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I tend to get pretty excited about each coming Season and jump the gun with my decorations. Each year I am the first neighbor with my Christmas lights up. As soon as Labor Day was over I was anxiously anticipating Autumn decor. I am sure you can imagine my glee last weekend when I noticed that they put it out in the Seasonal aisles at Walmart! I immediately starting loading my cart up with leaves, gourds, candles, burlap and sparkly pumpkins. Nevermind that I have a ton of this stuff from previous years. I obviously need more.
My favorite place to decorate is the set of shelves in my living room. They are the first thing you see when you come in the front door.
I take everything off and start with a blank canvas.
Then, I put on a few larger things to see how they look together.
I play around, arrange, move things, step back and see how it all works as a whole.
I continue adding, taking away and changing things around until I feel like the shelves look symmetrical and I am satisfied with the overall look.
Then I add in finishing touches (like leaves, acorns and candles).
I never spend too much money on decorations. Everything I used for this arrangement was purchased (inexpensively) at Walmart or I already owned it.
Some tips to keep in mind when decorating shelves are:
Stagger the heights of the objects you are using. I do this by elevating candles with holders or putting out baskets that I fill with seasonal items. I also make sure I put some taller things (in this case I used signs) on the top shelf to draw the eye up.
Include a signature fragrance. I read recently that our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than our other senses. I am a HUGE fan of candles and I think fragrance plays a large role in how we perceive our surroundings.
I was recently introduced to a new line at Walmart called American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand and I am OBSESSED! You can find them right in the home and candle section and there are tons of fragrances to choose from.
Not only are they super affordable, (the larger two wick tumbler I bought was around $15 and the smaller ones were only around $5) but it is so convenient that they are sold at Walmart. It saves me from having to take a trip to the mall to buy my candles. As a Mom, I am CONSTANTLY at Walmart for something, so if I can also pick up some fabulous Yankee Candle® products during one of my many monthly trips I am all about it.
For this project I picked up Banana Walnut Bread and Buttercream Frosting because I wanted my living room to feel cozy and the deep Vanilla-based fragrances remind me of home. I really wish I had the ability to let you smell them through the computer because they are heavenly!
Sparkle and Little Touches. Remember – everything’s better with a little glitter! After I am done with the main pieces of decor I like to sprinkle around some added touches (little heart candies for Valentine’s Day or ornaments around Christmas). I think they add a little something to a display. For Fall I sprinkled faux colored leaves and pinecones around.
I have shared how I like to style my shelves for Fall using pumpkins, gourds, candles and colorful leaves. What tips do you have for creating a beautiful Autumnal display? Leave them in the comments section! xo