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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Frugal Fall Decorating

As you turn into our driveway, you are welcomed by this rusty gate and old cast iron wash pot.

Yes, this old cast iron pot is actually what our parents washed their clothes in.  Filled with  rain or well water; homemade lye soap and a good hot fire underneath to boil the clothes. No built-in agitator ... just an old wooded broom stick to "stir the clothes". If you were lucky, you might have a special made stick to stir with. I am lucky to have these two vintage ones and a bar of lye soap.  Forked one is made to lift the clothes out. 


"Fall in Love with Texas Blog Tour"

I am so excited to be a part of this and I hope you will enjoy a little bit of 
Frugal Fall Decorating in our house.

We have been downsizing this year, so this means that we will be downsizing our Fall decorating too.

In the entry hall is this antique bench that I saved from one of those "crusher trucks" that pick up bulk trash. 

 My vintage chalk cats love the cozy quilt in this old green basket. 
The boards in the back sections were bad so I padded and upholstered them
There is also room in the hall for this large Welsh hutch which holds crocks and part of my ironstone collection.

 This is an true 1800's barn lantern.

Dining room ... first door on the right.  

I am building the centerpiece with this huge "Farmer's Market" cutting board I made from an old wooden ironing board. 

Bleached leaves and Dollar Tree $ burlap pumpkins that I painted white and teal ... left one natural.

... scattered a little candy corn ... added a Mason jar of white candles and a gourd dipper full of miniature stone fruit.


The set of covered French onion soup bowls with handles and crock casserole in a stand was a 1950's wedding gift ... had never been used when I bought them at a garage sale in the late 80's (including the original box). I have never used them but I guess I threw the box away.

Makes a colorful table.
Dishes are vintage Mikasa  High Noon
Cutting board is 36" long
Glasses are from Dollar Tree

  Love this old wooden dough bowl with rawhide laced edge. 

This is an Antique Linen Press cabinet ... Yes, I have my table linens in there. I would show you, but it is a mess after I was digging for linens to set this table.

Give Use This Day our Daily Bread (cross stitch)
Hand made Numbers bench can be seen below.

The fireplace mantel in the living room is the first thing I like to decorate. Most everything is thrifted. 

I have loved looking for vintage oak splint baskets this year. I have found a few and made them a part of my decorations.
I find the height of this fireplace is a bit of a challenge.

The old yellow painted jug; the palm leaf pumpkin and the brass weather vane deer seems to always be a favorite for Fall decorating. The jug with branches helps to add height to the mantel.

The colorful collection of pear in the antique, time-worn wooden dough bowl is one of my favorite things. 

More twigs from the yard. The squirrel family always make an appearance in the Fall. The large iron acorn is likely a weight from a scale. Weighs about five pounds. The splint basket with a nice arrangement of sunflowers was a $5.00 thrift store find this year. 
Bleached leaves are scattered about the mantle. 

 collection of copper and silver

Down the hall and a quick peek in the master bedroom ...  
a corner wall of antique mirrors with a vintage rain lamp over this black walnut desk (night table) decorated with antlers and green carboy wine jugs. Always in style regardless of the season. 

Main Bath 

There is a white chamber pot on bottom self.

Green enamel Baby bath tub 
and chamber pot.

Nestled in rolled towels is  pumpkin I made from a milkglass lamp shade.

Mercury glass pumpkin, baby breath in a tarnished silver bowl
and my little cement (yard art) girl hugging her rabbit. 
 Time for a break ....

Texas-size acorns ...
 from our Chinkapin Oak.  This will make the native deer happy.

Happy Fall y'all. 
Thanks for the visit. 
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Related blogs are listed below. 
 Numbers bench can be seen HERE.
Palm fronds pumpkin
ironing board to cutting board
Stained glass windows can be seen here

Farmer's Market stencil  Funky Junk Interiors  Stencils

Thanks for the visit


  1. Fall looks fantastic at your place...a great post, Audrey....and I adore all your vintage and antique pretties.....

  2. I just love it, Audrey. You still are the winner when it comes to frugal finds. Thanks so much for saying yes to this tour. I'm thrilled you joined us.

  3. So lovely Audrey! What a fabulous collection of pieces you have!

  4. I love your Fall decor, Audrey! Your home looks so cozy and inviting. I see so many goodies...where to start? First, is that a carousel horse by the fireplace? He's magnificent! The sweet angel hugging her rabbit with the mercury glass, the milk glass lamp cover turned pumpkin, mantle and fireplace,table setting with the French soup bowls, and on and on! Then there's the outside! I truly love it all! Everything just says "welcome"!

  5. Good Morning Audrey!
    Thank you for inviting us into your splendid and cozy home. Your treasures and collectible are positively wonderful and you have incorporated them so delightfully into your decor! I love them all:) You have welcomed us and a Texas Fall ever so graciously and beautifully!

  6. Audrey, thank you for taking us on a tour of your fall decorations for the Fall in Love with Texas Blog Tour. I enjoyed visiting all your lovely decorations.

  7. Those little French onion soup pots are perfect on your fall table. Love your hutch and ironstone collection, too!

  8. You have so many treasures that you've shared for us to enjoy, Audrey. I certainly loved taking a peek around your lovely home, and to see how frugally you have decorated for Fall. You are an inspiration!

  9. Oh Audrey I am positively smitten with all of your fall decor. The autumnal touches you added throughout your home are a delight.

  10. I haven't ssen one of those rain lamps since I was a little girl. I remember thinking they were so cool, and I still think so! What a treasure! Your home is beautiful with all your wonderful festive touches!

  11. Hi Audrey, Your home is gorgeous and you have decorated it beautifully for fall. You have such a great eye for pulling the details all together. So enjoyed my visit and leave inspired and a new follower too. Enjoy the tours. xo

  12. You have so many wonderful treasures. I love hutches and yours is a beauty. Your home is so cozy, I want to stay and chat for hours!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  13. You have so many neat treasures and I love how everything speaks fall - I especially like the crocks and the enamelware. You're home is fun enjoyed the tour.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  14. Audrey, your home looks so festive and cozy! I love it all but your outdoor display and tablescape are my favorites ;)

  15. When I saw your home was on the tour, I couldn't wait to click over! It is everything I thought it would be....tasteful, elegant, I could go on and on! Thank you for sharing it with us...hugs...

  16. Oh Audrey, I love your house. Love the thrifted finds throughout. I also am really in love with the welsh hutch. Pretty tablescape. Great ideas all around.

  17. Audrey, so glad you participated in this tour. It's fun to see your home. Can't believe the hall bench was set out as trash. You were wise to rescue this piece. It's perfect for your entry.
    Happy Fall!

  18. Hi Audrey, your treasures for fall are just lovely! So many special pieces. We are the proud owners of my husband's grandmother's copper wash boiler, we think her mother may have used it as well back into the early 1900s. I'll have to make a display of it someday like you have :) Happy Fall! xo, Andrea

  19. Hi Audrey, your treasures for fall are just lovely! So many special pieces. We are the proud owners of my husband's grandmother's copper wash boiler, we think her mother may have used it as well back into the early 1900s. I'll have to make a display of it someday like you have :) Happy Fall! xo, Andrea

  20. Thank you for sharing and hopping. Your attention to detail and decor for Fall is amazing. I adore how you have given every nook and cranny a lovely touch of Fall colors. Falling into Autumn Bliss...

  21. Audrey,
    You have so many authentic antiques. How are you going to decide what to keep when you downsize more? Thanks for sharing them as part of the fall blog tour.


  22. Wow, so many fun and wonderful fall vignettes! You have put your touch everywhere! I especially love the outdoor decor-

  23. I enjoyed seeing all your collection. You have some wonderful antique pieces. My mouth fell open when I saw the "High Noon" dishes as that was our first set of dishes when we married in 1978. I only kept one salad plate but sold the set in one of my garage sales many years ago. Love the old iron pieces that welcome you. The old rustic look is most appealing especially in the fall with the pumpkins and such. The big pumpkin with the wood stem is the neatest! You are very creative and have a way with putting things together! I enjoyed the tour!

  24. Audrey, you have some beautiful pieces! I enjoyed looking at your home decked out for Fall! And, the horse is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your talent with us! Happy Fall Day to you! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  25. Audrey, your home is lovely. So many fall touches to add warmth and coziness. You have some awesome collections. The vignettes are so pretty. Fall has arrived at your home. Have you linked up at our linked party every Sunday at 4:00 EST. If not, I would love to see you share.

  26. You have done an outstanding job incorporating your treasures into fall displays. First, I have never seen green acorns! Love the pumpkins with the ironstone. I have always been green with envy over the yellow jug. The pumpkins on the porch posts are so cute.

  27. I really enjoyed your Frugal Fall Decorating. Marvelous! You've given me ideas. Happy Monday!

  28. Oh, my goodness, Audrey! I love your fall decorations and your home is just beautiful! I wish I could be around when you start downsizing as I see so many pretties! Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  29. Beautiful decor! The fireplace mantel is just absolutely fabulous :) Thank you so much for joining the party at Dishing It & Digging It! Hope to see you share with us this week!

  30. That is a lot of pretty fall decorating and must have taken you a long time. Like the lace curtain!! Nancy

  31. Audrey I am in awe of your huge and wonderful collection of fall decorating pieces. I think the real cast iron washing pot was the best - personal history. Glad you could add the lye soap and the washing and the stir and lifting sticks to your information. My goodness, wonderful. I enjoyed every single picture, thank you for sharing such a wonderful collection. I loved seeing your home in fall glory.

  32. Hi Audrey!
    Just popping in to see how things are here at Timeless Treasure and with you!
    I enjoyed seeing all the Fall decor... in fact, I pinned the first photo, you had me with that door and delicate lace curtain!
    It's all lovely!
    Hope you're having a wonderful time with family and friends this holiday season.
    Merry Christmas!

  33. I am new to your blog, visiting you from BJ's blog, Sweet Nothings. I love your fall fireplace mantel. So so cozy and beautiful. My mother is in her mid-80's, too. Everyone to her is an "old lady" - but not her! She never cared for decorating so I don't don't know where I caught that bug from. (: I'm off to see more of your blog. I hope you are feeling wonderful today!


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