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Fall Nesting Party 2011!

by | Sep 15, 2011 | Decorating Inspiration, Fall Decorating, Mantels

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Fall Nesting Party 2011!


It is Time For Fall Decorating!

My quick and easy fall mantel

Girls, it is TIME! Time for letting go of summer and saying HELLO to fall.

Yes, I know some of you are still in parts of the country where the sun is still hot and you can’t imagine a cool breeze blowing through your window. And I know that some of you don’t even have the change of leaves where you live.

But around here, at The Inspired Room, Fall is a state of mind. It doesn’t depend on the climate or where you live. It is the time of year when we slowly evolve our homes and minds towards comfort. Nesting. Making our homes a cozy welcoming place.

Fall Nesting Party 2011!

You don’t have to do this all at once. Seasons evolve slowly.

Today I realized I needed to take my own small step towards fall. I hadn’t done any fall nesting yet.

And honestly, my house was in a bit of disarray because we have had to barracade half our house to successfully potty train Jack (the puppy, and it was worth it, he is pretty much POTTY TRAINED NOW!).

I didn’t feel like nesting when it meant hurling myself over a baby gate or wall of chairs.

But, in spite of what felt chaotic around me, I knew I needed to get back to what I love, puttering around my house getting ready for Fall.

Fall Nesting Party 2011!


So, this afternoon, I took down my summer mantel, dusted everything off, and brought out a few things from around my house that felt fallish. My dark framed mirror, the pumpkin lights bought from Target many years ago, a masor jar filled with tiny red apples and clothes pins, pretty books, candles, basket and other assorted bits of fall.

You know how I roll. I’m not fancy or a genius crafter like so many of you are. In this season of my life, I don’t always have time to do something spectacular. So, no surprise, I didn’t take out a glue gun. I just puttered around with this and that I found in my own stash of goodies until I felt I had enough to add a small dose of Fall on my mantel.

Fall Nesting Party 2011!

I didn’t feel I had to do the whole room today. I just zeroed in on one area I could work on.The mantel decor is simple and it got done lickity split. I can add and rearrange it as I please.

Just seeing a little bit of fall reminded me that soon I’ll be sipping hot cider and reading a book by the fire. Ah. Happy sigh.

I’m ready to see YOUR Fall Nesting! Did you put away summer accessories? Did you make a new wreath for your front door? Did you bring out your fall curtains? Did you bake some pumpkin bread? Whatever you did, I’d like to see it. Inspire us.

Fall Nesting Party 2011!

Ready. Set. Go! Let the Fall inspiration begin.

Please link to a specific post on Fall Nesting on your blog or public facebook page (not a link to your main blog or no one will be able to find your post later on). And, do not link to shops. Next, please go back to your post and put a link to this Fall Nesting post on The Inspired Room in your post so your readers can find the party!


  1. Rachelle

    So pretty! I was digging simple this year as well, just a little fall here and it.

    Thanks for hosting!


  2. Pam

    Thank you for hosting the party. I’m excited to see what everyone else will show. You are years ahead of me on my fall decor.

  3. Krista

    I love your simple touches and I agree, I like to add a little at a time. I am so ready for fall though! It’s my favorite, and your fire and cider comment made feel very excited:) Thanks for hosting!

  4. Liz

    Love the jar with apples and clothespins…so clever!
    I’m excited to be sharing again for one of your parties Melissa!
    Thanks so much for hosting!

  5. nest of posies


    thanks so much for hosting the party.

    i honestly think my favorite part is that itty bitty pinecone wrapped around the Oliver Twist book. i know that sounds fun, but it the little things – right? i do love the mason jar with the apples as well.

    have a lovely weekend.

  6. Debbie

    Thanks for hosting! I love your blog!

  7. Jessica

    Hi, I’m a fairly new follower and just linked up :)I love your jar filled with the apples and clothes pins & the cute little pumpkin strung lights….where did you get those?! Adorable

  8. Mary

    Oh my it is so nippy here in Colorado that I am definitely feeling the Fall in the air!

    You mantle is so cute- great idea to put apples and pins in the mason jar!

    Thank you for always having such a fun fall party! Think this is my 3rd one to join of yours!

    bee blessed

  9. Leanne

    I’m with you. I just took down my summer mantel today. I always start with the mantel for some reason. I think I feel like I’ve accomplished something. I love the pinecone and the book. The apples and clothespins in the jar are always a favorite of mine. Thanks for hosting. I’m excited to check out everyone’s Fall ideas.

  10. Sherry

    Your mantel is perfect for fall. Love the lights! Thanks for hosting!

  11. Shelley

    It turned out great – love the lights! I am slowly leaning into fall. I look forward to seeing what everyone else is doing! Thanks for hosting!

  12. Heather

    love the jar of apples & clothespins! :)

  13. Taryn

    Thanks for hosting! I love your little fall touches, it’s inspiring me to add some more fall decor!

  14. Lisa

    Thanks Melissa for hosting….already have enjoyed what others are sharing!

  15. Vee

    So glad that you didn’t run through the entire house decorating like crazy. I feel better now as that’s what I did — focused on one spot. And I like Oliver Twist bound that way and sitting in a candleholder? Cute. Very. These snippets make it almost impossible to leave because I want to visit everyone right now, but it’s a busy morning. I will get to everyone, though over the weekend. Thanks for hosting this fun event again this year. Autumn wouldn’t be the same without you!

  16. linda (burlap+blue)

    Thanks so much for hosting, Melissa! I’m late joining the party, but that’s alright-I’m enjoying looking through the fabulous Fall Nestings that everyone before me has posted! xoxo

  17. Richella at Imparting Grace

    Melissa, I’m so excited to be here! And I’m thrilled to know that I’m not the only one who hasn’t done much fall decorating yet. I have a huge collection of pumpkins, but for some reason I just haven’t felt like pulling them out yet. I have made a couple of things for my porches, so I posted about those. With TWO kids in college this fall, spending $0 on fall decor has been a higher priority than usual!

    Thank you for for getting us all together for this party. You’re such a good hostess!

  18. Karen

    It’s great. I especially love the old Oliver Twist book and how you set that in a brass footed dish. You’ve prompted me to re-think use of some of the doo-dads hanging around my house. :-)

  19. Kay

    WhooHoo! I think I managed to do the posting and adding a link from my blog to here, correctly! Love, love, love the Fall! Thank you for your inspiration, instruction, and invitation to join the party!

  20. the cape on the corner

    i am absolutely loving the pinecone wrapped around that book. it’s perfect! i seriously can’t wait to get some fabulous inspiration for this year’s decorating, too. thanks so much for hosting! (i added your link to my sidebar, too.)

  21. Vivienne

    Thanks for hosting the party! There are fabulous projects and plenty of inspiration here already!

  22. kelly

    I love the candles on top of the basket. You combined two of my favorite things! How has this not occurred to me before? LOL. As always, you mantel looks fabulous!

  23. Chari

    Hi Melissa…

    Your autumn mantel looks beautiful, my friend! I love the canning jar full of apples and pins…sooo pretty! I also like your wire pumpkin lights and how you used them for the garland! Beautiful!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us and your lovely autumn mantel! Also, thanks for hosting this sweet Fall Nesting party!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  24. michelle

    how do you get to the fall party=?

  25. Dee

    This is beautiful!!! The look is simple and elegant. I’ll keep this in mind when I decorate my apartment. Thanks for sharing!!!

  26. Pamela Gordon

    Hi Melissa, I’m new to your blog and have joined your Fall Nesting Party today. Thanks so much for hosting. I like your fall mantel and find your pumpkin light garland is so cute. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Pamela

  27. Nancy

    Ok…Now I am in the mood to pull out my Fall decorating bins from the basement and get busy sprucing up the house with the beautiful colors and scents of this season. Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. teresa

    I really need to start thinking fall. Life has been kind of crazy around here. Thanks for all the inspiration here today.

  29. debbie

    So happy I recently found your blog. So much inspiration to be seen here. Great party too, thanks for hosting. I must go off and visit a few.

  30. Elizabeth

    Thanks for hosting! I’m going to enjoy visiting the links tonight while my hubby and boys are off to a hockey game.

  31. Claire

    so kind of you to host! i love reading your site, but i didn’t know you did this. i’m glad i stumble across it!

  32. Cheryl

    Melissa, thank you so much for hosting this delightful autumn party! (I, too, love fall the best!)
    It’s been great fun reading so many inspiring fall posts, and getting to know some new bloggers. I appreciate your providing the opportunity. :-D
    And I love your pumpkin garland! Isn’t Target just the greatest store?! (Unless it’s HomeGoods.) (Or Marshalls.) ;-)

  33. Lisa~

    Man, y’all get started early! I love that. Here in Texas it’s SO hot (still over 100) that it
    s hard to really get into fall. Our pumpkins won’t arrive in the stores for another few weeks. I’m sure enjoying checking out all of the links though…it’s getting me motivated. Lisa~

  34. CAS

    Thanks for hosting a truly fun party! Love what you did with your mantel.
    :) CAS

  35. Claudia

    Thanks for hosting! I just love all the inspiration!!
    Fall is my all-time favorite season.

  36. Kerry Rossow

    I am the reluctant fall decorator, late to the fall party! I am still clinging to shells and whites and summer.
    Thank you for hosting such a fun party to get me motivated!
    Your mantle looks fantastic!
    Kerry at

  37. Barbara (WA)

    Melissa, #195 cracked me up with her hubby saying, “Why do the pumpkins have numbers?” Make sure you check it out!!

  38. Holly

    Aww man I was looking forward to adding mine this week…. I just got it all done, can’t do it in one day especially with company! :) Thanks for all of the others though …


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