Fall Inspired Changes in My Kitchen – One is Big

The weather may tell us otherwise, but I can’t ignore my excitement for the fall season to arrive. As I have been waiting for the calendar page to make fall officially-in-season, I have been adding a few cozy fall touches to my kitchen.

My decorating style is always evolving, if it never changed or I didn’t tweak it from time to time by swapping the decor and colors out every once and awhile it would become static and boring.

I came up with a name for my decorating style after living on the shores of a lake with the serenity of towering pine trees all around and endless open air. I call it White and Woodsy.

I think everyone should do this – come up with a unique name for their personal decorating style. Doing so will help you to zone in, find confidence and keep the focus on developing in your own style – which of course will also make decorating more intuitive for you.

I have tweaked accessories in my kitchen over the last few years, but there haven’t been any big changes since I did my DIY Kitchen Makeover a year after we moved to the house.

I couldn’t be happier with the latest decor tweaks I added to the kitchen. Most are small, but one makes quite a cozy impact.

mcgee and co spec house kitchen with stone wall

My cozy fall kitchen decor changes all started when I saw this spec house kitchen designed by Studio McGee earlier this summer. I liked the overall warmth and neutral appeal of the space.

Many readers have asked me how I come up with the ideas I use to decorate my house, this is how I start, by studying what appeals to me and breaking it down one piece at a time.

I never want to create an exact copy of a room that I like, it wouldn’t feel right to me as I like to inject my own style to everything I do.

I am however all about trying to figure out ways to add the feel of the space or one part of it on a budget, like the stone wall with the white trim windows in the photo above.

I like the rustic, but modern feel of the wall.

Neutrally decorated kitchen dining area with faux stone wallpaper on the walls.

To get the look, I began researching faux stone wallpapers online. I ended up finding one that fit all my criteria in the paint aisle of Walmart of all places.

It was affordable peel & stick that was fairly easy to apply to the accent wall.

putting peel and stick wallpaper in a stacked stone pattern on a wall in a kitchen.

I find pre-pasted wallpaper easier to apply to walls since you have a few minutes to slide each section into place. Not so with peel & stick wallpaper. I had to remove a whole sheet and toss it that I didn’t get fitted quite right around the window.

Minimal fall decor in the kitchen with stacked stone wallpaper on an accent wall.

I would still use a peel & stick wallpaper, it’s just a bit trickier to fit around doors and windows.

Close up of faux stone peel and stick wallpaper on a wall in a kitchen.

In person, the flat faux stones look 3-dimensional and quite real. My husband, Ed keeps touching the wall when he sits at the table as he feels it looks so realistic.

Peel and stick stacked stone wallpaper on a accent wall in a white kitchen.

My kitchen gets lots of natural light. Since the wallpaper is smooth, it does have a matte sheen when the light hits one section on the wall for a few hours in the afternoon.

Close up pf the stacked stone peel and stick wallpaper on a kitchen wall.

Since it is wallpaper, there are seams also, but overall it looks realistic.

Faux stone wallpaper under a window on a wall in a kitchen.

I needed 3 rolls since I had to toss one length that ripped when I was fitting it around the window. Otherwise 2 rolls would have been enough, even with having to match the pattern.

Decorating the Open Shelves in My Kitchen

white kitchen that is decorated in a simple way for fall uses browns mixed with white and yellow.

Over the summer, I did a purge of the contents in my kitchen cabinets. I then moved some of what I still wanted to keep to a new area I am calling the Butler’s Pantry on one side of my studioffice.

When we first moved into the house, this upper cabinet had doors which made it hard to get anything out from behind the doors since the counter peninsula was in the way and the cabinet doors so wide. It was hard to reach into the cabinet as you had to take a step back when opening the doors. Not a good design, so I removed the doors to create open shelving.

Open shelving in a kitchen decorated for fall.

At the time I played around with the idea of removing the cabinet and creating open shelves with decorative brackets underneath. When we began to do it, we soon stopped as we would be opening a whole host of new problems to fix on and behind the wall. I was fine with leaving it as it.

Open kitchen shelf's styled for fall with a white and brown color scheme.

For fall I removed all the white dinnerware, pitchers and platters that I usually have on the shelves and styled the shelves in a more decorative way with some new plates and a few dollar store wicker paper plate holders.

Fall kitchen decorating on open shelves using a brown and white color theme.
A collection of plates displayed on open shelves in a kitchen, mixed in with a few decorative fall accessories.

I haven’t used brown in decor like this since I decorated my college dorm room back in the late 1970’s when the color was in. Now that brown tones are trending once again in decorating, I like it as an accent color instead of using orange like I usually do.

Instead of adding small gourds, real or faux pumpkins to the open shelves, I added the metal bird I bought at Pottery Barn a few years ago. I normally have it on the console in my foyer.

A small wood pedestal with a decorative fall colored orb on am open shelf in a kitchen.

I also found this small wood and marble pedestal I made in my decor stash and gave it new life by styling it on one of the shelves. The twig orb on top of it is from the craft store.

A Few Simple Fall Touches Around the Kitchen

Kitchen counters in a small kitchen with painted countertops to resemble Carrara marble.

I don’t have spacious kitchen countertops. Everything on them has to have a function. Hence a wood bowl full of apples becomes the decor.

Kitchen counter lamp on a tree trunk slice.
Bamboo Cutlery | Lamp no longer available

Having a small lamp on a kitchen counter all year round is a must for me, especially in the fall. When all the lights are off in the kitchen, except maybe for a candle, the kitchen feels extra cozy at night.

A few of one wall in a small white kitchen decorated for fall.

I like keeping a tall white pitcher in this corner of the cooktop counter. It hides the electrical outlet. I change the florals in it all the time – sometimes greenery, other times real or faux. For fall I used a mix of faux leaves and berry stems I already had that I bought at Hobby Lobby.

Whenever I share a photo of this area in the kitchen I always receive comments asking how I hung the framed print on the tile backsplash. Easy – with Command Brand No Damage Picture Hanging Strips. The frame has never come down and has been up for over 3 years.

Swapping out any kitchen linens to harvest colored ones like this waffle weave dishtowel are simple changes to add that do add warmth.

I changed the dish under the faux topiary pot from all white to a brown and white sponge patterned plate. EZ peasy.

Small kitchen with rolling metal island to add more counter and meal prep space.

I didn’t have room to add anything to the my rolling cart turned into a kitchen island. It is a workhorse. I usually have a dishtowel hanging from the magnet clip on the side of the top.

Round wood cutting board on bottom shelf.

On the DIY plate wall I made on the wall that is between the dining area of the kitchen and living room, I made sure to add a few wood boards to warm up the wall and not have it feel left out.

Small kitchen dining area decorated in neutral colors with faux stone wallpaper on wall.

As you can see I didn’t go all out this year, but did create around neutral fall colors enough to make the kitchen feel cozier and fall-like. And don’t miss how I decorated the living room that is connected to this dining area for more fall decorating ideas.

Finding Decorating Inspiration for Any Season

the art of home book

The Art of Home – By Shea McGee

One of my favorite pastimes is to read decorating books by designers who I think have great style. The best books are the ones where I am tabbing lots of pages as I read through it. This book by Shea MaGee is one of these. I have read many decor books, some are not inspiring, but this is one of the best I have read in a long time.

How do you come up with ideas when decorating your house for the change of seasons? This year what ever you do, make sure you put your own stamp and style in your kitchen so the space feels fresh and cozy and just right to your eye.

It doesn’t have to cost a thing if you look around your home for accessories in a fall color scheme you would like to see in the room.

Once you gather the items, start playing around and styling them in different ways and on surfaces until you like what you see.

Even though I get my decorating inspiration from books, magazines, social media and what I see when I am out and about. I always make sure what I do feels and fits my personal style.

I am also not afraid to take a risk. What matters more to me is that when I walk into the space, it makes me smile.

simple fall kitchen decor ideas in a neutrally decorated space.

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  1. Hi Diane, I love all the tips you gave adding little pops of color for the season. Question, the two- level stand you have in the kitchen with the bananas and little berry basket caught my eye. It looks like it is a little shorter than fruit stands I have come across, is it actually a cupcake stand? I don’t have a lot of space in my small kitchen between the countertop and the upper cabinets. Something like that would be perfect. You have such great ideas and so many are budget friendly…thank you!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Beth – I found the 2-tier wood and silver stand at HomeGoods. I am not sure if it was made for cupcakes, but it would work nicely for them. The berry basket is from World Market.

  2. Michele M. says:

    I think your kitchen dressed up for fall looks great!

    And I have a birthday next month so that McGee book is on my wish list.
    I love Shea’s style. Wish I had the budget to go full on Studio McGee, but
    that’s a big ole nope.

  3. Looks great! I helped my daughter hang peel and stick wallpaper and NEVER again. I’ll keep to the glued type–I need the fudge time to adjust it. I’m trying to come up with my styling tag line. What’s something that goes with grandma lace, leather, barnwood, silver, and dog hair—lots and lots of dog hair??

  4. Love that wall!! Really adds so much to the room 👍
    My daughters house has an accent wall that is wallpaper and looks like distressed boards. Previous owners had it done and it’s very nice
    Lots of texture and movement
    Thanks for all the ideas 💜

  5. Your kitchen is an inspiration. I love it!!! Helps in rethinking a few needed changes in mine, unfortunately mine is too narrow for even the smallest rolling island, but I can incorporate your dining room touches to upgrade the look for my dining room. The faux stone is genius, and I agree a lamp on the counter works so well….thanks for sharing….

  6. Barbara Pilcher says:

    Your kitchen looks fabulous. So many great ideas here! I have been toying with the idea of wallpapering one wall of a bath in our house, using brick wallpaper. Now you’ve given me the encouragement I needed. And I’m loving the look of your shelving arrangements.

  7. A wonderful idea! You didn’t mention the wood board you added over the window which is the perfect touch for sure!!! Thank you for your DIY ideas as always!!

  8. Wow! That wallpaper is so realistic and so perfect for your lake house. I’m glad you didn’t tackle removing your cabinets and just removed the doors. It achieves the same look and you never know when you might want to re-hang the doors. You have achieved so much in this kitchen and it looks so nice. I can’t get over how long your countertops have lasted! I love the look of wood countertops and was just wondering if you have considered replacing yours when with wood when the time comes?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Dena – I am even surprised at how long the counters have lasted. :-). If we replace the counters in the future, I do not think I would get wood. I like the look also, but there is too much upkeep to keep them looking nice. I think I would go with some kind of stone.

  9. Patti_is_knittinginflashes says:

    Very warm and homey.
    The stick orb is very cool. I originally thought it was a gigantic yarn pompom!
    BTW the link to the Yellowstone dinner ware goes to the towels.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Patti – Thanks for telling me about the Yellowstone dinnerware link. I fixed it. Here is the right link: goto.walmart.com/21VWE7

  10. Are you kidding me? I really thought you’d put up stone. I also love the open cabinet styled this way, the dishes are gorgeous. I prefer the built in/bookcase look of open cabinet over just shelves. The link for the Yellowstone inspired stoneware is not right. , would love a source for those.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Pamela – Sorry about the link error for the Yellowstone dinnerware. Here is the correct link: goto.walmart.com/XY2X5G

  11. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    That wallpaper looks amazing Diane! I love the name “White and Woodsy” and I’m also mroe and more drawn to rustic elements. Brown has definitely been creeping into my home too.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Julia – I still can’t believe how adding the wallpaper to the wall made the room look so much better, more interesting, even feel larger. I would never feel right using a lot of brown or paint a room brown, but I am loving seeing accents of it around the house. :-)

  12. Jennifer Howard | Cottage On Bunker Hill says:

    I love the entire aesthetic! Clean and bright. Your shelf styling is beautiful and that twig orb is fab! I have the McGee book in my cart, I am just finishing up Lived-In Style.

  13. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    Love your kitchen!
    Where can I buy the basket under your cart?
    What are the dimensions?
    Thank you so very much.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nan – I bought the basket under the cart at HomeGoods many years ago. I had it before I had the cart. It was just luck that it fit perfectly when I added the island cart to my kitchen. The dimensions are: 25″ long x 18″ wide x 16″ high

  14. Always a joy to read your posts! What a creative idea with the faux wallpaper wall. Love the kitchen cabinet exposed shelves. You always stir up the creativity in me😊

  15. Diane! I love the stacked stone wall! Amazing! I am very inspired by this idea and can’t wait to see what I can incorporate into my home. I also LOVE the Stangl dishes. I have a few small Stangl pieces- so special!

  16. Valarie Sanford says:

    It’s beautiful Diane and I totally agree with your wallpaper assessment.

  17. Love the “stone” wall installation. Amazing transformation and done without breaking the bank. Great project ideas.

  18. Wow the stone wall looks amazing! I’m also loving all the touches of brown you’ve added.
    It’s so pretty with the white.

  19. I like what you have done for fall. My decorating for the seasons is getting more simple with each passing year. I recently came across your post on the faux topiary and decided to give it a try. I was amazed at how good it turned out! It makes me smile when i see it. Even my husband commented on how great it looks. Thank you for that post.

  20. Meant to ask about the twig orb? In case that store is in Arizona, which craft store? Thanks

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Karen – I wish I had a link for you for the fall orbs I bought at either Michaels or Hobby Lobby a few years ago. If I remember correctly they came in a bag of 6. I have always used them in my living room in a dough bowl, but I really like seeing one in the kitchen. You may want to check HomeGoods as they sometimes have nice fall orbs. I hope you can find them or something very similar.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness! That wallpaper! Love your style, Diane. Thank you for all of your ideas.

  22. Hi Diane
    Love your kitchen and the wallpaper. Also the wood above the window. Clever idea instead of a fabric valance

    1. Diane,
      Hi! You blew the roof off today! Love what you did. Brava!

    2. Love your fall update! Great ideas! Amazing what taking the doors off did for your kitchen.

      1. Diane Henkler says:

        Hi Nancy – Thanks – Removing the cabinet doors was one of the first things I did when we moved into the house. I found it impossible to place in or get stuff out when I was unpacking, so I took them off. So much better. I did the same over the oven and fridge too since they were not easy to get to.