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It’s the first day of September today, only 21 days until fall officially begins! Do we sound a little excited?! Clearly we’ve got fall on our minds, dreaming of ideas for fall decorating. Yes, we’ve been looking forward to cooling temperatures and cozying up our homes for fall. We have imagined soft and cozy fabrics, candle light along with simple and inexpensive ways to bring that feeling into our homes.

Are you looking for ideas for fall decorating? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! We have simple and affordable ideas just for you, to create that warm and cozy fall feeling in your home.

When should you start decorating for fall?

Soft and cozy Fall Decorating

Whether you are decorating the interior or exterior of your home for fall, we believe you can begin to add those fall decorating touches in late August. Then you can enjoy them throughout the holiday season.

I’m sure that most of us really don’t begin our fall decorating until September and into October.

I have loved the idea of adding elements of decor for each season since I was a little girl. My mom really only decorated for Christmas, but she would take me to the craft store and let me select items to create my own seasonal decor. She recognized and encouraged my talents, abilities and my need to create.

When I married and had a home of my own, I vowed that I would always have a wreath or seasonal decor on my front door to share my enthusiasm for each season. 

So you may find that I tend to go a little overboard sometimes, with seasonal decor throughout my home, but it makes me happy!

I’d love to share my 3 step approach to creating a cozy fall home.

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Step 1: Ideas for fall decorating - cozy fabrics & warm colors

Soft and cozy Fall Decorating

My ideas for fall decorating always begin with the soft surfaces. You know by now that I love to change up the pillows and throws in my home.

It’s an easy way to instantly change the look in any room. I love how versatile and easy it is to use pillow covers. It takes up minimal storage space, yet carries a big impact.

Often I sew my own pillow covers like this flannel plaid pillow, however if you don’t sew, we have a no-sew Halloween pillow cover tutorial you can check out.

I made the grateful pillow from a placemat that I picked up at Target a couple of years ago. Keep your eyes peeled for anything that would make a great pillow. 

Soft and cozy Fall Decorating

There are many options for purchasing pillow covers as well. Did you know that Hobby Lobby sells pillow covers? And did you know they are so affordable? I believe I paid only $10 for this knit mustard and white pillow cover last year.

Don’t forget that Amazon has tons of options too!

Add a knit pumpkin

This finger knit pumpkin is a non-traditional way of adding that warmth and coziness to your fall home decor as well. 

This is an easy DIY project that you can do while watching a movie one evening. We will have a video tutorial of this fall pumpkin next week.

Warm and cozy fabrics in fall decor

One good thing about having a similar color scheme throughout your house is the ability to interchange furniture. I decided to bring in these soft velvet chairs in front of the fireplace, to enhance that warm and snuggly feeling.

Step 2: Ideas for Fall decorating with Candles

Fall decorating with natural elements

Can you have too many candles? I don’t think so!

Nothing adds warmth and that intimate feeling like the glow from candles. It’s the easiest, yet one of the most striking ideas for fall decorating.

Add Candle light

They can be used on the coffee table, dining room table, mantle, shelves, piano, bookcases, just about anywhere.

Step 3: Ideas for Fall Decorating with Natural Elements

Add texture with vintage style pottery

When I think of ideas for fall decorating, I immediately think of the changing leaves, pumpkins, fall berries and gourds.

These are easy and affordable ways to add fall decor throughout your home.

I love the way our rustic vintage pots look on the shelf with these natural fall elements. If you would like to make your own weathered and vintage looking pot click here.

Fall themed art

Beautiful fall art like this photograph taken by my son (Alex Dickson Photography) is another great way to add to your fall decorating.

Fall decorating with natural elements

This simple yet festive idea for fall decorating brings my mantle to life. It came together in less than thirty minutes, and sets the tone for the entire room. 

Fall decorating with natural elements

We first layered in greenery stems, followed by fresh flower pods that I picked up at the grocery store for only $2.

Ideas for fall decorating with natural elements.

The final element was a variety of pumpkins in different textures and sizes, many I have had for years.

Then for the final touch, we added mini pumpkins from Dollar Tree that we sprayed with gold paint.

I love the juxtaposition, with the rustic twig pumpkins with the shimmering gilded pumpkins.

Fall decorating ideas - Guilding acorns

I love the idea of using acorns in my fall decor. They just make me smile. 

Our backyard is full of Oak trees, so I have a never ending supply of acorns.

Fall decorating ideas - Guilding acorns

Yet, this year I thought I’d do something different with my acorns. I have had these large ceramic acorns for years and have never really loved them because they were so dark.

So, this year I decided to add a little gold leaf to the acorn caps. Now I love them! What do you think?

You’ll find even more ideas with 65 Simple DIY Fall Decor Ideas You Can Make Today!

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We hope you were inspired by these simple, inexpensive and FREE ideas for Fall Decorating in your home.

What are your favorite fall home decor elements? What DIY craft/decor items do you want to try? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Ginger

    I cannot wait ’til the tutorial is up so I can start the finger knit pumpkin! Adore the texture – plus, it is just plain lovely. I will never look at a placemat from Target or rug at the dollar store in the same way since seeing your pillow covers. 🙂

    Always an admirer,

    1. Michelle Dickson

      Thank you Ginger for your kind words! You are so sweet! It makes us so happy to hear you love our crazy DIY’s. The finger knit pumpkin post is scheduled for Thursday, September 10th. Thanks again!

  2. Kay

    Hi Steph & Michelle, I’ve been following you now for about 6 months and I just love your ideas. I look forward to hearing from you each week. I have to say Fall and Summer are my favorite seasons for decorating and you haven’t disappointed. Having retired from teaching I still decorate as if I’m still in the classroom. My friends love coming over to see what I’ve added since their last visit. Pls. keep the emails coming.
    A happy follower, Kay

    1. Michelle Dickson

      Kay, you put a smile on our faces today! We are so thrilled you enjoy our DIY projects. We throughly enjoy creating them too. You will be seeing more ideas for fall in the upcoming weeks. Thank again!

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