I’m not sure why or how, but this year fall is in every corner of the farmhouse.

It’s almost like it heard October and decided it needed another pumpkin.

I think that’s what I like the best about this season.

Fall isn’t fancy.

Fall isn’t over the top.

It’s the perfect date. ¬†It’s a little unshaven, shows up with pumpkin pie….

….and smells really good.

Here’s some easy ideas for simple fall display ideas that leave room for dessert. ūüôā


Display idea number 1:  Wheat

These stalks of wheat are everywhere.

Add them to a galvanized metal container (the taller the better) and leave them alone.

Wheat is a lot like lip liner.

The simpler the better.


Display idea number 2:  Orange

Go old school with $3.00 pumpkins from the grocery.

Remember the days before pumpkins tried to go fancy?

This display is just white dishes and orange pumpkins.  Put them under glass cloches.  Stack them in front of dishes.  Add them to a pedestal.

Simple.  Fall.  With extra orange.

happy fall mantel

Display idea number 3:  Use what you have

This is one of my favorite mantels I’ve created.

It’s simply¬†cutting boards stacked with a fall sign and a little bit of fall color.

If you don’t have cutting boards, it might be cute look with empty picture frames instead.

pear hydrangea centerpiece

magnolia flower

leaf plate

Display idea number 4:  Hydrangea and magnolia

They go together better than peanut butter and jelly.

Something about the combination is perfect for October.

Tuck them into a hollowed out faux pumpkin.  Layer them together in mason jars.  Twist them together and make a garland.  Make a wreath for the front door.

fall decorating harvest hutch

Display idea number 5:  White dishes

Sometimes, when I don’t know where else to turn, I just add a little white ware.

You can stack pumpkins on it.  Or add a nest with an acorn.  Or stack plates with pumpkins.

This display would still look pretty even if I just added only a couple of pumpkins using the white dishes as a back drop.

Wood Slice Decor

Display idea number 6:  Wood slices

Wood slices are fall’s best friend.

They are always hanging around the man cave.  You can use them in a centerpiece or make a wreath from them or make a fall cutting board or make them into a pumpkin.

Just make sure they pick up after themselves when they leave.

pumpkins fall decor

Display idea number 7:  Pumpkins

Nothing says fall like pumpkins.

Especially if you make them yourself.  Like these chenille pumpkins or fabric pumpkins or wood twig pumpkins or address pumpkins or even a pumpkin painted with your state.

Here’s to fall.

Here’s to magnolia and hydrangea and orange and pumpkins and wood slices and using what you have.

Happy fall decorating from all my corners to yours.

PS  Sending thoughts and prayers to every one facing the storm this morning.  Please know you are on my heart.

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And now here’s some fun tips from some of my favorite friends:


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  1. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Love all your Fall displays! I had already copied the mini-pumpkins under the glass cloches. Wheat is like lip liner for sure, it is perfect all by itself in almost anything. I love adding Halloween into the Fall displays for October and then removing them to enjoy the Fall decorations all through November. I don't have Magnolia leaves, but love having bittersweet all around the house. Thank-you for this inspiring post.

  2. Image for Michelle Michelle

    All your arrangements are always so exquisite! Since I have so little storage (and so little money right now :) I tend to make due with what I have anyway, for any season. Fall is especially easy since there are so many *free* options in the great outdoors. It's getting increasingly cccccold here which is causing me to pick up the pace a bit on my walks :-) But the leaves are turning such beautiful colors and Fall is in the air, so my walks are inspirational and I love this time of year anyway. Happy Fall to you, my friend!!!

  3. Image for Carol Neibling Carol Neibling

    I decided to not add any real pumpkins because I have so many pretty faux ones. I bought some pretty white velvet early at JoAnn's and put them in a Longerberger basket on a rough textured piece of fabric and surrounded it with some of my white dishes. My husband loves it--enough said.

  4. Image for Susan Susan

    You are right, hydrangeas and magnolia go together like chocolate and more chocolate! :) I seriously wish I had magnolia here...I have hydrangeas coming out of my ears...not that I'm complaining, mind. I am just in LOVE with those chenille pumpkins, KariAnne! I didn't realise they were made of fabric when I last saw that pic a few weeks back, I thought they were real knobbly white pumpkins! It's soooooooo wonderful to see you getting your pumpkin on...you've inspired me to do the same...let's celebrate this season of comfortable temps, beautiful colours, cocoa, and comfy sweaters! And my thoughts and prayers out to those facing the storm, as well...hoping for your safety and comfort.

  5. Image for Sheila F Sheila F

    Oh how I wish I lived in the land of hydrangeas and magnolias! Two of my VERY favorite flowers! I live in Eastern WA where the summers are consistently hot and dry. Our winters... C O L D! Not a nurturing environment for those beauties! : ( Love ALL of your suggestions. They are Falltastic! ? Thanks for the inspiration!

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

    Hi There! We are one of those poor souls who decided to go on vacation and are not holed up in a Super 8 because we had to evacuate. Winds are supposed to get in excess of 125 mph. For the time being we have power and I had to check on my favorite blogger from Kentucky. Love your ideas and I'm pea green looking at your fantastic cutting boards. Have a wonderful day!!

  7. Image for Maria Maria

    I love your hutch with the white plates and orange accents.... oh wait, maybe thats because i have a similar hutch full of white plates. Now i know how I will decorate it;) Love the wheat and wood slices too. So many of these ideas can easily transition throughout the season. Multipurpose decorations are my kind of decorations!

  8. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Isn't Fall grand? Definitely the perfect season. Love all your tips ! The wood slices are great fun and the hutch with the woven pumpkins on top is just fabulous! Thanks for sharing. Happy Fall! Hugs, Cecilia

  9. Image for peg peg

    A little unshaven, brings pumpkin pie, smells really good? Dying here!! LOL Love your writing and LOVE you!! : )

  10. Image for judy h. judy h.

    Oh KariAnne! You have touched my heart and soul! I have always been one who is overwhelmed by the colors of the holidays. I love to look at them in others' homes, store displays and on blogs, but living with them is an entirely different situation.. Your simple decorating and use of natural elements calls my name. Display #6 with the wood slices, touches of creamy white, sage green and simple pots tied with rope is something I would use September thru March! I've always felt like my holiday decorating wasn't up to par because the colors I use are mainly white, cream, soft green, burlap types of woven fabrics, natural elements and maybe a little peach, gold, burgundy or soft green sprinkled in depending upon the season. After seeing your gorgeously simple decorations, I am inspired to continue creating my simple, natural soft decorating!

  11. Image for Kerna Kerna

    In love with how you decorated the mantel using the galvanized floral buckets and wheat. I've been searching online for these exact floral buckets but not having much luck. I tried Hobby Lobby but they only come in a shorter height...6":( Can you share where you got them? Thank you!

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