When to Start Decorating for Fall

When to Start Decorating for Fall


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The question:

Isn’t that an interesting question?  I am seeing so many people on Instagram putting their toes into the water, so to speak, wondering when to start decorating for fall.  Have you begun?  I like to tiptoe into fall decorating, not at all like when I jump in headfirst to Christmas decorating.

Today I am joining a group of bloggers as we transition from summer to fall home decor.  This great hop is hosted by Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home.  I hope you have time to visit all of the blogs listed at the bottom, but for sure, don’t miss Follow the Yellow Brick Home!  Amber is a master of holiday decor!  

Decorating the mantel:

Until mid to late September I keep things a little bit neutral, not bringing in the orange fall leaves and pumpkins until later when decorating for fall. 

For this ‘between the seasons’ decorating, I am going with muted colors.  A pair of birdcages have been filled with faux flowers that looks like the faded blooms of summer.  Faux hydrangeas look like those that have dried on the bush and saved for their fall color.  If the florals don’t fit inside the cage, I just leave the door open because no bird is going to escape.   The right side of my mantel features an artichoke pot filled with fresh magnolia leaves.  A fragrant fall candle is nestled between neutral pumpkins and pears and more muted faux flowers. The two ends of a mantel should balance one another out without one overpowering the other.

Styling a tiered tray:


Fragrance is such a a great way to summon up all of the fall feels.  I can light this Apple Pickin’ candle and close my eyes and know that fall will soon be arriving (well, at least to some parts of the country)!

These little bouquets from Michael’s are so cute and there are so many ways to use them.  Tucking these onto a tiered tray is a nice way to add a little softness and color.

Adding a few fall leaves and some tiny faux pumpkins to a tiered tray is all it takes to hint at the season soon to come.

 Adding a few faux leaves that look like they are starting to show their fall color is a beginning.  

The scissors used to cut flower stems make a sweet addition added to a tiered tray when paired with some butcher’s string.  

Around the house: 

One end of a sideboard has been adorned with a few grey pumpkins and some rolled book pages.

Faux hydrangeas that dressed a coffee table for summer have found a home on my sideboard with a couple of velvet pumpkins.  

I haven’t tucked away all of my coastal accents, and adding fresh magnolia leaves to an oversized clam shell is the perfect way to combine elements this time of year.  

Tucking a couple of pumpkins and a sunflower bloom near a clamshell hints at that decorating for fall is coming.  

Ideas galore:

Now its time for you to get inspired by all of these amazing talented ladies!  Click on the links below to see how others transition from summer to fall with their home decor.  

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  1. Chloe, your transitional mantel looks so smart and attractive. I have a bag full of dried hydrangeas, but I honestly hate dragging them out, as the petals are a constant nuisance to pick up each time you barely touch them. Your faux ones look good. Your tiered tray is another potpourri of pretties. I love that I’m getting my nesting instinct back in our new home. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Your mantel and other seasonal touches around the house are all so pretty Chloe! I love how you used muted berry colors and pinks too. They’re really pop against the dried florals. I hope you are staying safe during Hurricane Dorian. You’ve been on my mind all week. Sending you hugs, CoCo

  3. Chloe,
    Great decorating tips! I am with you… tiptoeing into fall decor. In reality, my fall decor is pretty subtle even at the height of Fall, with a few non-orange pumpkins and some mums. Last year was the first time I decorated in a big way in my entry for Fall.


  4. The muted colors on your mantel look fabulous, Chloe. I like how you created a balance on both sides without matching the items one for one. Loving that tiered tray of yours, too. I want that cutting board! Fun to hop with you again!

  5. are you going to do any live facebook craft tutorials in the near future, i always liked watching them, you are very talented

  6. Loved the idea of the scissors on the tray and the twine – great idea. Caused me to think about some artificial grapes in a decoration. I could bring out the silver plated grape scissors I have in the hutch, and use that idea in a Fall theme. Thanks!

  7. Chloe, both your mantel and tiered tray are gorgeous! I’m slow to decorate for fall, too. We still have several 90 + degree days left here. I did buy an apple candle the other day that has me anxious for the change in seasons. It is always fun hopping with you!!!

  8. Beautiful muted colors for fall and I love how you styled your tiered tray. I’ve been wanting to get one for the longest time but I’m not sure my kitchen island is big enough. Maybe I could display one on my kitchen table. Thank you for the inspiration Chloe! Happy September!

  9. Love the muted touches of autumn in your decor. Where I live (Scotland) it was like someone actually flicked the ‘autumn’ switch to on last weekend! The trees tend to turn quickly here and now the weather is already cool and windy so I felt free to decorate for autumn this week

  10. Chloe I love the soft muted colors you have chosen for transitioning to fall. Your styled tray looks awesome too! I love the tray itself and the little garden accessories stole my heart. I also love the gray pumpkins with the rolled up book pages. So simple and cute!

    Thank you so much for your kind shout out and for joining the hop. Happy summer-to-fall!

  11. Chloe, I love your mantle, but I’m crazy about your tiered tray with all the interesting pieces: the little flowers, the stacked terra cotta pots, the scissors, the little sign. It’s soft and fall-ish for this time of year. Lovely decor as always.

  12. I love the neutral tones of your mantle. Hydrangeas are wonderful! I have some I have saved over the years. Planned on picking some of my Strawberry Vanilla blooms tomorrow to dry.

  13. Chloe, You really decorated your home to look so lovely for fall! I love the muted colors and the birdcages are really adorable with the flowers.

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