Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Autumn Transitions Home Tour

Hello Everyone, and welcome to our
 Autumn Transition Home Tour 
I'm so excited to be joining this wonderful group of creative and talented gals who love Fall and enjoy decorating for the Seasons. We're going to be sharing our ideas and inspiration on welcoming the beauty of Autumn into our homes and decor. If you're coming from Our Southern Home, then welcome and I hope you'll stay with the Tour by visiting Decor to Adore a bit later. You'll find the complete list at the end of the post. A big thankyou to Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home for putting this fun tour together.

This time of year blogland is filled with posts about transitioning our decor from Late Summer into Early Fall. Our individual methods may be similar, but each person has their own unique style and ideas to make this a fun and easy change-over. The fact that bringing out the Autumn decor is one of my favorite things to look forward to, makes this a special time to savor and enjoy for me. Since I'm in the beginning stages of packing for our move this Fall, I'm sharing several photos that show how I have taken Summer to Fall in easy steps.

Here are some of the ways I start the change up to Fall.

1. My first consideration is whatever you are using for this time of year, bring out the "Warmer Colors" of  Late Summer. This means going to the Harvest-y colors of golds, deep greens, browns, a little orange, deep reds and purples. I let nature dictate the colors I use for each season. Think about golden maize colors, garden produce at the local farm stand, Maple leaves starting to change, Prairie Grasses, and Hydrangea Blooms taking on their last metamorphosis of color. Even if you prefer whites and neutrals, it's good to have a little seasonal color to add to the backdrop.

This is my typical decor style for Late Summer,
 using bright colors, faux and silk florals of typical Summer flowers and Sunflowers.


Then moving into deeper colors and a darker color palette as it comes closer to Fall.

2. Fragrances and Aromas of the Season. Apple Pie, Blackberry Cobbler, Pumpkin Bread, Caramel and Cinnamon... those are some of my favorite smells of the Late Summer into Autumn Season; not a coincidence that those are all flavorful and nostalgic aromas that come from the kitchen. I like to bring in Harvest aromas during the Fall; baked goods and earthy smells with candles, room diffusers, potpourri, and if you can enjoy these home baked goodies for real, then all the better!

3. Texture and Warmth in Textiles. As the warmer days give way to cooler evenings it's time to bring in the cozy throws on the sofas and chairs, more comfy pillows, fabrics with a warm cozy feel, and an extra quilt on the bottom of the bed. Take the opportunity to bring in those seasonal colors in your layered fabrics. I like to use warmer and more coarse textures and fabrics as we head into Fall, like Grain sacks, Burlap, cotton/wool blends and heavy Linens.  

4.  Florals, Wreaths, Plants and Arrangements that reflect the seasons. I like to see Seasonal and natural looking florals whether they are real or faux. Keep flowers, fruits and natural elements seasonally current. Hydrangeas are my favorite decorative flower, since they can be used for each season. Adding Sunflowers and colorful leaves to a bunch of dried Summer Hydrangeas can easily take you into Fall.

Then, as pumpkins start showing up, add a few in to your wreaths and arrangements.

5. Seasonal Prints and Wall Decor. New and vintage prints and wall decor can do a lot to change the "feel and vibe" of a seasonal home. I've always loved vintage prints so I tend to lean in that direction. I keep this in mind when strolling the aisles of an antique shop or vintage market. Favorite Fall pieces for me would be fruit prints, still life prints and paintings with a garden theme, and landscapes that are done in Fall colors.

6. Decorative Pillows and Quilts.Using Seasonal colors and themes with Decorative Pillows is a real favorite of mine. It's easiest if you have actual pillow covers you can change out while using the same pillow form. I love decorating with new and vintage quilts for the seasons, too. Having my little sitting area with a wicker settee has been fun through the years in having a place to display quilts and pillows. Using a quilt on the back of a sofa or love seat or even a chair, can bring in color, pattern and texture that's fun for Fall. 

Don't forget the little touches, like a plaid ribbon in Fall hues to add to the mix.

Using several different patterns, such as florals and stripes in mixable colors, 
make it easy to change the Seasonal look.

7. Tablescapes, Table Runners and Table Linens. I like to keep my Dining Room tabletop Seasonal by using a tablerunner that's in Autumnal colors. At Christmas I use Tartan Plaids, in the Spring I've used greens, pastels, and neutrals, Summer goes to Ticking and Red Country French Florals, and in the Fall I gravitate to darker neutrals and heavier textures. I've mentioned before that I'm lazy when it comes to tablerunners in the Dining Room, so I just buy a length of fabric and fold and press it to the right width. Super easy and if I ever prefer to use the fabric for something else like curtains or pillows it's at the ready. These first two are from the kitchen, so it's easy to make a shorter version the old way... actually sewing it!


8. China, Pottery, and Ironstone. Going along with colors and table linens using table settings that reflect the Season is another way to bring in the feel of Fall. I don't have a lot of dish "sets", but I really love Transferware and have several pieces of Brown and Red that I mix and match for place settings. During Late Summer and Fall, the Brown transferware pieces get top billing, whether I'm displaying them in the China Cupboard or using them for a Tablescape. Take advantage of Harvest Gatherings and Thanksgiving by bringing out the seasonal china and pottery pieces.

Put together an easy and simple centerpiece by stacking dishes and platters in Fall colors.

9. Create Seasonal Vignettes and Displays. Whether it's a simple bowl of seasonal fruit like apples, pears, pumpkins, or hedge apples, or a grouping of cloches, be sure they reflect the Season. Using dried leaves and Bittersweet can go a long way to add some "Fall" to your everyday transitional elements. 

Summer Vignettes to Fall

Now moving into Early Fall...

10. Don't forget the Porch. Fall is such a fun time to decorate the front porch and deck. Clean out all the dead summer pots and grab those Mums as soon as you can. I know they start showing up here in late August. I try to buy mums in their various stages of bloom. I find the ones that have just a hint of bloom are just as pretty as those in full flower. Keep your ferns alongside for greenery, and when the pumpkins and gourds hit the market stand, I say "more the merrier". Enjoy the cooler evenings on the porch with decorative pillows and quilts too.

Late Summer hanging door basket

Add some darker color and leaves to take you into Early Fall.

Start with Sunflowers and Hydrangeas as a base, then add in the Fall Leaves 
and darker accent ribbon in late September.

Then you can also just add Pumpkins and Mums
to your Summer Ferns... instant Fall Porch!

All of these photos are from August or early September past posts. I'm usually in a hurry for September to get here, but I love the Autumn season so much it's worth it to get ahead of things just a little. I'm inspired and thinking about the arrival of Fall.

Keep these little tips in mind when you feel the urge to embrace the idea of Fall. And no matter what the Season, these same little tips can take you into the next season, just use the colors and flavors of the Season you're heading into. Have fun this month making the transition from Summer to a little hint of Fall!

I hope you'll get a chance to visit the blogs listed below that are a part of this fun Home Tour. I'm going to be enjoying all the inspiration right along with you. Thanks so much for coming by!

Joining in Here:

Inspiration Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Style Showcase at Shabby FuFu
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Share Your Cup at Mrs. Olson's
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Sunday at Home at Love of Home
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
The Scoop at Worthing Court
Inspiration Monday at Refresh Restyle


  1. These are wonderful tips and you have such beautiful examples from over the years, Debra. Nobody does seasonal as well as you!

  2. Debra you are the autumn queen of decor. I absolutely adore your mantel! It's a true delight to be on tour with you.

  3. Debra,I really enjoyed seeing your fall decor over the years. You have so many charming vignettes! Excited to be joining the tour with you! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  4. So much autumn wonderfulness (is that a word?), Debra! I'm in love with all of your decor...your linens are beautiful, and your florals and vignettes are perfect. I'm inspired...

  5. You have such a beautiful home and great style! I need to at least change my throw pillows out today! And I love the candles for Fall! Great ideas!

  6. Great post filled with tons of ideas for ushering in the Fall Season. You always create the most beautiful vignettes. Tons of inspiration to get my creative juices flowing.

  7. Wow, lots of great ideas and inspiration. I think my fave is #2. The aroma of fall fills the heart with joy.

  8. So many beautiful ideas for changing up your decor from summer to fall. Scrolling through your pictures, I feel like I can smell the fall fragrances of pumpkin and caramel!

  9. Your home is so pretty, and you have provided us with such beautiful ideas for fall decorating! It has been so much fun touring with you!

  10. I love seeing this. You always have the best transitional decorating. I hope all is well.

  11. Love seeing all your decor past and present. You always had a way of making transitions from one season to the next so beautifully. Love a lot of these beautiful ideas. Hope you are feeling good and getting stronger. Happy New Week.

  12. Love all your beautiful decorations but especially the silver tea or coffee pots on the mantel. Just lovely!

  13. Debra, I dub you the textile queen! You always create brand new looks simply by changing out your pillows and other textiles and it is so fun to see how you creatively mix and match them for each season. This post is just full of amazing interior styling tips for fall, and I love that you gave ideas for each stage of fall too. I knew we were kindred spirits several years ago when I first read your blog during fall and saw all of your beautiful fall decor. I am truly excited as you begin your new journey in your new home, and I just thank God you are here! I know you are battling health issues, but it is so amazing to think that not too long ago you had a near death experience, but God knew you were going to be having an exciting move just around the corner, and has blessed you with yet another home to decorate and to enjoy the beauty of his nature each season. Thanks for joining our tour during such a busy time! Looking forward to everything you are going to do in your new home!

  14. Absolutely gorgeous Debra! I love all of your tips. They are ones I lean towards myself. You do have the most gorgeous vintage pieces of art. Always love seeing what you do!

  15. Oh my!How wonderful and inspiring!Love all of your pictures!

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  17. Debra,
    Your summary of the ways to decorate for fall is such a great collection of ideas with beautifully photographed examples. You always have beautiful arrangements, furniture placement, containers, and accessories. Of all your beautiful ideas, I love the white pedestal urn filled with dried hydrangeas the best. But your large white wooden box comes in a close second on favorite containers.

    I can hardly wait to see how you put your personal style in your new home.


  18. So glad you are up to decorating ! Hope all is well with your heath ! Your home looks warm and cozy !

  19. I began blogging in 2012, but I began reading them a few years before. Yours was one of my favorites from those early days. Your style is always gorgeous.

  20. Love your beautiful style, Debra! Your floral arrangements are always drop-dead gorgeous! Great tips on how to bring autumn style to your home!

  21. Debra,
    I have admired your style for so many years now! Always an inspiration with your vintage French farmhouse style! XO Christy

  22. Debra, your decor over the years simply took my breath away. It's so hard to choose a favorite, but if I had to I'd choose your fireplace mantle... so stunning! So happy to be on the home tours with you!

  23. You have shared so many cute ideas, Debra! There is so much inspiration here and I love all of your vintage details! So glad to join you on this tour!

  24. Debra, your love of the fall season is clear, and you have absolutely the perfect recipe for pulling it off! I love each and all of your decor items (wish I could introduce more scents in my home but the Mr. is hyper sensitive to ANY smells), but that tole tray in the photo with the cardinal and bittersweet, along with that pear majolica pitcher are killer! I am on the same page with you about wanting to keep florals current with the season, and I definitely gravitate to a color scheme that is consistent with what we see in nature. The prints are another thing of yours I love, and how you rotate them seasonally. I should do more of that, but have so many of them wrapped (and not labeled!). I hope you get to enjoy your favorite season while working on your latest huge project, and that good health will prevail. XO


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