fall decor ideas for a beautiful autumn season

fall decor

I know we are still in the mist of hot summer days. August is a transition time, often calm and quiet with no major holiday, which is the perfect time to start planning and preparing for the upcoming season. Fall is the most complex season in my opinion, taking us from the early fall back to school, tailgate season, through halloween and crowning with the grand Thanksgiving finale.

moss pumpkins

No other season really takes us through so many important events and holidays in one season. So I always try to have an underlying theme for fall to have a foundation that can adapt and progress with the season. Here are some basic fall decor ideas to inspire.

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fall decor ideas inspiration

Small decor vignettes are a great way to start styling your home for any particular season or holiday.

fall decor
kitchen table centerpiece – styled 3 ways for FALL

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You don’t have to deck out the whole house, just simply add touches here and there that evoke the feeling of the season.

tiered fall tray

Baskets, trays, dough bowls and large platters are great vessels to coral a vignette and make it cohesive.

autumn on a tray
autumn in a tray blog tour

Last year I actually created a fall vignette in a train case, which had all the vintage vibes and fall feels. So much fun!

fall vignette
vintage suitcase fall styling vignette

You can take its a step further and decorate a whole area in your home like the kitchen island, or a sideboard or the mantel.

fall mantel
rustic autumn mantel

My favorite spots in our home to decorate seasonally are the front foyer, the dining room sideboard and the living room mantel.

autumn mantel
a white pumpkin mantel

My spots, do not necessarily have to be the same places you decorate. You do what works for you, your family and your home.

fall decor idea
fall foyer styling

You also don’t have to immediately jump into a pumpkin patch. You can tip toe slowly, using fall-ish decor. Pears and feathers is always a subtle way to slide into autumn.

early fall decor
how to decorate for fall using pears

Don’t forget your outdoor spaces. Having well appointed decor on your front porch and spaces adds to you home’s curb appeal.

fall porch styling

Mums are favorites for this time of year. You can find them in many places like grocery stores, garden nurseries, decor retailers and more.

fall porch

All these details embrace the season. The idea is to bring all the fall feels of crisp and bountiful and cozy into our homes.

fall outdoor decor

crafting for fall decor ideas

Whenever possible, I prefer to make seasonal decor. It tends to be less expensive, plus you can make it exactly how you want it.

pumpkin DIY
5 easy ways to DIY pumpkins

By making your own decor you can make it to fit your style exactly, which will suit your home perfectly.

wheat candle
wheat candle DIY

My mother instilled a crafting heart in me at a young age. I love creating something myself, from the conception of the idea, to the execution of the project, to the handmade decor styling.

fall leaf wreath
DIY autumn leaf wreath

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It’s so gratifying to make something you can use in your home for your family and friends to all enjoy.

paper leaf garland
bookprint leaf garland DIY

There’s so much inspiration around us nowadays to spark ideas and get all the creative juices going.

chalkboard pumpkin DIY
chalkboard pumpkin tabletop DIY

setting pretty tables for fall

The chalkboard pumpkin above spring boarded this table styling. The chalkboard pumpkin DIY serves as a napkin ring and place card on this table, but can be used in many ways.

fall tablescape
fall table setting

As the harvest season, there is so much natural inspiration for tables this time of year.

pear table design
pear inspired tablescape

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There are so many natural produce to use on a fall tablescape. I’ve used pears, apples, moody greens and more.

fall table styling
early fall tablescape

I have some new ideas for this year. I will be sharing over the next few months.

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fall apple table design
green apple inspired fall tablescape

all about fall inspiration

I think Sylvia Plath said it best, referring to August as the odd uneven time, when the days of Summer begin to dwindle, the air changes, but we haven’t quite been graced by the presence of Fall.

fall decor ideas

Seasonal decorating should be fun and not stressful. DO as much or as little as you want. I hope this post helps and inspires you.

pumpkin birdcage
welcome 1st day of fall

get the fall decor look

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”

Sylvia Plath

sharing @ between naps on the porch


  1. Amazing ideas, MJ!! Fall is my favorite season too. I’m eager to welcome the crisp air and cozy evenings!

    1. Yes! I know it’s still hot hot hot but the crispness of fall is the best! XO- MJ

  2. Cara says:

    You have so many wonderful vignettes MaryJo! Fall is my favorite time of year, but I have to admit, I never really decorate much for this time of year. I may try to change that this year, you certainly have provided a lot of inspiration for me. My mom has been the driving force behind many of my decorating too. She always decorated for every season and holiday when we were growing up. She also changed up the small things often, so I guess I get that honest.

  3. I love your ideas MaryJo! I think the suitcase is brilliant! Hugs- Tanya

    1. Thanks Tanya. I’m glad you enjoyed it. XO- MJ

  4. Anna Price says:

    MaryJo I love how you decorate for fall. Your mantel filled with dried hydrangeas and pumpkins is so magical.

  5. debracommonground says:

    Love your white pumpkins and hydrangeas, MaryJo. so pretty!

  6. Cara says:

    I never thought about fall being complex, but you are right MaryJo, it is. So much happens during this season, the leaves change colors, then they fall to the ground, the weather becomes cooler, so many wonderful holidays sprinkled throughout. This summer passed me by in the blink of an eye which is strange to me, in years past, I felt it dragged on. Love your fall decor, and those pumpkins are so precious!

    1. I know! right? Maybe complex is the wrong word, rather diverse? Either way, lots goes on. Lol. Summer was way too fast for me too since now both of my kids go back to college. The house will be empty again soon. Thank goodness for the new puppy. XO- MJ

  7. MaryJo, I loved all of the early fall decorating ideas you shared here in your post! I was happy to feature it at this week’s Share Your Style #400 for you. I also would like to share the pumpkins in the rabbit hutch as part of a future post, if that’s okay with you? It’ll be an inspired post from everyone whom I know from the blog. 🙂 I have a small birdcage which would look cute decorated similarly!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend! Keep cool,
    Barb 🙂

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