Fall is basically here, so it’s time to start to welcome Autumn into your home! It may be too early to do a complete Fall decorating session, depending on how early you like to start, but it’s not too early to get some ideas together! We all need something to look forward to during this tough year, and the Fall season is definitely one of those things. Here are 13 things to do to get your home ready for Fall, without going overboard just yet. This post is your guide to transitioning into the Fall season.
1. Make a Faux Flower Bouquet
I bought this bouquet two years ago, and for a while, this was the only fall decor that we had. Last year, I bought this beautiful hammered copper vase, which I use to put seasonal flower decor all year round.
2. Set out the Decorative Candle Stand
This is my favorite Fall piece of decor that we have. It is a stand that holds three candles with these gorgeous maple leaves all around. I like to place my flameless pillar candles on here, and enjoy the glow on a cozy night in. This usually goes by our entryway, but I am considering putting this on the coffee table this year.
3. Put up the Wreath
I am not bold enough to put out a wreath on the front door just yet, since it’s only the beginning of September. However, I put this smaller wreath on the door of our kitchen powder room for a little pop of color. It brings me so much joy to look at. This wreath and the “gather” kitchen towel were both from Family Dollar, but I found one on Amazon if you’re in the market for a new one this season.
4. Carve Pumpkins with the Family
We have not done the whole pumpkin thing just yet because we wait until October to buy our pumpkins. However, I know a lot of farms already have them ready for picking, and it is such a fun family activity to go to the patch, pick out your pumpkins and either paint or carve them. We make Jack-O-Lanterns for Halloween and set them out on the front porch every year.
5. Create Some Fall Desserts from the Apples you Picked
It’s officially apple picking season! Take the family to the orchard, pick your apples and bake them into yummy treats when you get home. We love to make cobbler, pie and pancakes with the apples, and we even like to eat them as is. It makes the house smell so good when a good apple dessert is cooking away in the oven. The smells of apples, vanilla and cinnamon are quintessentially Fall, and there’s nothing like cuddling under a throw blanket on the couch and enjoying a warm apple dessert.
6. Try a Reed Diffuser
If you like reed diffusers, try this Home Sweet Home scent from Yankee Candle. It doesn’t really sound like a Fall scent, but it smells like cinnamon and spices. This diffuser adds the perfect amount of Fall warmth to your home without going overboard.
7. Make Some Pumpkin Spice Coffee
My husband and I made our own pumpkin spice coffee blend using our favorite coffee, some vanilla and freshly ground spices. We have been enjoying a cup every morning since the beginning of September. Every time it is brewed in the morning, the whole kitchen smells like pumpkin pie and coffee. We have also gone out a couple of times to get some Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and last year we went through a whole box of Pumpkin Spice K Cups. However you want to do it, having a cup of Pumpkin Spice Coffee just warms us up inside and is a clear signal that Fall is on its way.
8. Put up some Fall-Themed Signage
I bought this “Thankful” sign from Amazon, and put it on the living room shelf. We have not completely decorated the shelving for Fall, but this sign adds just a subtle hint at the upcoming season without hitting you all at once with Fall vibes.
9. Put on the Autumn-Scented Simmer Pot
Instead of lighting all of the heavily-scented Fall candles, we’ve been simmering some spices on the stove. We usually put one cinnamon stick, some nutmeg, a palmful of cloves, a dash of vanilla and some water to cover. Sometimes we add apples to make it smell like some yummy treat is baking in the oven. This is a great way to get that Fall scent the cheaper, natural way.
10. Put out the Fall Doormat
We were originally going to wait a little bit longer before we put this one out, but we couldn’t help ourselves. It’s such a cheerful doormat that hints at Fall without screaming “Happy Fall, Y’all”, and I think it brightens up everyone’s day. More front porch decor will be coming as we approach October, but we have already started some red and orange marigold seeds so that they will be in bloom in time to put up the rest of our decor.
11. Swap Out your Throw Pillows
We got a pack of four Fall-themed pillow covers for under $20 on Amazon instead of buying four new throw pillows. I think this is an economical and practical way to approach seasonal decor. There is less for us to put into storage, and I can easily zip off the old covers and put new ones on. These are also easy to throw in the wash before storing them.Three of the Fall pillows we put on our living room couch (top picture), and the last one we put on the entryway bench (bottom).
12. Clean with Fall Scented Cleaning Products
I joined the Mrs Meyers fan club. Over the past year, we have been using the Lemon Verbena multi-surface spray to clean up, so I figured I would try some of the Fall scents. I have the Pumpkin scented multi-surface spray and the Acorn Spice hand soap. The Acorn Spice smells really good, mostly like cinnamon. The Pumpkin scent is a little strong, but it smells okay if you spray it with the windows open, which is fine because we’ve been getting beautifully mild Fall weather lately, and we open the windows everyday. I am sure there are other brands with Fall scents, which I am looking forward to trying. But Mrs Meyers does have a cult following, and their stuff sells out pretty quick.
13. Finally, Light that Fall-Scented Candle
I feel like this is the one thing we are all eager to do. I missed the Bath & Body Works candle sale this year, but my husband is sensitive to their scents so I have been trying to resist buying from them. He seems to do okay with phthalate-free soy candles, and I have been in the market for some that are reasonably priced. I love to support small, woman-owned businesses, and I am happy that I found a Vanilla Pumpkin 100% Soy Candle from Bare Candle Co. I love that this is a handmade, small-batch candle company that produces candles that are free of parabens, phthalates and dyes. Definitely check them out if you are shopping for seasonal candles with friendly ingredients.
It’s time to begin the transition to Fall, and I have listed 13 ways to ease into the Fall season with style. Stay tuned for more Fall content, including an easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe! Let me know in the comments how you’re preparing your home to transition into the Fall season.