“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile” – William Bryant

It’s time to welcome fall into our homes, and hopefully some cooler temps, too. Changing your décor for the season doesn’t need to be overwhelming or stressful. With just a few simple changes and the addition of some fall items, you will have your home feeling cozy in no time.

To make seasonal decorating easier for me, I like to keep the basic décor items the same. Candle holders, wood trays, baskets and vases can be used all year long, and will save time when you are ready to bring the new season into your décor.

This Southern woman loves a good magnolia wreath, and the color of this one made my heart skip a beat — perfect for this autumn vignette and will transition into Christmas décor, too.

I use this large, round wooden bowl all year. It was a quick change with a decorative pumpkin, for height, cotton, burlap, and moss vine balls gave it interest and lots of texture. I might add some gourds for Halloween to bring in more color.

I love old things and keep my eye out for unique ways to use them. An old wine barrel made into a decorative tray is an amazing base for just about anything. Pumpkins, moss ball and some berries is all you need to pull this display together. A vintage wood vase with a few magnolia stems adds height. You could also add branches to bring more layers to the mix.

I have an old door addiction, there is something about the chipped paint that I cannot resist. Hanging baskets can be used for all sorts of things, extra storage by the front door or in the mudroom, but who needs practical when you can make it pretty by adding grass and a fun tassel with wood beads.

Start by adding layers and interest by wrapping candles in jute and moss wire. I love big sugar pinecones and use them from fall through Christmas. I place the candles on a round serving board to give the arrangement more definition, then add a burlap pumpkin and decorative antler.

Birch bark brings a natural element to fall arrangements. I like to keep things monochromatic but give me all the shiny gold acorns to add a little glam. Mixing finishes is the secret sauce to interesting environments, so don’t be afraid to add some glitz to a rustic container.

You don’t have to use candle holders just for candles … a little moss adds a pop of color and elevates this simple arrangement to something special.

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