I almost said Forget It this year. I mean, I’m staying with my mother and all my decorations are packed in storage and neither Mom nor I are going to buy anything new.
It would’ve been really easy to just forget it. There’s only two more weeks and then it’ll be time to put Christmas up.
But I didn’t. And it was fun.
This is the kind of decorating we’d do for displays when I worked retail. Except we wouldn’t cut the florals apart since the goal was to sell product – at least for the store owners.
It’s super simple, and you just use what you’ve got – even if it isn’t for Fall. No painting, no glue, no sewing, nothing that requires any floral design . . . or skill, really.
I’ll show you the table today.
Mom has this cute fall tablecloth. But she didn’t want the whole table covered.
I just folded it into thirds and made a runner. No, I didn’t even bother to iron it.
Maybe I should call this the “Lazy Gal’s Guide to Decorating”.
I like using fabric to lay down a base of color. It just instantly transforms any space with color.
The candles (battery operated) and bamboo plant are always on the table, so I just left them there and decided to work with them.
Then I laid out all the decorations I had to pick from.
It looks like a lot, but it’s not. Not when you’re used to have an entire store to pick from!
Some fruit, a fall bush I clipped apart, different types of ribbon, and some beaded berries. Oh, and one little twig pumpkin.
I started with the biggest ribbon. If you have other, larger, decorative items, I’d put those down first. But I didn’t. So I just sort of twirled the ribbon around the candles.
This is Use What You’ve Got, so I to get some height with the ribbon I tucked it under the highest candle.
I am a ribbon junkie. I like all kinds of colors, textures, widths, etc. That comes from working as a display designer too. Wired is great because you can shape it, but I’ll use anything.
I wrap it around my hand to get some curves into it.
Then, just pull one end and it turns into a spiral. Sort of. You have to be willing to let the ribbon do it’s own thing. This is not a symmetrical, balanced, fussy arrangement.
Kind of like me. I’m not balanced or fussy either.
Well, certainly not balanced. I guess BBH might disagree with the ‘fussy’ part.
Drape ribbon #2. If you have 2 or 3 short pieces, Great. Use what you’ve got.
Ribbon #3 – a copper colored ribbon. It may seem like a lot, but I like all the textures the ribbon gives.
Add some fruit. They’re just little Dollar Store pieces. I could’ve got some fresh fruit and used it, but this . . . I’ll say it one last time (I promise) Use What You’ve Got decorating.
Because of all the ribbon twirls, some of the fruit is at different levels/heights, which is what I wanted.
Finally I stuck some fall leaves here & there, using the ribbon again as the anchor. And some beaded berries. I added those last as they’re the most fragile.
Lots of layers. Lots of textures.
I didn’t get all of the wrinkles in the ‘runner’ covered.
But we’re not having any guests.
It’s just for us to enjoy for a couple weeks.
What do you do on your table? Do you decorate? Use a centerpiece? Just candles? Or just let the food be the decoration?
Ann @ makethebestofthings says
I love everything about this including your Use What You’ve Got philosophy. I haven’t used ribbon much in my decor and you’ve given me a kick in that direction because I love the layers and textures they add. So simple, such impact, I’ve been blind! I also decorated for the “in between” season so I would have something pretty to look at every day. So glad you did, too. You deserve it!
Farah Muzaffar says
Very beautiful and elgant Collen. your table runner is become my favourite. its very lovely, I am a lover of ribbons and what youhave done with ribbons, its fabalous..
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Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says
Super cute! I love the idea of using what you have! Great ideas!!
Beautiful! I’m going to go home and do some of that ‘Use what you’ve got’ for my own decorating. Like you, I have a ton of ribbons I seem to collect and never use. I’m pulling them out tonight!
Oh, just passing through – found you on Met Monday at BTNOTP