I really did wanted a Welcome Fall rustic living room tour… but at the moment, I didn’t think it would happen.
I was sitting on the sofa watching a little TV. When a commercial came on, my eyes wandered around the room.
The fireplace mantel was FAR from a fall rustic living room tour.. in fact, it was completely bare. There were no vignettes on any surfaces. It was (sort of) clean and plain.
Oh so very plain.
Then my eyes landed on some newly found antique skis leaning against the wall with a cute snowflake pillow propped nearby. It felt a little too early for Christmas decorating but I put them there because that’s next anyway.
And that’s when I realized… how can that be next when I didn’t even celebrate fall?!
Fall is such a missed season for me. I’m generally in the middle of belting out fall stencil designs, then I hit it hard right into Christmas. Now that my designs are complete (and listed! Check them out HERE), I had time to sit and look at all the things I didn’t (yet) do.
Because of the fall void, I decided to replace the snowflake pillow by whipping up a Falling Leaves one. Which got the fall ball rolling very quickly!
Oh hey you cute little photo bomber!
Gotta love it when your cat match your stuff.
I LOVE this pillow. It’s the vision I had for at least a year, so that’s why I created the Falling Leaves stencil. It’s a random design that looks great extended, which is exactly what I did.
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Fall pillow how-to:
1. Select a plain pillow cover. Mine is an Ikea Gurli white 20″ with a 20″ feather insert.
2. Insert something waterproof inside the pillow cover. I used a plastic garbage bag.
3. Position the stencil where desired. I started on the top left. (The random pattern was then continued to cover the entire pillow. No exact matching required! So easy to use.)
4. Stencil the images with black paint. I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black.
In just a few minutes, I had the cutest pillow in the land!
View the Falling Leaves stencil HERE
Learn how to stencil on pillows HERE
See all the other pillows I’ve made HERE
And it looked EXACTLY as I imagined it would.
Plunking the new leaf patterned pillow on the white Ektorp sofa was a great start.
But it needed some cozy friends.
So I fluffed up some some blankets, decked out the fireplace mantel with the cutest antique and Welcome Fall crate, gathered up some little white pumpkins, lit the fireplace, grabbed a few leaves from outside and called it done!
And this was the result… my fall living room is just a clean, cozy neutral space to enjoy and appreciate this beautiful fall season!
I love how the fireplace mantel turned out. It’s a mesh of woodsy antique crates, little white pumpkins, and flickering flames against that greige rock.
(see the fireplace tutorial HERE)
I had forgotten about these metal candlesticks! And as luck would have it, I had two brand new tapered candles still in their box found from a garage sale this past summer, so BOOM! Instant added ambiance.
If you look closely, a little Welcome Fall label was added to the bottom crate to pay homage to the season.
Rustic Welcome Fall sign how-to:
1. A little cedar strip was cut to size.
3. The cedar plank was masking taped from the back, then simply stuck in place.
Isn’t it just enough? I love that font. It’s got a true antique sign feel.
Find the Fall Greetings stencil from HERE
You’ll remember seeing this view not long ago in the pumpkin pillows and placemats post HERE.
I pulled the little patio table into the living room, created a secondary woodsy shelf down below, which was just right.
And here’s a little sofa trick I play when I don’t feel like de-cat-hairing umpteen pillows…
I use two pillows on one side of the sofa, (one 26″ and one 20″) then spread a blanket all over on the other side.
This is actually how my sofas look and how I use them. I sit on the blankets. I don’t even have to move anything out of my way!
A post on the sofas I have is HERE
On the black Antiques trunk, this small vignette with an antique toolbox, a couple of white pumpkins, a metal mesh lamp (from Walmart last year), and leaves from outside was just perfect.
I rather like how the orange in the leaves bounces off the black.
And with that? Welcome, ya welcome fall rustic living room tour! You were needed.
I’m thrilled I made the effort, and all in one afternoon! It feels like someone lives here again!
Hmm… I should do this pretty stuff more often…
Have you decked out your home for fall? What room did you focus on?
See other past home tours HERE
Visit all my other fall projects HERE
Check out my other fireplace mantels HERE