KISS Fall Decorating – Rustic Farmhouse Fall Shelves And Centerpiece

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My farmhouse style shelves are decorated with KISS meaning keep it simple sweetie!KISS Fall Decorating graphic.Pin

Okay, my friends – this decorating for fall (or any season or holiday) stuff can get way out of hand if we let it!  I mean, we all have more than enough demands on our time – right?  So, pardon my grammar, but ain’t nobody got time to get stressed out about decorating!  That’s why I’ve subscribed to the KISS method of fall decorating!  Know what K-I-S-S stands for?  Keep It Simple Sweetie.

Rustic open shelves decorated for fall with wood tones, soft golds and black and white || Worthing CourtPin

Let me explain a little of what I’m talking about.  Take a look at the two photos below.  The photo on the left is of my breakfast area shelves decorated for late summer (click HERE to see that post if you missed it).  The photo on the right is of the same rustic farmhouse shelves decorated for fall.

The open shelves decorated for fall with green apples, plates and a wreath around the pig head.Pin

When I decorated these open shelves for late summer, I intentionally created a “background” that would allow me to just switch a few decor items up for fall.  Why reinvent the design wheel if you don’t have to?

Pumpkins replaced the green apples that were previously in the wooden dough bowl under Mr. Herbert……

Herbert the pig has a wreath with a checkered bow around him and a dough bowl filled with fall items underneath on the shelves.Pin

……and down below, yellow candles replaced the apples on the candlesticks and pumpkins were added under the small lamp with a very small green wreath on it.

The rustic shelves have a wooden toolbox, black and white striped dishes and pitcher and also yellow candles.Pin

I scattered a few fabric pumpkins around and added woodsy acorns to the wooden bowl……

There is a orange fabric pumpkin on plates and a neutral fabric pumpkin beside the cups on the shelving unit.Pin


The salt and pepper shakers are on the plates that are on the shelves.Pin

……but, everything else on the farmhouse style shelves stayed the same.  Super easy!

Farmhouse breakfast area open shelves decorated for fall above the wooden hutch.Pin

Same thing with the centerpiece on the table.  The photo on the left is the late summer look (see how I created this in 5 minutes HERE) and the photo on the right is the centerpiece tweaked for fall.

You only need to tweak an existing centerpiece a little bit to make it fall ready with a pumpkin beside the wooden beads on the right picture.Pin

I simply added feathers to the vase of eucalyptus and wheat stalks, removed a couple of plates, added a soft golden pumpkin and moved the wooden bowls to a different spot.

A white pitcher is filled with eucalyptus leaves, feathers and it is on a wooden tray that is round on the table.Pin

The small wooden bowls were moved to the other side of the centerpiece.

Small wooden bowls are beside the white pitcher on the dining room table.Pin

I didn’t even rearrange the wooden beads!  I don’t know if this whole thing even took me two minutes total.

Overhead view of an easy fall centerpiece in the centre of the farmhouse table.Pin

My point in all of this is to encourage you to think ahead when you’re decorating a space – any space.  This principle can apply to one small spot, a whole room or your whole house.  Try to create a “base” of decor items that can remain in place no matter what you change for a season.  If you’ll think it through and do this one thing, it will make your decorating life so much less stressful – pinky promise!  KISS!

Fall rustic open shelves and centerpiece in the dining room.Pin




One fall coffee table styled two ways graphic.Pin


Easy fall front porch with two urns and pumpkins on them.Pin


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  1. Thanks for the great fall tips!

  2. Mary Michelle says:

    The perfect way to decorate – so sensible and pretty.

  3. So pretty and what an easy way to change it up seasonall. Sharing on my FB page this morning 🙂

  4. I like the idea of K-I-S-S decorating for fall. I’m trying to decorate for fall, but I’m struggling on how to put thing together in my coastal home. I’m loving a softer side of fall with a color palette of blue, gray, greens, weathered wood and metallics , to achieve a soothing look. I’m going to try your method of thinking ahead and creating a base for a serene environment. Thanks for this post today! xo! 🙂

  5. I love how simple yet so pretty!

  6. I love the curtains! Can you tell me where you got them or where I can find some similar? It’s all beautiful!

    1. Hi Jamese. The curtains came from Target, but I believe this specific pattern has been closed out. 🙁 These are from Target too and have a very similar pattern, but they have a grommet top instead of a rod pocket: I don’t know what length you’re looking for, but these only come up to 84″ long. If these won’t work for you, you might try doing a Google search for “medallion drapery panels”.

  7. am living in the Uk and fast becoming addicted to Worthing Court and Summerhill Farmhouse….such lovely ideas…..fall decorating hasnt yet come to the UK yet….but I am starting it myself…starting with my welcome “fall” wreath made out of twigs, burlap, foliage from hedgerows and wooden hearts saying WELCOME.

  8. I am starting to adopt the KISS principle . It seem so easy to gather stuff and now I feel I need to declutter when I change seasons with my decor. I love your open shelves and want to incorporate some in my kitchen renovation . Your post is very helpful.

  9. Diane Walters says:

    O yes…I’m for KISS any season of the year!

  10. I adore your pig–truly one of a kind. Why the name Mr. Herbert? Your style is so sensible. You are one classy lady!

    1. Oh, I don’t really know why I’m named him that, Bev. Maybe it’s because it just sounds like a piggy name to me! 😀

  11. Love the simplicity in this hectic world – creativity with time savings are key to me!

  12. Katherine says:

    Love the idea of adding feathers to your centerpiece to make it fall! Thanks for all your simple and creative ideas.

  13. I like this idea. Just enough to give you the feel of the season without the 20 storage boxes. Lovely.

  14. I am all for simplicity. Love fall decor that extends into Thanksgiving, not a fan of Halloween decor. I find myself too only changing out a few key pieces in our rooms. I love my dough bowls for this reason!!

  15. Diane Westbrook says:

    Love the idea of using “KISS”! I tend to use too many items when setting up displays and I will now heed that new rule! I especially love the addition of feathers to the pitcher….need to check out some stores to find some.
    thanks for all your great ideas!

  16. Such a simple, practical, wonderful idea. You definitely capture the look of the season, but dont have to lug tubs of decor back and forth! Love it!

  17. Deb Pelton says:

    I totally agree with the less is more seasonal decorating. I too like the quiet whispers of the seasons changing rather than the cheerleader rah rah rah. It just gets too cluttery for me. I different front door decoration, a few pumpkins spilling down the stairs, a couple of mums in the window boxes. Same sort of thing inside. A few min pumpkins, some feathers and acorns, dried yarrow. That’s enough for me.

  18. I love Fall and your ideas are just perfect.

  19. I like the way you think! Simple but cute!