Break out the pumpkins, gourds and dried berries—the fall harvest is calling us to spruce up our homes for the advent of cooler weather and holiday gatherings with loved ones. Fall Décor is a time of transition that brings reprieve from summer’s sizzling heat and delivers us gracefully into winter’s frosty hands. Embrace the season of transition by warming your home with fall’s autumnal hues and natural cues.
Start with Your Stoop
A potted bunch of deep orange mums, a bag of straw and a collection of colorful pumpkins and gourds is the perfect combination of elements for a welcoming fall-themed front porch. Get creative with a style that meshes with your decor. If your home has window boxes, make a stunning first impression by decking them with fall fruit and flowers shown on Hoosier Homemade.
For a rustic look, dust off vintage items you might have hanging out in the garage like step ladders, stools, baskets or buckets to create pumpkin displays on your front stoop. If your home has more of a modern theme, line the entryway with autumn-colored flowerpots set atop bails of hay. Check out this collection of front porch photos from Talk of the House for more inspirations.
Adorn Your Door
Speaking of first impressions, the front door is not just the entryway into your house, but it also feeds your home with nourishment and energy, according to feng shui practitioners. Give it the proper dressing with a seasonal nature-inspired wreath. If you’re handy with a glue gun, you can make your own, like this bountiful creation from Tidbits & Twine.
If crafting isn’t your thing, our Autumn Walk Dried & Preserved Wreath celebrates the hues of the season with preserved maple leaves, natural pine cones and acorns affixed to a natural twig base. And remember: wreaths are great because you can hang them inside too.
Make up Your Mantel
Most homes have a focal point; sometimes it’s a fireplace mantel, other times it’s a shelving unit or banquet table. Whatever your focal point, bring it to life with a fall arrangement or creative message. This simple do-it-yourself idea from the Choose to Thrive blog is concocted from vintage bottles, vinyl letters and decorative wheat bundles. Mix it up with varied bottle sizes and shapes to create a more eclectic look and add a personal touch with words that are important to you like “family” or “thankful” for your own spin on this idea.
You might also consider adding warmth to a mantel or side table with our Jane Seymour Silk Botanicals Fall Hydrangea Bouquet. Reusable for many seasons to come, the arrangement adds a splash of orange and rust to your fall decor.
Deck out Your Dining Table
As the gathering place for seasonal celebrations, your dining table is a creative playground for lush centerpieces and arrangements. Where to start depends on how often you use your dining table or if you have a separate one for formal gatherings. The popular glitter pumpkin candle holder became an instant classic when Martha Stewart first introduced it to the hungry public and this modern twist from Twig & Thistle uses styrofoam pumpkins to create a glimmering centerpiece.
For a dinner party setting or formal gathering, a spread of fresh flowers is the way to go. Available in four sizes, our Better Homes and Gardens Fall Harvest Cornucopia is an ideal option because you are able to adjust the size to fit the dimensions of your table. Balance the setting with a deep, fall-colored runner and tapered candles or, for a more modern look, check these ideas from Evoke Modern.
For more fall inspirations, follow our Fall Festival board on Pinterest.