In this post: Time for this year’s version of fall vignettes around the house…on the front porch, on the mantel, and a little taste of fall in the kitchen.
A couple of weeks ago, we brought my fall decorating tubs down from the attic. Then I got busy with homeschooling and other projects.
So, there the tubs sat…in the entryway…for two weeks.
Last weekend, I finally ended up with a few hours of free time, so I was able to add some lovely fall touches throughout the house.
Sometimes, when I think about starting a big seasonal decor project, I get a little overwhelmed.
Does this happen to you? Maybe overwhelmed with ideas, or stuff, or the amount of work it can seem to take to get it all done.
But I always end up enjoying the process and loving the results!
Let’s start on the front porch, shall we?
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Fall Vignettes on the Front Porch
I did something a little different this year with my fall porch decor. Usually, I have to figure out another place to put my summer ferns, even though they are still in bloom. This year I decided to just incorporate the ferns into my fall decorations. I really like how they fill out the space and add a bit more color. I placed one fern on top of an old crate that I turned on its side.
Here’s how the porch looks from the pathway….
Did you notice my faux “metal” garden spheres? This was one of my first blog projects and you can find the tutorial for these faux orbs here.
I placed them on a grapevine wreath on top of my urns. Then I layered on some leaf branches and some copper wheat. The yellow flowers are faux forsythia branches. These are really spring flowers, but I wanted some more yellow on the porch. Sometimes you just have to go with what you have:)
Faux pumpkins that I decorated with feathers and real pumpkin stems round out the arrangements. (The tutorial for the feathered pumpkins is here.)
Embroidery Hoop Wreath
For the door, I used the embroidery hoop wreath that I made last year. But since I went with more traditional fall colors this year, I added a bright orange ribbon on top of the turquoise bow that was already there.
And I jumped on the layered doormat bandwagon this year, too. Most of the layered rugs I’ve seen are in a buffalo check pattern. I found a black and white striped indoor outdoor rug that I think fits my usual porch styling a little better. The doormat on the top is an older rug, but it still has a little life left in it…
Yellow mums and pumpkins add a little more color and interest. All of the orange pumpkins on the porch are real and all of the white ones are fake. The fake pumpkins are a pain to store because they take up so much room, but it’s worth it to me when I don’t have to buy all real pumpkins every single year.
And on a side note, have you noticed how “BIG” fall porch decor has become lately? Any search of Pinterest will show porches and porch steps so filled to the brim that they look like little pumpkin patches! They’re perfectly lovely, but I can’t imagine how much all of those pumpkins must have cost. That’s why I’m willing to store a few fake ones. ?
Fall Vignette in the Entryway
Moving into the entryway, I kept things pretty simple.
A couple of faux Chinese lantern branches and a blue and white ceramic pumpkin (this one came from an estate sale) were the only things I added to this vignette…
The view from the entryway into the living room…
Fall Vignettes in the Living Room
In the living room, I added a few Fall touches to the bookshelves….
A fall vignette on the other bookcase….
On the other side of the living room, this arrangement includes pictures of my kiddos, an old wooden bowl, and a large wicker jug….
On the Mantel
But the main star of the fall decorating show is the mantel…
When I was thinking about how I wanted to decorate for fall this year, I had an idea for using a basket that was overflowing with flowers and other fall-like items. This is what I came up with….
I already had a pre-made fall colored bouquet from Michael’s, some greenery stems, a faux cabbage, some faux baby pumpkins, and the basket. The only thing I had to buy new is the blush colored flower stem. This also came from Michael’s; they call it an Amaranthus stem. My son says these stems look like a squid. ?
On the center of the mantel, I layered a recent antique store find over the center mirror. It’s an old wooden tray from a French flower shop. And over this, I layered an Autumn wreath that I made a few years ago.
Related: elegant fall tablescape
The left side has some velvet pumpkins and a stacked pair of pumpkins sitting atop a woven urn with a bed of ferns. One of the stacked pumpkins is made from a quilt scrap. You can find the quilted pumpkin tutorial here.
A couple of brass candlesticks on the mantel and a bucket of sunflowers on the hearth round out the decor…
Little Touches of Fall in the Kitchen
From the area with the most fall decor to the area with the least…the kitchen.
I typically don’t do a lot of decorating in the kitchen because I need the counter space for cooking and daily living.
In the kitchen, I only incorporated little hints of fall. I added some orange berries to the eucalyptus that was already in this ironstone pitcher and a couple of mini wooden pumpkins to the open shelves.
A little wreath around a wicker jug and a blue and green pumpkin tea towel from Hobby Lobby…
On the other side of the kitchen, I added a hand-painted wooden sign and some bittersweet in the shelf opening above the refrigerator, a glass pumpkin lidded bowl on the counter, and another tea towel over the oven bar and called it good…
And if you think my house typically looks perfectly clean and staged all the time, let me assure you…it doesn’t:)
I have to run around moving things out of the way when I’m taking pictures, try to angle shots so that some random item from another room doesn’t show, or crop things out later.
For example, when I’m not taking pictures, my refrigerator looks like real life…like this…
If you haven’t already decorated for fall, I hope you are starting to feel inspired to do so. Even just a few touches, like I did in the kitchen, really make things start feeling cozy and welcoming. Most of us are home a lot more these days, so we might as well make the best of it!