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, wreaths celebrate the hues of the season with preserved maple leaves, natural pine cones or 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.
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 former blog Twig & Thistle uses styrofoam pumpkins to create a glimmering centerpiece.
Photo: Twig & Thistle
For a dinner party setting or formal gathering, a spread of fresh flowers is the way to go. Balance the setting with a deep, fall-colored runner and tapered candles or, for a more modern look, check these ideas from Elle Decor.
For more fall inspirations, follow our Fall Festival board on Pinterest.