Best of Fall: Decorating Ideas

August 23, 2016

Hello there my friends! I'm joining in with a few incredibly talented blog friends today to share some fall inspiration with you. I KNOW…it's still August. So if you are still enjoying a summer you may want to look away. But we've been back to school for a couple weeks here, our temps have dropped considerably and I AM READY. ;) 

I cannot wait for even cooler nights, apple picking, sweaters and boots, pumpkin patches and all the yummy fall scents and food. Fall is my absolute favorite time of year and I love looking at inspiration to get me ready. 

I'm sharing some of my favorite decor and fun projects here today! At the end of this post you'll find the links to the rest of the bloggers on the tour (you will not want to miss them!). 

Last year was my favorite for our back patio
fall mums and outdoor seating

Aren't those mums gorgeous? They were so large and fluffy -- I'll have my eyes out for those again this year. 

The patio will be even better with the beautiful outdoor lights we added this year! I can just smell the fire and taste the s'mores right now!:
outdoor stone fireplace

Our front porch is super tiny but I love decoration it for the season -- I never go without the corn stalks! I usually make a fall wreath and this DIY pumpkin wreath is one of my favorites: 
decorating a small porch

It reminds me so much of a similar Pottery Barn version but when you grab everything on sale the price is considerably cheaper. (And when I say considerably I mean like $70 cheaper!) It's seriously as easy as sticking each part into the wreath form. 

Moving inside, a couple years ago I shared a pretty and easy fall tablescape
easy and inexpensive fall tablescape ideas

And then last year I painted the table and went simpler with the decorations: 

how to paint a kitchen table

I LOVE fall printables and try to incorporate them into our decor every year. (You can see my picks from the past couple of years here and here.) I made one of my own a few years ago and you can download it for your home: 
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower

Other than Christmas fall is my favorite time to craft. I love figuring out ways to add warm and whimsical touches by making my own pieces. My candy corn bunting is still a favorite of mine years later:
candy corn bunting craft

You can see more of that fall mantel here, although that room looks completely different now. I love decorating our newer large mantel for the seasons! 

If you've been around these parts for awhile you know my absolute FAVORITE way to add seasonal touches is with pillows. You can see how I do that on the cheap with my table linen pillows
seasonal pillows out of table linens

I just adore these! I was so in love with the Pottery Barn pillows I found in the catalog but didn't want to spend that much. Instead I made my own for a fraction of the price: 
easy DIY fall pillows

I do this often and they always turn out so well! I can't wait to put these out again in the next couple of weeks. :) 

Those are just a few of my favorite fall-inspired projects and spaces. :) I cannot wait to see what the other ladies have in store for us! Next up on the tour is Annie's beautiful home from Zevy Joy:  
white fall decor ideas

And here is the complete list so you can click through: 

Enjoy! I'll be back with an update on the loft makeover later this week!
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  1. The pumpkin DIY wreath is awesome! I might have to make my own this year! :) I have a question about your patio lights...are you planning to leave them up all winter? I ask because we are still wanting to put ours up but can't decide if they'll survive an Illinois winter. Thanks in advance!

    1. We left them up over the pergola last winter and they held up great! I'm hoping these do too. :)

  2. Sarah, I can't tell you how much I covet your outdoor space in the fall! I am switching things up with purple mums and orange pumpkins on the front porch this year and am thrilled to see how gorgeous yours look. Decision solidified! Such wonderful fall inspiration! xoxo

  3. Sarah your back patio is seriously amazing - I've got to find mums like that - I've never seen them in such a pretty color! And love your DIY fall pillows - checking them out now!

  4. What are your favorite fall candles?

    1. I love the Leaves scent from Bath and Body Works. :) Just got a Yankee one that smells just like it from TJ Maxx the other day.

  5. I want to come over and roast s'mores - I love your patio and all your fall touches!

  6. Your patio is a stunner! I would seriously never leave that space.

  7. Sarah those mums are beautiful and your patio is amazing! What a wonderful place to enjoy throughout the seasons, can't wait to see what you share this year!

  8. Where did you buy the fiddle tree from? It looks lovely but I've read a lot of dissatisfaction about these trees....I assume it's artificial...thx!

    1. You can get them at nurseries and Home Depot. I absolutely love them and find them to be one of the easiest plants to keep alive! They need occasional water and great light. (If you search them on my site you can see my tips on care.)


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