Fall decorating should not be overthunk.

Not even a little bit.

It’s not Thanksgiving with its incredibly decorated table and turkey feathers and monogrammed napkins and slipcovered chairs.  It’s not Christmas with its elaborate trees and tiny villages and snowflake windows and yards and yards of ornaments.

This is fall.




It’s sweater weather and boots and maroon lipstick and purple nails and pulling up your turtleneck on a crisp, cool fall day.

Stick a pumpkin on your table and call it done.

Here are some incredibly easy ideas to decorate for fall and a simple DIY project I decorated my hutch with for free.

incredibly easy idea number one

Find a wood tray.

Stack three books on it.

Place a pumpkin on top of the books and layer in some wood beads or leaves.

incredibly easy idea number two

Find a cutting board.

Find a white bowl.

Put some red apples in it.

Take one of the apples out and place it next to the bowl.

That stray apple makes it look like you’re decorating.

incredibly easy idea number three

If you have corn stalks you can put them on either side of your kitchen sink.

If not, fill two glass vases with water.

Cut leaves from the yard and fill the vases.

incredibly easy idea number four

If you have a chalkboard, hang something fall on it.

It could be a wreath.

Or a spider web.

Then write “happy fall” underneath.

(total decorating aside:  I haven’t gotten my chalkboard writing on yet.)

incredibly easy idea number five

Put a pumpkin anywhere.

I put these inside my hutch in the hallway.

Two simple little chenille pumpkins.

(total decorating aside:  If you make your own pumpkin—use sticks or twigs for pumpkin stems.)

incredibly easy idea number six

Shop the grocery store produce aisle.

There is the cutest stuff there.

I’m not sure how to cook with it, or even sometimes what it is.

I just decorate with it instead.

incredibly easy idea number seven

Add leaves to your hutch.

Are you ready for the easiest FREE fall project on the planet?

One that makes you look like you spent hours decorating?

1.  Find a fall leaf pattern online

2.  Print it off your computer in the size you want.  I printed these out on the 5″ x 7″ setting.

3.  Cut out the pattern.

4.  Find an old book that you were going to donate.

(total aside:  please only use a book you were going to donate or one that has pages missing or one that is worse for the where to create this project.  Protect the rest of your books carefully.  Books are going extinct.)

5.  Layer about five or six pages.  Trace the leaf.

6.  Cut out.

7.  Crinkle to give it depth.

8.  Roll a piece of Duck Tape.

9.  Stick on the leaves in a waterfall pattern.

Just keep layering your leaves until you have the fall garland that you want.

The leaves will tell you where they want to go.

Make sure to crinkle them so they look more realistic.

See what I mean?

Do not overthink it.

Put a pumpkin out somewhere and some leaves from the yard in a vase and some book page leaves on your hutch.

And then call it done.

Don’t waste another minute thinking about it.

You have cute sweaters and fall headbands and maroon lipstick to think about. 🙂

PS  If you have any leaves left over?

Just stick them in a basket with your pumpkins.

PPS  I was watching the news this morning and saw the full fury of Hurricane Florence.

Please know if you are in the areas affected by the hurricane, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

You’ve got this because God’s got you.

I’m honored to be joining this incredible group of bloggers on a creative and full fall tour hosted by Marty from A Stroll Thru Life.

Click on any of the links for fun, fall decorating inspiration.

Monday, Sept. 10th   

 A Stroll Thru Life  | Nesting With Grace  | Pink Peppermint Design  

Southern Hospitality | Decor To Adore | Cuckoo4Design 

Tuesday, Sept. 11

  ZDesign At Home  | Duke ManorFarm  | Setting For Four      

Simple Stylings  | Seeking Lavender Lane | Life On Virginia Street 

                                                                                                  Wed. Sept 12

Our FifthHouse | Our Southern Home | Clean & Scentsible 

House By Hoff |  Follow The Yellow Brick Home 

 Remodelando La Casa 

Thurs. Sept 13

Inspiration For Moms | Life Love Larson |  Monica Wants It

Haneens Haven | My Sweet Savannah |  11 Magnolia Lane  

Friday, Sept. 14

Thrifty & Chic | Decorating Delirium  

 Starfish Cottage | Thistlewood Farm 

 Hymns & Verses Far Above Rubies 

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  1. Image for Marty Oravetz Marty Oravetz

    Oh i love how you decorate for Fall so easily. Great ideas and tips and of course I LOVE your home. Thanks so much for joining the tours, your home is always so full of ideas and inspiration.

  2. Image for Renae Renae

    Your stair runner. I DIE! Please share... BTW I think I'm totally doing the book/leaf thing this weekend. It's so fun!!

  3. Image for Sharon Smith Sharon Smith

    Genius again! The stray apple gets me. It is perfect and in my house, there will be many people who will think it's a mistake and put it in the bowl. HA! I will have something to say about that. Have a fabulous day!

  4. Image for Jeannie Jeannie

    I am usually thinking the same two things... I love your style and how is your home so sparkling clean all of the time!?💕

  5. Image for Denise Cox Denise Cox

    KariAnne, where did you get the wooden pumpkin that looks like it has a twig in the center? Did your brother make it? I love it!

  6. Image for Meta Meta

    Yay for the wooden beads. Remember when you were in Nashville at Kirkland’s. You bought those wooden beads so I thought I had to have some too. I have a wooden tray and books and pumpkins so this is what I’ll do. PS Hurry and come back to Nashville.

  7. Image for Alice Genzlinger Alice Genzlinger

    Going to make a trip to Tuesday Morning to look for beautiful sheets that Neiman Marcus either over ordered or weren't able to sell. Whichever. While there will look for white pumpkins. Happy a blessed weekend.

  8. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    I understand about every 15th word on the book's pages. Looks like German, maybe? I have no idea. Probably overthunk that one... Love your simplicity. Discussed putting out the pumpkins last night, and the hubby says it's not fall until October... I may have to start with the book leaves, apples in and around :-) a bowl, etc. and work the pumpkins in later.

  9. Image for jennifer@decoratingdelirium jennifer@decoratingdelirium

    I love your approach to seasonal decorating. We do tend to overthink it. Thanks for dumbing it down :)

  10. Image for Cecilai Cecilai

    all lovely bits of Fall decorating. It's almost felt like it with all the rain we've had. Sure hope the heat doesn't return until next Summer! love the leaf garland - so cute! hugs, Cecilia

  11. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Karianne , I love your decorating. I love your HOMe.I love your humour. I love your beautiful gentle soul. I love your blog..I just love you.!!!!!!!!

  12. Image for Shelley Summerville Shelley Summerville

    Just had to tell you how much I loved this sentence”- “It’s sweater weather and boots and maroon lipstick and purple nails and pulling up your turtleneck on a crisp, cool fall day.” It literally made me feel it😂🍂🍁! Guess it’s all the writing/training I’ve been doing over the past few years;) I love the leaf craft and will be doing it this weekend as we are stuck inside while “Florence” does her thing outside! Have a great day Karianne!

  13. Image for Misty Misty

    I love your countertops....Forgive me I am sure you mentioned this before.... What are they.... Marble??? Quartz??? Something else?? I am in the middle of a remodel and would love to know. Thanks

  14. Image for Ivory Ivory

    Fabulous tips and step by steps. Your ideas are simply, yet very helpful. I love each one of them. I will be putting them to use this fall. Also your comment of thoughts and prayers, as well as your encouragening words to those effected by the hurricane one way or another, was so sweet and thoughtful on your part.

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