My Chicken Wire Pumpkin

I love chicken wire. So I was very excited when I came across the following chicken wire pumpkin at Craftberry Bush.
It has an industrial French country look to it, combining the wire with twine.
I loved it so much, I had to knock it off.
Being an artist, I emphasized the sculptural aspect of it.
Being pragmatic, I made it so it serves a purpose beyond just decoration. It holds all of the wine corks I have been saving.
Happy fall!

Feuilles d’Automne (Autumn Leaves Décor)

When decorating my home for fall, I love to use elements straight from nature. What could be better than fall foliage? Autumn leaves, whether real or artificial, add a natural and organic touch. They give a simple, warm and colorful feel to any room.
I love the effortless and spontaneous look of simple piles of leaves used as a centerpiece in Elle Maison (above) or a bunch of branches in a galvanized metal pail (below).
A single leaf on each place setting … a very simple and elegant idea. This would be so cute for Thanksgiving Day (if the leaves are still around by then!).
What could be more simple than wrapping colorful autumn leaves around a wine bottle?
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A simple technique of stringing leaves from a chandelier can add a little touch of autumn in a dining room, kitchen or outdoor space.
Draping autumn leaves on chairs is an easy and inexpensive décor idea. Mix them with tulle and ribbon or spray paint them with metallic colors for a more elegant look.
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Another beautiful way to use autumn leaves is to simply put some branches in a large vase with pre-lit twigs (below).
Another simple technique is to wrap leaves around a votive. Tie it with twine and add a small flower.
Or use autumn leaves as an added accessory. I love the warm look of this sweater-wrapped candle from Family Chic (below).
I’ve seen fall leaf wreaths all over the place but the one below from HGTV is fresh and unique. See how to make your own handmade wreath from leaves in your own back yard. I am so doing this!
Here are some of my favorite simple and unique autumn decorating ideas to do with leaves…
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Tee-se-itse TUESDAY! (Do-it-yourself) décoration d’automne

After a very long hiatus, I am finally back to my blog. I can never get anything done during the summer when my kids are off school. Then, tragically, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer that had aggressively metastasized to her lungs, kidney, lymph nodes, spine and liver. We quickly moved her from Ohio to New Jersey to live with us and receive treatment. Sadly, she died a month later. I am just now regrouping enough to be creative. The beautiful Fall foliage around me here in Princeton, NJ has helped!

I came across this very easy Tee-se-itse (do-it-yourself) autumn decoration on Dea Vita. It has inspired me to once again be creative! I came up with my own twist to this unique and beautiful  design.


I bought a little burlap bag instead of using the cone element. Then, I bought artificial floral pieces.


I inserted a few pieces of cardboard to stiffen it up and filled the bottom with bunched up plastic bags. I also cut off one of the handles and made a bow. I then arranged the floral pieces.


I love it! It is both simple and festive.

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I hope you’ll try this simple and inexpensive tee-se-itse décoration d’automne project!