Friday, October 26, 2012

Neutral Autumn Bookshelf Reveal

It's finally here! Yes, I'm finally getting around to show you my decorated-for-fall bookshelf! (And yes, it's almost winter here...)

I've already done a few tweaks since I showed you that "sneak peek" last week (hey, that rhymes! Ok, Kathryn, no need to be such a dork...) But I'm sure I'll be doing plenty more, so I've gotta just suck it up and show it to you now, or I never will!

If you were here last week, I showed you the "Pumpkins, Apples and Hayrides" sign that I made for the top shelf. (Click here if you want to download your own copy!) You also saw the makeover of my two beloved owls, whom I have now christened Owlexander and Owlbert (thanks to my fabulous sister for the name suggestions!) They now guard the house from the top shelf (and stay out of reach of my Little Monkey!)

Though I didn't really start out with a theme (other than "neutral" and "nature"), it kind of developed into an "fowl" theme-- as you can see, there are birds everywhere! My owl twins are kept company by a white ceramic duck (found at Goodwill), a cream-colored owl salt shaker (from the Habitat for Humanity thrift store), and a white "turkey" salt shaker (shhhh... actually he's a rooster, but we're pretending he's a turkey for Thanksgiving... please don't call "fowl" on me!)

I found the aqua and gold Virginia City plate at my local Goodwill-- the aqua perfectly matches my chalk-painted dining room console table! And I have fond memories of visiting Virginia City with my family growing up, so I love it! The birch candleholders came from a garage sale-- I think I paid $2.50 for the set?

More thrifted things continue on the next shelf: the white book basket, "Fresh Eggs" sign, the little green squirrel, and the birdbath soap pinecone holder all came from Goodwill (all collected over time!) Are we sensing another theme here? :)

On the fourth shelf (the easiest for my Little Monkey to reach), I try to keep only the most unbreakable of decorations: sweater pumpkins (I tried to copy these, but they kind of came out lumpy-- or maybe that's from being used as footballs by a 14-month-old!) on an already-distressed metal candlestick, deer antlers (from my first, and so-far ONLY buck that I've shot... yes, I'll be going hunting again this fall!)...

and a glass-less frame with another printed quote (find the original post here).

So there she is-- my Autumn Neutral/Nature/Bird-themed bookshelf!

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Have you decorated with a theme at all this year? Do you like to go all out with bright color for fall, or do you prefer more subtle, neutral autumn decor?

P.S. Check out my new "Project Gallery" up on top bar, and see if there are any projects you've missed!

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  1. Oh, they're cuties, Kathryn. LOVE those names, definitely very original!!!

  2. That's a very beautiful bookshelf! I have to admit--I have yet to specially decorate for any season other than Christmas. But I love walking into the houses of people who do decorate seasonally!!

  3. The bookshelf is so adorable. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. :-)


  4. Your shelf looks so cute and festive! Thanks for sharing at my newbie party.


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