Fall Decor … In a Flash!

Autumn is upon us, but if you’re like me, fall decorating may have ended up at the bottom of your to-do list. No worries. You can still add touches of the season with little time and little money. Here are five ways you can “cozy up” your home for fall today:

#1 White Pumpkins

I love the look of white pumpkins. They are great for decorating all the way the way through Thanksgiving because they say “fall harvest” more than they do “jack-o-lantern.” I like to use them both indoors and out, and they’re a great canvas for stenciling your initials, house number, etc.

#2 Apothecary Jars

I recommend using these year round; they work for any season and in any room. For fall, I love to fill them with candy corn, apples, acorns, even leaves. Group them together for a beautiful table display.

#3 Paper Leaf Garland

This is a great activity for your kids and the result is an understated garland that can be strung across your mantle, china cabinet, mirrors, etc. An easy how-to with leaf templates is available here.

#4 Leaf Rub Artwork

We’ve all done this as kids, but it can actually be used as beautiful artwork in your home. Send your kids on a nature walk and have them create leaf rub prints with crayons in rich hues. These would be fabulous framed in a gallery wall display in your entry or hallway.

#5 Rich Aromas


I hardly ever burn candles during the spring and summer months, but I love the scent of warm spiced cider or apple pie candles in the fall. It’s an instant way to make your house feel cozier. Another idea I recently saw was to set out a bowl of coffee beans in the kitchen—a great way to evoke your senses all day long. (I wonder, is it possible to inhale caffeine? Hmmm. . . .)

Good luck, and get to work! After all, we’re only weeks away from scrambling through the attic to find the Christmas decorations.

Emily Clark is a mom on the go, on a quest to create beautiful interior spaces. She loves to amaze clients with super chic finds at affordable prices and find creative uses for pieces they may already own. Click here for more ideas and inspirations on her blog or email her at emilyaclark@bellsouth.net.

15 Responses to “Fall Decor … In a Flash!”

  1. Stephanie Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Thanks Emily! I’m totally going on a “albino pumpkin” search this weekend… they are so awesome!

  2. Mrs.B Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Great ideas!

  3. Dana Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Cute ideas! I just bought some white pumpkins at Michael’s in various sizes this past weekend – they were 50% off!

  4. Sara Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Great ideas, Emily! I just started reading your blog and am enjoying it. Thank you!

  5. Darla Baerg Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    How do you have the “boo” standing up in the jars? I LOVE that idea!

  6. Heidi Milton Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Great ideas, Emily! I nestle a pillar candle into a bowl or vase of coffee beans. My favorite fall decorating trick!

  7. Robyn Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Oh, you had me at apothecary jars.

  8. karen@strictlysimplestyle Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Wonderful ideas from Emily. I love the idea of the coffee beans, you could even use the coffee beans to act as a filler in a large glass vessel and add a candle.

  9. Jacqueline Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I am hopping on over from the blog hop and am your newest follower. Come follow me back!

    Love all the fun ideas. I especially love the white pumpkins. Did you do them yourself? Fab and the boo too.

  10. Susan @ sweetimaginations Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    LOVE the coffee bean idea. I am a coffee addict and sometimes just open my big jar of beans to take a wiff! They would make a wonderful filler for a glass container with a candle – definitely going to try that one! I also just painted some orange fakey pumpkins cream…love the color!

  11. Lakeitha Duncan Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks for the tips Emily! I can actually do a few of these tomorrow;-)

  12. Alison@StretchMyCheck Says:
    October 14th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I LOVE these ideas! I have got to get my hands on some apothecary jars ASAP!

  13. Amanda Broadfoot Says:
    October 14th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    These are such beautiful ideas. I bought a bunch of mini-pumpkins with plans to do something like these, but instead, my kids are using them as bowling balls. Sigh.

  14. Maytina Says:
    October 14th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Love the ideas! I have a serious soft spot for apothecary jars year round. Paper leaves are adorable too! Garlands of real leaves outside are so pretty too!

  15. Megan {Honey We're Home} Says:
    October 14th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Great ideas Emily. I really love the white pumpkins.

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