Fabulous Fall Decorating

A Harvest of Fall Home, Garden Vignettes

Welcome everyone! Are you as excited as I am about all the fall decorating inspiration that’s going on over here? Between home tours and special guests and link parties my mind is racing, but I love it! Today I am so happy to have Rita from Panoply here as a guest blogger to share some of her wonderful fall indoor and outdoor decorating ideas. You are in for a real treat!

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I connected with Rita through blogging and had the pleasure of meeting her in person through dealing in antiques. I have since enjoyed getting to know her further through blogging and social media, and I wanted to introduce her to all of my readers here as well!  So without further adieu..

Here’s Rita!


Hello, and a big, hearty welcome to Follow the Yellow Brick Home readers! My name is Rita C., and I am the voice behind the blog PanoplyI’m happy to have been invited to collaborate with Amber here on her blog in what she hopes will become a series, with guests sharing on subjects many of us love. My content today covers two of my favorite subjects – fall, and home & garden vignettes.

Antiquing and blogging have helped me reconcile the needs I have in being creative, sharing my love in finding cool things, fostering them (if only for a while), staging & selling them and, occasionally, being able to incorporate them into our home.

As an antique dealer in the South Charleston Antique Mall, South Charleston, WV, fluffing the nest is always better when I can infuse vintage style into the mix. Allow me to share some of the ways I have created vignettes in the home – sometimes directly from the garden – and, at times, even spilling over into the spaces I share with two of my sisters in our booth spaces. I hope you enjoy the photos, a few with links where you’ll find more details. Grab your favorite drink, lots of photos ahead!

The photo below is how my front entry is decorated for fall 2017. I bought the pumpkins and mums at our farmers’ Capitol Market, and I am using various vintage items I’ve accumulated over the years. A stack of varying pumpkins and beautiful blooms is one of the easiest displays for big impact!

If you live near a forest or woods, it’s very easy to gather things from nature that work especially well in fall decor. Below, I’ve arranged pine cones, deer sheds (given to me by a friend), and faux fruit “picked” from a local estate sale. They’re all contained within a handcrafted birdbath bowl, perched on an antique bread board purchased on one of my many antiquing ventures.

Feathers are another great natural find, although mine were purchased. Pictured below, they’re garnered in a vintage trophy cup. In the same area, I’m using an antique dough bowl, and repeating the deer sheds, pine cones, and fruit. I’ve also added in some artificial, inexpensive, small gourds.

Beautiful fall dough bowl fall vignettes

The garden itself is a huge inspiration for me when creating seasonal vignettes. I always plan and plant my perennial landscape and annual containers with my USDA Zone 7A in mind. As an example, the purple fountain grass pictured below provides great height, color and texture from May through October or November. The plumes could easily be cut and used for a dramatic indoor fall arrangement.

Fall container garden

Other plants in my landscape, such as a magnolia and red twig dogwood, also provide great components for indoor, seasonal arrangements such as the basket below. The vintage market basket was the perfect vessel for this arrangement, and you can click here for the how-to instructions. While the red twig dogwood is pretty in color, any sticks can be gathered for a similar effect.

Beautiful natural fall winter basket

Thanks to birds I’ve fed from my garden feeders, I’ve had patches of volunteer sunflowers in years past. I did something special for myself with photos taken of the splendor that grew. I created the plates you see in the photo below (learn more here), and set a pretty, vintage tablescape (another one of my favorite subjects I cover on my blog). I’ve since created even more plates, and they are great conversation starters when gathering with family and friends.

Fall tablescape sunflowers

Another tablescape I created for fall in 2016 (below) was inspired by a simple bouquet of flowers cut from my late summer garden. This table became one of my favorites, utilizing a great mix of natural and vintage items gathered, such as the Currier & Ives dinnerware, the copper peat pots, pine cones, Indian corn, various fruit & mini pumpkins. A true cornucopia!

Gorgeous fall tablescape cornucopia blue dishes

Other times, I simply cut a bouquet of flowers from the garden and make a simple arrangement such as the all neutral one pictured below.

Gorgeous neutral fall sweater pumpkins

Porch decor varies from year to year, and I like mixing natural garden elements along with vintage things, and, as is the case below, with handcrafted items like the ladder with crow and pumpkin, purchased from a local fall fair. Again, the pumpkins, mums, Indian corn and hay bale came from my local farmers’ market, but most grocers now stock these items seasonally.

Fall Porch Decor 2013

A stacked topiary of pumpkins and an old bushel basket spilling the Indian corn and mini pumpkins makes a simple, yet eye-catching display.

Beautiful fall porch decor

Alternatively, a vintage lantern spilling the pumpkins varies the look.

Gorgeous fall porch decor stacked pumpkins

Often, I’ll start the fall display with leftovers from my summer season displays, as shown below. The urn with fern gives height to the display while the mums and pumpkin below fill the corner space. The urn is an antique – cast iron – and was an auction win several years ago.

Ferns and pumpkins fall porch ideas

Another means of adding a fall touch is to simply cut a few branches of leaves from a maple tree that’s turning colors. If that’s not feasible, you can purchase preserved stems from craft stores, but my method is much cheaper. 😉

Sadly, not everything in my garden is a success. Such was the case when we planted white paper bark birch trees which later had to be cutdown. However, the silver lining was I had instant decor elements afterward! I have used the branches in something as simple as plunking them into a vintage olive bucket, or embellishing them with a string of lights, pine cones, and other various natural things gathered. This idea transitions easily throughout the seasons, as shown here.

Birch branches in olive basket

Another way of using the thicker logs of the fallen birch trees, I cut graduated pedestals for use in yet another table centerpiece. Once again, pumpkins, pine cones, gathered acorns and leaves finish the vignette.

A mini birdbath can be used for indoor tabletop display. Who says you have to put water in the birdbath? Here, a few small pine cones, wine corks, and chestnut pods make a nice fall vignette.

One plant that keeps on giving in the garden is the hydrangea. Below, my Endless Summer variety’s petals turn to shades of beautiful, mossy green and mauve in late summer, early fall. Cutting the stems and hanging upside down to dry, they become great fillers for indoor fall arrangements.

Drying Hygrangeas

In the photo below, you can see dried hydrangeas in the trophy cup in the background. On the table, cut magnolia branches arranged around a centerpiece makes an elegantly simple statement.

Elegant fall dining roomI love gardening, and collecting vintage things such as nozzles, sprinklers, wire flower frogs, tools, plant sitters (for watering), and even broken wings from old statues…all of these create an all-season display when tossed in a basket and placed on a table. It’s a perfect vignette for a porch, sunroom, or she-shed.

Collection of vintage garden tools

At the antique mall booth spaces, my sisters and I always like to stage seasonal displays, too. Pictured below, you see the same urn that was on my front porch in a previous picture, along with a pumpkin perched upon it, and a pip berry garland. As dealers, we have the luxury of fostering items at home, and then having the option to sell them, or vice versa. 🙂

Fall at the South Charleston Antique Mall

Another display at the antique mall, utilizing the urn again, this time with a grapevine wreath and bittersweet vine. Notice the feathers in trophy cup on the table.

Great fall antique booth display

Currently in our space at the antique mall for fall 2017, we’ve staged the old porch swing below, with vintage quilt, painted graphic on barn wood sign, and a small basket of faux gourds. Our goal is to help people visualize what they can do at home with things we offer for sale.

Panoply blogger

I hope you’ve enjoyed these vignettes, and find a little inspiration in what you’ve seen. There’s still time to create something of your own and enjoy it through this season of fall, both in your home and garden. You’re always welcome to come visit Panoply’s antique booth spaces at the South Charleston Antique Mall, 617 D Street, South Charleston, WV 25303 (Exit 56 on I-64). We’re located on the first floor.

Adorable fall garden display

For those who don’t follow my blog, let this be my personal invitation for you to come visit me at this link, Panoply. I love engaging with visitors via comments, many who’ve since become loyal readers and friends. So, let me know if you stop by! Amber, thank you again for the chance to collaborate in your guest series.

Friends that was certainly a lovely post full of inspiration! I am looking forward to having Rita back as a guest during the holidays to share some of her wonderful Christmas decorating ideas as well. Please head on over to her blog to see more of her beautiful gardens and pictures of her fabulous antiques booth displays! I am planning to visit her booth soon (I’ve got my eye on that big black urn!) and I will be blogging all about my visit in my Let’s Go Junkin’ series!

(Thanks Rita!) 

If you are looking for more fall decorating ideas, here is my Early Fall Home Tour   which was part of the Harvest Home Blog hop with seven other beautiful homes in case you missed it. Thanks for joining us today!


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  • Reply Theresa

    lovely idea for fall. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party @DearCreatives sharing.

    October 3, 2017 at 5:43 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Theresa! Rita is very inspiring!

      October 3, 2017 at 10:56 pm
  • Reply Debra@CommonGround

    I LOVE Rita, she’s one super lady. so funny and the best “commenter” ever! I always love going to her antique mall space and jaunts with her and her sisters.

    October 3, 2017 at 6:21 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Yes Debra she is wonderful for inspiring and supporting with nice comments! I can’t wait to go to her booth. I have been planning for a couple of years. It It is only about 50 minutes. I am thinking I will while it is decorated for the holidays. Thanks for stopping by!

      October 3, 2017 at 10:55 pm
  • Reply Katie Clooney

    Rita… I love all your decorations and vignettes!! That little red truck with the mums steals my heart.
    I wish I lived in WV so I could visit your shop and hang out with you on a weekly basis!! Have a wonderful week.

    October 3, 2017 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Christine

    Love Rita’s style, have been reading her for years. Those urns and birch logs are to die for, love the rustic mixed in with the traditional elements.

    October 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Jenna

    Oh so many pretty touches here and ideas for using vintage things! It’s so special when blog friends can meet in person!

    October 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Jenna! SO glad you stopped by! I

      October 5, 2017 at 12:31 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    Hi Amber, Rita often shares at our Vintage Charm party, and I am constantly swooning over her vintage treasures, creative tablescapes and lovely garden! Great job, Rita! Hugs, Cecilia

    October 4, 2017 at 1:23 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Cecilia! It is so much fun when we bloggers all connect by sharing our love of home and vintage. I am so happy to be sharing Rita’s lovely style here today! Thanks for stopping by!

      October 6, 2017 at 2:39 am
  • Reply Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage

    Good Morning Amber it is very nice to meet you and find your sweet blog. I have known Rita in blogland too. She is such a sweet and oh so wonderful gardener. I always swoon over her front doors. They are gorgeous alone and then she ups the game and puts the cutest decor pieces on them for the holidays. Thanks for featuring Rita now I have found you.

    October 4, 2017 at 2:14 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Kris! I have been an admirer of Rita’s and YOUR blog for several years! Rita is so talented and knowledgeable about antiques. I am so pleased to be able to have her as a guest. Thanks for visiting! I do hope you will come back again soon!

      October 6, 2017 at 2:38 am
  • Reply Emily

    Rita, thanks for the invitation to visit Amber and enjoy all the beauty you create. So much inspiration for the home and garden. I especially love your arrangement of apples and the container in the garden with the tall grass, Lovely.
    Thank you Amber, such a great pic of you and Rita. Happy Fall……

    October 4, 2017 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Sandra @ Maison De Jardin

    Hi Amber: This is my first visit to your lovely blog. I have been following Rita for a while now and she is a wonderfully talented lady, plus she is a West Virginia girl. I am, too. Her post here is wonderful as always, she never disappoints.
    You have a lovely blog and I will return.

    October 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Sandra! Nice to meet you!
      I am only about 50 minutes from Rita so I can’t wait to visit Rita’s booth soon!
      Thank you so much for stopping by!

      October 6, 2017 at 2:37 am
  • Reply Bonnie Morgan

    Rita is such a knowledgable gardener,tablescaper, antique dealer and great blogger. This post was inspiring and informative. Wish I could meet her in person.

    October 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Diana Petrillo

    Rita is an old blogging friend, Amber, and the perfect person to kick off your new series. She’s a classy lady who has a beautiful home and garden, and who is SO knowledgeable about vintage and antiques. I thoroughly enjoyed her guest post today 🙂

    October 5, 2017 at 5:04 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Yes she really is Diana! I am so excited about visiting her booth soon!

      October 6, 2017 at 2:30 am
  • Reply Pam Richardson

    Amber, Rita has been a blogging friend for quite a while! I admire her spunk and her knowledge of vintage and antiques plus gardening! I love her attention to detail in styling and writing! Thanks so much for sharing her talents with your readers! Beautiful vignettes, Rita!

    October 5, 2017 at 4:08 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      It has been such a pleasure to share her talents here on the blog. Thanks for visiting Pam!

      October 6, 2017 at 2:29 am
  • Reply Carol L Cook

    How fun to see Rita over here – she is one of my favorite bloggers.

    Now, you just need to talk her into joining Instagram so I can get a daily dose of Panoply!

    October 9, 2017 at 3:40 am
  • Reply Stacey

    What a great feature! Rita has so much talented and is always kind. 🙂

    October 10, 2017 at 1:55 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Yes she is amazing and so inspiring. Thanks for stopping by today Stacey!

      October 10, 2017 at 4:09 am
  • Reply Sandra L Garth

    Thanks so much for inviting Rita to your place. She is super nice and creative.

    October 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Yes she is a so creative! I am looking forward to having her share some Christmas ideas too! Thanks for visiting!

      October 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm

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