Easy and fun fall decor for your home

Happy fall tour day.

I’m so happy you are here.  It wouldn’t be a party without you.

If this is the first time you’ve stopped by, let me start with five fun facts about me:

1. I was the hula hoop champion of the fourth grade.

2. I never met a red lipstick I didn’t like.

3. I talk in total asides (otherwise known as chasing rabbits).

4. I have oddly long toes.

5. I spent yesterday in my pajamas binge watching Friday Night Lights.

Get ready for the all for fall tour

I’m so glad to be tour partying today with some of my favorite peeps.

Be sure and stop by and see all the beautiful fall inspiration on their blogs, too.

This adorable pumpkin pillow is a great accent piece

Before we get started, I wanted to mention one thing.  Did you know that we have an unlimited question policy here at thistlewood?

I love questions.

Questions about fall decor.

Questions about my paint colors.

Questions about why everyone needs a pumpkin pillow like this one.

Ask away.

I’ll get my answers ready.

And now—-here are 5 of my favorite farmhouse decorating ideas along with a fall tour of the farmhouse.

The dining room can be spruced up with these elegant accent pieces for fall

This simple fall plate is a great piece for your dining room

This cute stuffed pumpkin and fall accents are perfect for your home

1. Add a little fun to your fall

Once upon a time, I thought fall was all about pumpkins.

And leaves.

And twigs and branches and acorns.

I love all of those elements and I still decorate with them, but why stop there when a velvet pumpkin with feathers makes me giggle.

Have fun and decorate with the colors and textures and elements that make you smile.

Simple accents can transform a hutch or shelves for the season

Fall accents are easy to add around your home

Fall colors and elements are easy to incorporate in your home

2.  Decorate with leaves from the yard

This is the time of year that the nandinas put on their fall wardrobe.

Isn’t it perfect?

I filled the tins on either side of the hutch with nandina clippings from outside.

I shop the yard for branches and twigs, too.

Decorative gourds are great for tables and corners of your home

Tuck gourds into hidden spaces in your room

Gourds come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes, and can easily transform your space

3. Shop the produce aisle

Some of my favorite fall decorating comes from the produce aisle.

I buy a bag of mini-pumpkins and gourds and tuck them all around the house.

The best part is they don’t have to be stored until next year.

Gourds can be tucked away into corners of the rooms for great accents

This unique wreath is a fun piece for your home

Incorporate natural elements into your decor

4. Use natural elements

Twig baskets and birch bark wreaths are some of my favorite things to add to fall.

In the laundry room, I hung a twig basket on the shiplap and use it for extra paper towels in the laundry.

My $5.00 yard sale armoire is decorated with painted stripes and a birch bark wreath.

Baskets and pumpkins are great accents for fall

Rustic accents on the pumpkins are timeless and classicThis fall mantel is easy to put together

This natural wood bowl is a great piece for your home

5.  Keep it simple

This mantel is such an easy project.

I started with a basket and placed it upright on the mantel.

Then I took a longer metal basket and filled it with acorns and woven spheres.

Lastly, I added a few branches and scattered the acorns on the mantel.

Paper elements are a simple addition

Fall leaves and pumpkins abound in decorations

I hope your fall has its share of lazy afternoons.

I hope your fall is sprinkled with marshmallows and smores.

I hope your fall is full of hay rides and pumpkin pie and crisp fall days and swirling leaves in the most beautiful of colors.

But most of all….

…I hope your fall is as amazing as you are.

I hope you enjoyed the tour (and thought of extra questions to ask in the comments).

Be sure and stop by the rest of my amazing friend’s tours.

Happy fall.

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  1. Image for Carrie Carrie

    extra long toes and no red lipstick haters allowed!!! My daughter loves her red lipstick and I tell her to wear it and share the smile with everyone~ just like you!!!

  2. Image for Carrie Carrie

    oops- forgot questions! Which colors do you like better together? Oranges and blues for fall (love the dishes and pumpkins) or neutrals (like the mantel?) AND, what is the NAME of your favorite lipstick color??? So glad you like questions, because I like asking them!! :)

  3. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Question: Why can we not comment in GIFs on blogs? I am absolutely in love with tiger stripe pumpkins this year! Everything looks stunning as usual. Your fall loving friend, Lisa

  4. Image for Deb Pelton Deb Pelton

    So so pretty! Quietly but completely fall. Just love it. I can see the fun and giggles in the velvet pumpkin with feathers also. Have to tell you again, you have done a perfect job. My favorite actual thing, aside from the complete ambiance of your entire home, is the birch bark wreaths. LOVE IT! Have not seen one of those before. That would look lovely on my front door. Well, keep up the great work! I am off to paint my front door golden yellow!

  5. Image for Nan, Odessa, DE Nan, Odessa, DE

    Where, OH where, can I purchase the white houses you showed in the hutch a few days ago? Wanna have these! Everything is lovely, thanks for sharing with us.

  6. Image for Denise Cox Denise Cox

    Karianne, your cupboard is so pretty with the touch of fall color!! I'm all about color myself, but I'm learning to appreciate the neutral palette. This really is so pretty... I think I'll have to pin it!! Denise

  7. Image for Cindy Richter Cindy Richter

    1. Did you make that pillow?! It's fabulous! 2. How does it feel to have a home that is perfectly put together? So well done we could have looked in the closets (wish I lived close enough to have come to the party). 3. Do you ever use fake greenery or limbs or are they always real? You are so adorable - inside and out! Happy Fall.

  8. Image for Sally Drucker Sally Drucker

    Karianne, I love the home tours you invite us to take, but - yours is ALWAYS my favorite! Keep on keeping things beautiful. Sally

  9. Image for eileen eileen

    I love it all!! It looks amazing! quick question...when you use the small real pumpkins and gourds, which I prefer , do yours rot? Thank you! I love your blog so much.

  10. Image for Yvonne Shafer Yvonne Shafer

    Every picture is an inspiration! I just got a copy of the BH&G Fall Decotating Guide and you and TF are the stars of the magazine! Loved every single word and picture! You keep rockin'!

  11. Image for Pat Pat

    So warm and inviting, the tiny pumpkins and the birch bark wreath are two of my favorites. But that pillow is pretty cute too, wherever did you find that? Pat

  12. Image for Dottie Martin Dottie Martin

    How did you make the three yarn ? Pumpkins? Love them so much to add to my collection. Love the scraggly look!

  13. Image for Teresa Teresa

    Fall is my favorite season. Probably because I'm in S FL and we don't actually have one. So I have to fake my way through the season, and boy do I have a lot of faux fall! My favorites of yours: the textured pumpkins and where did you get those 3D trees?? Also the colorful dishes in the armoire? You are an inspiration! (And I'm loving the book!) I have decided to buy a second copy so I can tear out some of the quote pages.

  14. Image for Janette@The2Seasons Janette@The2Seasons

    We love your book. If you ever put together a blog tour, will you add us to your list? We've been blogging six years and have only done a few. We would love to do some more now that we have more time.

  15. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Liked hearing your fun-facts again, and it's nice for newbies to get acquainted, too! ;-) While looking at your post, it popped into my head... You know that bench I have under my window in the living area? What if I used that as my 'mantel'?!!! And clear it off when I need it for seating, and add pillows?! Not sure how that popped into my head while looking at your pics, but there ya have it! Thanks!

  16. Image for Karen U Karen U

    Amazing as always, you Rock Star, you! I do have one question, Where did you ever find that awesome metal cart that you have in front of your painted brick wall? Its fabulous! I love everything you do! X K


    Absolutely beautiful, KariAnne! You always do such a fantastic job of decorating! I love those blue velvet pumpkins with the feathers! They are so cute! I saw these at Michael's about four weeks ago and just had to bring four of them home with me! Enjoy your fall! I just know it will be as amazing as you are, dear friend! Blessings!

  18. Image for Michele Michele

    As always, your gorgeous farmhouse is filled with awesomeness - and is such an inspiration. Photos are gorgeous - and autumn is a favorite for sure....always hate to say goodbye to summer (esp the good eatin') but autumn is worth it for sure. Love your new book - you ARE a rock star to me! : - )

  19. Image for Azlyn Justice Azlyn Justice

    I LOVE your blog and so enjoy all the beautiful inspiration! I hope you will speak/book tour down south in the future! All the fall decor is beautiful and wanted to ask where I might find the "feathered" look birch wreath? Thank you!!!

  20. Image for Lanita Anderson Lanita Anderson

    Always love to see your house all decorated for the season.....especially fall, my favorite one!! Friday Night Lights......one of my all-time favorite shows!!! Who's your favorite on the show??? Happy Friday, friend!

  21. Image for Linda Linda

    Karianne, Love your blog! Just bought your book and excited to read it. I have always had problems figuring out how to store decorative items that are not being used at the moment, not just seasonal but vases, plates, candleholders, etc. How do you store items that you are not using presently in your home decor but don't want to get rid of? Would appreciate either a reply or a blog post written on this problem. I don't seem to see anyone address this issue other than getting rid of clutter. Thanks so much!!!

  22. Image for Kathy Tarter Helman Kathy Tarter Helman

    Your home is just beautiful, KarieAnne! Love all your fall decorations. I was really impressed with the way you use nature's natural elements like scattering fall leaves on your shelves, mantle etc. and also using Twig baskets. You are so inspiring!

  23. Image for Melanie Melanie

    Hi Karianne- I have a question. I have a traditional-shape china cabinet: buffet below and hutch with glass doors on top. Right now, I have my wedding china displayed in sort of an old-timey way. My problem is that I have that set of china, plus another set I just got , and another set that is sort of casual. I want to store and display the china, party because space is an issue. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!- Melanie

  24. Image for mormormedstiletter mormormedstiletter

    I totally love your post! My husband and I are moving to a country house with a straw roof (small farm - very romantic:-)) here in Denmark in about a month and I can honestly tell you that your blog has been of such an inspiration to me, in my journey of decorating both in and outside:-) Thank you so much!!

  25. Image for JaneEllen JaneEllen

    Wow do you have the comments. If it wasn't so late would sit here to read them all., be surprised what can be learned from reading all the comments on a special blog like yours. When I see something on these wonderful tours I have to go see what I have to supplement my displays/vignettes. .Might not be the same but if in similar category I use it. Like to see what can come up with without buying something. My favorite season to decorate for is Fall. Was going to wait til end of month before putting any Fall decorations out but just couldn't wait any longer. All the incredible decorations inspire my imagination like crazy. Your blog is such an inspiration to get me going, so many lovely ideas, your home is so comfy, welcoming, gorgeous and your decorating ideas are incredible. You certainly earn your reputation KariAnne. Have a wonderful week

  26. Image for Katherines Corner Katherines Corner

    Aww my friend another out of the park amazing home tour. Lord knows I wish I had a thimble full of your energy. Looking forward to visiting the other homes too. Hugs and God bless, Katherine P.S. pinned but you already know that ( wink)

  27. Image for Cindy Hurley Cindy Hurley

    KariAnne. My fireplace mantle is deep and sometimes gets cluttered with everything. I do have a beautiful huge picture my church gave me when my dad passed and I have this mishmash flower arrangement that I love. Mantle is wood finished and wall is olive green to go with rug and furniture. What are some suggestions. I do change only at Christmas with lights etc

  28. Image for Cindy Hurley Cindy Hurley

    KariAnne. My fireplace mantle is deep and sometimes gets cluttered with everything. I do have a beautiful huge picture my church gave me when my dad passed and I have this mishmash flower arrangement that I love. Mantle is wood finished and wall is olive green to go with rug and furniture. What are some suggestions.

  29. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    I love this! I have just started putting out my pumpkins. Last year, my kiddos started counting them.... Let's just say I may have over-done the pumpkin thing, but I added to them this year! YIKES!!

  30. Image for Erlene Erlene

    You have such a beautiful home! Your dining room is my favorite with your laundry room a close second. BTW - I have oddly long toes that my hubby refers to as 'monkey toes'...lol.

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