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Simple Subtle Early Fall Decorating Ideas

Simple, subtle early fall decorating ideas for a beautiful fall kitchen and dining room. These ideas will add cozy charm for the autumn season.

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Hello and welcome! For those of you who are new here, my name is Lynne. I am a Connecticut wife, mom, and kindergarten teacher by day, and a self proclaimed home enthusiast by night. My Family Thyme is a place where I share my love of all things home and family.

I love all things home…simple DIY projects, crafting, trying new recipes, and decorating on a budget. I would love to connect with you, so please leave me a comment below and say hello!

collage of 30 pictures of fall home decor ideas featuring warm colors, leaves, pumpkins

Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours

This week is the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours hosted by my talented friend, Kelly, from The Tattered Pew. A big thank you to Kelly for organizing and hosting this beautiful fall tour. Kelly is one of the kindest, most encouraging bloggers and I am so happy to be joining her today. Please make sure you stop by and visit her lovely home!

This fall blog tour has been happening all week! 30 talented bloggers have opened up their homes and shared their creative ideas for welcoming this new season into their homes. Please be sure to visit all of the links at the end of this post.

If you are joining me after visiting Pasha from Pasha Is Home, welcome! Don’t you just love her beautiful fall kitchen?

Simple Subtle Early Fall Decorating Ideas

Decorating for a new season is one of my favorite things to do, but I like to keep it easy. By adding a few simple and subtle early fall decorating ideas, you can bring a cozy feeling into your home. Come on in!

You can see last year’s fall tours here and here!

collage of plaid runner with dried hydrangeas, napkins,and plates, apple print leaning again tile backsplash with basket of apples, and early fall vignette featuring zinnias and copper candle

Early Fall Decorating in the Kitchen

Welcome! All of our friends always come to our back door. I like to hang a seasonal wreath here. For early fall, I added this dried hydrangea wreath that I made last year. Would you believe that it only took about ten minutes to make?

dried hydrangea wreath on back door with view of dried hydrangeas on kitchen table and vignette including zinnias, copper candle and basket

Creating little vignettes or groupings can add a decorative touch. I like to use groups of items, with varying heights, colors, and textures. These warm colors welcome the season ahead.

view of kitchen with white cabinets and kitchen table with dried hydrangeas candle and napkins

It’s apple season here in Connecticut. On the counter, I added this pretty apple print from Target with a basket of apples and a topiary. This leaf stamped tea towel is another easy and fun craft project from a couple of year ago.

collage of apple print leaning again tile backsplash, basket with apples and topiary, and diy leaf print tea towels

In a recent Tuesday Turn About post, I shared that my cousin, Michele, and I we went antiquing together. We both purchased some copper pieces. I purchased this pretty mold that I cleaned up and hung using a Command Strip. I love the reddish-gold color and that I think of her every time I look at it.

white kitchen cabinets and stove with fall towels and copper accents

Creating a vignette in a tray basket is one of my favorite decorating ideas. It is easy to move when you need to use the space, making it both pretty and functional. Zinnias from the garden and my favorite pumpkin clove candle from Anthropology, along with pretty napkins and pine cones complete this basket vignette.

collage of three pictures of early fall vignette featuring zinnias copper candle, pinecone, and fall napkins

Do you dry hydrangeas for fall decorating? This year, my blue endless summer hydrangeas didn’t bloom well this season, but my limelight hydrangeas bloomed beautifully. I love the pink, faded vintage look they develop at this time of year.

Of course, pumpkin bars are a favorite treat at this time of year. My daughter requested that I bake a batch before she left to head back to school.

fall kitchen table with plaid runner, dried hydrangeas, napkins, plates, and pumpkin bars

Candles add such a cozy glow to the kitchen. These vintage looking blue glass votive and tealight holders were an Amazon find. I have used these all over my home during different seasons. They are both beautiful and functional.

fall kitchen table with plaid runner, dried hydrangeas, napkins, plates, and pumpkin bars
collage of early fall decorating kitchen table with plaid runner, dried hydrangeas with pumpkin bars in background and copper mold

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Early Fall Decorating in the Dining Room

Let’s head into the dining room!

This side table is a very special piece to me. My husband, Andy, bought it for me at an antique store right after we were married. It was one of our first purchases and I can’t help but smile when I see it.

This side table is also a spot that I like to change up for each season. For early fall, I added a small amber colored depression glass pitcher that belonged to my grandmother and some more dried hydrangeas from my yard.

early fall decorating traditional dining room with blue painted walls and side table with candles and dried hydrangeas. White framed mirror with green wreath hanging.

This antique toolbox belonged to my great grandfather. He brought it with him when he came here from Scotland. It’s such a treasure to me! Right now it is holding some vintage plates and a milkglass vase.

When I was recently shopping at Target, pretty I found this scarf at the Dollar Spot. The mustard color is so pretty and the bee pattern is so sweet. That became my inspiration for this early fall table setting.

collage of yellow and white scarf on table with pine cones and black windsor chair with white and yellow accent pillow. Blue walls with black plate rack holding white plates.

I also picked up a couple of coordinating bee printed pillows for our side chairs. It is so much fun to mix new with old to create a unique look.

early fall decorating traditional dining room table with yellow accents, brass candlesticks. Vintage black floral tray hanging on blue painted wall.

By adding a few fresh hydrangeas to this centerpiece I had made a few years ago, I was able to reuse it. You can create such a beautiful display and brighten up your room by combining real and artificial flowers.

early fall decorating traditional dining room table with yellow accents, white dishes, sunflower arrangement, and blue painted walls

Thank you so much for visiting my home today! Simple, subtle additions of warm colors and rich textures have helped me to get my kitchen and dining room ready for the new season. I hope you are leaving with an early fall decorating idea or two to use in your own home.

Now, be sure to head over to visit my talented friend Kristin of White Arrows Home. She is sharing her stunning autumn lake house. You don’t want to miss it!

If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to reach out to me. I would love to connect with you on FacebookInstagramPinterest, or here on the blog! 

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Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each Fall home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

Bloggers' Best Fall Tour 23

The Tattered Pew // StoneGable // My Wee Abode

Cottage On Bunker Hill // Bricks n’ Blooms // My Thrift Store Addiction

Tuesday’s Tours

Tuesday Tour Collage 23

She Gave It A Go // Midwest Life and Style // Open Doors Open Hearts

Peacock Ridge Farm // Cottage In The Mitten

Wednesday’s Tours

Wednesday Fall Tours 23

White Lilac Farmhouse // Shiplap and Shells // The Ponds Farmhouse

WM Design House // DIY Beautify // This Is Simplicite

Thursday’s Tours

Thursday's Fall  Tours 23

Eleanor Rose Home // Robyn’s French Nest // Worthing Court

Southern Home and Hospitality // Amy Sadler Designs // Our Crafty Mom

Friday’s Tours

Friday Fall Tours 23

White Arrows Home // A Life Unfolding // County Road 407

Thistle Key Lane // Pasha Is Home // My Family Thyme

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collage of 30 pictures of fall home decor ideas featuring warm colors, leaves, pumpkins

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  1. Lynne, I love all of your fall touches in the kitchen area. That copper piece was a great find. I think subtle touches are always the best. A beautiful fall kitchen!

  2. Stacy Ling says:

    Loving all the florals!

  3. Lynne, your fall decor is so pretty and your hydrangea wreath and floral arrangements are just beautiful! Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

  4. I don’t know how you find the time to teach, decorate your home, and blog about it! Everything looks so inviting. From the pops of color, the beautiful napkins, the pretty cake stand with dessert, flowers… It gave me all the fun fall vibes. Enjoyed touring with you today. Hope the rest of your season is perfect. I bet y’all get to do so many fun things outdoors. I’m jealous!

  5. Lynne, your kitchen is so warm and welcoming! I love fresh zinnias and hydrangeas any day of the week, they’re two of my favorites! Your copper mold is a lovely piece, and I like where you have it on display! Good luck with your school year, I bet the kids love you!

  6. Lynne, everything is so gorgeous. I love the simple touches you added for fall. The dried hydrangea wreath is stunning and like how you included natural elements in your decor like apples and the zinnias.

    Happy fall, friend. Pinned!

  7. Hi Lynne , my favorite kindergarten teacher sure knows how to decorate for Fall! You have a beautiful home and it shows through your beautiful touches. Thankful you could join us this week. Praying you have the best school year!

  8. Your fall decor is so pretty. I love how seamlessly it works into your everyday decor. Happy Fall

  9. So pretty, Lynne! Your simple and subtle additions look fab! Happy fall!

  10. I am going through the fall home tours again. One of your vignette’s touched my heart I have my grandfather’s wood toolbox. I dearly loved that man. Also, your blue & white pitcher &bowl is identical to mine. Hubs and I married in Feb., 1966. In spring of 1967 I started walking our new baby girl a couple of blocks to the small shops in our area. There was a wonderful little shop with pretty things that new wives would love. I put my blue & white pitcher in layaway & we would go to the store every week to pay $2.00 on my layaway. Thanks for the precious memories.

  11. Girl, you knocked it out of the park with your classic and simple fall decor in your home. Love the copper mold, and that pumpkin candle is so pretty. Off to look at that! And all the hydrangeas look lovely! Such smart and elegant fall decor, my dear friend! Pinned!

  12. Lynne, thank you for sharing your lovely fall decorating ideas. You’re tried hydrangeas are so beautiful. Happy fall!

  13. The copper mold is the best for fall! My hydrangeas did not bloom this year either. Made me sad.

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