5 Autumn Decor Ideas For Those Who Hate Seasonal Styling

1) Eucalyptus



Such a cool plant! It smells fantastic and lasts ten times longer than cut flowers.  Plus, those pleasing smells are actually good-for-you essential oils! And unlike most of the scented candles on the market, they’re free of gross toxins like lead and phthalates.  There are literally hundreds of varieties of eucalyptus, and you can usually find more than one variety at your local plant nursery, florist, or grocery store.  Using multiple varieties will help to add some variety and interest to your decor without veering into plastic dancing-pumpkin territory. Here are four different varieties of eucalyptus, labeled at the store as “seeded,” “silver dollar,” “gum tree” and “baby blue” (clockwise from top left)


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Once you get your eucalyptus home, you’re going to want to trim the ends of the stems and then get it into some water.  Once you’ve got it in your vessel of choice, it’s go time!


Add some height and dress up a decorative tray or tablescape


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Add an organic touch to a shelfie 



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In a windowsill 


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In the kitchen 


Other uses: table centerpiece, DIY wreath, hanging in a window  


2) Succulents


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Yes! You can TOTALLY count these as seasonal decor.  Because we said so. Succulents are affordable, low maintenance, can be found at most grocery stores, and look way better in your home than a fake cornucopia or those throw pillows with felt leaves sewn on in fall colors.  Here’s what you do: Swap out the pot it comes in (if it’s new) or the pot you’ve been using (if it’s not) and substitute a planter or basket that goes with your home’s decor while also subtly saying “I am autumnal.” Go for fall colors (terracotta, anyone?) or fall shapes like a skull planter (cuz Halloween, duh).  Now that you’ve got your succulent in an sufficiently autumnal planter, try styling it. 

On a coffee table 


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In a bookshelf 


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On the kitchen counter 


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As a centerpiece for a dinner party


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3) Pumpkins & Gourds That Aren’t Orange


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If orange pumpkins make your eyes hurt, you’re not alone.  The only bright orange pumpkins we’re bringing home are the ones that come in a bag of Brach’s candy corn.  But lots of grocery stores and plant nurseries stock a variety of seasonal squash and gourds in the fall, and if you select carefully, this look can be quite subtle and chic.  A couple tips:

  • For smaller specimens, quantity is your friend.  Having just a couple mini pumpkins sitting out will look like random clutter.  You want to have enough to fill a decorative bowl or to artfully pile into an organic centerpiece.

  • Greens, whites, and grays can be warm or cool.  If the room you’re going to put them in is cool, choose gourds that are also cool in tone.  The same goes for warm rooms- choose warm green and cream options. (cool = blue undertones, warm = yellow undertones)

If you’re opting for a single large pumpkin or squash, go for the weirdest one you can find so that it acts like a sculptural piece of decor on your table or shelf.  Gooseneck gourds are a great option for this approach.


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4) Seasonal Produce


Simply display the seasonal fruits and vegetables that you already have in a pretty ceramic or wooden bowl on the kitchen counter.  Bonus: having healthy produce out where you can see it makes you more likely to eat it.


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5) Seasonal Letter board Quotes


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Use your letterboard (or lightbox sign) to display a seasonally themed message.


Happy Fall!


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