happy fall wreath

I cannot WAIT to show you what I’ve been working on for fall.

(insert raising hands and stomping feet)

It’s my favorite fall ever.

Like a dancing around with spirit fingers singing “Don’t Stop Believin” kind of fall.

I’m not sure what it is about this year, maybe it was the flash flood or the humidity or the hot temperatures mixed with all the rainy days.

But I’m so over it.

Let’s talk fall.

Here’s 10 trends I’m using in my decor this year (most of them are under $5.00).

fall front door decor

1.  Twigs

This is the trendy, glamorous name for sticks.

I have tons of them and they are free.

I’m using them to stick out of urns (no pun intended) and make twig pumpkins and make twig spheres and twig wreaths.

I love free.

fall decor living room

2.  Hydrangea

Hello hydrangea, come sit by me.

I’m going to be using hydrangea to decorate a mantel and make a wreath and use them to display in centerpieces.

So far we are free…two, expensive…zero.

pumpkin decorating for fall decor

3.  Orange pumpkins

I’m going all old school with the Walmart produce department.

There’s just something about a real pumpkin that makes me smile.

I’m going to be adding them to rustic wood containers and using them on mantels and putting buckets of them by the front door.

living room fall

4.  Rustic wood

My heart is clamoring for reclaimed wood and the texture it brings with it.

I found some old tool boxes I’m using for a project and a couple of old stools.

I’m making wood signs for outside and reusing old wood flooring in a really creative way.

pumpkins fall decor

5.  Pumpkins made out of unique materials

In addition to the orange pumpkins, I’m introducing some new pumpkins to the family.

They’ll be made out of chenille and felted wood and burlap and fabric.

I’m even working on some made out of old quilts.

decorating a fall hutch three ways

6.  Galvanized metal

This year I’m all about the galvanized.

I’m hanging galvanized trays on the wall and layering galvanized metal urns outside.

And if I can’t find galvanized metal, I’m making my own.

chalkboard-sign fall

7.  Chalkboard

I just finished a chalkboard project for the butler’s pantry.

And I’m not stopping there.

I’m making chalkboard word find pumpkins for a party we are having and decorating the giant chalkboard in the living room.

fall wreath

8.  Birch bark

I’m working on making a birch bark swag for the fireplace.

And hanging back up my birch bark wreaths.

And maybe even tie-on birch bark signs for the back of the chairs in the dining room.

fall leaves porch

9.  Leaves

This year I’m decorating with lots of neutrals.

But sometimes I crave just a little pop of color.

That’s where all the orange pumpkins and a few bright sparks of color with leaves like this enter the picture.

house fall

10.  Home

I know this isn’t really a trend.

I know you can’t shop for home in the store or find it on the clearance aisle or buy one home get one for fifty percent off.

But to truly make it work, any kind of decorating has to include a little heart along with it.

And my home?

The farmhouse?

The one at the end of the winding country road next to the stacks of hay under the blue Kentucky skies?

I’ll have it with an extra side of fall. 🙂

decorating tower

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  1. Image for Nancy @ slightly Coastal Nancy @ slightly Coastal

    Oooooooo...you have me giddy for fall! I can't wait to start having 80 degree days! I know, I know...not typical. I'm looking for natural elements also. Maybe some gifts from the Sea for my fall. I can't wait to see those quilt pumpkins. Yipee! Nancy

  2. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Lovely! All of it!! So over the weird weather with flash floods, struggling plants and humidity! I'm with you...Bring on fall!!! Can't wait for fall color...

  3. Image for Beverly Beverly

    I am so ready for the heat to be gone. Gone with the wind. But wait. I want to keep the wind. I love wind. So, I'll change that to gone with the heat. Got that? All your trending made me smile this morning. You are definitely a trending kind of girl. A trending kind of girl that I love. You did remember that, didn't you?♥

  4. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Ack! Stop it, KariAnne (no, no! Don't listen to me...keep going). I keep telling myself I'm not ready to decorate for Fall but maybe I am. Maybe I'm over Summer heat and no rain (I must be because we've had rain for a straight week with cooler temperatures and I'm LOVING it)! Those metal leaves...where did you get them? I love them! They look so good mixed with the Fall berries. And your twig art...I need to make some. I'm busy in the art studio starting on my Fall projects. Now I have more to add, thanks to this post! Happy week, friend!

  5. Image for Becky Becky

    I've been getting the itch to decorate for fall too. My mother used to go all out for fall decorating so I probably get it honest. Please share more pics as you get your decorating complete. It is always an inspiration to see all the beautiful things in your home. Also, where did you find those urns on your porch? They are stunning.

    1. Image for Libby Libby

      Me too! Would love to know the source for those wood circle spray-things.......noticed you had some in a vase in another photo!

  6. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year- the leaves, the pumpkins, the colors, the weather- everything about it!! Your decorating is fantastic, simple and elegant at the same time. I am happy to have the hot summer fade to Autumn. Bring on the cornstalks, hay bales, and of course your beautiful birch bark wreath! Thank-you for this wonderful post, a great way to start the week!

  7. Image for Carole @ Garden Up Green Carole @ Garden Up Green

    So many pretty things. I just came in from morning chores - while herding sheep into a new pasture the rain began to fall, the emus went nuts which scattered the sheep and all I could think of, "I'm glad the temperatures decided to fall. It's been wonderful here which has left fall on the brain. Great ideas and you covered just about everything I love. It look great!!

  8. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    With our long, drawn out heat wave this summer here in the Midwest, I'm soooo ready for Fall! It must be right around the corner too, because I'm getting the urge to start baking bread and all kinds of winter goodness and hearty meals. Love everything you showed and are talking about, Miz karianne. Look forward to seeing more!

  9. Image for Betsy Betsy

    I am so with you on Fall ! We were on vacation last week and the sand on the beach was boiling. This has been one hot summer!

  10. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    What fabulous Fall-Y ideas...can't wait to see and try a few. I'm over Summer too...3 months of 100 degree days...that gets way old fast. Pumpkins in velvet and quilt fabric paired with galvanized tin...Yes!

  11. Image for Prudence Peterson Prudence Peterson

    Love your fall ideas.....will you share where you got your galvanized tin leaves? So different! Love the look. Prudence

  12. Image for Alan Gore Alan Gore

    Great decorating ideas for this foll, at my home we use only orange pumpkins, and lot of them because we grow them in our garden, and rest what we don't sell we use as decoration. Our porch is not so big so we can't put other stuff like you . But we love it like it is.

  13. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Feeling it now! Just made the move from California to Massachusetts (early 1900's house with big red barn and over 8 acres) and we are having one of those days that gets us ready for autumn. So excited for our first full autumn here! Will be using most of your ideas, they are so spectacular! :)

  14. Image for Cindy Pierce Cindy Pierce

    I cannot wait for fall to come to dry California! Praying for rain, just not in flood amounts. Your porch is beautiful!! Love the wreath on the front door.

  15. Image for Michelle Michelle

    I love all the projects! And I'm with you...free is my favorite. And about fall? The colors, the smells, the Starbucks drinks, like Cinnamon Dolce Latte, Caramel Apple Spice, Toasted Graham Latte...it's my favorite time of year! I'm so ready!!!

  16. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Fall is my favorite but as the days get shorter and each day brings us closer to winter, I cringe! I don't like the cold. I don't like the snow. I do like the holidays. *sigh* I guess I just have to take the good with the bad. I love what you're doing -- can't wait to see the rest. Have a beautiful day!!

  17. Image for Mildred Hoppe Mildred Hoppe

    Okay...so where did you get the galvanized leaves and those huge galvanized urns on your front porch????? You can't show us stuff like that and not give the source. Your creativity is amazing, I don't know how you sleep at night with all those ideas running through your head.

  18. Image for Patricia Patricia

    I'm a September baby- this is my time of year. Just saw some wreaths in Homegoods made with a zillion small velvet pumpkins glued into a grapvine frame. There was an orange version, a white version and even a black and grey one- so out collecting curly vine parts to trim off my little pumpkins. I wish there was a source for buying pumpkin stems. I make mine from polymer clay, but natural ones would save a lot of time. Love that birch bark look. Wondering how you obtain those pieces?

  19. Image for Cathy Phelps Cathy Phelps

    I live near bowling green ky. Where can I find birch logs/bark? Love your house, your ideas, and they fact that we are practically neighbors!

  20. Image for Randi Randi

    So much inspiration! I love it! And I seriously can't wait to see what you come up with making pumpkins with quilts. Decorating with quilts is my fave! Randi :)

  21. Image for Susan Susan

    I love fall with its crisp, cool air and the trees all crowned in glorious colours...I'm looking soooooo forward to it after a very hot and very dry summer! You've brought me the best news today...I can actually decorate with all of these twigs I find in my yard everyday...I knew they had to be good for something! ;) I seriously LOVE all of your decorating ideas for fall...they sound beautiful AND inexpensive which I can always get down with! I can hardly wait to see your ideas come to fruition, not just so I can copy them, but imma do that, too...hehe...but your photos are always the loveliest, KariAnne...all gauzy, dreamy, and infinitely inspiring! HAPPY (almost) FALL!!!

  22. Image for pamela lepage pamela lepage

    Well it was sure fun to read your post, I am ready for September 23 and then I can think about fall and I'm so looking forward to it!!!! This is one of my favorite fall drinks is chia tea/pumpkin!! Can not wait to see all that you are putting together!! Have a blessed day!

  23. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    Everything looks so fresh and pretty! Mind sharing your source for the hanging (wire?) globes? I've been looking for some to wrap w white lights. My neighbor told me this heat is better than winter. Not so sure about that, but I'm looking forward to the in between.

  24. Image for Heather C Heather C

    I want to do it too, it looks like fall and cooler weather - bring it on. I love the white pumpkins out of chenille - just when I bought some velvet pants from Goodwill last year to make some for this year - oh well, now I'll look for some old bedspreads.

  25. Image for Mary W Ferguson Mary W Ferguson

    Your post rally made me feel good that you are starting to decorate for Fall. I am so ready also. I have all my tubs ready to go. I am just waiting for some cooler weather, but I don't think we will be getting any soon. I am so over all this HOT weather, drought and fires. I feel so sorry for the people who lost their homes due to the fires. Maybe putting up some fall decorating will make me feel a little cooler. Love all your projects for fall - they look amazing. Enjoy your rest of the week and hope that the weather continues to be a little cooler for you. I love your farmhouse! Mary

  26. Image for Loryl Fisher Loryl Fisher

    We got a taste of fall yesterday with a beautiful cool windy day. Made for really good sleeping with the windows open and those lovely breezes of fresh air. Just a taste of what is to come! Unfortunately it only lasted a day.. Too early to bring up my fall deco tubs.But I LOVE all your ideas and your porch was my favorite. I also have pumpkins to make. I have a stash of sweaters I'm going to use but want to make some from your fabric line with your wire technique. So smart!!!

  27. Image for Preppy Mountain Farmer Preppy Mountain Farmer

    I love it all! But I especially love your amazing creativity. You are such an inspiration in so many ways. Now I can't wait to start decorating for this next season.

  28. Image for Celeste Celeste

    This year's Summer garden was a bust; three tomatoes and two zucchini. Recurring thunder storms, wind, and never ending rain. I'm over it too! I really want Fall to come early. Bring on the decorations Karianne.

  29. Image for Jane Jane

    Lovely tips and yay to the original orange pumpkins..although I have my share of those Blue Moons! It's so great to get a head start on projects whether you are ready to make the change of season now or later. Wondering how you made the little trees with wood rounds in the first pic... Great post, my friend! Jane

  30. Image for Botanic Bleu Botanic Bleu

    Hi, KariAnne, No, not ready for fall. We still have at least 6 weeks of sweltering temperatures before it begins to cool down for real. We are having an unusual August. It was 100° plus until Aug. 11-12. Then it began raining, and the temperatures have been in the 70s to the low 90s since. A miracle has happened in north Texas... rain in August. It rained again today, but old Mother Nature is not tricking me. I know there will be more hot days to come. So, fall decorating will have to wait until around the end of September. :) Your fall decorating ideas are great for when I do start fall decorations. Judith

  31. Image for Kim Kim

    Oh. My. Gawd! I am dying over those galvanized urns!! Where did you get them???? Living in southern az I am usually over summer by mid-June so I am right there with ya! Can't wait to see what you are up to! Hope you post quickly I am in desperate need of inspiration.

  32. Image for Lanita Anderson Lanita Anderson

    Fall is my favorite season of the year, too, and I love all of your great decorating ideas! Can't wait to see the new projects you come up with! Blessings to you, sweet friend!

  33. Image for Lynn Lynn

    Your blog is a regular visit & daily dose of happiness for me! I often come here to escape the chaos of our own 1907 home's renovation & just dream about living in your home!! So beautiful, so homey, so lovely!! I was wondering if you could share where you purchased (if you remember?) the house plaque (Built 1918) & your house number plaque. They are exactly what we are looking for as we finish the renovation of our front porch this fall. Thank you!

  34. Image for Ann C Ann C

    Fall is my favorite season to decorate the house. But I'm not quite ready to start thinking autumn yet. Although making zucchini bread the other day and picking up some cute Dollar Tree pumpkins it won't be long. Liked so many of your ideas. Thanks for continuing to inspire.

  35. Image for Michele Riggsbee Michele Riggsbee

    Fall...sigh...it can't get here soon enough! I love all these ideas! I have a lot of trees in my back yard that provide me with a never ending supply of twigs! I'm going to make the twig pumpkin this year!

  36. Image for Peg Peg

    I truly love all 10, but I'm SO not ready for fall. Yes, it's fresh, crisp, colorful and thankful, oh and great sleeping weather, but summer is my favorite. Being from the northeast, it's fleeting and I think it should be given a speeding ticket!!!

  37. Image for Donna Donna

    Love your Fall decorating.Where can I find the birch wreath that you talked about. I didn't see it on the link you showed.

  38. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    I'm going out on a limb here and suggesting you cut down your two trees by your front entryway. It seems that it hides your beautiful home. What do you think?

  39. Image for Moriah C Moriah C

    You have such an amazing decorating ability! When God was passing out gifts, I think He forgot me on this one ;). However, I'm so thankful that you share your gift and how-to's. Thank you!!!

  40. Image for Debbie Moyes Debbie Moyes

    What a great selection of ideas! I really love the elegant galvanized planters with the twis. Where did you find them? I have a rather formal home and I love the idea of using a classic sort of planter in a funky finish!

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