Happy September 1.

I hope you are having a day as amazing as you are.

And you have coffee.

Because today?

I have some FALL FOR YOU.

The totes are on their way down from the attic and this is going to be the FALL SEASON OF THE CENTURY.

So in case you needed a little fall inspiration on a budget?

This is the post for you.

Here are 21 budget fall decorating ideas for your home

1. Fill a basket with pumpkins.

I know, right?

Simple and easy.

You can find my list of favorite faux pumpkins for this year here.

2. Make a wood pumpkin from twigs in the yard.

3. Cover the edge of a hutch or bookcase with paper leaves. I just attached them with double-sided tape and crinkled the edges for a more realistic effect.

4. Make acorns from felted sweaters and stitch the top.

5. Create an acorn garland with felted bottoms and mini acorn tops.

6. Create a centerpiece with potted plants and blue and white pumpkins.

7. DIY blue and white pumpkins with scrapbook leaves.

8. Change up the colors of fall. Think outside the box and layer in blue and white or turquoise or hot pink.

9. Tuck a mini pumpkin into a display like this blue and white fabric pumpkin.

10. Fill a glass vase with leaves from the yard.

11. Make a pumpkin pillow from a placemat.

12. Fill a dough bowl with pumpkins. This is the perfect idea for all those pumpkins that you have in a tub that you have no idea what to do with.

13. Create a fall mantel with simple eucalyptus leaves and hay and candles.

14. Battery-operated candles with a timer are a great option for a fall mantel.

15. Tie bundles of hay with jute twine.

16. Hand-stitch a thrift store tray for fall.

17. Layer in white dishes and velvet and straw pumpkins.

18. Fill a low basket on your kitchen island with pumpkins. You can add in faux stems, too. Here are some of my favorite faux stems for this fall.

19. Drape a fall dish towel over the edge of a kitchen chair.

20. Tuck fall cards into the edge of a chalkboard or frame.

21. Add a basket full of wood slices to an interior door.

And then?

Step outside and celebrate.

The season is changing. Hot chocolate and cinnamon cookies and sweaters and crisp cool days are just around the corner.

Here’s to all the fall that is here and is yet to come. 🙂

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  1. Image for Jill Jill

    Hi! This is unrelated to your post, but I’m wondering how you are transitioning back to normal foods in your weight loss journey. I’m looking at that program but struggle to see how to keep weight off and eat normal foods. Thanks!

  2. Image for Cassie Adolphson Cassie Adolphson

    Love the photos and great ideas. I am so ready for fall and cooler weather. Thanks for sharing! Cassie

  3. Image for Katy F Katy F

    Fall is in the air, or at least appearing soon on the calendar as I live in North Texas like you GF! It’s nice to start the first of the month with ideas and inspiration. KariAnne, you always deliver!!! Thanks as always! PS…praying for you & hubs & the twins! And you continue to look MARVELOUS!

  4. Image for Pamela Elizabeth McCorkle Pamela Elizabeth McCorkle

    Wow, this is a great post. Thanks for the inspo. I just love those little wooden disc stems!!!

  5. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    It's that time of year! My favorite! We are still hot here in California...so I am trying to think of cool ways to add autumn. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  6. Image for Stephanie Stephanie

    Hey Girlfriend, Getting your emails telling me that you have a new post makes me so happy! It's like getting a note from a best friend. I love that little "beaver cookie" bouquet. What an adorable idea, inexpensive, and something that even I could make. On a separate note, this is the first time where I've clicked the link in your email, and the page it brings me to has ads on the bottom of it. I've never seen ads there before. Any idea what changed, or if I can get it back to seeing no ads there?

  7. Image for Connie Connie

    Can you tell me if you have replaced your sofas in your family room, and if so, where you purchased them? I have been looking for a white sofa and would appreciate it. I know you are always budget conscious. Thank for sharing all your tips on decorating.

  8. Image for Marie Denise Bertrand Marie Denise Bertrand

    Gaddy! love this sight , your home is absolutely beautiful , I also love my blue and whites and love to find things in second hand shops and do up , here in Australia we are going into spring and since lockdown we can really spring clean , hope you all keep safe thank you again for your inspiration

  9. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Love it all. Where did you get the rug in the room with the two white couches. I know it is not your living room because that is blue and white. Enjoy your site.

  10. Image for Linda Linda

    I like the white leaves on the white cabinet, beautiful! I would like to see A red or gold Afghan on the stair rail And on the bench next to stairs pillows in greens, golds, reds, purples, and a very colorful rug with fall leaves, where you have your rug. Also, large bowl in kitchen, autumn colors on counter and colorful towels at sink, plus colorful place settings on table. Your home is lovely.

  11. Image for lisa lisa

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  12. Image for Pam Pam

    Hey Karianne, I clicked on your link that would lead to"faux pumpkins for this year" but it was a link to faux pumpkins from the year 2020. Do you have an updated source list please?

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