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How To Decorate For Fall

Updated: Mar 12

I love fall! Cooler weather, a bright show of vibrant colors in orange, gold, and amber, making a final artistic splash before the deadness of winter. I love to decorate my home with the autumn color hues and settle in for entertaining family and friends through a season of football to Thanksgiving Day. Join me for a tour of my historic southern home with decorating ideas for your fall decor. Ad photos courtesy of retailers. Items you buy through our links may earn us a commission.

Fall Mantle Decor


It's easy to decorate for fall! Let’s start outside, on the front porch, side entry, mudroom and back door. What would a southern home be without antique white wicker on the front porch? Great for relaxing, sipping pumpkin cider and watching the world go by.

Fall Decorating for Porch

You can create a warm welcome with a seasonal doormat and an autumn color hued door wreath or swag. A historic southern home comes with many entry doors. So, I purchase artificial wreaths for outdoor/covered porch use. It is worth the investment as you can use them for numerous years. Add matching urn fillers and swags to continue your outdoor decor theme. The Matmates door mat in photo #2 below can be found here (#ad).

The next items to invest in are pumpkins! I purchased artificial pumpkins for my front porch as it is the original wood porch. I do not use real pumpkins or hay bales on the porch to protect the painted floor...Maintenance!! Again, I can use the artificial pumpkins for years to come. You can select solid-colored pumpkins in different sizes or go with a farmhouse whimsical look like the designer pumpkins on the tables shown below.

Decorating for autumn with designer pumpkins

For DIYs, you can purchase resin pumpkins from a craft store and hand paint them with your own creative design. If painting the pumpkins yourself, add a little bling with crystals or sequins!!

Fall Designer pumpkins

Cooler temperatures also mean it's time to bring out the throws and candles. If you have a porch or an outdoor living area with furniture, add pillows and a chenille throw in autumn color hues on your chairs to match your other decorative accessories. I choose orange pillows as they match the color scheme of my wreath, urn fillers and pumpkins. As well as being the go-to color for autumn decorating, bright orange can be seen from a distance as your neighbors admire your outside décor.

The Phantoscope orange pillows shown above can be found here (#ad).



I also decorate with gorgeous wreaths inside my home by switching out wall art or hanging the wreath over a mantle so I can enjoy it throughout the day! Be creative and use a wreath or garland as a centerpiece in your dining area. Add autumn inspired table runners, napkins, napkin rings and dinnerware in your kitchen and dining areas to create an inviting, warm, harvest home!

Fall Decorating for Kitchen

Dinner for two? If dining casual, be eclectic and mix your dinnerware, crystal and utensils. Use napkin rings with gold and silver to tie your finishes together. Have fun with playful wine glasses and decorative pumpkins! The Mikasa Cheers wine glasses shown above can be found here (#ad). Matching Mikasa Cheers beer glasses can be found here (#ad).The DII Fall Harvest dishtowels shown above and below can be found here (#ad).

Fall Decorating for Kitchen Island

Glitzhome amber glass pumpkins are shown above and below which can be found here (#ad).

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Fall Tablescapes for kitchen

The DII burnt orange placemats can be found here (#ad). Coordinating napkins and table runners can be found here (#ad). The green Villeroy & Boch Verona service charger and salad plates can be found here (#ad). The Kate Spade Wickford by Lenox plates can be found here (#ad).

Fall Place Setting for Dining Table

The Juliska napkin rings shown above are part of the Berry and Thread Collection which can be found here (#ad).

Dining Room

Fall potpourri bowl for table centerpiece

Harvest what you have. Make your own potpourri with hydrangeas from your flower beds and pine cones in your yard. Display in a decorative bowl as a dining table center piece, or on a coffee or side table.

Fall place setting on dining room table showing decorative pumpkins

I love the Vietri Rufolo collection! The glass plates and chargers are hand painted with gold leaf on the edges. The plates are so versitile I mix them with all of my dinnerware collections. Occasionally, I use the salad plate as a dessert plate. If you have a small table, the canape plate serves well as a bread and butter plate. The Vietri Rufolo collection shown above and below can be found here (#ad).

Dining Room Fall Decor

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Dining Room Chandelier

The Vietri Viva Baroque Glass Teal Service Plate / Charger shown below can be found here (#ad).

Place setting with Vietri Rufolo Salad Plate, Lenox Federal Gold and Vietri Viva Baroque Glass Service Plate / Charger

If you prefer a gold and white table setting, the Lenox Federal Gold bone china with 24 karat gold trim is shown below. This collection is great for formal dining and they are dishwasher safe....easy clean up! The Federal Gold collection can be found here (#ad). The gold service/charger plate is part of the Vietri Rufolo collection found here (#ad).

Dining table place setting with Lenox Federal Gold Bone China and Vietri Rufolo Glass Gold Organic Service Plate / Charger

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Dining table place setting with Lenox Federal Gold Bone China and Vietri Rufolo Glass Gold Service Plate / Charger

Autumn Dining Room Decor

Versace Prestige Gala

ALWAYS MY FAV...Versace Prestige Gala is elegant during any holiday season! The silver and gold mix well with a mirrored table and gold chandelier.

Versace Prestige Gala

The gold service/charger plate is part of the Vietri Rufolo collection found here (#ad). Mixed with heirlooms; my mother's gold napkin rings, goblets, and silver napkins. Mix and match!

Autumn Home Decor

Foyer / Entry

Decorate your foyer, living room and family room with designer glass or metallic pumpkins, and beautiful trays displaying decorative bowls of scented potpourri and candles for the finishing touches.

Autumn Home Decorating

Bring the color and texture of fall indoors with a swag on the newel post of your staircase. #falldecor #falldecoratingideas #Autumnmantledecor

Fall home decorating for staircase

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Fall home decorating for staircase

Living Room

Fall home decorating for fireplace mantle

Add a swag to your fireplace mantle, burnt orange candles and an amber glass pumpkin for color. The Glitzhome amber glass pumpkin shown above can be found here (#ad).

Autumn home decorating for mantle

The potpourri dish below is the Vietri Rufolo Glass Gold Platter which can be found here (#ad). I love the Rufolo collection which offers coordinating dinnerware pieces shown above in the dining room.

Autumn potpourri in Vietri Rufolo Glass Gold Platter

Autumn potpourri in Vietri Rufolo Glass Gold Platter

Add scented candles for a splash of color...

Autumn home decorating for living room

Family Room

Silver and gold pumpkins and serving trays are versatile with any room decor. The silver and gold pumpkins are shown above in the living room and below in the family room.

Fall decorating for family room



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