Living Space

Living Space: Decorating for fall

Tribune Content AgencyOctober 11, 2013 

Many lovely fall decorations are free for the taking from your own backyard.


Decorating for fall is both easy and an invitation to stretch your creativity. You can even get double duty out of your efforts by combining elements to add an autumn touch and offer a nod to Halloween.

Start at the front

If you have a mailbox at the end of your driveway, why not turn it into a focal point? Tie some corn stalks together and add a vignette of hay, mums and pumpkins. Besides creating a beautiful scene to welcome visitors, your display will be a nice diversion for the mail carrier.

Another terrific spot to decorate is the planting beds at the front of your house. Create a scene with a scarecrow in a chair, tilt his head to make him look like he’s napping, and dot the scene with crows. Layer in apple baskets filled with mums and tuck in colorful pumpkins, gourds and squash.

On the front porch, adding a simple table between two rockers or chairs decked out with branches of bright red and orange leaves is simple and fast. Lean an old wooden ladder against a wall and wind vines and swags of fall leaves through the rungs. Pair a large lantern filled with mini pumpkins with glowing jack-o’-lanterns.

Dress up the front door with a swag of vines and autumn leaves. If all of your flowers have faded, replace them with stacked pumpkins. Set a twig wreath inside a planter and center pumpkins on top of the wreath. Wrap with vines of dried berries or dried grape vines.

Indoor scene

Create a lavish fall display on your mantel. Symmetrical or asymmetrical styles are both attractive above a fireplace. Mix up deeply colored candles, pumpkins and acorns from the yard. As an alternative, pull together an arrangement of large hurricane lanterns filled with acorns or colorful leaves.

In the kitchen, drape cabinets or vent hoods with premade fall garlands. Tuck in tiny squashes and ears of Indian corn to add depth and dimension. If you have a large center island, create a mound of pumpkins and squash. Add tall dried branches for vertical interest.

For small fall touches, perch squash and pumpkins on small containers. They’ll look like pedestals, giving your pumpkins height and prominence. Stick these in kitchen corners or on the living room coffee table, surrounded by ivy studded with berries or other fall foliage.

Don’t forget about simple decorative elements like dried grasses, twigs, hay and branches. Your own backyard is filled with fall beauty, and you can pluck whatever you want for free!

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