Patterns of Decay in Ombre

Fall leaves arranged in an ombre color patternMost of the leaves around here are now turning brown & crunchy (perfect for raking up big piles for my son to jump in!). So, I’m glad I caught the last bit of fading colors while I could. I’m particularly drawn to the organic patterns that form on the leaves as they start to decay…creative inspiration for sure!

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Wood Bead Garland with Thrifted Vintage Finds

Handmade wood bead garland with vintage wooden curtain rings for fall or autumn decorating on mantel or shelf

The larger wood rings on this garland used to be curtain rings. I didn’t know what I was going to do with them at first, but they were calling to me from their hook in the antique mall (where they were hanging in a dusty clump). I almost left without them, but then turned back at the last second, unable to resist their charm. Now I love how they contrast with the other shapes and colors around them.

Rustic Fall Front Porch

Fall front porch planter. Antique metal wash tub filled with pumpkins, autumn flowers & wheat stalks, and a vintage style harvest sign. Diy pumpkins studded with upholstery tacks add a touch of rustic glam to the steps bordered by lush Colius leaves. Country, cottage decor. By Shalom Schultz Designs.

I can’t believe it’s the 2nd week of November here in IL & I still have flowers! Not many, but I sure have been enjoying the nice weather & soaking up as much of the outdoors as I still can (what allergies?). Last weekend, after raking the yard, I cut down the spent blooms on my front porch planters, gathered pumpkins I had sitting around elsewhere & tucked dried leaves into the spots where dirt was showing to make the full fall transition. The pumpkins, studded with decorative upholstery tacks were decorated a couple weeks ago after family trip to the pumpkin patch. All the pretty leaves are now blowing away & it’s definitely getting colder, but it’s been a wonderful autumn season & I’m very much looking forward to the Thanksgiving finale!

Easy DIY Paper Leaf Garland Craft To Do With Your Kids

Easy DIY Fall Paper Leaf Garland Craft for Kids and Adults. Autumn decorating with unique modern art you make yourself.

The autumn wind has been doing a very thorough job of blowing away all the gorgeous leaves from the trees on my street, but my 4 yr old son Connor & I found a way to keep the vibrant fall colors around a bit longer. Using simple clip art images from the internet, I traced the shapes on to colored paper & he made them pretty! When we had all we wanted, I cut them out & he helped me punch holes and string them together.

Easy DIY Fall Paper Leaf Garland Craft for Kids and Adults. Autumn decorating with unique modern art you make yourself.

When we were finished, I hung the garland up in his window. We make a great team & I love the unique, organic appearance of each leaf. If you’re looking for a way to spend some quality time with your little ones – whether you have just a few minutes, or a whole afternoon – you might want to give this a try. Happy Fall Crafting!

‘All Things Fall’ Free Printable Chalkboard Art by Shalom Schultz Designs

All Things Fall Free Printable Chalkboard Art by Shalom Schultz Designs. Autumn illustration decor. Country cottage style rustic decorating. Falling leaves and acorns. Black and White.

Someone asked me the other day what my favorite part of fall was and I simply could not come up with just one answer. There is so much to enjoy – hot cider & warm blankets, tall boots & cozy sweaters, pumpkin patches & bonfires, colorful trees & jumping in leaves…
I love absolutely everything about autumn and make it a point to pack in as much of the seasonal fun as I can each year, since it goes by way too fast (and before you know it, we’re counting down the days to Christmas and dreading having to shovel snow for the next 4 months). As I was thinking about what to draw on the little framed chalkboard that sits on my hall shelf year-round, the idea of this ‘All Things Fall’ illustration came to me.

If you feel the same way as I do, you can download the printable version of my chalk art for FREE and enjoy it in your own home! Click here for the PDF file (includes an 8×10 print, a 5×7 print, and a 4×5.25 folded greeting card which will fit in a standard A2 size envelope).

I’d love to know what you think or to hear about your favorite part of the fall season. Feel free to share your thoughts by commenting below. And have a Happy Fall!!

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Fall is for Family Time

White Fireplace decorated for autumn with a grapevine wreath and a sign that says family. Firewood piled up ready for cooler days. Fall leaves and berries. Family comes first. Country cottage style rustic decor.

I love the simplicity of this photo ( @countrylivingmag on Instagram) & the timely reminder that even as our lives become busier with the approaching holiday festivities, at the end of the day all that really matters is family. So make sure that you put them first, cherish every fleeting moment & don’t stress too much about the little things.

Not So Spooky Halloween Mantel

Fall mantel decor with country cottage style vibe, featuring autumn leaves in a mason jar, wicker and handmade fabric pumpkins, mercury glass votives and an antique frame. A black raven bird and dark brown candlesticks with black taper candles add a touch of Halloween fun to this warm & cozy decorating scheme. By Shalom Schultz Designs.

For some reason it is REALLY hard to find decorative black birds, so I had to make my own by getting creative with a paper mache egg, masking tape & fabric (Who knew I could sculpt…sort of?). While I’m not into super spooky/gross Halloween decorating with spiders & such (I have enough of the real kind, thank you very much), I do enjoy incorporating a subtle nod to horror into my fall decor. So for me, the little black ‘raven’ and matching taper candles give my fall mantel just the right touch of spine-chilling fun while not taking away from the warm and inviting scene that I look forward to creating each year.