dead spanish moss

so i just love how pottery barn used dead spanish moss in their most recent fall/halloween display.

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and of course they sell it for an obscene price. but i still love the look. oh, and i (and my sister-in-law) love the old books stacked under the cloche!

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anyway, i wanted to add some to my mantel in the gift shoppe. so i went to walmart and got two bags for $2.50 each. score!
pottery barn – 0 … michael – 1

and here’s what i came up with.

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obviously there is a lot going on here as this is a shoppe not a ‘home mantel’. but you get the idea.

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i hung some from the mirror …. tucked  other clumps in here and there.

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it looks a bit spooky … but still rustic and warm. … if that makes sense.

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but be warned … it makes a heck of a mess! have your sweeper (yeah … we say sweeper in central pa … not vaccum) on hand. and i love the smell of it too. that probably sounds weird … but i do. do you know the smell i mean?

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i love having the flexibility and opportunity to always be changing things and moving things around. do you find yourself doing that a lot too? i’d go crazy if i couldn’t. some things work. some don’t. that’s the fun!

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but i do like the way this looks. don’t you?

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  • Teri at

    I LOVE fall and wish it could last a lot longer! Your store mantle is so warming! I love it, and I love the idea of dead spanish moss! Running to Wal-Mart now!

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    Love it! Love the idea of spanish moss, too. Never would have thought of that.

  • Stitchfork at

    Books and spider under the cloche – that is so going to be on my table!

  • purensimple at

    Michael Just found your block and love it. I too live in central PA in the small town of Avis. Check out my blog if you get a chance. Now I’m going to go look at your older posts.
    Hugs Theresa

  • Vava (aka Virginia) at

    This all looks GREAT! And, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂 Happy almost-fall!

  • Melissa P at

    Looks great!

  • Chrissie at

    I love changing thing around too!Your mantel looks great.

  • Angela at

    It looks wonderful! I would never have thought to decorate with Spanish moss. I am shocked that they even sell it. I am from the South and you couldn’t move without tripping over the stuff. If I had only known. 😉 I am really enjoying how you decorated with it!

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