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Our Early Fall Decorations

simple and beautiful fall decorating ideas

Each year I meet fall with hesitation and anticipation. Spring brings so much hope, I love how relaxed summer is and having more time with the girls, and fall adds routine, color and beautiful temperatures. Winter, however, I’m not a fan of and it seems our falls are always far shorter than our winters in Missouri.

I decided to embrace the softer side of fall this year, integrating some of my favorite hues from spring and remnants of summer. I keep our fall decorating simple, infusing some of my favorite organic finds and updating our linens throughout our home. As the season progresses, our décor does as well.

Where to begin? Oh, by thanking Laura of Finding Home Farms for giving me a little motivation when she invited me to take part of her Finding Fall Home Tour. Sometimes I need a little nudge and I was finding it especially difficult to move on from summer this year, but I’m so happy to have you here!

easy fall decorating ideas for your front porch

So far this fall, I added an array of heirloom pumpkins to our porch. It was pouring down rain the day I designated for fall decorating, which is not exactly ideal for photography. I was rushing to get the pumpkins from the trunk to the house, running them one by one to the porch. I decided to leave some behind because they looked so pretty piled up there and well, sometimes the simplest things are the prettiest. I added a wheat wreath for good measure.

decorating tip: forage your yard for the most beautiful fall decor

easy last minute fall decorating ideas

easy last minute fall decorating ideas

I find so much décor in our own backyard, like these pretty crabapple branches, so I put my boots and raincoat on, got on my tippy toes and trimmed a few branches to add to our entryway. I love filling that little brass bucket with my seasonal finds.

Easy fall decorating ideas

the softer side of fall | alternative fall decorating ideas

the softer side of fall | alternative fall decorating ideas

For a little added exercise, I filled the fireplace with heirloom pumpkins. I’m pretty sure it constitutes as a full workout, but I just adore them!

Easy fall decorating ideas

simple and beautiful fall decorating ideas

the softer side of fall | alternative fall decorating ideas

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simple fall decorations

I replaced summer seashells with wheat sheaves and found antlers in our bookcases for fall. I love subtle touches and wanted to keep it light and airy this fall.

Easy fall decorating ideas

Easy fall decorating ideas

Rather than running to Pottery Barn for my fall decorations, I wanted to support small business owners, so I ordered our pillow covers from Etsy and I have to say, they’re gorgeous! In the living room I opted for buffalo check, which are so versatile and may later be used in the guest bedroom.

simple and beautiful fall decorating ideas

beautiful fall decorating ideas and DIY flower arrangements

But the centerpiece of our living room is the flower arrangement my life long friend Tori designed. We had made plans to get together, but I was feeling a little overwhelmed with my schedule, so she came over and we played with flowers instead. They say a friend doubles your joy and divides your grief and I couldn’t agree more…friends really are the best medicine and this gorgeous rose, thistle, eucalyptus and dusty miller flower arrangement is the perfect example of that.

traditional dining room decorating ideas

easy decorating ideas | dining room

traditional dining room decorated for fall

When entertaining, I often repurpose pieces from other areas of our home, pulling from our bookcases and existing arrangements, especially for impromptu get-togethers. I added a few small sprigs and figs in the china cabinet as well. I love playful little hints of fall infused here and there.

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Queen Anne's lace in a crock | fall decorating

One of my favorite things to do at Grandma’s farm was pick “weeds” and make flower arrangements. There was always an abundance of blackberries, cattails, and Queen Anne’s lace among other unnamed beauties. I just wish it grew in our backyard {I’ve been working to create a wildflower area at the base of our hill}, but until then, Whole Foods will have to do! I found beautiful bunches of Queen Anne’s Lace and couldn’t resist.

effortless decorating ideas for fall

In the adjoining powder room, I added a relaxed mustard yellow hand towel and repeated the blooms from the living room in a small bud vase. I have found that thistle, roses and eucalyptus dry well and keep on giving for months to come.

antique table repurposed as a kitchen desk decorated for fall

easy fall centerpiece | Thanksgiving table setting with flowers and figs

easy fall centerpiece | Thanksgiving table setting with flowers and figs

easy fall centerpiece | Thanksgiving table setting with flowers and figs

easy fall centerpiece | Thanksgiving table setting with flowers and figs

easy fall centerpiece | Thanksgiving table setting with flowers and figs

fresh and beautiful fall decorations

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I just realized that it seems a lot of what I did this year included flowers. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! I always think of figs when I think of late summer/early fall. Their color is summer inside and fall on the outside. I thought they’d be the perfect transition to inspire our breakfast room. I incorporated them with my mom’s crystal filled with blooms and brass candlesticks – I’ll be sharing the easy tutorial later this week {sign up here if you don’t want to miss it}.

traditional bathroom

bathroom accessories and wood mirror

transitional bathroom

I snipped a little Russian Sage from our garden to mix with dusty miller and thistle for the guest powder room…the soft purple hues work so well in there with the pressed lavender and antique Turkish rug.

fresh and beautiful fall decorations

fresh and beautiful fall decorations

fresh fall decorating ideas | family room

How to organize your linens | living room organization ideas

And finally, our family room. As we were driving the golf cart from our dock to the lake cottage, I found a few stray pieces of wheat I had to stop and snip. The remnants of summer, blended into a bouquet of pink roses and Queen Anne’s Lace. My addiction to pillow covers continued as I replaced our linen covers with these pretty navy block print cases. I’m starting to run out of room in the wardrobe, it might be time to let go of a few. The silver lining is that I’ve shown restraint by not purchasing a throw yet this year. It’s definitely a record, but like I said, our home will continue to transition with the season, so there’s still hope. 😉

basement stairs on a budget - brilliant way to save money

I prepared for rainy fall days by updating our basement so that the girls have a place to exert energy and use their imaginations. We removed the old carpet, painted the stairs and installed a runner.

beautiful basement stairs on a budget

And replaced the carpeting with vinyl plank. We added their kitchen, a little copper for fall and a couple of old school desks for fun!

a beautiful finished basement with brilliant tips, tricks and ideas

designing a functional playroom for your kids

copper lanterns - timeless and beautiful outdoor lighting that only looks prettier with time

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Thank you so much for taking the time to come inside of our home decorated for fall. You can see how I keep it all organized here. Oh, and you should stick around for Fall Cookie Week. I have 12 new fall infused cookie recipes for you that you don’t want to miss! You’ll need to re-energize after that pumpkin workout. Until then, click the banners to stop by my friends at:

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28 comments on “Our Early Fall Decorations”

  1. Your home looks great Julie and I love your entrance area with the brick!!! So pretty!!

  2. As always, your simple touches are so beautiful and elegant. The pumpkins in the fireplace are amazing! Thank you so much for joining us!

  3. Julie,

    You are my hero.

    Every detail.

    Every bit of fall.

    Absolutely amazing!
    karianne

  4. Love the pumpkins spilling out of the fireplace and the cut figs down the table. Beautiful ideas and gorgeous photos!

  5. Julie you are amazing and this tour was stunning! I absolutely loved the pumpkins inside of the fireplace – what a treat to enjoy your tour!

  6. Hi Julie,
    Your home looks beautiful! Where did you our wreath in your entrance and the silver pitcher in your dining area. So simple, so beautiful!
    Indiana

  7. Always always love your beautiful home and style Julie! So so pretty!!

  8. So perfect. I felt like a guest in your beautiful home.

  9. Pumpkins in the fireplace – genius! Love It! Thanks for sharing your lovely home.

  10. Such a pretty home, very inviting! A clutter-free, just how I love! 🙂

  11. Oh my goodness those copper lights! And the pumpkins spilling out of the fireplace! And all of it! So much loveliness and I’m so glad to be apart of the tour with you. 🙂

  12. I loved your tour! Your home is so elegant and beautiful, yet comfortable and inviting! Just perfect!

  13. Lovely and inviting! Fine, fine job. Thank you for showcasing my buffalo check pillow covers along with all your other beautiful treasures. ????

  14. Hi Julie,

    Everything looks beautiful! Where did you buy the wreath an the silver pitcher in your cupboard? Thanks.

  15. Where can I purchase thistles? I love them!

  16. I am on a zero budget but your use of copper inspired me to drag out my old copper boiler, upside down helmet-shaped coal scuttle, and the small old copper coffee pot I once found buried in the garden of our first house, and give them their first shine in many a year. Not too much shine, tho. Filled the helmet with dried hydrangea, the boiler with throws. Set the coffee pot on a shelf of my old pine hutch, which was hand-made by an old carpenter and purchased 45 years ago at his estate sale after he passed. Thanks for the inspiration and good work.

    • Thank you, Kathleen, you’re so sweet! I started dreaming about all of your beautiful pieces and how they’ll make your home feel interesting and meaningful. I actually prefer tarnished pieces, but you can polish them with Bar Keeper’s Friend – it’s amazing! Have a beautiful week!

  17. So lovely as always! Every single little detail. We used vinyl plank in the basement too and love it.

  18. Everything looks so nice and inviting and I really love the pumpkins in the fireplace, have never seen that before but it was a really great idea!

  19. Love your Fall touches,they are so pretty, love the flowers and the fireplace was just too cute!!

  20. Hi Julie, Inspirational decor! It exudes peace and warmth. Lovely. I’m curious where you found the 2 armchairs in the living room? My husband and I always argue about armchairs. He loves (insists upon) a very high back, but I love the softer, wrapped arm look. Yours seem to marry both styles into one. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

    • That’s exactly why we purchased them! It blended our two styles! They’re the deconstructed English roll arm chairs from Restoration Hardware. We’ve had them 6+ years now and while they’re worn after the move, a dog that sneaks on them when we’re gone and 3 kids I feel it just adds to their charm. Enjoy!

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