In this post: If you’d like to use autumn decorations to create a fall vignette on a sideboard or table, you’ll love these fall home decor tips and ideas.⇒
When I was a kid, we rarely got more than one pumpkin for fall.
We’d make an outing of it, pile into the car and drive to a farm stand to pick out ‘our pumpkin’.
I think the intent was to make a jack-o-lantern, because without that goal, we probably wouldn’t have even gotten the one.
It’s not that we were lacking by any means. It just wasn’t a thing we did. We got our one pumpkin and called it good. We never got a cluster of varied sizes. We never considered heirloom pumpkins. And we never ever brought the pumpkin in the house.
Perhaps it was that early lack of autumn fanfare that made me crave it so much when my own kids were young.
I started with just a few pumpkins on the steps and gradually added mums, scarecrows and bales of hay.
As the years passed I enjoyed it more and more and it turns out to this day, although my kids are grown and are living on their own, I still absolutely love to decorate for fall.
It’s the season that reminds me most of family and the beginnings that come along with the calendar shift.
Decorating seasonally encourages one to celebrate life, to make an effort to update your home following the natural ebb and flow of time.
It underscores the offerings of each new month and punctuates the pleasure that a new season bestows on the senses. For this reason I love to indulge in aromatic candles and potpourri, as well as to enjoy the tastes that are unique to the seasonal harvest.
But of all my senses that engage in fall’s bounty, the one that delights the most is the one that perceives visual beauty.
And this is precisely why I enjoy creating fall vignettes around my home.
It’s like staging a little show on an accent piece of furniture, to highlight fall decor in an artful kind of way. And because it is temporary, it can be playful and whimsical, while imperfection is completely ok.
Today I’m sharing 5 tips for creating a fall vignette with your autumn decorations.
1. Use Greenery
I love for a fall vignette to have natural elements included to keep it looking alive and fresh. The mossy planter on our sideboard is faux, but the greens scattered about are fresh from the garden store.
Use the live elements as a foundation for your display and tuck the leaves in between your design elements. Planters are great for balancing pumpkins or used as risers for gourds and other fall motifs.
2. Select Unique Pumpkins
This one, of course, is a no brainer, as nothing says fall quite like pumpkins.
However, the secret is in the selection. Whether you go real or faux, large or small, painted or not, or any number of other variables, choosing the right pumpkins is essential to your display.
I’m partial to white ones to coordinate with my decor, but I also enjoy metallics and textured fabric pieces, too.
Start a collection and keep them all together when it’s the off season. Then rearrange the presentation each year in new and different ways.
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3. Try acorns, gourds and fall vegetables
Following on the heels of a curated pumpkin collection are the accent pieces that will make your vignettes look defined.
Try acorn ornaments, live gourds and other harvest vegetables to make a seasonal statement. The harvest season is the perfect time to feature these items that mature in the fall.
I used craft ornaments to add personality to my vignette.
4. Include Fall Florals
As summer fades, so do many floral options for your arrangements, but I still think flowers are the secret to any beautiful vignette. They add color and texture and soften the other elements and will often become the focal point.
For my vignette, I wanted to find blooms that would define my color story, so I searched until I found the blush and rosy pinks I was looking for. This meant compromising on the varieties I chose.
I used blush roses, mauve daisies and rose pink carnations for the bouquet. I really had my heart set on pale dahlias but they were not to be found.
5. Add elements unique to your personal style
A fall vignette should not only be seasonal and lovely, but it should also express your own design style.
I try hard to ensure my vignettes don’t look like a carbon copy of what everyone else is doing, so I include my signature elements like the chippy statue, silver teapot and acanthus candlesticks.
For each of us those items will be different, but they should always bear our unique signature.
A sweet little vignette is such a simple thing that can be pulled together in a short period of time. It should be balanced and appear organic, so as not to look stiff or forced, but should also express your unique style.
It will enhance your enjoyment of the season at home, and then every time you walk by and catch a glimpse of it, it should evoke a little warm smile.
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