Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Simple Ideas for Early Autumn Decor

That transition from summer to autumn decor in the house can sometimes be a gradual one. September is usually a hot month where I live and it makes adding all things cozy like tartan plaid and pumpkin spice feel like rushing the season until the weather cools down a bit.

Autumn decor

So to ease into autumn decor, adding simple touches around the house is often the go-to way.

Since I am mostly a natural decorating kind of girl, I love to first look outdoors for elements to bring inside. Gathering acorns, snipping September wildflowers, and even clipping some of those long field grass are easy ways to capture an abundance of beauty that nature provides.

And then, it is all about adding pumpkins and other subtle elements.

Autumn decor pumpkins

White pumpkins are some of my favorites. They are easy to place on the mantel, on a cupboard, and even on the porch. They add a lovely early-autumn look without shouting in bold orange tones.

Mix metals like copper mugs with dried greens and flowers for a simple, rustic charm on the mantel.

Autumn mantel decor

Another way to use white pumpkins on the mantel is with fresh flowers. Blooms are always in style and they add a soft romantic look for those who crave that.

Autumn mantel decor with pumpkins

Another natural transition element is using wheat sheaves. I love to tie loose pieces of wheat with a ribbon on a door or stair railing for an unexpected look. A couple of those here and there will bring a feeling of harvest time, even when it is 90 degrees outside.

Autumn decor with wheat sheaves

Of course, on the porch it is all about charming pumpkins – and lanterns and candles, which are the perfect companions. I fill several pots with cabbages and gather up these muted toned pumpkins (find similar faux ones here)  and then add a bit of ambiance with lanterns and outdoor-safe LED candles.

Autumn porch decor with pumpkins and lanterns

A seasonal wreath is always a perfect decoration. And this year, one of my favorites is the Briarwood Cottage wreath. Full of natural charm with grapevines, pinecones, leaves, and rose hips, it adds a gorgeous natural look to your home. You will see this one on repeat in my home this season!

Autumn decor wreath

And if you want to go a bit bolder color wise, another favorite is the Sunset Meadow wreath. It adds the perfect amount of a pop of orange and yellow for a bit more seasonal color.

Autumn mantel wreath decor

Add a garland and a few muted pumpkins around your wreath and you have a beautiful autumn display that will last all the way to Thanksgiving.

I hope these simple tips give you some ideas for adding touches of the season’s color and charm to your home as we transition to autumn decor.

Happy decorating!

About the Author
Courtney writes the blog French Country Cottage where she shares lifestyle & design inspiration and the ongoing renovations of her 1940's cottage.
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