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Fall Decorating Inspiration

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After looking through my archives, I came across a favorite post that I wanted to share with you in case you missed it the first time around. I have always loved fall decorating -- and now with the season in full swing and the holidays about to begin, I thought these images and easy projects would be a great source of inspiration to you all!

At Living, we often take a cue from nature's bounty of color and textures when it comes to making decorative updates for autumn. Gourds, nuts, and dried leaves are materials that go a long way when it comes to setting the mood for the season. The fall decorating projects I've gathered, below, are easy to create. Many of these projects would make wonderful additions to a fall table setting, too.

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This wreath features almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts and is finished off with a beautiful burnt orange satin ribbon. http://www.marthastewart.com/272661/nut-wreath

1 This wreath features almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts and is finished off with a beautiful burnt orange satin ribbon. http://www.marthastewart.com/272661/nut-wreath

This centerpiece couldn't be easier to put together. Take gourds and modern ceramic vessels and place them around the table for Thanksgiving or anytime during the fall months.

2 This centerpiece couldn't be easier to put together. Take gourds and modern ceramic vessels and place them around the table for Thanksgiving or anytime during the fall months.

Dried corn really features the hues of fall. Here, a cluster is hung from a brick red ribbon.

3 Dried corn really features the hues of fall. Here, a cluster is hung from a brick red ribbon.

Just add flowers, paper leaves, and a ribbon to dress up plain hurricanes for the season.

4 Just add flowers, paper leaves, and a ribbon to dress up plain hurricanes for the season.

It's easy to make this with a kit that is usually used for turning a bottle into a lamp; the kit is available at most hardware and crafts stores. http://www.marthastewart.com/264601/gourd-art

5 It's easy to make this with a kit that is usually used for turning a bottle into a lamp; the kit is available at most hardware and crafts stores. http://www.marthastewart.com/264601/gourd-art

I love this crisp, fall wreath made from cornhusks.

6 I love this crisp, fall wreath made from cornhusks.

Use fresh bittersweet and vines to make this decorative autumn wreath. http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/bittersweet-autumn-wreath

7 Use fresh bittersweet and vines to make this decorative autumn wreath. http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/bittersweet-autumn-wreath

Wrapped in dried corn husks, votives cast a soft glow and serve as an elegant addition to your fall table. http://www.marthastewart.com/273502/cornhusk-votives

8 Wrapped in dried corn husks, votives cast a soft glow and serve as an elegant addition to your fall table. http://www.marthastewart.com/273502/cornhusk-votives

Finials -- he small piece that screws onto the top of a lamp's harp -- are given some attention when a pinecone is added to the top.

9 Finials -- he small piece that screws onto the top of a lamp's harp -- are given some attention when a pinecone is added to the top.

This breathtaking wreath is made from turkey quill feathers and magnolia leaves, colored on one side with floral spray, are mixed with stalks of wheat to create a stunning wreath. http://www.marthastewart.com/266375/midas-touches-in-full-feather

10 This breathtaking wreath is made from turkey quill feathers and magnolia leaves, colored on one side with floral spray, are mixed with stalks of wheat to create a stunning wreath. http://www.marthastewart.com/266375/midas-touches-in-full-feather

These large trivets in leafy shapes make a bold statement and they're functional.  Plus, you only need our template and felt wool to make them. http://www.marthastewart.com/273201/festive-foliage

11 These large trivets in leafy shapes make a bold statement and they're functional. Plus, you only need our template and felt wool to make them. http://www.marthastewart.com/273201/festive-foliage

These door decorations are a twist on the traditional cornucopias and can display your favorite fall flowers or branches. http://www.marthastewart.com/267825/mini-cornucopias-and-door-arrangements

12 These door decorations are a twist on the traditional cornucopias and can display your favorite fall flowers or branches. http://www.marthastewart.com/267825/mini-cornucopias-and-door-arrangements

Obsessed: Looodus Font Alphabet Puzzle

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I'm loving this cute wooden font puzzle by Looodus -- it's 100% made in Italy by a couple who wanted to be able to give their daughter the type of quality wooden toys they played with as kids,  an alternative to the mountains of pink plastic found at every turn in toy stores these days. The puzzle is laser cut and hand finished out of plywood from the Padana Plain, making it a marriage of classic craftsmanship and new technology. I love that it teaches the alphabet and fonts in a way that's both modern and old-fashioned -- I think this would make a cherished gift that could even be passed down from generation to generation. To place an order, visit Loodus' shop on Etsy.

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Derek Blasberg for Paperless Post

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I have been obsessed with fashion expert Derek Blasberg's style and work for a while now. You might know him from his writing in basically every big fashion mag, or from his books, "Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady" and "Very Classy: Even More Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady". The books are guides for etiquette in the 21st century, a time when social graces like handwritten notes can seem long forgotten.

Which leads me to something I'm loving right now -- his new collaboration with Paperless Post. Paperless Post takes all the tackiness out of online invitations and greeting cards and offers up charming, interactive designs that even the most old-fashioned advocates of paper-and-pen would love. It's safe to say that this is not your mom's Evite.

Past designers like Kate Spade and Jonathan Adler have all put their own amazing spin on the e-stationery, but I feel like Blasberg's new collection takes the cake because it's cheeky and edgy without being over-the-top -- some of the cards express perfectly what everyone is thinks but doesn't say out loud ("Yes, there will be an open bar" reads the front of one invite). It's the perfect blend of festive and funny for holiday parties and greetings in this age. For all of you snail-mail stalwarts who still aren't convinced, have no worries -- you can also order printed versions of the cards, which are inked beautifully on high-quality paper.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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Tis The Season - Paperless Post x Derek Blasberg

Wine and Dine - Paperless Post x Derek Blasberg

To see the full collection, click here. To learn more about Derek and see more of his work, visit his website. He also has a blog, MrBlasberg.com, where he writes about his everyday inspiration, his travels and of course, his fabulous life -- it's one of the few blogs I read every day.