Quick Halloween to Thanksgiving Decor Transition

Good morning friends, and Happy November!

I hope you all had a blast trick or treating with the littles yesterday. You’re probably not quite ready to dive in to updating your decor today, but that’s ok–I’ve been getting ahead of things all fall, so I might as well share my decor experiments with you, right?

Halloween Display

This is kind of a spin-off of my post last month about the early fall to Halloween transition. I was working on those photos feverishly for a few hours that day because I had planned the post but then the buffet in this photo sold a lot more quickly than I had expected it to, and so I had to rush to finish everything before the customer came to pick it up, because I didn’t have another piece that I could use as a backdrop.

Then a day or two later, I found a new buffet and painted that so that I could get a quick Thanksgiving post done that used a similar piece as the base. I was trying to get some Christmas ones done, too, but I wasn’t satisfied with what I was coming up with, so I’ll just share the Thanksgiving one for today.

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Again, this is something super simple that I put together in about a half an hour. When I’m putting together something like this for a post, a show, or for my house, I think about the season, the pieces that I already have and how I can use them in a new way, and about the materials that the pieces are made of (for example I have some real naturals, some fake naturals, some paper, some wood, some glass…I like a nice mix of materials to give some depth and texture to the look).

The only pieces that I used throughout the season were the grass vases on either side–I really like the movement and interest that they add. Everything else was moved around or switched out at some point or another.

I moved from the fabric pumpkin banner to a paper “Give Thanks” banner that I made with my Cricut 2 or 3 years ago, even though the pumpkin banner would still technically have worked. Confession: I was cleaning out my basement and got totally distracted as soon as I found the “Give Thanks” banner–I had to drop everything that I was doing and take my Thanksgiving photos right then. This is part of the reason why my list never gets done. I’m trying to work on staying focused.

I don’t love paper banners as much as fabric ones, but I don’t have a huge inspiration for a fabric Thanksgiving banner right now, so oh well. This one still looks nice.

I also knew I wanted to go the crate, bushel, ladder section route, too–all of those things tie in nicely with the season of gathering and harvesting and giving thanks, and the mini white pumpkins spilling out were also a good transition from Halloween to a neutral Thanksgiving, echoing a horn of plenty type image.

If you’re not a neutral person like I am, you could easily add some great color here with a couple of Mason jars with bold fall color bouquets on either side in place of the grass vases, some bright orange mini or pie pumpkins, and a colorful banner. I go through neutral seasons and color seasons, so it’s only a matter of time before I’m back to doing something super colorful.

Would you be interested in seeing a more behind-the-scenes look at how I got to this point with the display? I know I said I put this together in about a half an hour, but that was with switching things in and out and back and forth, debating with myself about what looked good and what had to go. Anyway, I think I might try that when we get to the Christmas decorating post.


Share your Thanksgiving space by giving me a shout out on Instagram @itsjessforton! I’d love to see what you’re doing to usher in the next phase of fall!

Talk soon,

Jessie

Quick Early Fall to Halloween Display

Good morning friends!

Here’s a super quick post for you on how to easily transition from early fall to a spookier Halloween vibe in your decorating. I thought this would be fun and easy, and I’ve been looking for a few ways to sprinkle in some quick posts throughout the week.

Here’s my simple early fall display:

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I kept things light and airy here, softening the transition from summer to fall with some fading florals, the white window, and these test tube vases that I got on clearance from Magnolia Market. I couldn’t find anything similar for sale online when I was writing this, but any clear vase or grouping of vases would work.

I put this wreath together myself, pulling bits and pieces of leftover stuff from last fall and some cotton bolls I had from a different project.

I love birch branches at any time of the year, but they are particularly pretty in the fall and winter. I have these layered in an old grocery cart, which brings them out from simply leaning against the wall and gives the look a little more dimension.

There are a few linen and buffalo pumpkin banners still hanging out in my Etsy shop if you want to snag yours. Buffalo check is one of the easiest ways to bring in a little more fall here without being super overwhelming just yet. I didn’t want to get rid of summer that quickly!!

And here’s my quick transition to a spookier October set-up:

Halloween Display

Swapping out the white window for a trio of heavier dark frames seemed like a natural choice for the backdrop–there’s something about these old, dark, empty frames that’s a little bit creepy to me–in a good way. These are from an estate sale that I found in an old-timey photography studio that had been closed for years–there were all these bottles of solution around, a real darkroom, and stacks and stacks of frames–more frames than anybody could ever want in their life, it seems like. It would have made a great themed haunted house except for the fact that they had the sale in the spring.

I kept my wheat vases because they don’t look as whimsical without the floral wreath–on their own they usher the fall in with a bit more force since there’s nothing “alive” about them and no green left for them to work with.

The skull fabric swatch came from the 1011 Fabrics booth at Shed 5 last year–they have the coolest stuff and do such amazing work. It’s a bit of a hike to Fenton, but it’s a super pretty place. I typically wouldn’t pick out something with skulls on it, but I’m glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone a little because I think it works here, and it was only $1! I liked the fact that it was a swatch because it was finished around the edges and it has some grommets in the top in case I wanted to string it onto a banner somehow.

And that’s my early fall to Halloween transition in a few easy steps! Thanks for reading–I’d love to see your Halloween setup in the comments or on Instagram (tag @itsjessforton to share!). Stay tuned next month for the transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving!

Talk soon,

Jessie