This is the best I could do.
My goals when decorating this little spot were simple: 1.) To use what I had and 2.) To avoid being "theme-y".
The only thing I ended up buying was a 3-pack of off-white candles at Hobby Lobby for $6. Not bad. (Yes, after 10 years of marriage, I've finally run out of our wedding candles.)
Instead of using traditional pumpkins and leaves, I decided to incorporate items that brought in rich colors and textures that represented the season to me. Apples are one of my favorite (and the cheapest) ways to accessorize for a beautiful dose of color.
I also added a few other small touches of fall throughout the house. . . .
Mixed in chocolate brown pillows on our sofa:
I picked up these pumpkins and gourds at the dollar store. Even though they were only $1, they actually look more than real than plastic.
And, there you have it--my attempt at adding a little autumn that will hopefully last until it's time to break out the Christmas decorations.