While hot August temperatures ensure that summer isn’t over just yet, most of us are starting to “feel the fall vibes” this time of year. If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer or to fully embrace all things fall, here are four easy late summer-to-fall decorating ideas to help you transition your decor between these beloved seasons.
Today I am excited to be joining a talented group of blogging in friends in sharing creative ideas for transitioning from late summer to early fall around our homes. You will find links to all the participants’ beautiful posts at the end of this post.
*I am currently fighting Covid, so I have not been able to really begin transitioning my decor this year. For today’s hop I am sharing four tried and true easy ideas for transitioning from summer to fall that I have used in the past, along with a few other inspirational photos. .
1. Quintessential Summer-to-Fall Sunflowers
August through September is sunflower time here in Kentucky, so I love decorating with a sunflower theme to ease into my favorite season. I always start by bringing out my favorite French botanical sunflower pillow covers to use in the living room or dining room in August.
Fresh sunflowers are always a good idea, but I love that I can keep my beautiful faux sunflowers on display all the way through September.
For some truly swoonworthy summer-to-fall sunflower inspiration, don’t miss this post!
2. Decorate with a Back-to-School Theme
Late August to early September is traditionally back-to-school time, so it seems fitting to decorate with vintage school-themed vignettes. Nothing symbolizes back-to-school and the early fall harvest quite like apples!
Easing Into Fall Mantel~Beyond the Picket Fence
Decorating with old school items is a great way to transition to fall if you aren’t quite ready for pumpkins and scarecrows.
Early Fall Back to School Vignette~House of Hawthornes
Vintage Back to School Ideas~My Weathered Home
I love the nostalgia of old school days…long before the days of virtual learning!
3. Incorporate Late Summer and Early Harvest Fruits
While sunflowers are the quintessential summer-to-fall flowers, apples are certainly the quintessential summer-to-fall fruit!
Before piling on the pumpkins, consider embracing other gifts of the harvest such as apples, pears, peaches, figs and grapes. The skins of these fruits have lovely autumnal tones.
For my Harvest Fruits Early Fall Tablescape I filled a doughbowl full of realistic faux pears, apples and acorns. Of course real apples and pears would have worked too, but they wouldn’t last around here!
Last year I used real peaches as part of my summer-to-fall transitional centerpiece…they were devoured shortly after the photos were taken!
I love that a peach theme brings in a bit of orange for late summer when it’s still a bit too early for pumpkins on the table.
Since I couldn’t resist the real peaches, I ended buying a couple of realistic fuzzy faux peaches from hobby lobby to use in decorating. The faux peach under the cloche in this vintage late summer vignette still made me hungry for peaches though!
4. Decorate with Dried Botanicals
I have always loved the beauty of the late-summer and early fall garden when some flowers are already fading and drying. Late August through September is also a great time to gather some beautiful fresh flowers and botanicals to dry and use in fall decorating.
I enjoy little gatherings of dried flowers from late summer bouquets displayed on shelves and in vignettes in late summer and fall. Dried flowers look especially pretty grouped with vintage botanical prints and transferware with autumn tones.
This time of year the hydrangeas are finishing their summer show in the garden, so it’s the perfect time to cut and dry them for use in fall decor.
I am seriously loving this wreath! I think it would be perfect for September and I just might have to make a similar one!
Decorating with wheat is perfect for early fall all the way through the holidays.
This dried bouquet of wheat, dried lavender and dried roses tied up with a pretty buff silk ribbon is one of my favorite gatherings.
Dried bittersweet vine and dried roses are lovely together too.
If you are already feeling all the fall vibes and you simply must have pumpkins, then go for it!
I hope you have enjoyed the four easy ideas for transitioning to summer to fall decorating! Now the inspiration continues over with Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life. Don’t forget to check out all the other fabulous late summer and early fall decorating ideas via the thumbnails below. I know you will enjoy them all!
Thanks for visiting today!