Early Fall Ideas With A Little Help From My Friends

If there is one thing you can count on is Change

and Change is coming…

Summer will soon give way to the vibrancy and crispness of Fall for many of us.

Change is good, or at least inevitable.

Some changes may be hard, but sliding into Fall is never a difficult one for me.

While I love all things summer (with the exception of the intense heat)

Fall is my very favorite season. Spring holds a very close second.

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To help ease you into Fall

my wonderful friends and I have put together some of our favorite Fall ideas and projects.

We are sharing them with you here to help you prepare for the Fall season to come.

To stir up thoughts of pumpkins, crisp air, mums, and all the beauty and bounty of Fall.

Let’s get started on the porch with Yvonne of StoneGable

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Yvonne’s porch evokes all that is Fall ~ pumpkins, mums,

a cozy plaid throw and more.

Can’t you just picture yourself sitting out there cider in hand?

Pop over to Yvonne’s Front Porch for a closer look.

Even if you do not decorate your entire front porch or do not have a front porch,

adding a wreath welcomes Fall and your guests.

Julie of Lilacs & Longhorns has a stunning Fall wreath

created so inexpensively you’ll want to click on over to get easy tutorial.

As Julie says, “Fall decor does not require a lot of money or expert DIY skills.”

Get Julie’s wreath tutorial here.

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We all agree, fall decor starts at our entry ways

Whether it is a DIY wreath or full on display.

Heather at Setting for Four

shows how to do both with natural elements and bit of glam.

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This picture  gives you the overall look.

Click here to see all the details and get advice on how to re-create this look at your home.


Nothing says fall decor like pumpkins!

I love topiaries of all types and creating pumpkin topiaries from heirloom pumpkins

has got to be one of my very favorite Fall things to do.

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Think you don’t have room for even one more mini pumpkin?

Sure you do – stack them!

To see my more of these pumpkin topiaries from last year

pop over to see my  Fall front porch of pretty mums and pumpkins from the local Farmer’s Market near me.

More pumpkins in transitional colors from Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

are absolutely perfect for early fall.

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Even better, Christy ‘s fall Ideas are thrifty.

Decorate for Fall on a dime with Christy’s help. Pop over and get her thrifty Fall decor ideas.

At Top This Top That Laura shares wonderful Fall ideas for your front door.

Top This Top That - Fall Front Door

Even if you are not ready to let go of summer, you can still get started on these wreaths.

Let your fall decor start at your front door with Laura.

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It is all is the details at My Soulful Home.

Kelly teaches you how to make your Fall table really special with her cinnamon stick place cards.

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These are so inexpensive & easy to make.

As well as adaptable to any season or occasion.

Pick up some cinnamon sticks,

head out to your yard & clip…and head here first for the tutorial!

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Enjoy the last weeks of summer. Looking forward to the change ahead

and visit us for ideas, inspiration & tutorials on welcoming Fall at your house!!!

Not ready to start fall decorating yet, PIN us for future reference!


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  1. Such great inspiration, Shirley. It’s 100 degrees here right now and I sure am looking forward to pumpkin time.
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  2. Your entire Fall display is just stunning! Love that rustic cart! XO
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  3. So many beautiful ideas that I’ll forgive you for using the “f” word so early… Have a happy week Shirley!
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  4. I have been making lists and getting some things ready!! I, too, LOVE fall, especially fall decorating!!! Love those placecards!!! Great inspiration all around!!!
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  5. Beautiful fall inspiration! And I am so ready for it! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! ~Rhonda
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  6. Shirley, Fall has been on my mind for about a month now and Christmas season right along with it. I’ve been searching through old magazines and Pintrest for a while now. Thank you for the early ideas. they are beautiful. Jo
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  7. Shirley these are all very artful, creative and inexpensive ways to add Autumn decor! Beautiful!

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  8. Nice ideas for fall, but I’m so not ready yet. Yes, ready for cooler temps and wish they went with summer.
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  9. All so pretty. Great ideas.
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  10. The idea that I actually get to do a bit of real decorating for Fall this year, is making me giddy! The red maple, planted by the builder in our front yard, is turning and changing. I can hardly wait. My pumpkins and such are gathered in the guest room, waiting for just the right moment.
    No matter what…Autumn is my favorite time of year!
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  11. What fun! Thanks for all the inspiration! Everyone’s Fall ideas are fantastic! I love your pumpkin topiary; it looks great in your wagon! You have really given me a great idea on how to decorate my wagon. Here’s to Fall coming soon! I’m past ready to leave these hot humid days we have now.
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  12. Your front porch looks fab, Shirley! Thanks for sharing some great ideas:)
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  13. Summer is my favorite season. I love the long days, flip flops, lemonade, and beach trips. On the calendar, fall begins on Sept. 21. DON’T RUSH IT! Let me have summer as long as possible.

  14. Every image is a “study”. Oh, I wish I had your sense of design!!! Your vintage wagon is the perfect foil for pumpkins and mums and abundance! I’ve had my eye out for a vintage wagon since the first time I saw this… but no luck yet!!! LOVE your porch! Beautifully done… as usual!
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  15. So many beautiful ideas!!!! I can’t wait for fall to arrive, I am so tired of the extreme heat!!! I guess that is why God created seasons….he knew we would get tired of all of them eventually?!?! LOL!!!!

  16. Hi Shirley,
    We just got summer here in Illinois so I am not thinking fall just yet but I know I am behind with all the fall decor coming out. Love your vintage little wagon. Soooooo sweet.
    Have a great new week.
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  17. I am so inspired and so ready!

  18. Shirley,

    I love fall, too! This post made my heart SIIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGG!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Happy day friend!
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  19. Oh Shirley, what a wonderful post. I have been wanting to sort through my Fall decorations. But, I have been so busy celebrating my 80th Birthday for the last two weeks that I need to get back on schedule LOL.
    Fall is my favorite time of the year and you have so many great ideas on this post. I am checking out all the bloggers. I really loved your porch last year, so can hardly wait to see what you do.
    Stop by my last post and see Shaun and my little sweetie, although she isn’t little anymore. Guess I should say young lady.
    Have a wonderful week.

  20. Awesome ideas, but it’s still summer and I want it to last much longer:-)

  21. what a beautiful blog, Shirley. Mother and I surely enjoyed all of the dazzling pictures of Fall. It can’t come soon enough! This summer has been blistering hot down here in Florida. Thanks for the smile you put on my face reading your words.

  22. Fabulous Fall tips from awesome ladies … thank you! I’m ready to say goodbye to our horrible heat and hello to warm, but a little “crisp,” weather, for sure! I look forward to seeing your beautiful homes decked out for the upcoming season!
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  23. With temperatures in the high nineties everyday, I am so looking forward to autumn! Shirley, thank you for all the inspiration and great ideas! I am anticipating those cool nights and warm sunny days that autumn brings!
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  24. I was kind of shocked when I saw you were talking about fall…after all, it’s only Aug. 10. But I’m ready for it! Fall is my favorite too…and the heat and humidity are getting to me. Thanks for the inspiration! 😉

  25. Great Fall Decorations. I love how your porch looked last year, waiting to see how you decorate this Fall. Love your wagon….I had an old wagon and would decorate with Fall Décor and Winter Décor. I sure hate I sold that wagon…..oh well, I will have to find another one. Love all the seasons but I really do like the warmer weather, I don’t like cold weather because I can not enjoy the outdoors as much.

  26. Such beautiful ideas and I can’t believe it’s time to start thinking fall…amazing! Hope you’re having a great start to your week!
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  27. Can’t wait to see what you come up with this year Shirley! Your porch is always to die for.
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  28. I love autumn, but you’re gonna have to take me kickin and screamin into it this year. Summer is never long enough. I know down south it can be brutal, but we’ve had a great summer this year and I soooo want it to last.

    I am, however,looking forward to seeing what you do this year on your porch. It’s always so pretty and I’m sure this year will be no exception.
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  29. Beautiful–I am SO READY for fall! I feel like every season is my favorite when it’s about to arrive, but I just adore fall. Football, soup, back to school–and of course, pumpkin everything! XO, Christy
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  30. Shirley, I’m ready for fall! Thanks for the beautiful round up and inspiration 🙂
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  31. Lovely ideas… My favorite colors too… I also like to add a dash of purple to the fall colors… You inspire me to change things up…

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