Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: Meet Abbe from Brown Apples

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Meet Abbe from Brown Apples

Hey friends! I'm so excited for you guys to meet my good bloggy friend
Abbe from Brown Apples who is kindly guest posting for me. You guys will love her!
Take it away Abbe!

Happy Fall friends!
I am so excited to share some repurposed ideas for you fall decorating.
I am even more excited that my sweet blog friend, Kate asked me to do it.
I am pretty proud of Miss Kate, and her awesome blog- I was on Flaunt it Friday when she just started, I think there were like 20 of us?! Now look out!
But mostly I am excited to get back into the wonderful world of blog sharing- don't you you just love all the great ideas you get from here?!?!
I am a huge advocate of using what you have- and if you don't have much to spend on the rest, nothing should stop you from warming up your home!!

My fall decor this year cost under $13.00!
That's right friends, 13 buck-a-roos!

This post is picture heavy- so keep scrolling, they keep coming!
I love this bird house. It holds leaves in the fall, nested in the middle a warm flam less candle.
These large leaves are fabric and from the Dollar Tree. I love them!
Wreaths aren't just for the front doors. Add one to a collage of decor and keep it well "rounded"!
( I crack myself up! Speaking of cracks, keep reading.)
I use candles in the fireplace in the fall. I love the warm glow they bring, without the heat of the fire.

The star of this years decorations are these old books turned pumpkins.
Keep scrolling... they are everywhere!

Half of a yard of burlap: 2.00
Small stencils: 1.50
I had black paint
Felt decals (Hobby Lobby) 3.00 for 2 packs.

I sewed jute rope across the top and hung across the mantel.
For the love of Burlap!! So cute.
The garland is also Dollar Tree. I used 2 strands.
Do the math. Yes- 2.00!

Here's the fab pumpkin again. The little guy on top is a cheap plastic pumpkin decoupaged with the scraps from the big pumpkin, after he was cut out.
I layered the heights of the pumpkins with candle sticks. These were .50 cents from a garage sale, originally brass, spray painted black, then distressed a bit with fine sand paper on the edges.
(Think how cute this would be at Christmas too with different sized large ornament balls?!)

This is the entry way table. Again, the wreath isn't on the door! I made the arrangement out of clearance flowers, and painted a ceramic pumpkin that was broken and in a "free" box at a garage sale.

Who cares about a little crack? You've got argyle!

Welcome to the front porch.
These reprposed pumpkins look great just about anywhere.

Repurpose your watering can and throw some fall stems in there:

Moral of the story- a 10 cent yellowed paper back book can become a pumpkin.
Broken and old decor can become new with a bit of paint.
I have wasted many hours of my life having "decor envy."
I have found more joy and more fun in creating new looks out of old things. 
I challenge you to look at that "junk" in the basement in a new way and see what you can come up with!
And once you do.... come back to "Flaunt it on Friday!"
Happy Harvest Homemaking!

{My decor blog is just starting and I would love some bloggy support!}
 {For Abbe's brutal honesty about motherhood and faith visit her blog here.} 


  1. Cute stuff! I love re-inventing new life into old things! the paper pumpkins are awesome! I finally have a mantel myself to decorate for Fall!

  2. I love the pumpkin books! That is such a cute idea! :)

  3. I love this post. The burlap banner is so cute, I think I am going to copy that. I love your book pumpkins and it looks so easy to do! Your argyle pumpkin is so cute as well. I had just thought about painting harlequin pattern on a pumpkin. I feel like you hit the nail on the head when you said you spent many hours with decor envy, I am the same way....thanks for some great inspiration! A new follower,




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