Anne of Green Gables | Fall Vignette | Thrifted Home Decor

Today I’m sharing how I created a cozy fall vignette in a basket for a lovely corner in the living room. This project started when I discovered a charming vintage Anna Green Gables doll while thrifting in our favorite antique mall, which sparked memories of my love for the classic TV show. I thought it would be the perfect centerpiece for a basket-inspired vignette, alongside some additional décor items. So, let’s style this thrifted Anne of Green Gables Fall Vignette.

I hope to convey the essence of fall, blending warm colors, inviting textures, and an inviting atmosphere.

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Anne of Green Gables: Fall Vignette

Today’s Inspiration

Recently, during one of my thrifting jaunts at my favorite antique mall, I came across an adorable vintage Anne of Green Gables doll. As a girl, I was a big fan of the Anne of Green Gables TV show, so this find was like a trip down memory lane. Initially, I thought about placing this doll in one of my daughters’ rooms. But, after thinking about it and coming across other complementary pieces, I decided to create a fall vignette in a basket for a cozy corner of my living room.

Finding the Vintage Anna Green Gables Doll

I’m glad you’re here with me today as I create a fall vignette in a basket to place in a corner of my living room. I got really excited about this idea when I stumbled upon a vintage Anna Green Gables doll at one of my favorite antique malls while thrifting. As a girl, I adored the TV show, and this little doll absolutely captured my imagination.

Originally, I had planned on placing her in one of my girls’ rooms upstairs, but as I thought more about it, I came up with the idea of designing a cozy basket vignette with the doll as the centerpiece.

To create this vignette, I combined various items that I found at the antique store, Hobby Lobby, and At Home store, as well as a few other pieces I already had. Here’s a quick rundown of what I used:

The Elements of the Fall Vignette

Let me walk you through the items that will go into this vignette:

  • Anne of Green Gables Doll: The star of our show! Isn’t she just the cutest?
  • Quote Sign: This features a touching quote from the Anne of Green Gables book.
  • Basket: I’d previously bought this basket from the same antique mall and have been waiting for the perfect use for it.
  • Florals from Hobby Lobby: These include red sunflowers, mirroring the doll’s fiery hair, and purple floral stems with faux pine cones. I snagged these on a 40% off sale, which is always a bonus.
  • Pumpkin: A fall vignette is incomplete without a touch of pumpkin! I picked this up for just a few dollars.
  • Green Floral Stem from the At Home Store: This was another delightful find for under $10.
  • Books with Autumnal Tints: My husband found these in our attic; they were gifts from his mother. Their earthy tones perfectly capture the essence of fall. Titles include a National Geographic book, “Byways of America,” and “The Majesty of the Horse.”

Picking out the different elements to go into the basket vignette was kind of a guessing game. I first went to Hobby Lobby and looked at their floral selections. You want to have a combination of light vs heavier pieces when putting together a vignette.

I arranged these items on a drop-leaf table that I moved to a cozy corner of my living room. I also added an art piece and a lamp that I’ve had for quite some time.

I absolutely adore how this corner turned out! It’s warm, charming, and embodies everything I love about fall. I hope it inspires you to create your own little nook full of cozy fall vibes

5 Tips for Styling a Vignette

  1. Start with a Theme or Focal Point: Before diving in, decide on a theme or choose a standout piece to anchor your vignette. In my case I used the Anne of Green Gables doll. Whether it’s a thrifted treasure, a family heirloom, or a seasonal item, let this piece guide the tone and color palette of your arrangement.
  2. Play with Height and Scale: Varying the heights and sizes of items adds interest and depth. Use stacked books, candleholders, or small pedestals to elevate some pieces. Remember, larger items typically work best in the back, while smaller ones can be placed in the front.
  3. Layer and Overlap: Don’t be afraid to overlap elements or place items partially behind others. This layering technique adds depth and creates a more curated look. Use trays or decorative cloths as a base to group items and give them a cohesive feel.
  4. Mind the Balance: While you don’t have to aim for perfect symmetry, do strive for a balanced look. This could be achieved through color, texture, or the weight of items. If one side feels too heavy or cluttered, adjust by redistributing or removing pieces.
  5. Edit and Refine: Less can sometimes be more. After you’ve arranged your items, step back and assess. If something feels out of place or overcrowded, don’t hesitate to remove it. Revisit and tweak your vignette periodically, keeping it fresh and in harmony with the surrounding space.

Setting the Scene

I chose my new drop-leaf table as the base for this vignette. If you recall from my previous videos, this table was an antique find from Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’ve rearranged it a bit, moving it from behind one of my couches to a corner in my living room next to the piano.

I also added this beautiful watercolor art piece from a recent thrifting haul. To complete the scene, I repurposed a lamp from our family room – a piece I’ve had for nearly two decades – to shed light on this lovely vignette.

After arranging the basket, books, florals, and pumpkins, the corner turned out to be incredibly charming, embodying the warmth and coziness of the fall season.

I hope this inspires you to create your own fall vignette that captures the essence of this season.

Designing the Fall Vignette

To start, I already had this perfect basket which I found at the same antique mall weeks ago. I didn’t have a plan for it yet, but it’s just the right size for this vignette.

I decided to add some fall-inspired florals to the mix, so I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up these gorgeous red sunflowers that complement Anne’s red hair. I also grabbed some purple floral stems with faux pinecones, a whimsical pumpkin, and a green pumpkin from the At Home store.

Then, I remembered that my husband had found some old books with fall-colored covers while cleaning out the attic. They’ll give the vignette a nostalgic touch. With all the elements gathered, it was time to put everything together.

The Final Look

The corner transformation turned out to be incredibly cozy and heartwarming, embodying all the things I love about fall. It’s a sweet mix of nostalgia and seasonal warmth. Don’t you think?

Thank you for joining me today. I’m thrilled with how this Anne of Green Gables Doll vignette turned out and hope you find inspiration from it as well. Stay cozy and I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  1. Hello Mellissa, that’s so pretty! It’s a wonderful and unique decoration! Thanks for sharing it.
    Have a wonderful day!