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When it comes to fall, we find ourselves celebrating the season by adding festive decor, florals, and flowering plants that reflect our style in the interior and exterior of our homes. This season is also the beginning of many upcoming holiday gatherings. Inspired by this, I wanted to create 3 different looks using the same type of florals and incorporate pumpkins as a fall accent!
I purchased two bunches of eucalyptus and six stems of hydrangeas from the grocery store and only spent $24.00… it’s an inexpensive way to accent areas of your living space! Eucalyptus has that earthy, natural texture to it and hydrangeas have the largest blooms that when grouped together, they reflect an abundance look! The colors I chose are neutral and therefore, would showcase well in any decorated space.
Keep scrolling to see the 3 looks I created using the same items…
Look #1. Fall Floral Table Runner
This floral table runner was so easy to create and it’s perfect to incorporate as part of your Thanksgiving tablescape!
- Step 1: Starting at the center of your dining table, take the first bunch of your eucalyptus and lay it on the left side of the table.
- Step 2: Flair out your eucalyptus to your desired width and repeat on the right side of the table. You will want both ends of the eucalyptus branches to meet at the center of the table.
- Step 3: Cut your hydrangeas stems at your desired length and insert each stem in a water tube. This will keep them fresh for the duration of your dinner party.
- Step 4: Concentrate on the center of your floral runner when tucking your hydrangeas in between the eucalyptus branches.
- Step 5: Cover up any open areas of your floral table runner with small pumpkins. Add mini pumpkins throughout your floral runner for scale.
- Step 6: Complete the look by adding some ambiance with candlelights! I used my crystal candle holders and long white taper candles.
Look #2. Floral & Festive Fall decor for the Fireplace Mantel
Using the same concept as the floral dining table runner, I recreated the same look on our fireplace mantel. Remember my DIY message pumpkins I had created in this post? I used them here. In order to create a focal point, I placed my ‘happy fall’ message pumpkins on the center of the mantel. My mantel was not large enough to tuck six hydrangea stems, so I only used four.
Look #3. Fall Floral Centerpiece
If you have a small dining table or are looking to dress up your entry table or buffet, I created this simple but elegant floral centerpiece. I used a floral foam wet brick and had it soaking in water before inserting it in my vase. Using a foam brick made designing the arrangement easier because I was able to create my desired look, stem by stem. When re-creating this centerpiece, start out with your hydrangeas. You will want to cut each of them in various heights, as shown in the picture above. I inserted eucalyptus branches to fill in the gaps of the arrangement. I didn’t want the floral arrangement to look too structured, so I didn’t cut all the eucalyptus branches….I like the appearance of free flowing movement in an arrangement. In order to add that festive fall touch, I clustered my mini pumpkins in front of the arrangement. By placing this floral centerpiece on your buffet table, this would coordinate so well with the floral table runner in look #1!
I hope you have enjoyed the 3 different floral looks and it has inspired you to want to recreate one in your home this fall season!
-photos + floral design by Rose Angel Lopez
In our kitchen, we have two large open wall spaces and it was just last year when I had tackled what to do with one of them. I had installed a gallery wall filled with white-framed herb prints (you can see that post, here). I wasn’t sure what to do with the other empty wall – that was until recently when I noticed the corner of my kitchen counter was filled with cookbooks as well as a stack of more cookbooks on top of my fridge!
Since I love to cook and bake, I enjoy trying out different recipes, hence why I own quite a few cookbooks! I wanted a space saver from the counter and get rid of the clutter on top of my fridge. I decided to utilize my empty wall efficiently by showcasing my cookbooks and installing floating wall picture ledges that I had purchased a while back from Ikea (similar ones, shown here). I had originally mounted these in my home studio but since I needed that wall space to hang my two new fabric pin boards, I had to take them down and so glad I was able to reuse them in another space in the house.
I didn’t want the cookbook wall shelves to look like a library of sorts, so I incorporated some kitchen items like a marble mortar & pestle, a rolling pin, and a marble & wood cutting board onto the ledges. I also added various gourmet and speciality oils & vinegar bottles that were taking up too much space on my kitchen counter. I moved my prayer framed print from our dining room and centered it onto the top floating picture ledge.
With holiday entertaining season soon upon us, I’ve added a few new cookbooks to my collection for some holiday inspiration, like The Forest Feast Gathering filled with vegetarian menus, The Year of Cozy that contains recipes, DIY crafts and other homemade life adventures to create. For mouthwatering finger foods and bite-size party snacks, I purchased Milli Taylor Party-Perfect Bites. I’m loving the seasonal Farm-To-Table Desserts cookbook too! All the organic recipes are organized by season – everything from desserts and brunch food items to cocktails.
We are really happy how it turned out and whenever friends or family members stop by the house, everyone comments on how they really like the wall of cookbooks and what a great idea it is! Not only did I save space on my kitchen counter but the large wall display inspires me to grab a cookbook and try out a delicious new recipe! A win-win!
How do you store or display your cookbooks? Would you consider creating a wall display of cookbooks in your home? Leave a comment in the comments section below and let me know! Also, I’d love to hear what you’re recommendations are for your favorite go-to cookbooks! Luckily, the pictures ledges are deep enough to hold two cookbooks back-to-back in the event I purchase more…wink, wink!
-Pictures: Design by Occasion
If you were to ask me what is one of the best things of summer, I would have to say the ability to go out front or in our backyard and clip some peonies and hydrangeas we have planted. Growing flowers for cutting is such a joy for me so that I can transform into beautiful arrangements, big or small. Also, having readily available flowers are perfect for those days when you have an impromptu gathering or last minute guest visits. It’s a relief when you don’t have to rush out to the grocery store or florist to pick up some fresh flowers!
I noticed that a few of our hydrangeas were at its fullest bloom and if I didn’t cut them, they would eventually die. So I was inspired to create two different arrangements…one for outdoors and one for indoors. Keep reading to see how I created these two ideas for a simple DIY vase arrangement.
Outdoor Arrangement: displayed in a ‘Window Box Planter’
Since this is the season that we spend those most of our time outdoors, I’m always looking for ways to create centerpieces ideal for our outdoor dining table.
To achieve this look, I cut (8) hydrangeas and several leafy hydrangea stems. To arrange the hydrangeas, I used a large glass flower frog. Glass flower frogs are reusable pieces that sit at the bottom of a vase and securely hold your flower arrangement in place, while still getting water.
- A long window box planter (mine shown here is 24″)
- A vintage glass flower frog (size: large/13 hole)
How to assemble:
- Place your flower frog in the center of the planter box
- Fill your planter box with warm water
- Cut your first hydrangea stem to size and insert it in the middle hole of the flower frog. Make sure your hydrangea stem touches the bottom of the base so it can drink the water.
- Take off the leaves on the lower part of the stem (you don’t want the leaves to be submerged in water. Continue to insert each hydrangea stem into the flower frog holes. The center of the arrangement will give you a nice full-looking centerpiece.
- For the left and right sides of the planter box, you will want to fill these empty holes with the greenery leafy stems to add fullness.
Indoor Arrangement: displayed in large glass Cylinder Vases
Whether you’re looking to dress up your dining room table with a centerpiece, decorate a buffet table, or bar cart, these tall arrangements definitely have a wow factor and are very grand! I wouldn’t suggest this type of flower arrangement when setting up a tablescape because viewing your guests will make it difficult to conversate. If you have kitchen island, a couple of these arrangements in various sizes on your counter, will look amazing. Our dining room table fits seating for eight and displaying these large arrangements adds a bounteous cheer and a stunning touch of decoration.
- 16″ glass cylinder vases (depending on the size of your table will determine how many you can fit)
How to assemble:
- Fill your cylinder with water and insert hydranges. If you have a very large bloom, I inserted only one stem and also included the stems of the hydrangea leaves.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
Bring on the Yummy and Let’s Party!
Do you remember looking back as a child and how you couldn’t wait until your birthday cake arrived, all lit up with candles? Well, no need to wait for the grand finale, cakes are not the only thing be shared these days. Similar to a buffet set up, decked out with a sweet-scene display, tables now are the cornerstone of most parties where they are displayed throughout an event. A display of cakes, cookies and other yummy sweet treats can be the heart of your party and the perfect place to match your party decor accessories. There’s no better way to excite your guests and have them connect to their inner child by indulging in a variety of mouth-watering, bite-sized deliciousness. As a bonus…share the sweetness by adding boxes or bags for guest to fill and treats double as favors too!
When Shari’s Berries contacted me to let me know that they put a ‘How To Set Up a Candy Buffet’ guide, I was excited at the chance to share this with you. Take a cue from this ‘how-to’ and deck out your next party with your own splendid dessert table for kids and adults, alike!
*This post is brought to you by Shari’s Berries.