How to Use Vintage Style in Fall Decor

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Do you use vintage items in your home decorating? Vintage style never goes out of style, so I’m going to show you how to use vintage style in your fall decor.

I’m sharing fall decor ideas that are  on~trend and classic. Starting with vintage fall decor, I hope that you will find plenty of ideas and inspiration for creating your own fall vignettes and decor for this season.

What is vintage style in home decor? It’s not your grandmother’s antique French sofa, although an antique or two can be used. It’s not country or fussy or heavy.

Vintage style is more about using items from the past to create a comfortable and warm feel in your home.

What does vintage style in your home decor mean?

  • Vintage decor can add so much personality and artistic quality to you home.
  • Vintage items can be any piece that evokes a sense of nostalgia or a memory of a by~gone time: an old basket, lamp, or book.
  • Vintage works best when it is combined with traditional, classic or even modern design.

How do you use vintage style in fall decor?

Vintage style in fall decor can be a combination of vintage items from the antique mall, flea markets, and estate sales, as well as some big box store purchases. It’s like something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

I don’t have anything borrowed, but I did borrow a couple of ideas. I love when all the different elements work together for the good of my fall decoration scheme.

I love home decor tours because I’m a bit of a home stalker. Do you love looking at homes, visiting open houses, or looking through shelter magazines?

I’m either loving what I see and want to copy great ideas or I want to redecorate everything I see. Either way, it’s a fun pastime, inspirational in a home stalker kind of way, and gives me virtual practice as I redo other people’s homes in my mind.

The use of vintage style in fall decor starts right at the front door and continues into the living room. And the color scheme demonstrates that fall decor doesn’t always have to be orange.

NOTE: I BOLDED any vintage item that I used in our fall decor for you.

FALL ENTRY

Let’s start when you walk into the front door.

I piled up a couple of hay bales from Joann, real pumpkins, and twig pumpkins that I’ve had for several years.

The little birdcage came from an antique mall in Atlanta. I carried it home on the plane. It came with the little nest and I added a small turquoise pumpkin.

In case you are wondering, I left the hay bales in the plastic. Who wants to deal with sweeping hay up every day?

hay bales decorated for fall decor

The hay bales sit next to our entry console (an antique) and mirror. This is where treasured pieces, old and newer come together.

The treasured pieces are the mirror that Sweet Shark already had when we married. I hauled the antique console table back from Atlanta 8 years ago. (That console table has now been moved to our bedroom. Here is the how I recently decorated the console table for fall in our bedroom.)

The vintage items are the white and gold pumpkin plates and gold pumpkins I found at a local antique mall, and the little white cow.

The gold candlesticks were my son’s (I have no idea where he bought them) that he gave me when he moved to Waco several years ago for his first nursing position. They were originally scuffed up and stained dark brown, but I spray painted them gold.

The newer elements are the “fall” banner that I made and the wood tray from Kirkland’s.

entry console decorated with vintage fall decor

Literally, the inspiration for this arrangement was a picture in Southern Living that I saw while getting my nails done.

The tray started out on our breakfast room table, but I moved it in the entry after stopping at my local nursery for some plants. I made the leaves with my Cricut Explore Air. Used once is good, used again and again is better.

entry decorated decorated for fall decor

I have to admit that I’ve seen magnolia wreaths on Pinterest quite a bit. I loved the idea and knew that one on our entry mirror would be awesome.
I found the one I liked at Lowe’s, ordered it, and picked it up at the store.

The idea for the burlap banner came from a roll of burlap with adhesive backing I found at Joann. It’s one of my favorite fall DIY projects.

fall burlap banner on magnolia wreath

THE FALL DINING ROOM

A peak in the dining room reveals a mix of old and new, both the flea market and store~bought.

First, the centerpiece: the woven basket tray was a flea market find that I painted white.

The floral vase is from a pair that we had in our previous home. Somehow only one survived the move. I filled it with faux hydrangeas and some tall green sprigs and Spanish moss as filler.

Surrounding the vase are a variety of ornamental shapes and textured balls in gold and copper from Tuesday Morning.  I spray~painted the pumpkins gold and they have been reused a few times.

vintage vase decorated for fall decor

On our vaisselier (another antique), our vintage French plates are usually on display in the fall. To clear some space, I packed away some of our crystal candlesticks, bells, and ice buckets.  Adding a set of ceramic pumpkins and 4 leaf plates brought in more touches of fall. 

I have had those leaf plates for years ~ I think I bought them at Crate and Barrel ~ and have never actually used them until now and I really like them standing up on plate stands.

The green aperitif glasses belonged to Sweet Shark’s mom. They are probably old enough to be called vintage.

vassilier decorated with vintage fall decor

THE FALL LIVING ROOM

I love decorating the tall bookcase in our living room for the seasons and holidays.

This little ceramic fox with a sheaf of wheat was a purchase from Tuesday Morning. He gets a little company from some strewn (is that a word?) acorns and a stem of cotton bolls.

white ceramic fox in fall decor

Next to the fox is the first of 4 ceramic turquoise pumpkins that I absolutely love ~ a Hobby Lobby buy. They continued my turquoise fall decoration theme. I love this one perched on books with white bindings.

turquoise pumpkin in fall decor

On the next shelf up, some of our favorite travel books provide a place for my favorite turquoise vase from Doozie’s Corner in McKinney, Texas, a purchase several summers ago. It may not be truly vintage, but it certainly has the look. Unfortunately, Doozie’s Corner is no longer there.

turquoise vase for fall decor

Two more turquoise ceramic pumpkins found a home here. The frame just to the right is a flea market find that I painted grey with whitewash. It doesn’t have a picture in it but acts as a frame for an estate sale lamp.

turquoise pumpkin in fall decor

Moving up the bookcase is another turquoise pumpkin, this time nestled inside a Tuesday Morning lantern that I painted. The lantern is not vintage, but it definitely has the look.

That lantern is one of the best purchases ever. it’s so versatile and is almost always on display in some way.

A small vintage mercury glass container is filled with a DIY moss ball. I love the shape of it. I have also used it in our bathroom to hold small soaps.

TIP: Moving any accessory around, from room to room, gives it new life and you benefit from multiple ways to use the same item.

turquoise pumpkin in fall decor

This fall sign was one of the first projects I made using vinyl stencils with my Cricut Export Air several years ago.

I was really proud of this simple fall sign and it has been used during the fall season many times. I love its simple farmhouse look.

The turquoise birds are a previous purchase from one of our local stores, The Sample House, also a favorite of mine. A few more strewn acorns for fall detail. The 3 tin cups are a flea market find from Atlanta.

fall decor sign

In this view, you can see the estate sale lamp I bought for $7 sans lamp shade. It was stained, but I painted it grey with a whitewash. Then I bought a new lampshade and covered it in fabric.

The two white porcelain pieces on the bottom shelf were some of my very first flea market “white dish” purchases. The white pitcher on the top shelf is also vintage.

bookcase decorated with vintage fall decor

VINTAGE ITEMS IN MY FALL DECOR

Flea Market, Antique Mall, Estate Sales

  • birdcage
  • white and gold pumpkin plates
  • gold pumpkins
  • French plates
  • floral vase
  • woven tray
  • white ironstone bowls and pitcher
  • picture frame
  • white vase
  • lamp stand
  • 3 tin cups
  • mercury glass vase

Store Purchase

  • hay bales ~ Joann
  • blue~green pumpkins ~ Lowe’s
  • Magnolia wreath ~ Lowe’s (online)
  • white mini~pumpkins, flowers ~ Nicholson Hardie Nursery
  • variety of textured balls and fall decorations ~ Tuesday Morning
  • grey painted lantern ~ Tuesday Morning
  • ceramic fox ~Tuesday Morning
  • faux hydrangeas ~ Pier 1
  • green stems ~ Hobby Lobby
  • turquoise (teal) ceramic pumpkins ~ Hobby Lobby
  • wood tray ~ Kirkland’s

Friends, if you’ve missed any fall decorations posts, please take a moment and visit. If you like what you see, please Pin, Share or Save.

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Are you getting into the mood for fall? By decorating for fall, especially with vintage style, we get more in the mood for fall. I hope these ideas have provided some inspiration for you. PIN for NOW.

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31 Comments

  1. This is so pretty, Carol. You did a great job on your bookshelf painting and styling. I think I need some of those turquoise pumpkins!

  2. Lovely fall accents! The magnolia wreath and banner together are perfect–gotta love Pinterest 😉 I’ve really enjoyed seeing all of the pretty inspiration during the tour. Blessings, Cecilia

  3. Hey Carol! Love each and every space of your fall decor. I laughed out loud when I saw the hay bales with the plastic still on. I would have done the same thing. It reminds me of grandma’s plastic covered couch. And no one has time for sweeping up hay. So glad I found you!

  4. I just adore your beautiful French plates and your hutch too. There are so many pretty Fall elements in your home and I so enjoyed the tour!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

    1. Susan, those plates are really cool. Your can’t eat off of them, so they just get to be pretty. Thanks for your comments.

  5. Wow Carol, what fabulous decor and inspiration you have shared with us. Your bookcase redo is wonderful! Happy Fall to you!

  6. Carol, your Fall decor is so lovely! I adore your hutch filled with beautiful dishes! Thanks for sharing with us! Happy Fall! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  7. Carol,
    Your new fall sign is great, and I love your two French-style vases on your bookcase. So funny that you want to redecorate what you don’t love in magazines. Happy Fall.

    Judith

  8. Love, love, love the turquoise and the mix of old and new is just perfect! Your decorating style is fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm:)
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  9. Oh Carol, your home is decked out so beautifully for fall. The tray inspired by Southern Living is gorgeous! It is always a pleasure to stop by and visit with you at Bluesky!

  10. Fall is best time for vintage pieces. To me, their aged patina echos the fading out of summer vibrancy, which is Autumn.

  11. Lovely, Carole! I’m a turquoise lover and dish afficionado, so of course I am smitten! Those turquoise birds and pumpkins …big heart-eyes for those and of course I am always there for ALL the dishes – they just keep following me home?!

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