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French Vintage Fall Vignette with Bittersweet

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Welcome friends and HAPPY FALL! Today I am sharing a few photos of a French vintage style fall vignette that I recently styled on top of the vintage chest in our dining room. This week I found some dried bittersweet at a vintage shop and I couldn’t wait to play around with it in my fall decorating. When I brought the bittersweet home I just laid it on the chest until I could figure out what to do with it. Before I walked away I realized that it looked pretty there, and that’s how my impromptu French vintage fall vignette with bittersweet came about. 


I had already styled a fall vignette on the chest last week using the vintage French seltzer bottle, vintage demi-john, vintage books and antique frames that I had previously shared on the Transitioning From Summer to Fall Blog Hop. I simply swapped out some late summer treasures with a few fall ones. I also added some dried hydrangeas from my Annabelle hydrangea bushes in a pretty vase. I spread out the bittersweet around the vignette and snapped a quick picture with my phone to share on Instagram. The photo above got a lot of love on IG so I decided to share a few more pictures of the vignette here on the blog.


In my experience bittersweet is hard to come by and it can be quite pricey at time. I got lucky last week when I was driving home from the farmer’s market and spotted a big tangle of bittersweet vines outside of one of my favorite vintage shops where I used to be a vendor.


Bittersweet vine fall decorating ideas

The owner is a fabulous stylist so I figured she was probably just going to use the bittersweet throughout the store, but I just had to turn around and head back to the shop to see if she would part with any of it. As I suspected, she hadn’t planned on selling any of it but she graciously snipped a few cuttings for me for only a couple of dollars. Score!



I love how the bright orangish-red berries add instant fall color to any spot. Our dining room is decorated in shades of white, cream and neutrals, so just a little bit of orange is all it takes to transform the room for fall.



beautiful vintage plate, antlers, bittersweet and dried roses, dried hydrangeas fall vignette fall decorating ideas

I love incorporating dried flowers and botanicals around our home, especially in the fall. The pretty vintage saucer I used in the vignette gave me the inspiration to add in a few dried roses for a touch of French vintage fall romance.







There are also roses in the gorgeous antique oval picture frame that I scored at an estate sale this summer. It is probably my favorite frame in my vintage frame collection.


Last week I had a white pumpkin on the pedestal, but I switched it out for the orange velvet pumpkin when I started playing around with the bittersweet. I think the rusty orange color looks so pretty with the other shades of orange in the berries and roses.




French country fall vignette with bittersweet, dried hydrangeas, velvet pumpkins

Even though the weather STILL has not cooled down and it’s really hard to get motivated to do outdoor fall decorating, something about the bittersweet really gives me the fall feels inside the house at least. It just makes me happy every time I walk through the dining room!



Next week I will be sharing my fall home tour as part of the Embracing Fall Home Tours with 20 of my blogging friends! I love this vignette so much I am not sure much will change before the tour but you never know. One thing is for sure, bittersweet will be on the tour!



French Vintage Fall Vignette Bittersweet Vine Fall Decorating Fall Vignette with Bittersweet Decorating with Bittersweet for fall


I hope you have enjoyed seeing my French vignette fall vignette with bittersweet and that it has given you some ideas for using bittersweet in your home. If you would like more ideas for using this beautiful vine in your autumn decor, be sure to stop by the blog Tuesday. I will be sharing a post full of Fall Decorating Ideas with Beautiful Bittersweet with a little more information about the Bittersweet in general.

Have you ever used bittersweet in your fall decorating? I love to hear from you, dear readers!

Thanks for visiting today!



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  • Reply Cindy

    Beautiful Amber and good idea to ask. Never know unless you ask. Luckily you have access to the real thing. As much as I love it faux of bittersweet looks faux to me.

    Beautiful vignette and styling. Don’t you enjoy pedestals?

    Have a great start to your week


    September 30, 2019 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    so totally LOVE this. bittersweet is the icing on the Fall Vignette “cake”. just can’t find any around here!

    September 30, 2019 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Sandi Magle

    Very pretty, I love your pumpkin…..and all your choices. Orange doesn’t have to be glaring!

    September 30, 2019 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply jeanie

    It is simply gorgeous. I have Annabelles too and I think I love them even more when they go green than when they are in full white. Bittersweet is always so lovely and so special. It’s lovely with your velvet pumpkin and all.

    September 30, 2019 at 11:50 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    So gorgeous, Amber! I WISH I could find real bittersweet in So Cal… almost impossible for a good price! Faux just may have to do! Is the pumpkin a Love Feast velvet gourd? 😉 It’s a lovely one!

    October 1, 2019 at 4:47 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Julie! It is hard to find for sure. Some of the faux bittersweet is pretty convincing and a lot less messy!

      October 1, 2019 at 11:33 pm
  • Reply Colleen Pausley

    SO pretty! Pinned!

    October 2, 2019 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Pamela

    Looks gorgeous Amber!

    October 2, 2019 at 2:17 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank so much Pamela!

      October 3, 2019 at 1:07 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    I love bittersweet. Usually I buy some off of eBay but this year the heat and our vacation put the kabosh on that. I love your vignette. The frames are gorgeous,

    October 3, 2019 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Amber, for me, bittersweet signals fall. It doesn’t grow here, so we have to rely on venders to provide it for us. As you say, it is pricey, but it is the one thing I have to have for my fall vignettes. I recently bought two bundles from a local florist, but haven’t yet styled it. I usually put some in a piece of copper, tuck pieces in among pumpkins in dough bowls, and add it to vignettes as you’ve done. Just be cautious if you have pets that it doesn’t drop to the floor, and if you have cats, it might not be a good idea.
    Thanks for sharing your pretty space.

    October 8, 2019 at 11:29 pm
  • Reply Marge

    Everything is lovely! I must ask you, where do you get such lovely clip art for your blog?

    October 9, 2019 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Kerryanne

    I always enjoy all of your posts Amber and appreciate that you link up every week at Create, Bake Grow & Gather. I’m pinning this to our party board this week.

    October 10, 2019 at 5:36 am
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