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Subtle Fall Decor Tips

Subtle fall touches like stacks of books, woven textures, and yellowed botany prints create a soft transition between summer and autumn.

Hi sweet friends! I hope that you are enjoying these early whispers of fall. Opening the windows to a cool, September breeze is such a treat after the sticky days of late summer. Each season has its own magic, but there is something unique about the spell of autumn. Today I’m sharing some subtle fall decor tips for cultivating a warm, autumn-inspired atmosphere in your home—without using a single pumpkin 😉

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1. Focus on warmer tones

One of my goals recently has been to incorporate more warmth into our family room to balance the gray walls. I love white when it comes to furniture, but sometimes bright white isn’t the best choice. We recently purchased this ladder shelf from Wayfair, and the antique white is a good balance for our cool walls.

Even if you aren’t in the market for furniture, you can add warmth with smaller elements. Notice that almost all of the “white” decor on this shelf is actually more cream or yellowed. Warmer tones are perfect for September, a time when we begin to think of scarves, cozy drinks, and the golden hue of autumn leaves.

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2. Botanicals work for fall, too!

In case you hadn’t noticed after seeing our coastal dining room or summer entryway, I like botanical prints. These ones are actually book pages torn—lovingly—from an old copy of Wild Flowers of America I discovered on Amazon for a great price. The yellowed pages fill out the shelves, and the muted purple and orange flowers provide a subtle hint of fall.

(You can also see a few lingering coastal touches here; coral, bottles, and a tarnished lantern pay homage to the final weeks of summer.)

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3. Bring out your books

Autumn makes me want to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book, how about you? For my fall decor, I’m still relying heavily on these DIY book bundles wrapped with twine, because they are inexpensive and provide wonderful texture.

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Stacks of books also create a perfect place for displaying treasures. After our miscarriage in May, I discovered this sweet Willow Tree sculpture. I love the reminder that our little Noah is safe and rejoicing in heaven. Seeing this little statue reminds me of the glorious reunion we will have one day!

When stacking books, play around with the orientation. If you like the color of a book but do not want to see the title on the spine, just flip it so you see you pages instead.

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4. Add woven or fabric elements

I recently shared the story of this straw hat. I’m working on restyling our dining room now that summer is coming to a close, but the natural texture of the straw seemed perfect for fall, so I had to reuse it here. The fabric box on the bottom shelf houses our family photo books (which I enjoy making when I manage to get our thousands of photos organized!). Woven and fabric textures are a great way to add warmth to your space.

Side note: see that blue book, Top 500 Poems? It was one of my college textbooks and reminds me of autumn days spent studying poetry and stories, things that make my spirit sing.

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I hope you enjoyed these subtle fall decor tips for your home! What are your favorite ways to decorate for the beginning of fall? As much as I’m tempted to jump right in and scatter pumpkins everywhere, I’m trying to cherish this transitional time between summer and autumn. (I do have a few pumpkins around though, full disclosure 😉 )

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure to check back for more fall decor inspiration soon!

 

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    1. Hi Shira! I will send you an email, but thought I would also reply here! It is the Marinez Ladder Shelf from Wayfair 🙂

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