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Revel in the Joy of Fall Decor

Fall decor makes its mark on your home with bright, warm colors and harvest motifs. Start planning your tabletops, doorways, holiday looks and other decor as soon as the afternoons become a little shorter--or before, so you're ready that first cool night.

Focus on the classic elements, like colorful leaves, gourds, pumpkins and the flickering glow of candlelight. With every week, add to your decorative arrangements. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, your home can be a tribute to all things autumnal.

Celebrating The Fall Tabletop

One of the simplest ways to transition into the new season is at the table. Design your fall tabletop with Thanksgiving decorations in mind. Start with a few elements to ring in autumn and continue curating pieces you know you'll need for the holiday season.

  • Add punches of red, orange, yellow and brown to the table. Look to linens, like placemats, cloth napkins or tablecloths and runners, to integrate the first hints of color.
  • Create a series of evolving centerpieces with candles, lanterns, decorative pumpkins or gourds and more. Add flowers or garlands as meals become warmer, heavier or more formal.
  • Switch out plates and dishes from everyday white to fun patterns that reflect the change of seasons outside.
  • Enjoy using new dishes, too. Soup bowls make more frequent appearances this time of year. Meals become heartier, so you might start using salad or dessert plates.

Decorating Your Entryway

Your entryway lets everyone in your neighborhood know how excited you are for fall. Your fall decor reflects your joy and care for your community, so indulge in the pieces you love best. Feel free to create full looks even as the trees become bare.

  • Start with beautiful doorway decor, like a wreath. Embellish the look with a garland that you drape over your head jamb.
  • Add botanical elements to planters surrounding your door. Enhance yellow and orange floral arrangements with wheat, pumpkins, gourds and other signs of the harvest season. Rotate sunflowers, pumpkins and other elements that speak to the seasons as the weeks progress.
  • Use this chance to lay the groundwork for new holiday lighting. Exterior lights and LED candles create a warm, welcoming glow.

Preparing for Thanksgiving

As you decorate, take stock of what you have and what you need for the Thanksgiving meal and weekend.

  • Replace dishes that need refreshing.
  • Select new serving pieces for dishes you add to the menu this year.
  • Count your flatware and add to your collection as needed.
  • Shop for new trends in linens and centerpieces.

As autumn rolls through, your home becomes a busy, happy center for all things fall. Enjoy this special time leading up to the holidays.