If you know or follow any Californians, you’re probably well aware that the weather is anything but fall like, but we’re yearning for it badly. Hence why we’re all sharing ideas for natural fall decor for our homes – anything to make it a reality.
Just like my discoveries of natural winter decor, easy ways to decorate a summer dinner table, and even my homemade air freshener experiments, these fall decor ideas are easy, straightforward, and embracing what the season naturally gives us.
The best part about these home decor ideas is that you don’t really have to worry about storing them after the season is done and oftentimes items are free (and in your yard) or support local farms and businesses!
Full disclosure, dehydrated citrus can actually stay up well into the new year! Talk about convenient!
Natural Fall Decor
Since fall lends itself to rustic vibes, this is a great season to ‘spruce’ up your home with whatever you have on hand – mason jars over fancy vases, DIY crafts over perfection, etc.
I’ve also found that any array of fall recipes also helps your senses with the fall mood!
So let’s get to some examples – many of which I’ve already placed around our home.
The first easy one is pumpkins and squash.
Sugar pumpkins are the kind you can bake and make into good pumpkin puree for baking.
And there are the carving kind and then a whole slew of other options including the bumpy pumpkins (also known as knucklehead pumpkins)!
When it comes to pumpkins, try to find local farmers and markets who are selling squash and pumpkins, so start there!
People in your area might also be growing them, so ask around.
And if you wait until after Halloween, you can get a bargain on all kinds of pumpkins.
If you keep these pumpkins away from any heat or water, they’ll last for months – just keep an eye on their undersides.
And if we’re really getting natural, and easy, leaves are a great way to decorate. You can place them outside near your pumpkins or in jars or bowls in the house.
Just remember to keep them dry and a gentle brush to get off any dust or bugs would be a good idea.
My most favorite decor this year might be green apples in my acacia bowl, however! But full disclosure, we’re eating these so quickly, this one will have to be replenished regularly!
You don’t think of flowers when it comes to fall decor, but they’re a natural option! Dried greenery and even wheat (pictured below) are fun.
You can also look for muted or bolder hues of flowers to place around your home.
The one natural fall decor idea I haven’t gotten to yet is dried orange slices. Oranges aren’t quite falling from trees yet here, so I’ll have to wait on this one, but when the times comes, I’ll be ready!
Photography by Sacramento Photographer Val Leddy