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How to Transition from a Summer to a Fall Vignette

With August almost over, are you ready to change your home decor from summer to fall? It’s not hard if you know how to transition from summer to a fall vignette.

Rather than thinking of transitioning an entire room from one season to the next, I like to focus on small areas. Like eating an elephant one bite at a time.

Earlier this week, I began to transition my home decor from summer to fall. I started with a new fall~inspired mantel in our living room.

My next focus areas were the living room coffee table and our sofa table. These areas are small and it’s easy to decorate them.

How to Transition from a Summer to a Fall Vignette

Vignettes are items that form a cohesive and interesting grouping of accessories. We use them in different areas in all areas of our homes. I almost always start in our living room.

The color scheme of summer to early fall can be abrupt or subtle. My summer color scheme was mostly blue and white. I would use a totally different color scheme as I transitioned from summer to fall vignettes.

I’m not the only one transitioning from summer to fall decor. Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home is hosting a group of bloggers who are sharing their take on moving from summer to fall. The list of bloggers is at the bottom of the page. You can start with my talented friend Shelley of Calypso in the Country.


How do you transition your house from summer to fall? Here are my suggestions:

  • Remove all your summer decor
  • Decide on a color scheme and a design theme
  • Gather the fall items that you can use from your home
  • Decide if you need to purchase any new items
  • Start arranging the different “ingredients” you have until have you are happy with the vignettes

If you saw my new fall mantel, you know that my fall color scheme is soft with muted fall colors. My design theme is natural and neutral, using organic elements, such as wood, burlap, glass, paper, and florals.


I had already moved some of the blue and white items on our coffee table to other places. Here is a quick view of the coffee table as it looked before I removed all the items.

coffee table with blue and white items

My first step was to move my dough bowl from our kitchen island console table to the coffee table. Then I added several terra cotta pots.

The colors of muted greens, greys, and rust are perfect for fall. The wood and clay add the organic feel I wanted for fall.

fall terra cotta pots in wood tray on coffee table

I tucked in some eucalyptus vines around the pots. One “butterscotch” candle added more color. It’s scented and when I set it in the dough bowl, I really got a whiff of fall.

fall terra cotta pots in wood tray on coffee table

With my first fall vignette in place, I needed another one to complete the coffee table.

Checking my gathered stash of fall decor, I spied one more of the twig pumpkins I love. The other two I had used on the mantel.

netural pumpkins on candlesticks on fall mantel

Using the third twig pumpkin on the coffee table would connect the mantel and the table.

I just needed to find something to set the twig pumpkin on. My round baskets and trays were too large. I remembered my woven placemats. They are the perfect size and texture.

On top of the woven placement, I stacked a green salad plate and dinner plate from my Thanksgiving china. The green color picked up the green of the eucalyptus.

twig pumpkin on white stand

I used a cupcake stand to give a little height to the pumpkin. Also, I absolutely love the rough texture of the placemats. UnfortunateIy, I don’t remember where I bought them.

If you look closely at the plates, you might see turkey legs.

No hint of summer here. Transitioning from a summer to a fall vignette on the coffee table was really so easy. I didn’t purchase a single new thing. I love reusing accessories in new ways.

fall coffee table vignettes with orange candle and pumpkin


Our sofa table is always a prime decorating spot. I removed two white lanterns, two white vases, and two teal ceramic birds. I left two stacks of coffee table books and an oval wood tray.

For fall color, I first added a grouping of muted candles to the oval wood tray.

orange candles on sofa table

In the center of the table, I place a stone vase filled with faux limelight hydrangeas and more eucalyptus. We bought the stone vase at the McKinney Antique Mall in June. I’ve been waiting to use it in the right spot.

stone vase with greenery

Instead of the two white wood lanterns, I used my brass and glass lantern. (A Pier 1 purchase that has been used dozens of times.) I filled it with soft yarn balls that were in one of my sewing supply drawers. I wish I had another package.

brass and glass lantern

The three individual vignettes work together to form a fall~centered cohesive setting.

greenery in stone vase

My last way to transition from summer to fall was to remove my bright aqua and yellow summer pillows. Instead, I used my favorite fall pillow. I bought this pillow at IKEA a few years ago. I love the colors and the design.

multi-colored fall pillow

Here are more fall decorating ideas to inspire you.

I hope you loved how to transition from summer to fall ideas. There’s more for you with my blogger friends. Start with our hostess, Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

pin for later graphic in blue
signature with fall leaf

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  1. I love the transitional colors you are using from summer to fall. The sagey green with the butterscotch candles is gorgoeus, and the natural elements look so pretty. Love the little pots in the dough bowl. I especially love that beautiful urn too!

    Thank you so much for joining the hop!

  2. I love your inspiration, Carol. I’m in the subtle transitioning category this year. Hanging on to summer and treading lightly into fall at the same time. Never like this before! Thanks, as always, for sharing!

  3. Beautiful vignettes, Carol! Yes, I agree that tackling small areas makes it less overwhelming – and more fun! Thanks for all the lovely inspiration! Pinned!

  4. LOL Carol! I’m like you trying to eat that elephant one bite at a time. 😉 Loved your ideas. Hoping to get mine done by early next week. I’d like to do some DIY’s but I’m the type of person that can only concentrate on one task at a time. Looking forward to seeing what else you do.

  5. Love all the beautiful layers of colors and textures, Carol. They’re so pretty! Great advice on taking things one step at a time and one room at a time too. Thinking about decorating an entire house for Fall can definitely feel overwhelming. Love your approach! Hugs, CoCo