Autumn Home Decorating Ideas Around the House

Easy to do autumn decorating ideas all around the house.

When decorating for the season I like to stick to my basics… natural elements, pumpkins, candles, flowers, and add a few more layers to cozy things up and of course pops of color everywhere.

I decorate using the things I already own or find outside. I shop the house and move things from room to room to make them look fresh and new to my eyes. This helps when decorating on a budget.


If you have read my blog for a while, you know that my design background is from years of working in retail display.  It was there that I learned how to be resourceful.

We had no budget, only items in a prop room to come up with ways to decorate the store that would be enticing.  We had to make “new” with lots of old stuff.  It was the theme behind my book, Instant Decorating.

To make the book display above, I looked for all white books at the thrift store and covered the binding with a Fall quote.

Here is the link to the post where you learn how to make it and download the free printable:


I made the mirror with two window sashes and a ceramic topper that I painted gold, then glazed with a white wash.  The branches in the urn (yard sale find) are from a big bush in my backyard.

The round balls used to be in a bowl in my family room. The tray is a thrift store find that I painted the inside orange with a new chalk paint recipe. More on that in an upcoming chalk paint post.


The gold skeleton keys are from the hardware store. The watch faces I bought at an auction many years ago. I don’t have many collections, but they are one of them.


This is the season where we actually use the dining room.  Every year I choose a color scheme for the table setting and come up with a plan on how I will set the table when we have guests.

I don’t change it every time we entertain.  I use the same items over and over. It keeps things simple and I can get everything set up in minutes this way which comes in handy for impromptu get-togethers.

Last year I made Scrabble place card holders using chalkboard and glass tiles that looked perfect on my driftwood finished table.


I recently painted the room white, which I have been wanting to do since I painted the corner hutch turquoise. I like using white as a background for walls, main pieces of furniture, and my dinnerware.

Thechairs have slipcovers on them that I made years ago, being white they go with anything. I have made 2 sets of chair back runners for them to change up the look every so often without a huge expense involved.  I made  no-sew black & white striped one last Fall and a turquoise damask set.


I made these paper ribbon place cards that frame the top of the plates. You can find the post, tutorial and free printable here:


I like simplicity – it’s elegance at its best.  Some heirloom cheese pumpkins and a soup tureen say Fall without too much fuss.

To hide my supermarket mum plastic pot, I used used a brown bag  A no-cost way to cover the ugly pot.


The thrift store chandelier that I made over when I first started blogging keeps on going, cracks and all.

I made 3 sets of covers for the shades out of scrapbook paper a few years ago.   I like the leopard set for Fall and how it pairs nicely with orange.


More of my Roman numeral clock and watch face collection displayed in a plate stand that I keep in my dining room when not in use.


The ceramic pumpkin in the cabinet in my kitchen has special meaning to me. My mom made it.


Her initials and date are on the bottom.  I was 14 years old when she made it.   It makes me happy to be able to display it in my own home in a prominent place every Fall since she passed away.


I already have orange in my kitchen, the addition of some Fall flowers adds the layer of cozy.   I found the area rug at Walmart.

Wine-and-cheese-for-autumn: Finding Fall Home Tour

No matter how you decorate for Fall, what is more important is that you take the time to sit back and enjoy it.

I crave that wonderful nesting feeling that the season brings.  It is worth taking the time to sit back and relax and enjoy everything the season offers.

Watching football on TV while snuggled up in front of the fire with a good red wine and yummy snacks…bliss.

Oh! and of course a pumpkin or two in sight.

Fall decorating ideas: Finding Fall Home Tour
Brass 3 tier plate stand with clock faces on it for fall home decorations

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  1. Donna Marie says:

    Everything looks so good!!!

  2. Catherine says:

    I really enjoy your posts. I’m always happy to see an email from you. I “save” it for the end of the day when I have time to really pay attention to what you’ve written. I love those mirrored window and that story about your husband’s mantel.
    Thank you.

    P.S. I’m your SC neighbor, in Aiken.

  3. In your fall decorating section you show your dining room table. WHERE DID you find the black wire basket that you have the candle and mini pumpkins in? I never found one with a tapered top half (where the candle is) LOVE IT!!!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Denise – I bought the wire basket at a garden shop many years ago. It was originally silver galvanized metal that I spray painted to look rusty.

  4. Awesome ideas, as usual! I really love, love, love your posts! Each and every one of them. Love from Turkey :)

  5. Thank you for the fall tour. Can’t wait to see some of the decorating tutorials you mentioned. The books are a great idea that I’m definitely looking forward to. Also, looking forward to part 2.

  6. Robin LaMonte @Rooms Revamped Interior Design says:

    Lovely home and wonderful tour.
    Great ideas!!

  7. Laura of Finding Home says:

    Diane – your home is so perfect for fall and I love the pumpkins from your mom! So many take away ideas! Thank you so much for being part of the tour again this year! Take care, Laura

  8. Michael Wurm, Jr. says:

    Diane! Oh my goodness! There are so many details of your home and fall decor that I’m obsessed with. You did such a fabulous job! All the touches of color are right up my alley.

    Had so much fun chatting with you this past week. Hope we are able to get together again soon.

    xo Michael

  9. Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs says:

    Diane, your home is wonderful! I love the pops of orange for fall. What a special little pumpkin you have from your mom! Thank you for sharing your home!

  10. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Love how you’ve decorated for fall, Diane! It is nicely done especially using orange in different ways throughout. Love the books and I’ll look forward to that tutorial. I always have book stacks around here to raise things up and if they can have some wording added to their bindings, all the better.

  11. Thank you for sharing, I will be decorating this weekend and will keep in mind the simplicity of decorating. I love fall and it’s splashes of orange and yellow/browns.


  12. ashley @ the handmade home says:

    LOVE! The pumpkins are my favorite! Such a beautiful job as always, friend! ;} YAY!

  13. Tina Matteson says:

    Oh my, your home is just beautiful! And, I adore those ribbon placecards! I look forward to the printable.

  14. Oh my…everything looks fantastic! And those towels in your kitchen…WOW! Would you mind telling us where you got them? Fall is my favorite too! ;)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Donnamae – I bought the towels in my kitchen at Crate and Barrel. They come in a few different colors.

  15. Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says:

    Love your Fall home tour! Love the simplicity of the mantle and the quick solution to covering the plastic pot, as well as the table setting. So inviting! XO

  16. Deb Odland says:

    Just love reading your posts! Keep up the great work and great ideas!

    Deb O – Canada

  17. I am always inspired by you. Love your home. Thanks for sharing !

  18. dawn@joyfulscribblings says:

    This is my first time visiting. I found you through the tour. I love your book idea and the plate toppers are so clever. Thanks for sharing your home.

  19. Wow, you’ve outdone yourself yet again with this post! I LOVE the pop of orange pumpkin in your kitchen cabinet and the double decker mirror in your entry hall, too! So many great ideas to inspire us all. Can you tell me, and forgive me if you’ve shared this information before and I missed it, where the fireplace surround can be purchased? There is a spot on my living room wall that is just SCREAMING for an accent such as that! Thank you for documenting your talents!

  20. Connie Nikiforoff Designs says:

    It’s all so pretty! I love that you use traditional fall colors but also mix it with some fun new colors that work nicely (turquoise). It’s nice to see that fall colors can also look fresh and uplifting.

  21. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Gorgeous. I love your Fall decor, everything is so perfectly selected and displayed. Such a warm and inviting home.

  22. Your style is my style. I love everything you do!!

  23. Beth of designPOST interiors says:

    Your hoem is beautiful adn I love easy/inexpensive ideas liek writing on the book bindings!

  24. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    You are a girl after my heart, Diane! I love how resourceful you are. There is no doubt that you were loved at the store where you created displays. You have an amazing eye and I love your creativity.

    Hope you’re having the time of your life in the Big Apple!

  25. So much gorgeousness! The white books describing Autumn made my heart go pitter-patter. It’s all beautiful Diane and I’m so thrilled that we were part of the Finding Fall tour with you!

  26. Serena @ Thrift Diving says:

    I love that you display your mom’s artwork. As a creative mom, I hope that my children will one day look back on my projects with pride that their mom made something. I’m going to keep that in mind when I am refinishing my pieces of furniture, thinking, “Will my sons keep this 30 years from now?” I can only hope so! :)

    And can I say, I never know how your house looks so put together! I mean, I know we bloggers have tricks and tips (ahem–push the clutter to the side–SNAP!–move it back into place). But somehow, I think your house REALLY DOES look this gorgeous :). Lucky woman, and so talented!

    Serena @ Thrift Diving

  27. Karen Watson says:

    It all looks so beautiful Diane!! I adore those little paper place cards that you made! And what a treasure you have with that Pumpkin that your Mom made. Thanks for the tour sweet friend!

  28. You never cease to amaze me! Your orange touches throughout shout it’s FALL! Love everything! Thank you for sharing your amazing talents with us!

  29. Everything fits together, telling a story . . . autumn is here.
    Love the ceramic pumpkin made by your mother . .
    Stunningly placed amidst the Ironstone . . .

  30. You continually amaze me everytime i check in to your blog! Not only do you do gorgeous so well, you do thrifty so well, you do versatile so well AND you do cheerful so well! You are a woman after my own heart. Looking forward to the details. Can you tell us more about the houndstooth stool too?

      1. Another beautiful and thrifty post. You are always so clever! I could especially appreciate the work that went into the refrigerator drawers but I didn’t have wire drawers in my refrigerator. Sounds like you may have lots of sewing for your daughter. What a lucky girl to have such a talented mother. You never mentioned… was your garden. Hope you got lots of veggies.

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          Hi Nancy – Thanks for the nice note. I am looking forward to helping my younger daughter fix up her house. If we lived closer I would be doing more, but I will do what I can. Our garden did OK. We got plenty of kale and tomatoes and still are. We had lettuce in the early summer, but then it got too hot. The cabbage is growing well. The cukes did not do well. Going to harvest the carrots soon. Next year we plan on adding a better soil mix.

  31. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Everything looks so pretty. I especially love the bright orange and the turquoise together. Stunning!

  32. I always enjoy your posts. Thanks…