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5 Simple and Natural Fall Decorating Ideas You’ll Love

Do you want easy and affordable ways to style your home for the autumn season? Then you’ll love these 5 natural fall decorating ideas!

Well hello, fall!

Is it feeling like autumn around your part of the country?

It’s beginning to get a bit cooler in the evenings here in the south so we know fall is just around the corner.

Have you started decorating your home for the new season?

No?

Well good, then you’re going to love this blog post because it’s jam-packed with fantastic fall decorating ideas.

Welcome to the 2022 Fall Home Tour

Thank you so much to Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for inviting us to join her annual Fall Home Tour.

She’s put together an amazing group of bloggers who’ll be inviting you into their homes each day this week.

It started yesterday and will go through Friday so it’s a full week of inspiration!

You can find links to all 28 home tours at the end of this post so be sure to check it out every day.

fall front porch decorated with mums graphic for home tour

If you’re joining us from Laura’s home or if you found us online, welcome! We’re so very glad you’re here. Isn’t Laura’s Storybook Cottage so charming?

If you’re new around here, we’re Anne and AnnMarie, two moms who are lucky enough to be besties and neighbors.

Anne and AnnMarie from Simply2Moms standing on a backyard deck

That’s me, AnnMarie with the darker hair on the right, and Anne has the lighter hair.

We work together to share simple and budget-friendly ideas for decoratingrecipesDIY projects, and tips for life with older teens (and beyond!).

You can read more about us and our families over here.

And we would love to learn more about you! Be sure to say “hi” in the comments below and tell us where you’re visiting from.

But that’s enough about us.

Let me tell you all about my super simple & natural fall decorating ideas!

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How to Decorate your Home on a Budget this Fall

dining room with table decorated with clippings of pampas grass and magnolia tree

I’m all about decorating on a budget because helping kids pay for college is really expensive and this year we’ve got two kids attending universities. Yikes!

Not only do I like to save money on decorating but I also love the challenge of styling my home with things I already have.

Looking at some of your everyday decor pieces and using them in a different way is a practical idea to redecorate your home for a new season.

Search outside your house too, maybe right in your backyard to bring in some natural elements.

Maybe tree branches, shrubs, or flower clippings.

Or even acorns and pinecones found around your neighborhood.

There are so many ways to give your house a new feel for cozy season without breaking the bank.

Here’s a list of what I used to decorate my dining room this fall:

  • Cut Magnolia Leaves Branches
  • Harvested Pampas Grass Plumes
  • Various Wood Elements
  • Faux Fall Stems
  • Glass Bottle Jars & Vases

How to Use Backyard Tree and Plant Clippings Inside this Autumn

close up of magnolia tree branches with gold candle sticks on table

We planted a magnolia tree about 12 years ago in our backyard and it’s grown into a beautiful tree that I just love.

It blooms in May and June but unfortunately, the gorgeous large white flowers don’t last very long.

Periodically, I’ll get a new bloom here and there throughout the summer but by now there’s not a single flower left on the tree.

If you’ve never seen magnolia leaves before they’re quite unique in that each leaf is green on top and brown on the bottom.

The dual-colored leaves fill each branch so you don’t really notice when cutting a few smaller branches to use in your home decor.

Recently, I styled an early autumn harvest tablescape for our monthly virtual supper club using clippings from trees and plants in my backyard.

fluffy pampas grasses in green glass jar in middle of table with magnolia leaves and candles

Every fall I cut several pampas grass plumes from the shrub in our yard to use inside when decorating.

Their fluffy beige and ivory tones blend perfectly with any color scheme.

Did you know you don’t have to wait to let the plumes dry out before you use them?

I shared exactly how I cut and style pampas grass clippings on the same day in this blog post.

What Everyday Decor Pieces Can You Use for Seasonal Decorating

close up of table centerpiece with magnolia leaves and glass jar vase

I use lots of different wood, glass, and metal pieces in my everyday home decor that can also be reused along with seasonal decor to easily transition the look of our home.

A long wood tray with metal handles is a great base for styling a table and brings in a warm neutral color for the painted white table in my dining room.

Filling the tray with magnolia tree clippings gives the centerpiece a natural look that didn’t cost me a thing.

Yay for free greenery!

centerpiece designed with simple natural cuttings from back yard

I really like the simplicity of glass bottle jars as vases and use them a lot around my house.

You can find them in different colors to coordinate with your home or season.

And the best part is they’re budget-friendly.

I usually find great prices at HomeGoods but if you want to order online I found this one from Amazon.

These bottles with a slightly green tint were on sale at Hobby Lobby a few months ago so I bought two.

The green hue of the glass is great for the fall.

Or even later filled with evergreens during the holiday season.

Ohh….they’d be pretty in the spring also.

And in the summer too, don’t you think so?

Well, there ya have it…green glass is amazing all year long! lol

Filling two glass vases with pampas grass stems added another element from nature to the room.

How to Mix Faux Florals with Real Clippings

rustic two handled vase filled with fake fall stems

Even though I like to use real clippings inside they usually don’t last throughout the entire season.

Many will curl up and eventually get kinda crispy.

So mixing in faux stems with the real stuff allows you to decorate once for the season and only have to replace some of the real greenery as needed.

buffet table styled with three wood candle sticks and a vase of faux florals

On this small buffet table, I arranged a mix of faux floral autumn stems in a rustic double-handled urn vase from Pottery Barn that I received years ago.

It’s such a neutral vase that can be used not only during the fall but any time, in any area of your home.

The vase is still available and it’s on clearance so grab one here if you love it as much as I do!

How to Style a Sideboard Buffet Table for Fall

brown tinted large glass jar with wood beads around neck filled with faux grasses

On the other side of my dining room is a console table which is another awesome spot to add some natural fall style.

Do you like amber glass?

Anne and I got hooked on collecting vintage amber glass bottles in all shapes and sizes and now we’re always on the hunt for unique bottles.

Check out this post to see how we display our collections of antique amber bottles.

Then one day while at one of my favorite home stores I found this gigantic light amber glass olive bottle that I just had to have.

It’s not an antique, it’s a reproduction but I still love the color and size of it, especially in the fall.

I dressed it up with some neutral grass and berry stems and a garland of stained wood beads.

Together the colors of this floral arrangement are the perfect neutral hues for autumn…not too bright…just nice and subtle.

buffet table with mirror holding candles and floral arrangement

On the opposite end of the sideboard is a large pair of wood and glass pillar candle holders.

Don’t you just love using mirrors to reflect pretty views in your rooms?

S2M Tip: Be sure to put the flame of your candle out correctly with a candle snuffer.

Want to know why you can’t just blow out your candles?

Look closely at that photo above.

See the shiny stuff on the wall behind my candles?

Yup, I may have blown out the candles and sprayed wax all over my walls…ugh!

Learn from my mistake and grab yourself an inexpensive snuffer from Amazon.

Or at the very least make sure you hold your hand behind the flame when you blow your candles out.

natural fall decor in dining room on table

I hope I gave you some simple ideas to use natural fall elements in your home this year.

What’s you’re favorite way to bring nature indoors for your home decor?

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Next up on our fall tour of homes this week is another blogging duo, Amy & Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane. We love finding other friends who blog together as Anne & I do! Wait until you see their beautiful fall ideas.

More Fall Ideas & Inspiration

Monday, September 12

A Stroll Thru LifeThe Stonybrook House StoneGableShiplap and Shells

White Arrows HomeClean and Scentsible.

Tuesday, September 13

Decor to AdoreSimply2Moms11 Magnolia LaneCalypso in the Country

Country Road 407Pink Peppermint Design

Wednesday, September 14

Whispering Pines HomesteadCuckoo4DesignSouthern State of Mind

This is Our Bliss Thrifty and Chic

Thursday, September 15

Our Southern HomeSouthern HospitalityHymns and VersesWorthing Court

Southern Home and HospitalityRemodelandolacasa

Friday, September 16

Pasha is HomeCitrineLivingQuarters One Up to Date Interiors

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

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kathy

Thursday 29th of September 2022

Gorgeous Fall centerpieces in your dining room. Love the magnolia tree branches!

Anne

Saturday 1st of October 2022

Hi Kathy! Thanks so much for visiting our blog! I love how AnnMarie did her dining room too. :)

Suzy @ Worthing Court

Friday 23rd of September 2022

Great budget fall decorating tips, AnnMarie! We live in a semi-rural area and our yard is surrounded by woods. I'm smacking my head that I don't forage in them more often. Thanks for the reminder and I'm SO jealous that you have a magnolia tree! I love the centerpiece that you put together with them.

AnnMarie

Friday 23rd of September 2022

Thanks so much, Suzy! I often forget myself but had seen a pretty faux magnolia stem at Hobby Lobby and realized I could just clip my own rather than spending so much on fake stems. LOL. It was such a fun blog home tour! Have a great weekend.

Cristina

Monday 19th of September 2022

Oh, I need to plant a magnolia tree! Those leaves are so very pretty. The centerpiece is gorgeous. Fall is definitely the time to embrace all those gifts mother nature offers!

AnnMarie

Monday 19th of September 2022

Yes I agree...and noting better than free home decor! :)

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Sunday 18th of September 2022

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Tamara

Sunday 18th of September 2022

I love those incredible magnolia leaves! How lucky you are to have your own tree, even if it doesn't flower often. They add so much to your fall decor!

AnnMarie

Sunday 18th of September 2022

Thanks so much Tamara for visiting the blog. I do love that magnolia tree. So fun touring with you this week.