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Using vintage and natural elements for fall decor

wicker covered bottle with wheat stems

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Hey, friends! I’m so happy because it’s FINALLY starting to feel like fall here after the hottest September on record. And I’m also happy to be sharing some of our natural and vintage decor from the family room as part of a fall blogger tour organized by Sara at Twelve on Main. If you’re new here, you can go to my start here page to learn more about me and this site. Also, links to all the posts are at the bottom, so be sure to scroll all the way down for fall inspiration galore!

blue-gray painted fireplace mantel with vintage and natural decor items

Earlier this year I painted our family room mantel and hearth. It was dark brown with a black marble surround and I wanted to lighten the mood in this room. You can see more about the makeover here → painted mantel and surround

I love the new, lighter look and the blue-ish mantel, but it is a little limiting on colors I can use on it. I decided to go more neutral with the fall colors in here after using more traditional colors on the living room fireplace. You can see the fireplace here → fall living room fireplace

dried hydrangeas on fireplace mantel

We’re big recyclers in this house but our local recycling location stopped accepting glass. So now I’m trying to find ways to use all of our glass bottles and jars. My oldest daughter saved this pretty brown bottle from a kombucha drink and I decided to use it for some of my dried hydrangeas. It’s perfect for fall, don’t you think?

brown bottle with dried hydrangeas and small white pumpkin on fireplace mantel

And how do you like my “antique” hydrangeas? They were a happy accident. I had clipped about 20 stems from my parents’ giant hydrangea bush a couple of months ago with the intention of drying them to retain their soft pastel colors. I succeeded in drying them, and then put them out on our deck. But apparently when it’s 90° outside the soft pastel colors fade to this antique color. 

So there you go. If you want this shade of hydrangeas, just leave the dried stems outside when it’s blazing hot. How easy is that? You could also just leave them on the bush until all of the color fades from them and clip them to bring inside. 

See the simple way I dry hydrangea stems to preserve their color here → how to dry hydrangeas

brown bottle and dried hydrangeas with cathedral window on fireplace mantel

Another brown bottle I love is this vintage German beer bottle. It was a freebie from an old family friend and I’m always reminded of him when I use it.

I made a couple of branches with watercolor vintage sheet music leaves and used the bottle as a vase for them. I’ll be sharing how I made these in a tutorial at the end of this week, so check back or sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of this post and the tutorial will be delivered to your inbox. 

diy watercolor paper leaves in vintage brown beer bottle on fireplace mantel

A few baby boo pumpkins, vintage books, and a couple of pieces of vintage woodwork add to the vintage, natural theme. And although the cathedral window is new, it looks like an old piece and fits in with the theme as well.

diy watercolor paper leaves with dried hydrangeas and cathedral window on fireplace mantel

My vintage freebie mid century chair always works well with fall decor since it has a russet colored leather on it. And I have a serious throw blanket addiction so I added this cream cotton one from my stash to soften the look. I’ve had the pillow for several years and always get it out for fall.  

thankful pillow and cream throw blanket on mid century modern arm chair

On the wall to the left of the fireplace is my faux map drawer file cabinet and my favorite sign. Our family was in the paint and wallpaper business for several decades so I HAD to get this sign when I saw it. Plus it was the perfect size and color for this room. How could I not get it? 

vintage looking wallpaper and paint sign and file cabinet with fall decor

For fall, I added a wood lantern with some faux greenery, baby boo pumpkins, and more vintage books. And the boxwood topiaries are great all year round. 

wood and glass lantern with rope handle with vintage books and white pumpkin

Confession – I also have a serious pillow addiction. Can you tell? My husband actually asked me how many pillows we had. I just said “a lot”. 😂

blue and orange pillows on an off white sectional sofa

Another part of the makeover of this room earlier this year was our new sectional sofa. It’s huge and I can fill it up with pillows. Plus my husband and I can both lay down on it when we watch movies. We’re the laying-down-while-watching-television kind of people. 

blue and orange fall pillows on an off white sectional sofa

My favorite corner of the couch is right here. You’ll find me here watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy pretty much any night of the week. Yeah, I’m a total nerd and proud of it. 

orange and cream pillow and blue pillow and linen pillow with fringe on an off white sofa

That’s pretty much of our fall decor in the family room. Have you added any fall decor to your house? What colors are you using? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

Keep scrolling to see all of the fall home tours!

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See our fall entry, bar cart, and tiered tray from a couple of weeks ago here → Cozy Fall Home Tour

See all of my fall decor since 2011 here → fall decor archives

Check out all the amazing fall decor in our cozy fall home tours!

Twelve On Main  | Unskinny Boppy | A Blue Nest | Red Brick on the Lake

Sanctuary Home Decor | Saw Nail and Paint | Noting Grace | Honeycomb Home

The Little By Little Home | Postcards from the Ridge | Grace In My Space | Cribb Style | Finding Lovely

I’m sharing my post over at All About Home at Common Ground  and All About Home at Follow The Yellow Brick Home.


  1. I never knew hydrangeas would change to a vintage color if placed in the sun, that is awesome! I love all the neutral colors. The only signs of Fall here in Georgia are the falling leaves, it's surely not the temperatures! Still lingering in the 90's.

    1. I never knew that either, Christina! It was definitely a happy accident. Hopefully it will be cooler in Georgia soon. I'm sure you're as tired of the heat as I was!

  2. Oh my goodness, Angie, your home is so pretty. I could stare at the gorgeous mantel all day! It's perfect.

    1. Thank you so much, Susan! It's been fun to decorate it after giving it a makeover earlier this year!

  3. Your home is beautiful and I learned something new about hydrangeas. Thank you for sharing your space with us.

  4. Oh Angie! You know I'm such a lover of all things vintage and how you add them to your home seamlessly is absolutely timeless!

    1. Thank you so much, Amber! I'm so happy that you liked my project! Happy fall to you too.

  5. Angie, your home looks lovely! I'm so glad I saw this over at Debra's site on All About Home. Not sure if you do many link party's, but we would love to have you at Tuesday Turn About… we open on Tuesdays at 5pm CST. Hope to see you there. (Pinning!)

  6. I absolutely love the simple beauty in your living room. The hydrangeas look great! 😉 Vintage and natural look amazing together in your home.

    1. Thank you, Leigh! I always love using vintage and natural items whenever possible because they have so much character!

  7. Angie, I'm so glad you joined us this week! Your decor is so lovely! I especially love your DIY watercolor leaves and vintage touches. I chose your post as one of my features this week on Tuesday Turn About!

  8. Hi Angie!
    I found you via All About Home, and I'm so happy I did. Your living room is beautifully decorated for fall! Your mantel is lovely! It's so cool how the accident with the hydrangeas turned out to be a happy thing. I would love for you to join us at Homestyle Gathering via Serving Up Southern. The party opens at 9am Tuesday mornings and is open through the following Saturday till 7pm. I hope to see you there!
    >>> Kim

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