Fall decorating ideas for the dining room

Dear incredible, wonderful, almost-millionaire wheel of fortune contestant,

We interrupt this regularly scheduled post on fall decorating ideas for the dining room….

….to tell you that you are a rock star.

I cheered you on from my living room couch.

You were so close.


Fall table decor

You had it.


All but that one letter.

And when you spun the wheel and held that million dollar sign over your head….I was right there with you.

I would have done exactly the same thing….

….except with red lipstick and without the bow tie.

Fall hutch decorations


It was definitely awkward all around.

Awkward for the guy in the pink shirt with the tentative look on his face who looked like he would have rather had a root canal than solve the puzzle instead of you.

Awkward for poor Vanna who probably didn’t know if she should light up the rest of the letters or just stand there in that super cute long pink dress.

Awkward for the audience who sat in stunned silence…..

….almost afraid to breathe a word.

Hoping against all hope that no one noticed the whole “curio” mispronunciation thing.

Pumpkin centerpiece

I wish things had turned out differently.

I wish Pat would have ignored the buzzer and declared you the winner.


It wasn’t to be.

But even with that little mispronunciation …..my wonderful wheel of fortune friend…..you still went home with some cash….

…..and the sympathy of half the country. 🙂

And now…..back to our regularly scheduled post.

As promised….here are a few fall decorating ideas for the dining room.

Without a “curio” in sight. 🙂

Fall inspired place setting

Five Fall Decorating Ideas for the Dining Room

1.  Cut these leaf chargers out of 1″ plywood.

I traced a leaf pattern on to the back of a piece of wrapping paper (so much easier because it has the grid).

Then the leaves were cut out, primed painted and sanded.

These would look cute painted with chalkboard paint or a thankful saying, too.


2. Layer the table with wrapping paper.

I layered the table with wrapping paper, then added this natural paper mesh runner and topped it all off with pieces of reclaimed wood.

I love the look of the wrapping paper through the mesh.

And so easy to clean up.

Turn a doormat into wall art

3.  Make wall art from a doormat


I sprayed the pumpkin doormat white and then hung it on a piece of plywood which I painted and striped.

You could also try this idea with a black spider mat like this one.

And then go on a five hundred mile yard sale…find a cornucopia…paint it white and add these acorns which I spray painted silver.

Add a monogram to your pumpkin

4.  Add a monogram to your pumpkin.

Especially a monogram that’s made of keys.

Paint a pumpkin white and hot glue keys in the shape of your monogram.

The whole key monogram thing would also look great on a spider web pumpkin, too.

Combine textures and colors

5.  Combine textures and colors

Add a straw pumpkin to a mercury glass vase.

Or a ball of yarn to milk glass.

Or tuck a burlap pumpkin inside of a drawer.


Five fall decorating ideas for the dining room.

Primed and painted and sanded and layered….and each and every one….

…spelled and pronounced correctly. 🙂

PS  Good thing we have a hutch instead of a “curio cabinet.” 🙂

Need a little more fall decorating inspiration?

Be sure to stop by each of these incredible  fall inspiration rooms from these amazing bloggers:

fall_decorating_inspired_makeover_kirklands thumbnail.jpg

Four Generations One Roof


Finding Home

Acorns in a Nest Thumbnail

Sand and Sisal

Blue and White Fall Dining Room thumbnail (1)

At the Picket Fence

Harvest blogger badge

And now for the best part (well….except maybe that pumpkin doormat :))

It’s a #MyHarvestHome giveaway for

Five $75 Kirkland’s Gift Certificates

Can you even believe it?

Fall shopping just got a little more fun!

Kirkland’s is giving away….not one….not two….but FIVE $75 gift certificates…

 to five of our readers!

All you have to do is enter below through Rafflecopter below!

Happy fall decorating to you!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kirkland’s partnered with several bloggers like me to raise brand awareness. All purchases and content are on my own accord and reflect my personal opinion and style. Kirkland’s blogger outreach policies abide by the WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

For official Kirkland’s giveaway rules, visit Kirklands. 

Sharing this over at Centsational Girl today!

Want to know how to decorate your home for free?
Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.


  1. Image for andrea cammarata andrea cammarata

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! Stunning! Over the top AMAZING!!!! You dazzle me with you style my friend...I am in awe how you are an endless fountain of decorating youth! You breathe fresh air into everything you create! My absolute FAV is the doormat art...I have seen some but this is the Michelangelo of them all...the Sistine Chapel of doormat art...you just knocked this one out of the park : ) Thank you for the morning inspiration and smiles!!!! hugs...

  2. Image for JoeyfromSC JoeyfromSC

    I LOVE Kirkland's!! This is one of my faves(too many faves to choose from lol) Marilyn Monroe Balalaika Plaque Item #: 090011 I also love your blog and love the ideas above!! Very creative! Thanks for the chance to win! Joey J.

  3. Image for Delight Ellis Delight Ellis

    Your Dining Room is gorgeous..all of the pumpkins! Love them! I also love the pumpkins shown on Kirkland's. The acorn bowl fillers are near the top of my Autumn list too.

  4. Image for Tami Tami

    It's so pumpkinlicious, I love it all. But I have to say the door mat art is my favorite. Where did you get the pumpkin mat from? Thanks for the inspiration and the change to win.

  5. Image for Charla Charla

    Wonderful post! I needed a few more additions to my "falling". Kirkland's is calling me. I love the Selina red accent table.

  6. Image for judy judy

    How blessed those of your friends and family are, to be able to sit down to a gorgeous table like yours. You are so gifted!

  7. Image for JoAnn JoAnn

    Love your dining room! The wall art is outstanding!! Thanks for the chance to win...love kirklands....really love that peacock charger, so many great goodies...sigh

  8. Image for Lori H Lori H

    I am in need of wall clocks and I saw several I would love to buy! By the way, that pumpkin door mat art? Love it! I pinned it for a future craft day :)

  9. Image for Dori Dori

    I love the Distressed Wooden Storage Shelf, but then what's not love at Kirklands. I also love your decorating style. You always have such great ideas. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

  10. Image for Jenny Jenny

    I just found and have been following your blog for about a month now! Love, love, love it! Seeing all the beautiful picture of your home inspired me to redo my kitchen! I just built a 101 inch farmhouse table and the great giveaway would be wonderful to get the Stone Gabrielle Parsons Chairs from Kirklands. Thanks for inspiring kitchen creativity here :)!

  11. Image for Nicole Shah Nicole Shah

    You are so talented! Love your fall dining room.... I love Kirkland's Glass Beverage Dispencer....been looking for a couple for laundry detergent and fabric softener. Thanks for a chance to win.

  12. Image for Mary Ann Mary Ann

    Love, love, love your fall décor, especially all of the white pumpkins in your hutch. You are so creative. Kirkland's is such a fun shop...when I visit our daughter in El Paso, we head to Kirklands to shop and now there is one only 70 miles from my home!

  13. Image for Babette Babette

    Well, who could pick just one thing? However, I'd have to say I absolutely adore the Taupe and Ivory Cheveron Accent Chair. I would love to have this in my new guest room :)

  14. Image for Becky J Becky J

    Oh the accent rugs are just what I need..2 please for in my kitchen and office areas...thanks :) and Blessings!

  15. Image for Anna @ A Good Home Anna @ A Good Home

    I love your neutral autumn home! Well, I love your home no matter what season it is, fall just happens to be my favorite time of year! ;) I have to say, I'm pretty smitten with that bronze deer head plaque from Kirklands.

  16. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    Dear favorite writer O'Mine (yeah.... it's you KariAnne) I just wanted to not for the record (again) that I love and adore the way your mind works. And because I think you are all things fabulous, I am now addicted to Duck Dynasty. I had to stop and google 'dynasty' to spellcheck because after working all night I'm reading it as 'dye-nasty'. None the less, am LOVING that show! For pete's sake! It's like they sat in on my childhood. Hysterical. Miss Kay could have been any one of about 30 aunts of mine! Now, on the the autumn décor. Stunning. Completely crushing on everything on your curio....uh, hutch. Also visited Kirklands and am going to order the bronze acorns. For some reason our oaks only give us regular acorns. Maybe if I spray paint the tree bronze the acorns will auto-bronze when they fall? Jes wondrin.....

  17. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    It is wonderful how you can breathe new life into a doormat...unbelievable! In checking out Kirklands, I found out we have one in town...who knew? And, they have some really neat bowls...especially a star shaped one. Now, I'm going to go back and see what else I missed that you created! ;)

  18. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    DANG it! I got on a tangent and forgot to say thank you for some wonderful inspiration!!!! Big Daddy, the Mr., is from Newfoundland. I am thinking I will use your plywood plate charger idea and do a maple leaf, paint it red and be able to use it autumn, Christmas and Canadian & American Independence Days! How brilliant is that? Complete side note? Since we're on pronunciation this morning, I'd like to teach folks how to properly pronounce Newfoundland. I had always said "New-FOUND-land". Wrong. No Love. People from there actually pronounce "New-FIN-lind" also incorrect would be the ever popular "New-found-LAND". Who knew? Not me.

  19. Image for susan susan

    I just love the way you tell your stories....it's like I'm standing right in front of you hearing it! Thank you always for that, I truly enjoy opening your web site every day....this is beautiful, thank you for sharing. AND I LOVEEEE Kirkland's, I have one right around the corner and consider myself one of the luckiest people.... Again, thank you for your inspiration and for your love of life itself. Susan

  20. Image for Stacie H. Stacie H.

    I love the set of 3 wooden horse panels! This would be a great wall addition above my sofa; right now it's just a big blank wall begging for decor!

  21. Image for Sean C Sean C

    Love, love, LOVE the https://www.kirklands.com/product/Cream-Pumpkin-Wreath/168090.uts?keyword=fall décor Cream pumpkin wreath.

  22. Image for Alina Alina

    I love the brown chalkboard basket. Those are very popular lately and would add to my collection that I've been acquiring.

  23. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    Those are all just spectacular ideas you showed us. WOW! And I actually saw that show and was just horrified when he stumbled with the pronouncement. I was horrified for him that they did not see that he was nervous and all. I don't even want to watch that show any longer..... it needs to just go away in my opinion. Oh well...... so much for my two cents.. lol lol lol.

  24. Image for Angela Angela

    Love all your ideas!!! Your house is looking so festive for fall!!! I love the bronze deer head wall plaque! Have a wonderful week!!!~~angela

  25. Image for Rosanne Rosanne

    I want the mirrored chest. The problem is I NEED 2 mirrored chests, And with a hubby that is not working at the moment, its hard to justify buying 1 let alone 2! (and I am the queen of justifying things, by the way) Maybe he could gaze into the mirrored chests and feel better and go back to work...see, how I do that. Anyway $75,00 would be great for my mirrored chest.

  26. Image for Bliss Bliss

    You seriously want me to name only ONE Kirkland item? Can't be done. We have a store here and I have to be restrained when I go in there. But do they carry pumpkin or spiderweb door mats? Because I'm pinning that.

  27. Image for Angie W Angie W

    I am looking for a chair for my bedroom - so I went straight to the chairs. And love the Marissa Tufted Lounge Chair. The detailing is great.

  28. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    I love this post! Wow, where do I begin? The leaf chargers are amazing! The skeleton key monogram is a great idea; I could go on and on! What a great giveaway! I'm just loving Kirkland's rustic lodge collection- the wood mirror and rustic shelf are two of my favorites! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  29. Image for Mary Stewart Mary Stewart

    I've been looking at the Villa Pantina 8-pc. King Comforter Set. Would love to win a $75 gift card towards its purchase!

  30. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I love your dining room, KariAnne!! It's so pretty and autumnal without being over the top. Makes me want to go spray paint every single orange faux pumpkin white or silver or encase them in glitter :) I like the pretty fall decor at Kirklands…these rattan pumpkins would look so pretty as part of a fall dinner tablescape: https://www.kirklands.com/product/Holiday/Autumn-Harvest/Natural-Rattan-Pumpkin-11-in/pc/2289/c/2404/168728.uts

  31. Image for Susan M. Susan M.

    Put on your ball cap... you've certainly hit it out of the park! Gorgeous, just friggin' gorgeous. I really like the hurricanes with the straps -- thanks so much for the opportunity!

  32. Image for Erika W. Erika W.

    Wow, your dining room is fantastic! I am loving the Belladonna Skull and Crossbone Jar and the Poisonous Hemlock jar for halloween!

  33. Image for Rachel Rachel

    I am loving the mercury pumpkins at Kirkland's website. I love your home Kari Anne, I steal a lot of your ideas for my own home. Keep up the good work, I need more projects!

  34. Image for Regina Regina

    Would you believe I got caught on the phone and MISSED that whole debacle?! Bless his HEART!! OK, my favorite of the 5 ideas? The door mat on the wall (way to multitask, door mat! ;) ), and the key monogram on the pumpkin! An "M" would work great, too! :) Happy FALL!! And I get to go to a State Park for a meeting this afternoon! I can't wait!

  35. Image for Jen W Jen W

    We are expecting our first baby in Spring! Depending on whether it's a boy or girl, I can't decide between the yellow chevron table lamp or the green diamond diamond print table lamp. Too cute!

  36. Image for Andrea Andrea

    I don't watch wheel of fortune, but this reminded me of the stories I'd hear about Vanna. You see, my grandparents were good friends with Vanna's (I think now ex) hubby's parents. Let's just say, there were a few dramatics. Small world......my grandparents, cute ole Canadians with white hair, great stories and sweaters with elbow patches, ended up befriending them. It's my very distant brush with stardom. That and the time my Dad arranged for me to go for lunch with Johnny Depp (whilst filming 21 jump st in Vancouver where I grew up), and I was mortified that my Dad wanted me to meet some tv actor who I didn't know, so I refused to go. True story.

  37. Image for Cindi Cindi

    I have always loved Kirkland's! Their rustic collection is a favorite of mine...The "Rustic Lodge 3-Cubby Wall Shelf" is fabulous!!!!! Many thanks, Cindi

  38. Image for connie connie

    KariAnne, I love the DoorMat ART... so wonderful... love your post... brought a smile to my face..and what a way to start my MONDAY.... thank you... chilly start this morning in my part of Kentucky... Fall is here.... love , love , love it....

  39. Image for Maaike Maaike

    I can't believe I never knew about Krklands.... I must have been living under a rock! One of those cute Kilim ottomans would look very attractive - under my rock. ;)

  40. Image for Cheryl L. Cheryl L.

    I'm so inspired! Love the drapes and how they frame the room, but everything in the room is fabulous! The mercury glass ornaments are a great touch. I want to go shopping at Kirkland's this instant!

  41. Image for Shannon Shannon

    I love your pumpkins!!! I really want your pumpkin doormat wall art!!! I searched Kirklands and decided your suggestion about the spider web mat was my favorite. I also really like the monogram door mats and the price is great!! Still searching for that pumpkin doormat. Thanks for give away...

  42. Image for Kylie Kylie

    Love the color scheme with all the textures in your dining room! Kirkland's has so much great stuff; it's hard to choose! Thank you for the chance to enter.

  43. Image for chrissi chrissi

    your dining room looks wonderful. you just amaze me with your ideas. i am a Kirkland's fan. today i am kind of loving the simon book shelf.

  44. Image for audra bender audra bender

    beautiful fall decorating, i love it all. i love the harrison slate five drawer study desk, need it for my eight year olds room and it would be small enough to fit...:-) thanks for the chance.

  45. Image for Lori R. Lori R.

    I need that screaming skeleton that is motion activiated to complete my dining room. The glass jar and apothocry jar would also help.

  46. Image for Lori R. Lori R.

    I need that screaming skeleton that is motion activiated to complete my dining room. The glass jar and apothocary jar would also help.

  47. Image for Jenn Jenn

    I love the whole cabin and lodge items they have. I just adore the bronze deer head plaque. I shop at Kirklands whenever I get a chance! Love it!!

  48. Image for Kelly B Kelly B

    I just love Kirkland's urn planter. It's even on sale! I could use it inside, outside, for any season too. Plus, about a million other things on their site too! :)

  49. Image for Pinky Pinky

    Kirklands is one of my fave stores: my daughter and I go there about every 2 weeks. It is an HOUR away from her and 45 mins. for me but we make the trip!!! LOOOOOOVE tyhat dorrmat art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! O M G !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Image for Sharon Heinzel Sharon Heinzel

    I LOVE Kirkland's! I love the mahogany rush bench and many, many, other things! thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway!

  51. Image for Shauna Shauna

    I usually only shop the sale section on a budget, but I currently have Kirkland's pillows on my couch and lamps beside my bed! I don't think I even realized they had furniture, though! I could go for a velvet settee!

  52. Image for BamaCarol BamaCarol

    I would say the pre-lit mercury glass pumpkins are my favorite. Much like a bird, I love shiny things and can't get enough! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Love shopping at Kirklands!

  53. Image for Kathy Kathy

    You are just over the top! LOVED this! So very crafty! So very cool!~ Loved all your autumn projects - beautifully done! I would LOVE Kirkland's 'crescent woven basket' Kathy

  54. Image for Kris Kris

    I love all your fall decor. I love Kirkland's we have one near us and they always have such wonderful stuff in there especially at the holidays. Thanks for the chances. Kris

  55. Image for Yvonne Ester Yvonne Ester

    I just love your doormat art....how cute! I liked the Kirklands boxwood wreath topiary. Thanks for the chance to win.

  56. Image for Heidi @ Decor & More Heidi @ Decor & More

    Oh my gosh, that Udder Madness slipper chair is MADE for my family room!! I haven't been on Kirklands.com in forever and they have soooo many wonderful things now! Thanks for hosting, Kari -- your dining room is smashing as usual! xo Heidi

  57. Image for Sharon Sharon

    I love the Fall display in your hutch, Karianne. And I love the color palette of your Fall decor. Thanks for hosting a fantastic giveaway....I'm really crushing on that tufted linen chair!

  58. Image for Kim Osburn Kim Osburn

    Love the BonJour Rooster Dinnerware and the new Rooster Canister Set cause I just love Rooster stuff especially in my kitchen. Thank You for the chance to win.

  59. Image for Stephanie Bird Stephanie Bird

    I'm "falling" for your decorating style in your dining room! The wall between the two windows (still crushing on those drapes) is beautiful. GOT to get me a pumpkin or spider door mat and spray away! Love your idea of silvering the large Kirkland acorns, too. Here you are coming to Big M soon!!! Hugs, Stephanie Angelic Accents

  60. Image for Airyckah Airyckah

    I was just there on Sunday! I fell in LOVE with this giant wall clock: https://www.kirklands.com/product/Champagne-Sophia-Clock/166670.uts?keyword=clock I have no idea where it would go, but I know I would have to have it somewhere that I can see every day. Probably on the wall on our back deck (it's under cover) or as a focal point in the kitchen! I also love these pumpkins: https://www.kirklands.com/product/Rattan-Woven-Pumpkin/167832.uts?keyword=pumpkin There were too many pumpkins to chose from, but this can stay out until Christmas decorations go up!

  61. Image for Jenny Jenny

    I'd love the birch tealight candle holders for my house this fall. Enjoyed your post- glad I missed the awkwardness of the Wheel of Fortune youre talking about!

  62. Image for Becky Becky

    I love the Rooster Cutting Board and Galvanized Tiered Tray. Your home is my favorite - love the way your write and your creative ideas. You make my 30 minute lunch hour more fun! Thank you for the opportunity!

  63. Image for Erin Kaven Erin Kaven

    karianne, I love the tufted linen lounge chair at kirklands....I just need to eat bon bons, and watch jeapordy. btw, brilliant idea with the doormat.

  64. Image for Becah Becah

    I'm loving the pre-lit mercury glass pumpkins, the Autumn Typography print, the Family Rules Canvas print, (I want one for every season so I can switch them out)

  65. Image for Kathy Kathy

    I LOVE the bronze deer head! We went to a new microbrewery with a very lodge like look. The deer head looked amazing with their hand hewn wood bar. I want it!

  66. Image for Kimmy Davis Kimmy Davis

    I love the Golden Scroll Wall Mirror, 29 in. on Kirkland's site. I've been a fan of theirs since the 80's, when they were in the mall (back when I shopped in malls!)

  67. Image for Lori Lori

    Love your dining room - looks ready for a special dinner! Thanks for the giveaway...my sis-in-law could use it as she has just moved from the mid-west to Delaware!

  68. Image for Christine Christine

    Karianne!!! You dont know how fun it was for me to see a little glitz and glam with your sparkle and shine decorations! I love some glitz and shine - Dont hate me...Im not a big burlapy kind of lady. But oh the acorns and shiney pumpkin made me to cartwheels! ha! xox

  69. Image for Lisalulu Lisalulu

    love love love all the pumpkins.... and that 'doormat'... I need to start spraypainting me one! at kirklands I love the stella mirror!!!

  70. Image for Kennie Kennie

    Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous! My mom turned me on to Kirklands some years ago, and we've been besties ever since! I love the Crackle Glass Pumpkin Statue. It would go great on my table for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

  71. Image for Robin Robin

    You'll think I crazy and that is just the beginning of my story, but I don't want the Kirkland's gift certificate if my name comes up for it--please give it to someone else who needs a little more luck on their side. BUT, this crazy lady just loves this post and had to tell you so. BUT, then you know, I love all of your posts. You tell such a funny story and I love your writing style too.

  72. Image for Amy Orvin Amy Orvin

    I love the Burlap Scarecrow Wall Hanger https://www.kirklands.com/product/Holiday/Autumn-Harvest/Burlap-Scarecrow-Wall-Hanger/pc/2289/c/2404/167390.uts

  73. Image for Kerri Kerri

    Fall is one of my absolute favorite times of year. The pumpkins are adorable and can't wait to decorate my mantle for fall.

Comments are closed.