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24 Fall Decor Essentials for 2021

August 25, 2021  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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Apparently fall is right around the corner, but based on how nice and warm the weather is in Raleigh, the Idaho girl in me is still a little confused on how it’s ever going to cool down haha. We’ve heard nothing but incredible things about fall here and I can’t wait to see the leaves on all the monstrous trees turn colors, and to spend our evenings enjoying the more mild fall weather on the patio. Sounds like a dream. When it comes to decorating around the seasons, I make some shifts in my home, but I’ve shifted away from covering my porch in 100 pumpkins (I don’t even know if pumpkins would last longer than a day in this climate).

Instead, I focus on incorporating patterns, artwork, textures, and finishes that are more representative of the season. I’ve posted about Winter Decor, sharing more in-depth on how I decorate seasonally. Spoiler alert: I don’t need my decor to tell me what season it is. I have windows for that :).

Fall is no different. A great place to start is by lighting a few really great fall candles and, lucky for you we tested a bunch of them and shared a list of our top 21 favorites. A few of you might actually remember the time I decorated for fall in real time in my Instagram stories and shared it here. I really focused on creating an autumn feeling with practical items–apples, branches cut from outside, a cookbook opened to a fall recipe displayed on a stand.

That’s really all you need–practical and true-to-season. Today we’re sharing a round-up of all the fall-decor essentials you might rotate through your home seasonally to keep things fresh and, especially for fall, cozy. I’m talking sitting in front of a fireplace with a blanket and a cup of homemade apple cider cozy. Many I already have but a few I’m going to go put in my cart right now – what does your home look like in the fall?

 

 

1. Teak Serving Bowl $58 – a beautifully carved bowl, perfect for holding apples or dried artichokes
2. Frame TV Art $3 – say hello to the most beautiful fall landscape I’ve seen
3. Roslyn Table Lamp $248 – I’ve been obsessing over this lamp so much I just might have to get it for myself
4. Olive Taper Candles $5 – tapered candles but let’s make them olive instead of white
5. Country Etching Art $235 – a classic country etching to hang wherever you heart desires
6. Checkered Doormat $58 – loving the subtle checkered print on this so much
7. Color Block Stripe Throw $23 – everybody needs a knit throw blanket for fall
8. Estelle Block Print Tablecloth $128 – would be a gorgeous tablecloth for a dinner party
9. Linen Rattan Basket $80 – perfect for any front porch
10. Ribbed Ceramic Candle $36 – there’s even 3 excellent scents to choose from
11. Wynn Wicker Tray $98 – love to corral my candles in this tray
12. Pogo Brass and Cane Table Lamp $249 – you had me at pleated shade
13. Faux Aspen Branch $29 – imo you can’t have too many fall branches
14. Sage Boucle Throw $45 – throw it over a sofa and you’re ready for fall
15. Fraiser Handcrafted Etched Vase $89 – the curves of this are *chef’s kiss
16. Faux Artichokes $25 – using dried artichokes is a fun way to add in some color
17. DISC Interiors: Portraits of Home $60 – every coffee table needs at least one coffee table book
18. Rustic Vase $25 – this just feels very fall to me–the color, the imperfect texture
19. Woven Striped Throw Pillow $30 – woven, and oversized (everything I want in a pillow)
20. Gingham Napkin $88 – can’t go wrong with gingham
21. Sage & Walnut Candle $65 – what more do you want in a fall candle?
22. Gingham Napkins $16 – the cutest little napkins there are
23. Antique Wood Pedestal $40 – such a great way to prop up your dish and handsoaps
24. Hand Woven Jute Rug $45 – I love a good jute rug

 

 

What do you think?

  1. Lee Ann says:

    LOL! In North Carolina (especially the central and Piedmont area), Fall lasts the one week before Christmas! Then Winter starts in January; it will snow once in February (maybe … or we’ll have a big ice storm … no snow … they HAVE warned you about driving on ice, right??), then it will turn Summer again in May. Oh, I forgot Allergy Season (aka “Spring”). That’s a quick weather lesson about living in North Carolina. Gotta love it!

  2. Karen says:

    “I don’t need my decor to tell me what season it is. I have windows for that”. Would it be wrong for me to stitch this on a pillow, lol? Living in the South means ignoring all the talk of welcoming Fall when it’s 95 degrees outside, and laughing when how ads “miss” Spring & encourage Spring Cleaning when you are knee deep in your garden.

    So I wait til September to set red apples in baskets, switch out lightweight throws for warmer ones in richer colors, and swap tropical scent candles for earthy, spicier aromas.

    Oh, when pumpkins show up in the grocery and farmer markets, they will brave the heat and last until you toss them in December. My girls got so attached to some of their pumpkins, they painted them with Christmas motifs & we didn’t get rid of them til New Years!

  3. We are in the process of closing on a house that has a real fireplace and I am truly anticipating the coziest Fall. I love these picks!

  4. Love these picks! And as for the pumpkins- Texan girl here and our pumpkins last if you don’t carve them, once they are carved they’ve got about 1-3 days before they are a pile of mush- haha!

  5. Maggie says:

    We embrace summer through September in North Carolina! But once fall arrives, it’s glorious. Definitely take a trip to the mountains! Keep an eye on color forecasts, though, because the leaves turn sooner in the mountains, and if you blink you’ll miss peak color.

  6. Meg says:

    “I don’t need my decor to tell me what season it is, I have windows for that”… clearly you don’t live in Florida… my windows always tell me it’s summer😆

  7. Carrie says:

    Pumpkins still do well in this climate! We put them out on the porch in September, and they do well all the way through Thanksgiving – and we are an hour further SE from y’all, where it stays even a tad warmer! Just be prepared that the “fall” weather will hit a bit later than you are probably used to… you’ll probably hear about “false fall” before another heat wave hits every year!

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