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Four Easy Late Summer-to-Fall Decor Ideas

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.


Summer-to-Fall Decorating with Sunflowers

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 


Vibeke Design

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

Victoria Magazine

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!




Fall pillow french pillow cover gains aix le bains pillow farmhouse french country pillows

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.




Fall decorating with bittersweet vine bittersweet and dried roses vignette French country fall vignette with bittersweet

Dried bittersweet vine and dried roses are lovely together too.


French Vintage Fall Vignette with Bittersweet

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!


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  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Beautiful early fall inspiration Amber and I especially love the hydrangea vignette on your stove. Going back now to start pinning. Hope you will start feeling better sweet friend. I know how much you’re looking forward to fall decorating!

    August 27, 2021 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    You’ve shared so many beautiful ways to transition from summer to fall! As always, I enjoyed getting lost in your lovely decorating. You have such a talent for creating seasonal vignettes. I hope you are feeling better! Take care of yourself and thanks for hosting! Pinned!

    August 27, 2021 at 8:21 am
  • Reply CoCo

    So many stunning ways to celebrate Fall, Amber! I’ve never used sunflowers at home but seeing yours today definitely makes me want to try. They’re all really beautiful and you know I love the way you layer in all sorts of vintage goodies too. Thanks so much for putting this all together. I’m adding my prayers to all of the others you and your family recover from Covid soon. I know it’s not an easy thing to go through. Hugs, CoCo

    August 27, 2021 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    As always, stunning! Love the apple decor…I just made some apple crafts and will be sharing how I decorated my Kitchen with apples for Late Summer/Early Fall…..Thanks for sharing!! Love how your home looks!!

    August 27, 2021 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Marty

    Tons of inspiration. I always love seeing your home and how you display and feature all of your beautiful antiques. Great ideas for fall all around the house. Hope you and your family are feeling better.

    August 27, 2021 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    So many gorgeous vignettes and images. I love your use of harvesty fruit and naturals in decor. I’m going back thru to pin all the loveliness. Take care, Friend. Praying for you all. xo be well.

    August 27, 2021 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    I could pin every single photo in your posts. I never think to use fruit but am heading to a market soon. I get the aroma is wonderful. I’ve also never thought to use old school items either! So cute! Thank you for getting this together. Praying for y’all!

    August 27, 2021 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    All good ideas, and I love your apple and pear photos! Thanks again for hosting, and I am praying you feel better soon! Hugs, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    August 27, 2021 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Amber, I am just in awe of this collection of beauty. You are absolutely amazing. I am keeping you in prayer to get well soon. Thank you so much for hosting.

    August 27, 2021 at 9:09 pm
  • Reply Cindy Mctigue

    Hi Amber,

    Beautiful inspiration as always. Pulling dried flowers from the garden is perfect for early fall.

    I can’t wait to begin bringing hydrangeas inside to dry. I use them all fall season. I love mixing them with pumpkins, walnuts, dried oranges and acorns.

    I sent you a note today. I hope you’re healing and feel better soon.

    August 27, 2021 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Carol@Blueskyathome

    Amber, you have shared so many beautiful vignettes for early fall. It’s hard to pick just one. I love all the colors and the different containers for flowers and fruit.thanks you for hostessing another blog hop full of inspiration.

    August 31, 2021 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Rachel Harper

    Your ideas and beautiful styling have really inspired me. I’d like to share a link to your post on my Sunday, Dirt Road Adventures. I think my followers will love your ideas.

    August 31, 2021 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Rachel Harper

    I loved all your tips and beautiful styling. I’d like to share a link on my Sunday’s Dirt Road Adventures.

    August 31, 2021 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Rebecca Payne

    I love your apple plates, your wreath, and the sunflower pillow. Gorgeous.

    August 31, 2021 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    Amber, I hate hearing you and your husband have Covid. I will certainly add you to my prayer list. I am so sorry you are afflicted.

    August 31, 2021 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Christy @ Our Southern Home

    You truly have a gift for styling. Your collections always amaze me! Happy fall sweet friend.

    September 5, 2021 at 7:20 am
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