This vintage fall basket vignette is so cozy for fall!
I am beyond grateful to be joining an incredible group of bloggers today for this ‘Welcome Autumn On A Tray’ blog tour hosted by Katherine from Katherine’s Corner! If you are new here, I’m Rachel, the blogger and content creator here at The Antiqued Journey. I’m so happy to have you! I invite you to stop by the ‘about me’ page to get to know me a little more. Here on the blog, you will find loads of inspiration for decorating with vintage and antique decor, simple DIY crafts, and many thrifting adventures. Vintage decor speaks to my soul and I love to decorate with it throughout my home. For my part on this blog hop, I’m sharing a simple and affordable vintage fall basket vignette!
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If you found your way here from Rachelle at My Hubbard Home, welcome! I admire Rachelle and her beautiful decor and styling. Wasn’t her tray just fabulous?
I love to use vintage pieces in seasonal vignettes. For me, vintage decor is the type of thing that never gets old. Because of the age of these pieces, they are full of rich patina and character, giving each piece a timeless charm. By incorporating vintage decor in your space, you can achieve a one-of-a-kind home that is special and unique to you. It’s a comforting feeling for me to know that I get to carry on the story of each vintage piece that has found it’s way into my heart.
If you are interested in purchasing similar items to what I’m sharing today, I have linked some options at the very bottom of this post for you.
A Vintage Fall Basket Vignette
As I was thinking about this autumn on a tray post, I envisioned a basket full of rich colors and lots of texture. So, I reached for my favorite thrifted basket! The color of the wood on it is so gorgeous and the handle is perfectly curved, allowing space for taller items. The sides of the basket tuck everything in so nicely as well.
As with all of my vignettes, I start with a neutral base. That can include vintage books, plates, wood rounds, or anything that gives a solid foundation. For this particular vignette, I started with a large cream colored book in the bottom of the basket. This helps with things not falling through the holes as well as gives some height to the display.
Along the back of the basket, I placed a thrifted vintage Ironstone platter. Having this neutral platter in the background helps to achieve cohesion and uniformity throughout the vignette.
Then, on the right side, I added another vintage book in a fall color. I knew that this side was going to need a little more height, so adding another book helped to balance out the left side.
If you are new to vintage decor or are looking for vintage books, I find all of my books either from thrift shops or antique stores. Sometimes people ask about fair pricing for things. Honestly it really varies by where you live, but I don’t usually spend more than $4 per book.
Next, I started to add in taller pieces to help create depth. I pulled from decor that I already had and used them in the middle of the vignette. These items include a vintage amber vase and a thrifted transferware vase. I chose to use these pieces because of the fall feeling that they bring to the display. Brown transferware and amber are, in my opinion, quintessentially fall.
In each of those vases, I added a faux stem. I chose to use stems that complemented the colors that were already present in the vignette. You could opt to use real stems here as well, such as leaf branches, sticks, or dried flowers from your yard. Other textures that work well for fall include wheat stems, pampas grass, or feathers.
In the front of the display, I added smaller pieces that give a lower profile. The vintage barn plate that you see here came from the same thrift store as the Ironstone platter. If you don’t know, I collect vintage barn art, and this plate just spoke to me when I saw it! It’s the perfect addition to this vignette due to the scenery on the plate itself. The olive green color pairs beautifully with the amber and copper colored hues that are present throughout the display.
Then, I added in a piece plaid fabric that was leftover from a project. I lightly scrunched it around the base of the vases. You could also use a plaid scarf, a linen, or a small plaid blanket as well.
On top of the fabric, I then placed a variety of faux pumpkins. There are some velvet pumpkins mixed in with some white faux pumpkins. I stuck to an odd number of pumpkins because that is more pleasing to my eye than an even number. The beauty about creating a vignette is that there is not a rule book or a set of boundaries that you need to follow. This is a super creative process, letting your heart and your own creative know-how take the lead. And, if you don’t like how something looks, take it back out and keep moving things around until you are happy with it!
The last step for this basket vignette is to add in some natural textures. At the time I made this, there were not enough acorns on the ground yet, so I picked up a bag of faux acorns and pinecones from Hobby Lobby.
I think the colors on these acorns are so lovely and pair well with the rest of the display. I simply sprinkled them across the top of the fabric, making sure to get them all the way around the basket, including in the lower areas and small crevices throughout.
That concludes the process of how I put this fall vignette together. Once you start creating vignettes, you will want to keep making more! The possibilities are endless, especially when using thrifted and vintage decor.
I sincerely hope this vintage fall basket vignette is an encouragement for you! Creating a beautiful home truly doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive. Sourcing vintage and thrifted decor to use in vignettes is special because each piece has a story. These old items are rich in character and full of beauty because they are imperfect. I’m drawn to old things because they do have flaws yet are so charming and perfect in their own way.
Fall is such a magical time of year, a beautiful time for rest and renewal. I urge you to find beauty in the imperfection, knowing that it’s all part of your story. Be encouraged to bring it all along, giving yourself grace and finding joy as you go.
Next up on this ‘Welcome Autumn On a Tray Tour’ is Bev at Eclectic Red Barn. She always has wonderful ideas and inspiration to share. Head on over to her blog and continue the fall fun!
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Hi Rachel, you know I LOVE vintage plates and velvet pumpkins–so you are speaking my love language! Your cozy basket is charming! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction
Hi! Thank you! Vintage is my love language! glad you agree 🙂
Such a lovely basket! I love the unique elements and the warmth!
Thanks so much!!
I am kind of betting that you have a much larger collection of transferware pieces, am I right? THEY ARE FABULOUS! And…they absolutely light up your tray and everything ‘autumn’ that you are doing there. Beautiful! Warmly, Jenny from Not Entirely Average
Not much larger but yes..I have a few more pieces that I just adore. Thanks so much, Jenny!!!
You shared a great tutorial on styling a tray and I’m crazy about acorns. Great meeting you. Pinned!
Thanks so much!!
Hi Rachel. Of course I love all the vintage vibes you have going on here, but can we stop a minute and talk about that basket? It’s fabulous. That handle is everything and I love the entire profile of how the sides come up. You did a wonderful job styling the basket and of course I love all the thrifted plates. I have a small collection of both brown & green transfer ware, which are mostly thrifted. Thanks for all the eye candy and it’s wonderful to be hopping with you today. XO- MaryJo
RIGHT?!?! That basket stopped me dead in my tracks when I saw it at the thrift store months ago. I’m a little obsessed with brown transferware and CAN’T stop looking for it!! Thanks for reading, MaryJo! So fun hopping with you today!!
Beautiful basket vignette! I love the amber vase and the use of the plaid fabric. Happy to be touring this month and to have found you! Pinned and I’m now following you on Pinterest & IG.
Thank you!! I appreciate that!!!
I love your basket and all of the lovely things you added. I especially love that vase. You created such an adorable tray.
Thanks so much!! I appreciate the lovely comment. So fun to be hopping with you!
Your Fall vignette is just lovely! The shape of your basket is one of a kind and I love the barn scene on your plate! Hope you’re enjoying Fall! Blessings, Donna
Thank you!! That basket is just…everything. Like..I just can’t believe I found it!! Thanks for stopping by today!!
So cozy Rachel! Love the vintage plates and how they are all nestled in that plaid blanket. Wonderful autumn tray my friend. Happy to be touring together.
Thanks, Meagan!!! So fun to be hopping together!!!
Hi Rachel, Love the basket and the colors! So perfect for fall! So much fun in this blog hop! And inspo! xo laura in Colorado
Thank you!! So fun hopping with you!!
Love this sweet Autumn Tray!! Great use of vintage pieces which I too love and have many of!!! All so charming!! Thanks for sharing!! Enjoy the Tour!
Thanks so much!!! Fun hopping with you!!
I also love all thing ‘vintage’. I love your ‘one of a kind’ basket and how you added unique pieces to create your vignette. Beautiful!
Thanks so much!! I appreciate the kind words!!
Hi Rachel, great idea to use a basket as a tray. Loved the tutorial on how you selected each item and combined them to create a pleasing whole. Lynne
Thank you!! I’m so happy that the process was helpful for you! Thanks so much for reading!!
Love it all, Rachel. The vintage pieces and transferware plate combined with the pumpkins, acorns, and fabric has the feel of fall!
Thanks so much, Rachelle! So fun hopping with you!
SO cute Rachel – It was so fun to walk through your process with you! I love to hear what other people consider as they’re creating beautiful decor – I always learn something – and I got lots of great ideas from your lovely post. Pinned, and thanks, from your newest subscriber! 🙂
Thank YOU!!! I appreciate that more than you know!!!!
What a beautiful basket Rachel, it is perfect for filling with Fall goodies for an Autumn decoration! So smart the way you used a platter as a backdrop to keep your arrangement in cohesion. Love the book stack to elevate the vase of leaves, and the plaid cozy tucked in under the pumpkins. Those colored acorns are so much fun! Lovely creation!
Thank you!!! I appreciate all of your lovely thoughts and comment!!!
Such a lovely design! The deep blues, oranges and ambers really pop against the neutral base and natural items. I was especially drawn to the plaid cloth — a vibrantly pretty pattern. Happy to be touring with you!
Thank you! Fun hopping with you this week!
I love that you used a basket as a tray. The warm autumn colors say welcome autumn. Thank you for joining in the fun. Pinned! Hugs!
Thank you and thanks Katherine for hosting such a fun hop!!
Your basket turned out beautifully. I love the blanket as the base and the little acorns strewn throughout as well. Have a wonderful weekend Rachel!
Thank you! How kind of you. Thanks for stopping by today…happy weekend!
Love how you’ve used the basket as a tray. So many beautiful fall elements, including those adorable painted acorns. Of course you know I love any and all transferware!
Thank you! That basket is just SO good and I’m so happy you love it! Happy weekend!
Rachel, your tray is beautiful! I especially love the plate really bringing forth the harvest theme. So many beautiful textures too! Thank you for joining the tour!
Thanks so much! I appreciate that…it was so much fun to be a part of!
Rachel! I love this blog hop and I love how you style your fall basket! As always your approach to decor is so practical, achievable and beautiful. Just lovely!
Thanks so much, Anna! I’m happy you feel that since that’s usually my aim 🙂
What a fun blog hop, Rachel! I love all the fall-inspired goodies you put into this fabulous basket. Plus, I love how you can easily move it around from room to room and even create a fall basket to leave on the porches of friends and family members too. It’s awesome! Hugs, CoCo
Thanks so much! I am so grateful to have been a part of this hop. Your comments are always so thoughtful and lovely. I truly appreciate you!
Wonderful basket. Nice to meet you, Rachel. Enjoyed the tour.
Thanks so much! You as well!!