fall here, so figured I should get to work on my fall vignette. Why a vignette? Well, because we don’t have a fireplace, so I use our entryway table as my mantel for seasonal and holiday displays. It’s a great substitute for a mantel.

The vignette cost a whopping $5 to execute because I shopped my house. Unfamiliar with the term? It means that I used stuff I had around my house instead of buying more crap stuff I don’t need. Shopping the house requires a little more imagination, but I enjoy it because I like putting my noggin to work. Since I shopped the house, the only thing I purchased were gourds… for $5.
I arranged my $5 gourds in a pedestal hurricane. Then I set it on top of a vintage Reader’s Digest book and the infamous Pigeon book. I used some leftover burlap from my ruffled burlap table runner to make a simple table runner.

I removed the greenery and floral parts of an old wreath so I could display only the grapevine part of the wreath. The moss covered ampersand I made for or wedding was placed in front of the wreath.


I grabbed three of my thrifted Ball mason jelly jars, threw in some leftover fake leaves from my fall monogram wreath, and popped a tealight candle in each jar.


I set my green, Lowe’s clearance lamp on top of another Reader’s Digest book and a random vintage book.

Here’s where I got everything for the vignette in case you’re wondering.

Lamp: Lowe’s
Lampshade: no idea 
Burlap: JoAnn Fabric
Books: thrift store 
Wreath: Michael’s
Ampersand: handmade
Ball mason jars: Goodwill
Fake leaves: JoAnn Fabric
Pedestal hurricane: gifted
Gourds: Kroger

Do you shop your house?
Will you create a fall mantel or vignette this year?

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  1. It looks beautiful Chelsea! I love all the fun colors you incorporated!

  2. This looks lovely. I really like the less traditional fall colors. And I’m seriously kicking myself because I had a stack of the old Readers Digests from our local Salvation Army and I ended up putting them back. I haven’t seen them since.

  3. So pretty! I’m so inspired to go knock out my fall mantle now…

  4. Everything looks great! I’ve started decorating too and have shopped my apartment by using last year’s fall vase filler, wreath, and mason jars. I love the way that you use different heights of items to give a nice dynamic to your layout. I love that hurricane pedistal! I’m going to be on a search for that.

  5. Looks gorgeous! I have a couple things coming together but it’s not looking so cute! I need to shop my house and put some more effort into it! I love what you’ve done! Maybe a Fall subway art will do the trick!

    xoxo, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  6. Love it! Really mad at myself for leaving 20+ of the Reader’s Digest books behind at a local thrift store. Fingers crossed they’re still there!

  7. So beautiful. I love the Lowe’s lamp . . . how long ago did you get it? It would be perfect in my living room, I’ve been lamp shopping (unsuccessfully, I might add).

  8. I’m constantly shopping in our house. It is so much cheaper and totally freshens up all areas of the house. I feel like I’ve been given permission to start decorating for fall! It was so hot here this week, i felt weird. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Love this, I’ve been on the look out for the moss letters.

  10. Love it! Working on my fall decor tonight, so it’s super inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love fall decorating,and how you mixed the old and new! I would love to have you come share ‘Your Great Idea’ at my link party, hosted every Saturday. I know my readers would love you! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  12. Oh wow, that is an amazing look no one could guess you did it all for so little cash xo loving it

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