5 Fall Decorating Essentials (and Where to Find Them)

As summer comes to a close, I look forward to adding some warmer tones and softer textures to my home to welcome the fall season. It is usually a slow process for me, starting with some small changes and culminating with tons of pumpkins as we get closer to October. I love this transition, so today I thought I would share my 5 fall decorating essentials with you including shopping links to find many of them now.

Fall Decorating Essential:


Adding copper accents to my home is, by far, my favorite way to transition from summer to fall. I love the way it warms up a room without feeling overwhelming and there is something about copper, that I think blends and works with every color or style. I do keep my copper pots and pans hanging above the range for most of the year, but in the fall they look especially seasonal!

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I have collected most of my copper pots and pans from vintage shops.

Through the years I have collected quite a few pieces of copper that I store in the spring and bring back out in the fall. This includes everything from bowls and pitchers to chargers and coffee mugs.

I have gotten quite a few pieces from ETSY as well and find that there is often a good selection of vintage copper available

I often start small with just a simple pitcher filled with flowers or a little cake stand with a copper base.

I also sprinkle a few copper pieces in with my mostly white dishes to add a bit of warmth.

And as the season progresses, I use copper accents on my table settings for a warm and cozy look.

Above, I used new copper chargers for a casual countertop meal and below, I used vintage copper mugs on a more formal table. Copper accents are definitely at the top of my fall decorating essentials list!

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Fall Decorating Essential:


I love dough bowls in every season! I find that they are great on a coffee table or center island, filled with seasonal flowers or decor.

In fall, they look great filled with natural spheres or pumpkins.

And beautiful, dried hydrangea blooms are a great way to add color that lasts for weeks.

I have found some great sources for both rustic and vintage dough bowls that work for every budget.

And not too long ago I wrote a blog post about How to Style a Dough Bowl in every season. You can see all of those details HERE.

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Fall Decorating Essential:


The greenery that I love most for fall is definitely eucalyptus. There is something about the soft green tone and fresh scent that makes me think of pumpkins and sweater weather! I have found some great faux eucalyptus that I use year after year in my fall decorating but also always have a ton of fresh branches in my seasonal arangements.

I love this faux eucalyptus wreath on our range hood.

I have used fresh eucalyptus on my fall table settings for many years. This eucalyptus garland was super simple to make and creates a beautiful centerpiece on any fall table. You can see the full TUTORIAL HERE.

Last year I got a couple of faux eucalyptus plants at Target that I really loved in my decor. I have found some sources for similar plants for you guys this year.

You can see how beautiful eucalyptus pairs with soft white and green pumpkins in early fall.

And a vase filled with traditional eucalyptus is always a beautiful addition to a room in any season.

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Fall Decorating Essential:


Here in southern California, the day I bring out our cozy blankets really marks the beginning of a new season. After the heat of summer, I can’t wait for those cool nights to begin. I throw knot blankets on every bed and couch in our home. As far as I’m concerned, you can’t have too many!

Okay…maybe I do have too many, but the truth is, we use them all fall and winter. I am always sad to put them away in the spring, because they add such beautiful texture to a room.

I have found some great sources this year for SUPER chunky blankets as well as beautiful refined throws that will add a lovely touch of fall (and winter) to your decor.

Fall Decorating Essential:


While pumpkins are an obvious fall decoration, I like to take it to the next level with piles of heirloom pumpkins, both real and faux, all over the house and yard.

I often take a more minimalist approach when it comes to decorating, preferring to keep things simple, but when it comes to pumpkins, I think more is better.

On our porch, last year, I used both fresh and faux heirloom pumpkins, piled around mums in traditional fall colors.

Two years ago, I painted faux pumpkins in a beautiful, metallic copper and mixed them with both fresh and faux pumpkins.

And I repeated the same look on a console table in our family room, last year.

I love the look of piles of pumpkins in my fall decorating and aside from my local Trader Joes and nearby supermarkets, where I buy fresh pumpkins, I have found a few sources for faux pumpkins that I am sharing below.

I hope this gives you some ideas about the fall decorating essentials that I rely on year after year. The colors change and the details might be slightly different, but with these basic elements, I can easily transition from summer to fall in just minutes.

Have a beautiful day!

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