The flagship brick and mortar Lily & Val store opened about a year ago on Ellsworth, right on the border of Shadyside and East Liberty. It is a cozy crafting haven of chalkboard art, assorted paper goods, and quaint home decor. Originally an online store selling handmade greeting cards and signs, the Lily & Val team uses their physical space to continue selling their wares, but also to introduce the Pittsburgh community to the world of lettering and crafting through in house workshops.
I have followed them on instagram for a while, and saw that they were holding one of these workshops to create faux floral wreaths for fall. It looked like the perfect thing to start decorating our house for the season. The temperature here is still in the 80s, so I haven’t felt any desire to pull out our extra throw blankets or my cozy sweaters.
Instead of the usual reds and oranges that you find in fall decor, we worked with golden rod yellow and deep blue around an ivory statement flower. I love that these colors still feel autumnal and slightly sophisticated. They can also transition into winter and spring very easily.
Each station was set up with everything we needed – a description of the wreath we were going to create, our own pair of wire cutters, a hot glue gun, the faux flowers wrapped together with some extra floral wire, and the beautiful copper frame. Emily, L&V’s Merchandising Director and Stylist (and floral wreath extraordinaire), walked us through the creation of our wreaths.
All of the wreaths turned out so beautifully, with a touch of wild, and perfectly autumnal. I immediately placed mine in the center of our mantle when I got home, and absolutely love the way it looks!
Do you enjoy decorating for the seasons? How do you get ready for the fall? What do you think of straying from the ‘typical’ autumnal colors?