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Simple Decor Ideas Using Fall Favorites

Create a home that's ready for fall with these lovely arrangements that look great on a table, mantel, chair, and more.


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    • Chair Decorations

      Make your guests feel special by decorating their dining chairs with seasonal adornments. Here, one perfect pinecone hangs from a wide satin ribbon bow.

    • A Mix of Nature and Glamour

      Mix the formal with the informal to make a style statement. Here, a pair of humble acorns get a lift to luxurious by replacing one acorn with a large craft store pearl and tying it up with a gorgeous velvet ribbon.

    • Super Easy Centerpiece

      Don't sweat a seasonal centerpiece. Simply cut flowers at the tops of the stems and float them in little dishes of water. Arranged down a dining table or along a mantel, these make quick decorations with little effort.

    • An Un-Arrangement

      Look for a long, narrow platter that fits easily down the center of your dining table. Then fill it with floating flowers, votive candles, or river rock. Or as we've done here, grab a few seasonal squash and garnish with a few flower heads and dried or artificial seed pods. How easy!

    • Drilled Pumpkins

      Forget about fancy faces and pumpkin patterns. Instead, go for a graphic look with easy-to-create drilled holes.

    • Window Sill Decor

      Cluster a display of plain glass candleholders (or vases) on a windowsill. Wrap the cylinders with art paper and secure with tape and twine for a uniform display. Tuck berries and twigs or blossoms and leaves between the strands of twine.

    • Browns and Pinks

      Chocolate brown is hot for decorating! We inserted a small vase into a larger one and filled the space between them with coffee beans. The inner vase can hold flowers. Or insert a pink candle into the center of a vase and fill around it with coffee beans. Try other colors as well to fit with your decor -- white, green, blue, or orange.

    • Forest Scenes

      Group miniature trees to create a forest-like scene for a mantel or sideboard. Here, we've arrange pinecones of various sizes into vintage molds. Place large pinecones upright on pine needles or artificial grasses. Use a cinnamon stick or twig to support smaller pinecones and secure with hot glue. Fresh pine needles will provide a beautiful grassy base.

    • Black and White

      Both sophisticated and country, this white pumpkin has been elevated to designer status with a swoosh of black paint and a unique footed cake stand.

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      Do the Berry Thing

      Craft stores are full of faux berry wreaths, though you can also make your own from a twig wreath and stems of real, dried, or artificial berries, and leaves.

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      Candle Arrangements

      Make this easy candle showstopper. Group nine pillar candles on a table center; soften the base with a foundation of moss for fall or fake snow for winter. Wrap the candles in wide ribbon and embellish with hypericum berries.

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      Showcase Memories

      Stems with just a few leaves or berries can make natural holders for family photographs. Tie branches with twine and add evergreen tassels; then insert photos in the branches, clipping them on if needed to hold in place.

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      Leaves and Light

      Dress up purchased candles with a sleeve of leaves. We used salal, but any flat leaf would work. Fit a rubber band or pony-tail elastic around the votive and insert the first leaf underneath. Align the leaves, though they'll probably need trimming to make a clean bottom edge. Finish with a tie of raffia or a satin ribbon. Glue leaves together if desired, for a more permanent decoration.

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      Center of Attention

      Try this idea for fall, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Simply cluster silver vases, such as these mint julep cups, and them fill with large-headed flowers, berry stems, twigs, and decorations. Here we've used green hydrangeas and lime-green holiday balls (on "stems" of floral wire) nestled into moss, to create a tabletop "wreath" that will last many weeks with minimal attention.

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      Rustic Elegance

      Try a natural theme for a fall table, using items from your yard or a farmers' market. Here, an interesting leafed branch stands in as a place card with the addition of a tied-on embellishment.

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      Mantel Display Ideas

      Here's a pretty decoration that can transition from fall to holiday. Plant live or dried green moss into interesting pots or urns displayed on a mantel.

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      Fruits of Your Labor

      A slender glass container filled with a mix of cranberries and other tiny fruits gets a touch of glamour from a sparkling votive candle placed on top.

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      Natural Fall Wreaths

      Autumn's colorful bounty of foliage and produce is the first place we look when decorating for fall. Made with (or inspired by) bittersweet, cornhusks, apples, twigs, and other natural adornments and textures, these door wreaths are perfect for welcoming the season.
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