Favorite Fall Decorating Trick

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If you’re looking for Fall decorating inspiration, you’ve come to the right place!

Do you ever dread decorating for a new season because you feel like you can’t think of any new ideas?  Maybe you just skip the seasonal decorating all together for that very reason.  Well, I want to let you in on a little design method I use with each new season and every event I plan.

But, before we get started, I wanted to welcome you, if you are here for the Love to BHome in Fall Home Tours and have just come from Love of Home.

Scroll to the bottom for the rest of the home tours!

Favorite Fall Decorating Trick by sheholdsdearly.com

Ok, so the VERY FIRST step in all design is the brainstorming.  You cannot skip this part. You must brain storm. I usually spend a couple of days on this and just jot down the ideas as they come to me.

I think about what goes along with fall.   I think about the weather, about the traditional events, about the foods and changes in nature.

Fall Table Decorations by sheholdsdearly.com

Here is my recent brainstorming list:

  • Weather- rain, wind, darker skies, cold
  • Traditional Events- last picnics and outdoor games, back to school, more time indoors, harvest time, Halloween, turkeys, pheasants
  • Foods- soups, apples, hot drinks
  • Changes in Nature- pumpkins, mums, falling leaves, acorns

You see, not too hard.

Then, from that list, I started listing specific household items that coincide with the above ideas.

Autumn Table Decorations by sheholdsdearly.com

Here is my decoration/ shopping list:

  • Weather- boots, umbrellas, sweaters (in this case- sweater pillows), blankets, candles, lanterns, firewood
  • Traditional Events- books (vintage), picnic baskets, tennis rackets (vintage), “drop zone” inspired spot with a back to school feel
  • Foods- tea kettle, mugs, soup tureens, tea pot, cup and saucer
  • Changes in Nature- pheasant feathers, pumpkins (velvet, painted and copper tones), apples, oak leaves, acorns, mums

I show how to make a sweater pillow in my Simple Sweater Pillow Tutorial.

You can learn about my pumpkins in How to Make Velvet Pumpkins.

I had almost the things on my list, so I started collecting and arranging key spots around the house- the front porch, coffee table, piano, wood stove, etc.

See if you can spot the items from my list!

Front Porch

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Front Porch Sources

Living Room

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Fireside Room

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This brainstorming trick works for all design projects, in my experience- parties, room makeovers, seasonal decor, invites, you name it.

Try writing out a list like this and see what you already have on hand!

Favorite Fall Decor by sheholdsdearly.com

Fireside Room Sources

Your next stop on the tour is my sweet friend, Beth, from Unskinny Boppy.  Some of my best inspiration has come from Beth!

And Monday’s line up is included, as well. Be sure to check back for the Wednesday and Thursday schedules.

Unskinny Boppy

Monday 9/18

Southern Hospitality | Starfish Cottage | Cupcakes and Crinoline |
Celebrating Everyday Life
| Savvy Southern Style

Tuesday 9/19

My Soulful Home | Love of Home | She Holds Dearly | Unskinny Boppy

Wednesday 9/20

Home Made by Carmona | Teaselwood Design  | Little Farmstead | Our Southern Home | Housepitality Designs


Thursday 9/21

Stonegable | FrenchGardenHouse | Edith & Evelyn | Designthusiasm | Rooms for Rent


Enter to win this beautiful deluxe collection of velvet pumpkins from PlushPumpkin.
These pumpkins are hand made with silk velvet for a luxurious accent to your home.
To enter please visit PlushPumpkin and/or pin the image above and let us know in the comments that you did. We trust you and good luck!
The winner will be chosen by random and notified by email on Sept. 22.


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  1. September 19, 2017 / 5:19 AM

    Sarah, beautiful home ready for fall and great tips for coming up with decor ideas for the season.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 19, 2017 / 6:25 PM

      Hey Kim, thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words. They mean so much coming from someone as talented as you!

  2. Alison S
    September 19, 2017 / 5:27 AM

    Thank you for the chance to win. They have really beautiful items!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 19, 2017 / 6:26 PM

      Thank you for entering. I hope you win! xoxo

  3. September 19, 2017 / 6:03 AM

    Sarah your home is just so warm and welcoming! You had me at the front porch! Beautiful!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 19, 2017 / 6:30 PM

      Awww, what a sweet thing to say! That is what I want my home to be viewed as.

  4. Marie
    September 19, 2017 / 7:17 AM

    Ok, I visited and pinned in hopes of winning the gorgeous Plush Pumpkins. Thank you for the opportunity.

  5. September 19, 2017 / 7:53 AM

    Sarah, your home is just beautiful, so welcoming – I would love to join you there, beginning with your front porch. What a lovely spot to sit and drink that first cup of coffee of the day, or a cup of tea in the afternoon. And then, inside, I love the natural colors, with white and greens. They whisper of fall without being loud, perfect. You create spaces that bring people calm and peace, which is a gift to everyone who comes to your beautiful home. It’s a blessing to be on this tour with you.
    Xo Lidy

  6. September 19, 2017 / 10:49 AM

    Wow Sarah! Just when I thought I couldn’t love your home any more. So beautifully decorated for fall. I enjoyed your brainstorming tips and approach to first shop from your own home. Amazing job! ~julie

  7. September 19, 2017 / 2:53 PM

    Sarah, it’s all so beautiful- I love your more neutral Fall with greens and browns and white pumpkins- that’s my favorite combo! Wishing you a wonderful week!!

  8. Cassandra e
    September 19, 2017 / 3:17 PM

    So many gorgeous spaces. I will be so sad if you go what seems to be the way of so many bloggers….and start replacing your lovely furnishings with more modern items. I adore your home and your style. Will there be a tutorial on the oak cutting hanging wreath? Loved it. And always love plush pumpkins. But that’s not why I’m commenting….I just love the wreath, and that you hung a painting on the porch!

  9. September 19, 2017 / 3:27 PM

    Your decor is beautiful, Sarah! I love your train of thought and how you pull everything together to create such a welcoming home.

  10. September 19, 2017 / 4:54 PM

    Your home is always so beautiful in every season and every day for that matter….I love the “brainstorming” idea! Beautiful details in every space that says a happy family lives here!!

  11. September 19, 2017 / 5:27 PM

    So much charm and loveliness to take in!! Thank you so much Sarah for opening your beautiful home to us on the tour – and for sharing those great tips for brainstorming ideas for decor!!

    It’s a joy being on the tour with you!!


  12. September 19, 2017 / 5:31 PM

    lovely. all of it. thanks for the giveaway! xo- maryjo

  13. Margaret
    September 19, 2017 / 5:35 PM

    Visited, pinned, and WOW. So warm and inviting. Makes me want to snuggle in with a hot cup of tea!

  14. Ardith
    September 19, 2017 / 5:40 PM

    Your Fall home is truly lovely, Sarah. It’s like taking a breath of sweet fresh air. Cheers, Ardith

  15. Tanya Hulbert
    September 19, 2017 / 5:40 PM

    This really inspired me to get in gear and put out my fall decor. I needed the push! I especially love the oak leaves and want to see how I can display some lovely branches since I don’t have a chandelier. Everything, I mean everything looks gorgeous. I did pin those lovely velvet pumpkins so we’ll see! I also love the little velvet bottoms on the acorns.

  16. September 19, 2017 / 5:55 PM

    Everything looks SO beautiful, Sarah! Thanks for the shoutout! 🙂

    Those little golden acorns are awesome! I need.

  17. Shelly F
    September 19, 2017 / 6:13 PM

    I’m currently decorating my newly drywall/painted living room after having dark, horrid 70’s style paneling. I happened upon your blog while visiting another blog. So happy I did. Love your style! I pinned the pumpkins to my “Fall” board. They would look lovely on my rough-cut mantel. 🙂

  18. Juliette Glaviano
    September 19, 2017 / 8:07 PM

    I’m so happy that I subscribed to your newsletter. I love decorating my home, especially for the holidays. You have some great ideas. Thank you for a chance to win the velvet pumpkins. I pinned it to my “holiday” board on Pinterest!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:24 PM

      That’s so great! Holiday decorating is so much fun, I agree.

  19. Michelle
    September 19, 2017 / 8:07 PM

    Love your brainstorming idea…that’s my goal for Fall decorating this year. Only use what I have around my home and outdoors!
    Thank you for the pumpkin giveaway opportunity!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:27 PM

      Yes, of course! Thanks for stopping by.

  20. Ann Harrison
    September 19, 2017 / 8:24 PM

    Loving these pumpkins I pinned and browsed their site. LOVE!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:27 PM

      Awe, so glad you like them!

  21. September 19, 2017 / 8:26 PM

    I love all of your ideas and will try the brainstorming advice. What lovely pumpkins! I pinned it in cottage Necessities. Thankyou

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:28 PM

      Thank you, Lorna, you’re so sweet!

  22. Lauren Harkness
    September 19, 2017 / 8:34 PM

    I recently bought some plush pumpkins for a friend and am totally in love with them! I definitely need some for myself too! I pinned them in Fall Decor! Thank you for sharing your beautiful style!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:32 PM

      Oh, this makes me happy, you’re so nice!

  23. Sherry
    September 19, 2017 / 8:45 PM

    Love your ideas!! Pinned the beautiful pumpkins!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:32 PM

      Thank you!

  24. September 19, 2017 / 9:39 PM

    I visited! Gorgeous, Lovely, Awesome!!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:33 PM

      Thank you, that’s so sweet!

  25. September 19, 2017 / 9:40 PM

    Pinned too ~ Ooops!

  26. September 19, 2017 / 9:42 PM

    Everyone in blog land is showcasing their take on fall decorating. Yours is by far my very favorite. Your rooms are soothingly beautiful with serene touches of green – simple and inviting. Happy Fall!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:35 PM

      Sandy, thank you, this made my day!

  27. September 20, 2017 / 4:00 AM

    definitely putting that ‘brainstorm’ idea to use! Thanks for the suggestion. And I did pin the pumpkin image…thanks for the opportunity to win some of those beauties!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:38 PM

      So glad it helped, and thanks for stopping by!

  28. Janet Gonzales
    September 20, 2017 / 4:19 AM

    Absolutely love what you guys have done to your home. It’s not quite Fall tempts here in Texas, but have already started the Fall decor and can’t wait to see the outcome. These cute Lil pumpkins would sure add a nice touch. Have a great day!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:40 PM

      Awe, thanks, hope your day goes well, too!

  29. Renee
    September 20, 2017 / 6:02 AM

    Great ideas , put together so nicely

  30. KBertelsen
    September 20, 2017 / 6:33 AM

    Love the pumpkins!

  31. karen andrews
    September 20, 2017 / 6:55 AM

    The velvet pumpkins are gorgeous – they are a feast for the eyes. I have pinned these beauties 🙂

  32. Kaycee
    September 20, 2017 / 7:26 AM

    Your Fall home tour is just beautiful! I love the cooper teapot and mugs used in your decor! I’ve been picking up cooper items at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales this past year and will be using them in my fall decorating as well! Thank you for sharing your “brainstorming tip” for decorating, it is brilliant! I visited the Plush Pumpkin website and pinned too!

  33. Penny
    September 20, 2017 / 7:43 AM

    Thank you for so many good ideas for Fall! I like lists and I really liked your list for implementing ideas. Also, thanks for the velvet pumpkin giveaway from Plush Pumpkins! I pinned it to my Fall/Thanksgiving Decorating board.

  34. karen
    September 20, 2017 / 9:18 AM

    I collect pumpkins and have many beautiful ones. These would make a gorgeous addition to my collection!

  35. Jenny McDowell
    September 20, 2017 / 10:34 AM

    Velvet anything – but especially in the fall! ? These are now on my Autumn Style board. And thanks for all the great pics and tips! ?

  36. Paula
    September 20, 2017 / 11:18 AM

    Such beautiful pumpkins! I happily pinned them to my Fall…My Fav Board on Pintrest

  37. Susan Brocious
    September 20, 2017 / 12:48 PM

    Love the plush pumpkins website! Visited and browsed!

  38. Dianne Huffman
    September 20, 2017 / 10:59 PM

    Absolutely lovely and welcoming spaces that help us step into the season. Your creativity and use of simple pieces definitely prove that less is more. Often farmstyle decorating involves clutter but your display of simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and the velvet pumpkins are the exclamation point!

  39. Lisa Keisel
    September 21, 2017 / 4:31 AM

    Plush Pumpkins site visited. Lovely.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:42 PM

      Thank you, I’m glad you like them!

  40. Trish
    September 21, 2017 / 9:10 AM

    Adore your style!!! That sweater pillow is gorgeous! And oh my word, Plush Pumpkin might just break the bank with their scrumptious pumpkins! (I’m going to run out of adjectives soon 😉 )

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:47 PM

      Oh, Trish, you’re so sweet!

  41. Cindy A.
    September 21, 2017 / 9:21 PM

    Your home is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your trick and offering such a lovely giveaway. I pinned the image on Pinterest.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:52 PM

      Thanks for the pin and all the kind words, you’re the best!

  42. Linda K
    September 21, 2017 / 11:13 PM

    Thanks for your tips.
    I love your use of the little wool coat!
    I pinned the image.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:53 PM

      Glad to help and thanks for the pin!

  43. Beth B.
    September 22, 2017 / 5:29 AM

    This is my first time viewing you blog. I really appreciate your tips on thinking through the season and incorporating that “feel.”

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:54 PM

      I’m gald you liked it, thank you for stopping by!

  44. Denise Durie
    September 22, 2017 / 5:25 PM

    Love your site! I visit often sigh and would love to win the pumpkins!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 8:59 PM

      Thank you! I hope you win them!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 25, 2017 / 9:01 PM

      You’re always so encouraging, thank you!

  45. Nan, Odessa, DE
    September 23, 2017 / 1:49 PM

    Sarah, You pinned a BEE poster/hanging on Sept 21. Please tell me WHERE to find this poster/hanging?
    Thank you!

  46. Jana
    September 27, 2017 / 5:19 AM

    Your home is beautiful and inviting! Love your ideas! Thank you for the plush pumkin opportunity…I have always loved these!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 1, 2017 / 9:20 PM

      Thanks for stoping by, glad you enjoyed it!

  47. September 28, 2017 / 7:53 PM

    Simply stunning as always! My mind is spinning with ideas. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  48. Kim
    September 30, 2017 / 9:42 PM

    I visited! Thank you fir the chance to win those sweet velvet pumpkins. Your home is stunning!

  49. October 3, 2017 / 4:39 PM

    Everything looks so pretty! I do a bit of brainstorming prior to each seasonal change, too. I had to chuckle though at the mention of rain, rain boots and cold weather….living in the AZ desert, there is no need for rain gear of any kind (well, maybe an umbrella for when we travel out-of-state)!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 13, 2017 / 1:23 PM

      Oh gosh, so true. Here in the Pacific Northwest we get more than our fair share of cold, wind and rain.:(

  50. Lois Leaves
    September 16, 2018 / 5:32 PM

    LOVE your use of white and green rather than typical fall colours.
    Pinned the Plush Pumpkin pic. thanks for the opportunity. Would absolutely love this!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 26, 2018 / 9:01 PM

      I can tell we are kindred spirits! The green and white always speak to me, too.

  51. Michele McDaniel
    September 24, 2018 / 6:18 AM

    Your home is beautiful! Great ideas! Love the pumpkins…pinning and visiting the site!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 26, 2018 / 9:24 PM

      Michele, you really know how to make a girl’s day. 😀

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