Easy Decorating Ideas for Fall

If you know me, then you would know that Fall is my absolute favorite season. I love the crispness in the air, the beautiful array of colors in the leaves, going to the local pumpkin festival, being able to go apple and pumpkin picking...I mean, really, the reasons are endless!

One thing I surprisingly DON'T do, is go all out decorating for Fall. I know, I know. You would think that an interior designer would absolutely go to town decorating for each season. Truth be told, I only really decorate for Christmas.

However, with COVID-19 dampering a little bit of the Fall festivities mood, I decided to finally decorate for Fall. However, I'm taking on this task under 2 conditions:

1) It's cost effective. There's no way I'm breaking the bank decorating for the season when I typically wouldn't.

2) Anything I buy, I can easily store. I already DREAD having to help my husband lug all the bins of Christmas decorations each year. There's no way I'd be willing to lug more bins of stuff for the Fall and do back-to-back lugging.

With those conditions nailed down, here are the ideas I have for easy Fall decorating!

Filler. Filler. Filler.

There are so many items you can use year-round and add season/holiday-related filler to decorate. Case in point, my hurricane glass:

This hurricane glass is actually from my wedding! It was used for a unity candle lighting during the ceremony. I was reunited with it a couple of years ago. My in-laws saved it and we found it in a box of items while we were helping them downsize to their current home.

I got these cute little pumpkins at Michael's. But, there are certainly other Fall related items you could use as hurricane glass filler:

Like acorns! (this one is potentially a freebie if you can score some from your backyard)

Or, if you really love Halloween, candy corn!

And, another case in point, the wooden bread bowl. Anyone who is a fan of modern farmhouse decor probably has one in their home. That includes yours truly! Once again, Michael's came to the rescue. I bought some assorted pumpkins and gourds, and VOILA!

That handy dandy bread bowl will come in handy once you start decorating for Christmas, too.

Now that we've got our fillers covered, let's move onto place settings.

I used my metal charger, gray striped napkin, and a pinecone. How easy is that? And, if you have pinecones in your neighborhood, it's FREE!

You can easily use other smaller Fall related items as the centerpiece of your plate setting, like mini pumpkins or leaves. As long as you start with a neutral place setting foundation, the sky's the limit!

Finally, my FAVORITE tip, is printables!

If you've been a Friar Tuck Design blog reader for a while, you know how much I love printables. They are a quick and easy way to add artwork to your space for cheap. You just need a color printer, photo paper, and a picture frame!

How easy is that? I got this from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com (don't you LOVE that name?) and there is a range of options for style and size.

Finally, I have to share with you a decorating FAIL. I bought a foam pumpkin from Michael's with the intention of carving into it and making it a flower pot. My normally super sharp X-Acto knife didn't even make a dent in it!

Well, folks, there you have it. Some quick and easy decorating tips for Fall. I've got a couple of DIY ideas for next week. It won't include the foam pumpkin (although if anyone has any suggestions on how to "carve" through it, I'm all ears!), I promise.

Until next time...

Happy Designing and Decorating!

- Angela :)

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