This Thanksgiving, I have vowed to not buy a thing to decorate with. Seriously, does anyone who already owns four large storage boxes of Thanksgiving decorations (and dishes) really need anything else? Here are a couple of ideas that I came up with to keep me from being tempted to indulge in any more decor.
When we redid our dining room last winter, we ended up with a small wall that I had absolutely nothing to put onto. That has not happened in a very, very long time here at Opulent Cottage! I was determined to find something unique, and almost free. Lo and behold, not much later I found this wonderful old scrolly iron piece in a neighbor's big trash heap. Sadly, I'm not kidding. A precious old house just down the street was razed earlier this year, and this was attached to the former screen door, which was in really bad shape. Most of our homes in this neighborhood were built in the 1920s, so I assume that it is about 90 years old. I was beyond thrilled to find and rescue it! How perfect is it for this small wall?
It needed a little oomph, though. I started by wiring a pretty twig wreath to the center of the iron.
Still needed a little somethin', don't you agree? Look what I found -- a pomegranate wreath, with the BL tag still on it. Found at the thrift, for just $2! If it's only $2, and from the thrift store, does it count?! I decided no, so on it went.
I wasn't in the mood to run to the store, and oh that's right, I'm not buying anything else, so out to the garden I went to clip a few boxwood sprigs.
So much better than a plain wall! I'm officially calling it done.
For our buffet, I wanted to do something fall-ish, and unique. I thought of a fall-colored runner, or burlap, but both of those would have required purchasing. After digging through my stash, this is what I came up with --
How fun is this sheet music, used as a makeshift runner? I love the silver and mercury glass candleholders against this aged paper. This book of sheet music had a copyright of 1960 -- it's as old as I am!
A couple of vintage decanters were filled with wheat. I actually pack this wheat up every year, put it in the storage boxes, pull it out the next year, and it's good as new.
Some boxwood made its way into these candleholders, also. It sort of softened these horrible dollar-store pumpkin candle rings, which I have meant to paint every year, but haven't. Maybe next year?
In the end, I'm so glad that I resisted the urge to go out and buy new decorations! I proved to myself, once again, that with a little creativity, I can make do with what I already own, and love it all over again. Thank you so much for coming by, and please visit these wonderful link parties that I'm joining. There is sure to be SO much holiday inspiration!
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Nita at Mod Vintage Life for Mod Mix Monday
Carrie's Amaze Me Monday at Dittle Dattle
Room By Room Party featuring dining rooms at Cottage and Vine
Sunday Showcase Party at Stephanie's Under the Table and Dreaming
Tabletop Tuesday at Marty's A Stroll Thru Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Linda's Coastal Charm
Kim's Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Fall Into Fall Party at Judy's DIY By Design
Sherry's Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Debra's Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Honey's Potpourri Friday at 2805
Vanessa and Heather's Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence
Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Show and Tell Friday at Cindy's My Romantic Home
Farmhouse Friday at Laurie Anna's Vintage Home