Friday, September 23, 2016

Rustic Mountain Fall at Balsam Mountain Preserve

I had the amazing opportunity to not only design the mantels I shared last week, but also to create some outdoor fall displays at Balsam Mountain Preserve. In keeping with the rustic aspect of the property, and the natural habitat, I wanted to put something together that was simple, all natural and reflected local culture.

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Here at the front entrance, I simply added two similar, but not the same, displays to each end of the fence with bales of straw, local produce and mums. 

I made bows from fabric, as always, and love the shape they take. I started with burlap ribbon, then added three different fabrics all cut with pinking shears. I love using fabric instead of ribbon because it provides so many more options, and I like how the bows drape.

On the other side, I created a similar look.

Next up was the sales office, and I went really minimalist with corn stalks and three pumpkins. 

On up the mountain to the main security gate, I repeated the same process.

There is also an outdoor fireplace and mantel here I'll share in another post.

I can't wait for the leaves to turn in this spot because the maple tree here always puts on an amazing show of color.

Next up was the pavilion which houses the fitness center, snack bar, golf pro shop and pools. This is a BMP photo from several years ago, and you can see how magnificent it's going to look in a few weeks. 

I tried to keep everything pretty similar between each location.

Last, was the Boarding House, which includes a restaurant with amazing views, I'll also share later. 

At the front entrance, I added a variety of mums, ornamental kale, etc., and pumpkins. This is where the mantels are I did last week

Again, when the leaves really change, this will be a spectacular place to enjoy the season.

And here you can see the view off the back porch as it will look in a few weeks. Pretty awesome, hmm? I'll be shooting some tablescapes here soon so you can be sure I'm going to enjoy that.

This is a beautiful place, so if you are looking for a second home or an amazing first home in the mountains, definitely check it out.

I'll be joining:


  1. A beautiful place to live! Autumnal bounty is a perfect display to welcome Fall.
    Kathleen in Az

  2. that last shot- the view out the window... DREAMY!

    1. I would more than likely live out there if they would let me, lol!

  3. You did a fantastic job with each display! I love everything- just the right amount and displayed perfectly! I bet it is absolutely gorgeous there when the leaves turn color!

    1. Thank you so much Liz! I stressed over trying to get is just right for them:-)

  4. Excellent! I love the one you used the basket in, it just pops! They are all so beautiful, great job!

  5. It all looks great, Anita!! I love your fabric bows, and you've displayed everything beautifully -- really says Fall! This preserve looks like a gorgeous place to be in the fall; I just love our North Carolina mountains. :)

    Have a good weekend!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  6. Your fall decorations are beautiful. Great scenery too!

  7. WOW - isn't that just fabulous? Your decor nestles perfectly amongst such beauty, Anita. Very well done, indeed.

  8. These are all absolutely stunning! You've given me some great inspiration for my fall decor...when it finally gets cool enough here in Alabama to break out the pumpkins!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  9. Wow dear Anita !! Such amazing images and FALL arrangements at it's best. Just the right amount and in the most perfects spots. Stunning ! I adore Fall, as I am a Fall gal myself. I miss all those pumpkins in every color and shape.
    Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing.

  10. OMGoodness, this is stunning. Great job, wish I could visit this lovely place. Anxious to see the tablescapes!