Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vintage Decorating for Fall

I Recently found this spooky vintage 'painting'
at my favorite thrift store for just a few dollars. 

It was nicked in a few places, so I filled those in with
furniture touch up markers. 

You would have to look very closely to find the nicks. 

Then I found these great 3-D stickers
 of a haunted house and full moon
at the craft store. 

Now the 'painting' is really spooky! 

This ceramic owl was my Mom's. 

It is vintage 60's and I remember it 
as a child. 

I have no idea how it survived a cross-country 
move, 5 children and 15 grandchildren!

You can put a candle inside and it looks really 
spooky with all the lights turned off. 

He's happy roosting on my mantel for the season. 

This vintage children's book adds a seasonal bright spot 
to the coffee table. 

It has wonderful pen and ink/watercolor illustrations. 

The Author, Dorothy Sterling (1913 - 2008) was an accomplished writer who worked for Time from 1936-1949 and was then assistant bureau chief in Life's news bureau from 1944-1949!

The illustrator, Winifred Lubell (1914- 2012)
 was also an accomplished artist and political activist
with a very long career. 

You never know what treasures you will find in your local thrift store! 

I love this simple illustration. 

The text is very informative, too. 

This page is frame worthy! 
(Although I would never deface a book!)

I have a growing collection of vintage illustrated children's books
and this one is a favorite. 

I also like to decorate with vintage postcards. 

This one is very sweet for Halloween. 

I framed two of these sweet images. 

A bit of seasonal decor in a tiny corner..... 

Above my vintage enamel top writing desk. 

A few collected treasures....

Pumpkins in a vintage tart pan. 

And black crow feathers. 

I hope you enjoyed my vintage style autumn decor, 
Dear Friends! 

Thank you for your sweet visit <3


'My Sorrow, when she's here with me, 
thinks these dark days of autumn rain
are beautiful as days can be;
she loves the bare, the withered tree;
she walks the sodden pasture lane.'
- Robert Frost -


  1. Dear KAren,
    such wonderful autumn decorations you made!
    I love the spooky picture, well done!
    Alos love this wonderful book with thos georgeous simple paintings!
    Thank you for sharing all those lovely things!
    Have a blessed day...
    Love and hugs,
    Claudia xo

  2. I love what you've done to decorate for the season. That is a great idea for seasonal 'art' too. Just think what can be done with thrift store prints and Christmas themed additions. You've set my mind to pondering here.

  3. Hi Karen, Those decals on the picture = creepy-cool. And that little treasure of a children's book! LIKE. A Lot. And I remember owls like that. 60's decor was so much fun.

    Rain here today. Must venture out on some errands even if I'd rather stayed tucked up dry with Josephine! xo, m & jb

  4. Oh Karen I love your taste in vintage and your artistic ability. That first spooky painting is beautiful. You have such a talent. Thank you for sharing with us. Hug B

  5. I love your vintage style and you have some really sweet collectibles. Your mantel looks very pretty with the turquoise and orange theme. Your enamel top table is a beauty!! Enjoy the day.

  6. What a great idea putting the stickers on the painting! It looks so cool and very spooky! Lets make a date to go thrift store shopping together soon. XO

  7. i love the little owl. and sweet swallow sketch!

  8. Everything is lovely, sweet friend. The painting you got and added 3-D stickers to looks so neat! I would have never thought about adding the stickers - I love it :)

    And the owl is simply precious. Once again, you have created a charming hatmosphere in your home for Autumn. Love and hugs to you!

  9. I love the idea of adding the stickers to the print, Karen...too fun! Love all of your finds and decorations!

  10. What a sweet owl and it's so nice that you're able to use it in your fall vignette. Love all your vintage touches, especially the thrift store painting. Great idea to use the stickers to embellish it. Thank so much Karen for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  11. Hello dear friend -- I enjoy vintage books too.. I often found my self spending hours looking for the right book to take home.. You vintage Halloween style is perfect.. Great idea with the 3-D stickers..

  12. I love your decorating style and all those wonderful collectibles. Great finds and great photos!

  13. I love the idea of using a real painting in your halloween decor.

  14. Such fun!!! You have some wonderful Halloween decorations!!! I just haven't been in the mood for Halloween at all this year. The 88 degree temps at noon, the realization that our grandson is growing into his teen years, and absolutely NO fall color....have all contributed. I hope I am more "into" Thanksgiving and Christmas. They will be upon us soon. I think a trip to the mountains to see some color will help!

  15. What a great way to make the painting a little more fun! All your festive decorations are looking oh so pretty and perfect for the season.

  16. I certainly did enjoy your vintage decorating style, dear Karen! I love how you enhanced the painting!

  17. It all looks so good. You definitely have the touch!

  18. Dearest Karen,
    Well done and I totally agree with your line: (Although I would never deface a book!)...

  19. You have some wonderful, wonderful decorations. That painting is PERFECT for that spooky house and moon. LOVE It- what a great idea.

    I also love all the books and treasures you have collected. Those post cards are SO neat. I just love them.

    Looking like Halloween at your house for sure.. xo Diana

  20. Dear Karen,

    Your thoughts, your heart, your memory, your family and your art are a sea full of love.
    Because you know how to create a better way of life.

    We admire your talents.

    Yannis & Vania Politopoulos

  21. Hello Karen, I enjoyed seeing your vintage decorations. I love the sticker of the haunted house. The book are wonderful, what treasures.. Enjoy your Thursday!

  22. Love all of your halloween / fall art!

  23. I always look forward to seeing how you change your decor for the seasons, Karen. What a clever idea to add 3-D stickers to the painting. You truly have a gift for crafty crafts! xo

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  25. Love the 3D stickers! These are adorable!
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