The air is crisp… PSL’s are a-plenty… the leaves are getting crunchy… Oh, wait, I live in Arizona where it’s still hot and desert, but that doesn’t keep me from PSL-ing throughout the week! In the spirit of fall, I finally got around to pulling my fall decor out of the garage (but not before inspecting each box with a blacklight to make sure no scorpions were lurking around. Blegh!). I strapped Griffin to my back and got the job done. And boy, I’m glad I did!
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Shop this Fall Tablescape
- Blanket Scarf
- White Lantern – I got mine at IKEA, find one on Amazon
- Wood Rounds – buy locally or on Amazon
- Eucalyptus Leaves
- Cotton Stem Balls
- Corelle Dinnerware
- Fall pumpkins – I found mine at Sprouts, but I’m SURE you can find them locally 🙂
- Fall foliage and acorns – Hobby Lobby
- Coasters – Local Vintage Show
A New Mindset for Fall Decorating
When we moved into our house and I started this blog, I felt like I just didn’t have enough decor to decorate all 2300 sq ft. My house felt empty! So, each Fall and Christmas season, I would add seasonal decor to what I already had up (like the first time I decorated for fall here and honestly it looks kind of amateur 😂). Over the past few years, though, I’ve cultivated a little arsenal of seasonal decor that can stand alone with just a few pieces of my existing decor.
This year, instead of trying to decorate everywhere, I chose a few spaces to decorate and focused them in my dining area. I took down ALL the decor so I could start from scratch. Best. Decision. Ever. Working off a clean slate made it much easier to decorate. It allowed me to create a more cohesive look, instead of dumping more decor on what was already there. I chose my kitchen table and a couple of side tables nearby.
Decorating Tip: Clear off the surface completely before you start decorating.
How to Make a Fall Tablescape
I drew some inspiration from this fall tablescape from Cherished Bliss. I loved the idea of using a small blanket on the table, and I didn’t realize until just now that she also used white place settings and wood rounds, ha! Anyway, here are 4 things I kept in mind that helped me create this beauty:
- VARYING HEIGHTS. The wood rounds helped me make elevate the pumpkin and the glass vase. By using different heights across the table, it gives the eye a trail to follow.
- FABRIC. It makes your fall tablescape feel warm and cozy. Seriously obsessed with using a blanket scarf. They’re so much cheaper than a throw blanket and just the right size!
- GREENERY. Keeps it feeling fresh, even if it’s faux.
- WHITE ACCENTS. With the wood table and plaid blanket as a backdrop, the cotton, lantern, pumpkins, and dinnerware brighten up the tablescape.
Last month I decided to get rid of ALL my dishware and switch to simple, white Corelle… and I’m SO glad I did! Despite it having a “cheap” connotation, it stays nice and looks pretty! PLUS, it’s easy to replace if I accidentally break a piece, and I can use it for any holiday.
Small Fall Tablescapes
I also created two other small tablescapes in our dining room. By focusing my fall decor to a single room, it’s easier to create some serious fall vibes. And make it look pretty… and cohesive.. and CRISP. 😂
I followed the same 4 rules here: Heights, Fabric, Greenery, White!
How cute are these fall stacked signs?! I made them last year and wrote a simple tutorial on making them with 2x4s.
That’s it! That’s ALL!
It felt kind of weird only decorating 3 spots, but it TOTALLY worked out! Decorating a few spots with a bunch of fall decor looks way better than decorating 10 spots with just a little fall decor. It feels more simple and minimal!
Are you decorating for fall? If I was able to provide any inspiration, make sure to share a picture on Instagram and tag me – @hellohayleyblog!
Happy Fall! Happy Pumpkin Spice-ing!
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