7 Ways To Transition From Summer To Fall

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Here are 7 ways that you can seamlessly begin to transition the decor in your home to fall, while still embracing summer vibes.

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Don’t worry – I’m not ready to let go of summer quite yet- it is my favorite season of the year after all! But – fall is coming. I can feel it in the air and I can hear it in the sounds of nature at night.

As we stand at the crossroads between the sun-soaked days of summer and the cozy embrace of fall, I invite you to join me on a leisurely journey. A journey where we begin the process of gradually shifting the decor in our homes from the vibrant energy of summer to the warm and cozy palette of autumn.

BTW – you’re getting a pretty good peek at the decorating changes that I’ve been making in my living room over the last few month. It’s still a work in progress, but I’ll share a full tour when the room is complete!

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There are no hard and fast rules about when you should decorate for fall, but personally, I prefer to e a s e into the season instead of ‘it’s summer at my house one day and full-on fall the next’.

Taking the slow approach is less stressful and actually helps me to accept the fact that summer is almost over.

Pillow Talk – Summer to Fall

Pillows are like the chameleons of interior design. Changing your throw pillows is an obvious and easy way to start to bring some fall color into your rooms.

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During this transitional time of the year, look for pillows with a design that still works well for summer, but have some fall color in them. Swap out those bright and breezy summer patterns for ones that straddle the line between the two seasons.

Think warm oranges/coral, muted yellows, and deep blues – a perfect bridge from summer’s vibrancy to fall’s coziness.

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Accessorizing Magic

Sometimes, all it takes is a little accessorizing magic to set the mood.

Coffee tables, end tables and shelves are perfect spots for adding accessories that hint at the approaching fall season.

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Tuck in a small fall colored vase, filled with a few dried stems, to the decorations on an end table.

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Add a decorative bowl in a color that gives a hint of fall to the top of a stack of books on the coffee table.

In case you haven’t noticed, brass has been making a huge comeback in the world of home decor over the past year or so. The warm color of the metal is perfect for accessories that hint at fall.

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Add decorative plates with fall colors to the back of vignettes on shelves.

Transitional Artwork

Time to give your walls some love! Swap out those tropical prints for artwork that boasts the rich and earthy colors of fall.

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It could be a landscape painting featuring golden leaves, a still life of harvest fruits or an abstract that contains both summer and fall colors.

This painting, hanging in my breakfast nook, is a perfect example. Because of the colors, it’s a good combination to bridge the gap between summer and fall.

Fall colored artwork on the top, summer pillows below!

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In The Kitchen

Add fall colored produce, such as ripe peaches, oranges or pears and place them in a pretty bowl on your counter.

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Not only do they look pretty, but they also make for a delicious and healthy snack!

Next to swapping out throw pillows, creating a vignette is one of the easiest ways to add seasonal touches around your home.

Create a late summer vignette in a spot on your kitchen counter by adding a couple of fall colored accessories. Bonus points if they actually have a function, such as holding utensils.

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Stems and Florals

Combine faux floral stems in fall shades – deep reds, rusty oranges, and elegant burgundies – with some faux greenery for an arrangement that captures the essence of both seasons.

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I simply added a few fall colored stems to the existing greenery stems on the vases on my mantel for a hint of fall.

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For a pretty late-summer spot on your coffee table, bring home a pretty fall colored plant from the floral department of your local grocery store. Plop it in a pretty bowl, add some Spanish moss to the top and voila!

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You have a lovely, eye-catching arrangement with very little effort or expense.

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Late Summer Entertaining

Will you be doing any hosting soon? How about over Labor Day?

You can’t go wrong with a combination of turquoise and coral when it comes to creating a tablescape that is filled with colors that speak to both summer and fall.

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Set the scene with these beautiful colors that intertwine the carefree spirit of beach days, while hinting a fall’s cozy embrace.

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If bright colors aren’t your style, you can still do something as simple as adding a rattan charger at each place setting or using fall colored napkins.

Candlelit Evenings

One of my favorite ways to spend a summer evening, is lounging on our screen porch. When darkness begins to fall, I much prefer the glow of candlelight instead of a harsh lightbulb.

The candles that I burn this time of year are scents that evoke the feeling, and the anticipation, of the approaching fall season.

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Whether it’s pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon or a woodsy scent, their fragrance creates a sense of anticipation for warm, cozy nights in front of the fire.

So there you have it, my fellow decor aficionados – 7 charming ways to ease your home from the carefree days of summer to the inviting embrace of fall. Remember, it’s not about saying goodbye to one season, but rather welcoming another with open arms (and a dash of creativity).

So go ahead, infuse your space with those warm and cozy fall vibes while keeping a little hint of summer’s cheer – your home will be the ultimate autumn haven!

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  1. Wow! So many changes! It looks beautiful! You must be so happy! I do wish you would go back to documenting your progress on Instagram. I miss you AND I really like to see how people think to place this here or that there. But, so excited to see how it all turns out!

    1. Thank you, Laura! I’m glad you’re liking the new look. I miss being on IG too and connecting with everyone there. I’ll get back on one of these days. lol If you have any questions in the meantime, just let me know.

  2. Great post! I’ve lived near Palm Beach all my adult life so this really speaks to me. Love all the birds, THAT screen! New? Love all the china pieces and is this the first I’m seeing the new breakfast room draperies up? 🥰

    1. Thank you, Pamela! The screen was love at first sight, but I sure was nervous about it before we hung it. My husband is actually the one the spotted it and talked me into it. haha

  3. Linda Hickey says:

    Love your decore, it’s all beautiful.

  4. Suzy,
    I just LOVE everything you do! You are so very talented.
    Would you mind sharing where you purchased the cream-colored sofa and
    also the chinoiserie planters? I too have a collection of chinoiserie but haven’t
    been able to find the planters.
    Thank you!

    1. You are SO sweet – thank you! That sofa is an oldie, but goodie. I paid $$$ for it back in the late 90’s and it has been recovered 4 times! The most recent fabric is a performance fabric. They call it a suede, but it looks and feels like velvet. Here’s a link to where you can purchase it: https://thefabricoutlet.com/collections/suede. Are you asking about the blue and white vases on my mantel? If so, they’re from Hobby Lobby – wait for the week that they are 50% off. The bowl on the coffee table came from Tuesday Morning. Just about everything else came from antique malls. 😀