UPDATE: My 2018 Fall Decorating Ideas Home Tour is live now. Check out this year’s post for an update on these modern farmhouse fall decor ideas.
Some people count down the days until summer. And others wait wistfully for spring with its gardening and fresh blooms. I’m a fall girl, myself. The crisp autumn air breathes life into my soul like nothing else can. It brings cozy sweaters and colorful leaves and warm baking spices — all my favorite things. Of course, I can’t let so glorious a season pass without ensuring that my home is decked out accordingly.
Even more than I love decorating for Christmas, I love dreaming up the best fall decor ideas and creating cozy corners all through the house. The best thing about fall decor is that it’s ridiculously easy to do. Faux pumpkins, chunky blankets and cute pillows go so far in making any space reflect all the best parts of autumn. I waited as long as I possibly could to implement my fall decor ideas and today, my friend, I’m so excited to take you on a fall home tour of my modern farmhouse-style home.
Fall Decor Ideas | Dining Room
Let’s start in the dining room, shall we? Although the formal dining room in my home doesn’t see a ton of use, it is highly visible to anybody who comes or goes and so I wanted to be sure to show it some fall decor love. Since our family eats most of our meals at a casual table in the breakfast nook of my kitchen, I opted not to do formal place settings in the dining room and went instead with a showstopper of a centerpiece on my chunky, chippy farmhouse table.
What do you think about using neutral colors for fall? Rather than the traditional warm earthy colors, I went with cool grays, creamy whites and a beautiful seafoam green. For florals, you’ll notice a lot of eucalyptus leaves, frosted lamb’s ear and cotton stems. Most of the faux pumpkins were purchased at Michaels this year and last. I also found the cute little faux acorns there.
I brought in several neutral, wooden candlesticks for height. The vignette is anchored on a natural-fiber, rustic table runner and builds out from an aged wooden crate that I found at Hobby Lobby.
Fall Decor Ideas | Living Room
We have a great room just off my home’s formal dining room. The ceiling opens up to the second floor staircase, allowing for a massive stone fireplace to act as the space’s focal point.
For its fall makeover, this room received a few pumpkins on the built-ins and the olive branches that normally occupy the large glass vase were replaced with cotton stems. I also decorated a wire cloche with some greenery, grapevine wreaths and a small faux pumpkin.
It was fairly tough for me to come up with fall decor ideas for the wire cloche. I called on Pinterest for inspiration but came up short. In the end, I just threw together some odds and ends I had on hand and it worked well enough that I left it alone.
The great room is probably my least favorite room in the house when it comes to fall decor. I think part of my issue with it is that it’s such a huge space that it’s tough to make it feel authentically cozy. I’ve decided that I’m going to focus more on this room next year and try to come up with some fall decor ideas that make it feel warm, but not cluttered. I’m thinking of painting the built-ins white. Do you think that would look good?
Fall Decor Ideas | Kitchen
Next up is the kitchen. We chose the floorplan of our house because of our kitchen. We spend a crazy ton of time in there and so it was important to us that it was open and roomy and extremely functional. The good news is that it successfully meets that checklist.
When it comes to fall decor ideas for the kitchen, I went with a ‘less is more’ approach. We are very active in our kitchen at least twice a day and so I didn’t want a lot of stuff cluttering my counter tops. A couple of vignettes is all it took to give this space a festive, seasonal look while maintaining my need for empty space.
I, of course, opted to use a plethora of pumpkins in my vignettes. The white ceramic ones were a Target dollar spot find last year. The birch candle holders are from World Market, and I picked the olive bucket up at Hobby Lobby.
I found two of my seltzer bottles at an antique store during our fall break trip to Asheville, NC last year. The third one is a seltzer knockoff from Michaels. If you can’t find seltzer bottles, you could gather cotton stems into a galvanized jug for a vignette that would be similar in height and style.
I can’t get over how beautiful the color of those seafoamy green/gray pumpkins are. I just love them. This one looks so cute perched atop a bed of eucalyptus stems, don’t you think? I adorned the bottom of the cake stand with some additional faux pumpkins for a super simple vignette next to the stove.
Fall Decor Ideas | Family Room
Here in Alabama, the family room is called the ‘keeping room’. The term stems from colonial times when folks used to huddle up in a room just off the kitchen to be kept warm from the heat of the stove. Our keeping room is probably my favorite fall room in the house.
The sectional in here really amps up the cozy factor. And then the abundance of pillows gives the space incredible texture and personality. I’m telling you: when the fireplace is roaring in this room, there’s nowhere better to be.
My love for faux pumpkins and antlers is evidenced in this room, too. This simple grouping comes together nicely on a tray with some greens in a decorative Mason jar.
That pillow, right? How cute is that. I picked that up for less than ten dollars at Michaels. The drapey blanket was a Home Goods find last year but this cable knit throw is similar.
We’ve been having the most beautiful weather in Alabama so far this month. Not quite time to curl up with a cozy blanket in front of a fire, but soon.
Every time I post a photo of this room with the numbers, someone inevitably asks the significance of the numbers. Here’s the scoop: it’s address art. I’m working on a post with a tutorial on how to personalize one for your space. Keep an eye out for that.
Fall Decor Ideas | Breakfast Nook
As I mentioned before, we eat the majority of our meals at the table in our breakfast nook. It’s super convenient and sized just right for the four of us.
You might remember that in last year’s fall decor ideas post I featured my dough bowl on the dining room table. I wanted to switch things up a bit this year, so I moved it to the side table in my breakfast nook. I’m thinking it’s found a seasonal home there.
Dough bowls are so easy to decorate. I threw a bunch of pumpkins in there and some stems from Michaels and voilà. Done.
The fabric banner goes a long way in adding some personality and texture to the space. And, of course the cotton is a southern staple ’round this time of year. My tin stars are a discontinued Pottery Barn item but if you’re looking for a set of your own, you’re in luck because Amazon offers tin stars that are much more affordable than the ones I bought. For size reference, mine are 24″ and 36″.
Confession: our breakfast nook table never looks like this. Not ever. But it sure made a pretty picture, didn’t it?
That, my friends, brings us to the end of my fall decor ideas home tour. I hope you enjoyed your stay. Come back soon, okay? I’ll make chai. We’ll have tea.
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