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September means it’s time for fall decorating. I’m not quite ready to go full-on fall with pumpkins, mums, and gourds in my decor but I am ready to shift from summer decor to fall. Today I’m sharing a few ideas for Summer to Fall Transitional Decor.
I’m sharing my ideas along with a talented group of bloggers for a Transitioning from Summer to Fall Blog Hop. This tour is organized by my friend Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home. I love Amber’s gorgeous old home and how she decorates it so beautifully with vintage style.
If you are visiting from Petite Haus, welcome! Angelina’s late summer decorating tips are sure to give everyone some ideas to use in their home.
Summer to Fall Transitional Decor Ideas
I love fall decor and each year I look forward to decorating my home for the season. I’ll soon unpack my fall totes and get busy switching my decor over to fall but for now I’ve added a few subtle touches of fall in my formal living room. I hope that my ideas will inspire you as you transition your home’s decor from summer to fall.
Idea One – Hydrangeas
In my neck of the woods Hydrangea has finished blooming but has naturally dried on the plant. I snipped blooms from my Hydrangea to use for the early fall coffee table vignette that I recently shared and also to use in my living room for an early fall mantel.
I used Hydrangea on the mantel and also on the fireplace hearth.
The Hydrangea on the mantel are arranged in florist vases that I saved. Another variety of Hydrangea fill a basket on the hearth.
On the other side of the room dried Hydrangea are displayed in an antique crock on an antique radio that a relative turned into a storage box. My winter gloves and hats are stored here.
The sheet music is WWI era and belonged to my grandmother’s cousin who lived in and whose father built the 1913 home that my mother restored. The piano that my grandmother’s cousin used to play this sheet music is back in its original home. My mother played the same piano as a girl as did I.
The 1960’s stereo console was my dad’s.
Ideas Two – Brown Glass
When decorating for fall, I tend to use rust, orange, yellow, and brown. To give my mantel a fallish feel, I used vintage brown bottles.
I love the contrast of the brown bottles with the green of the Hydrangea. My mother gave these two bottles to me. The smaller bottle is a bleach bottle and the larger I’m guessing originally held vinegar or bleach.
On the right side of the mantel is another Fleecy White bleach bottle and another brown jug. The jug was in a box of liquor bottles that my neighbor had at the end of his driveway to give away, so perhaps it was a liquor bottle. Someone was happy if that big jug was full of liquor.
Idea Three – Pottery
In the 1970’s and 80’s my grandmother collected pottery. She used some of it in her kitchen and my guess is that she used some of her collection for flower arrangements.
I inherited her collection and gave some of it to my good friend, Suzanne, who collects pottery. I don’t have a place to display it and Suzanne does, so I figured that it would be better for it to be displayed and loved rather than sit on a shelf in my basement.
The large lidded piece is marked Pitts ’77. I remember this piece sitting on a lazy Susan in the middle of my grandmother’s kitchen table. Suzanne bought the smaller piece for me at a pottery show that she attends in North Carolina every spring.
When my grandmother moved to a retirement home, I was given a lot of her things. The rule was if you wanted a piece of furniture, you may also have to take what was in the drawers whether you wanted it or not. I believe that is how I acquired this picture of a woman that I’ve never met.
My grandmother labeled many of her things so that we would know the history behind them. Aunt Fannie raised my grandmother and this woman, Teresa Branch, was her dear friend. My Aunt Nancy probably has the child flat silver that Teresa gave my grandmother.
I used another piece of Granny’s pottery on a table between the two wing chairs in front of my fireplace.
The round covered dish is marked “Pitts ’85”. The smaller dish is another pottery show gift from Suzanne. It’s perfect for holding rings on my dresser. The copper candle holder was a 50th birthday gift from a good friend.
Idea Four – Use Pillows and Throws
Pillows are an easy way to decorate for the season. I made these pillow covers to use on our recently renovated sunroom but moved them into the living room to replace the pastel pillows that were in this spot for early fall. The colors in this fabric are perfect for this time of year.
A throw over the chair adds a touch of cozy to the room.
Idea Five – Decorate with What is in Season
It’s apple season and I can’t wait to get to a local orchard to get some fresh apples to enjoy. Since it’s apple season, I decorated the chest in my living room with an apple theme.
The apple on the left is a McCoy piece.
The apples in this thrift shop wooden pedestal bowl that I made over are faux but from a distance they look real enough.
This apple vignette is also good for this time of year as I associate apples with school and it’s back to school time.
Since I’m a former teacher, I had a few apple pieces from my teaching days to use for this display. The silver apple was a gift from a student long ago and the marble apple was a retirement gift.
Idea Six – Decorate with Seasonal Sports Memorabilia
Fall is football time, so to celebrate the start of football, I created a football vignette on the table to the right of the mantel. Every year I decorate a corner of my family room with a vintage Virginia Tech theme. These items are usually a part of that display.
The 1940’s puzzle was my dad’s and the football helmet and football man were my grandfather’s.
My grandfather was born in 1908, so my guess is that the football man is about 100 years old. He made the stand that holds football man, probably so that he could be displayed at a museum where my grandmother loaned things to display.
The helmet was also my granddad’s. Granddaddy played football for Roanoke College and this helmet is either from his college days or from when he coached football in the 1930’s at William Byrd High School. My grandmother donated granddaddy’s football knickers to the Vinton historical society. One of these days I need to visit there to see them.
My summer to fall transitional decor will be enjoyed for a short while and then I’ll switch it out to pure fall.
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Next on the tour is Michelle from Thistle Key Lane. Michelle is sharing transitioning from summer to fall kitchen ideas and I can’t wait to read her post.
I hope you enjoy all of the summer ideas shared today on this Transitioning from Summer to Fall Blog Hop. Click on the links below to visit each blogger participating in today’s tour.