Early Fall Vignettes With Vintage Decor and Natural Elements

Are you looking for some fall decor inspiration? I’ll share some of my favorite early fall decorating ideas, including fall vignettes and natural elements from last year, and a few new ones as well.

fall season vignette

Decorating my home for fall is always a slow and drawn-out process. I take my time packing up all the bright-colored, coastal-inspired summer decor and start replacing it with a few fall decorations at a time.

Part of the process is waiting for fresh pumpkins to become available in our area after October 1st. So we have to settle for faux pumpkins until then.

When creating a fall vignette I always use vintage decor and natural elements you would find in the great outdoors. As far as I’m concerned, this is a winning combination!

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fall vignettes

Early Fall Vignettes for Your Home Decor

Of course, I have pumpkins throughout my home for autumn. Fresh and faux, big and little, they’re everywhere.

But today I’m showing you some of the other items you can use in a vignette to use WITH YOUR PUMPKINS.

fall vignette with green apples

Using Vintage Finds for Fabulous Fall Vignettes

I can’t even begin to list all the amazing vintage and antique pieces you can use for an early fall vignette, but I’ll try!

  • Scales
  • Containers
  • Pitchers
  • Suitcases
  • Wicker picnic baskets
  • Galvanized buckets
  • Anything ironstone
  • Books
  • Corbels
  • Glass bottles
  • Copper
  • Dough bowls
  • Wire baskets
  • Crocks
  • Toolboxes and caddies

And so on and so on…

pumpkin sign and fall vignette


Stacked books can add both height and color to any fall vignette.

fall vignette

Books are great for propping up a pumpkin too.

vintage books and fall décor
fall vignette with vintage scale and basket


I love using vintage pieces such as wicker picnic baskets and suitcases as foundation pieces for my fall vignette.

vintage basket and suitcase

You can stack them on top of one another or stack other decor on top of them.

vintage glass jars


Glass bottles are such pretty vintage items to mix into any fall vignette. At the beginning of every fall season, I replace the coastal summer blues with amber and darker green bottles for fall.

You can place a bunch of them together for impact or add one or two to a vignette.

vintage copper tea kettle and basket


I LOVE the warmth copper brings to any fall vignette. My favorite copper pieces are kettles, but there are bowls, canisters, buckets, pitchers, and much more to choose from.

pumpkins and fall decor


Trays, bowls, and wire baskets are perfect for filling with pumpkins, pinecones, or apples.

wire basket with green apples
red apples on farm table over looking the living room

Bring the Outdoors Inside for Autumn Inspiration

Whether it’s fruits and vegetables, pinecones, grasses, greenery, or flowers, there’s no better way to decorate for fall than to add the outdoor natural elements to the indoors during the autumn season.

red apples in dough bowl


Apples, pears, and pomegranates make great additions to a fall vignette. You can also use faux fruit and flowers, which look just as fabulous!

All the green and red apples I’ve shared here today are faux. It’s such a great option because you won’t have to replace them all season because they’ll never go bad.

faux artichokes and pumpkin board in kitchen

Artichokes and pears are always in my kitchen during the fall season.

dried hydrangeas in vintage galvanized containers


Here are some great options for your containers and vases this fall season…

  • Dried hydrangeas
  • Dahlias
  • Sunflowers
  • Cotton stems
  • Dried statice and strawflower
  • Mums
dried hydrangeas and pumpkins

I love drying hydrangeas to use in fall vignettes. These blooms were cut towards the end of the summer after turning this amazing color.

dried hydrangeas and fall decor vignette

I’ve even been known to use dried hydrangeas through Christmas.

bedroom vintage cabinet with dried flowers

Statice and strawflowers make the prettiest dried flowers for fall.

pine cabinet and sunflowers in green vintage container

Sunflowers are such a great flower for transitioning from summer to early fall and will brighten up any room.

I did grow sunflowers in the garden this year but these are faux and I don’t have to fuss with replacing them throughout the season.

cotton stems in vintage crop

Cotton stems always make a strong impact in any fall vignette or by themselves in a vintage crock like this. I usually leave the stems up through winter because I just can’t get enough of them.

garden mums and mini pumpkin in terra cotta pots

Place some colorful mums and a mini pumpkin in terra cotta pots and add a handful of moss for the final touch.

mini olive tree

Bring out the olive trees and wreaths once you’ve left summer behind. Eucalyptus wreaths and garlands are big for fall around here as well.

fall decor and vignette

I hope you’ve found some inspiration after seeing my early fall vignette ideas. Using vintage pieces and outdoor elements will really take your autumn decor to the next level.

This is such a fun time to decorate your home, and it’s easy to do! I look forward to sharing my fall home tour with you soon.

I’d love to hear from you. Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below.

Until next time,

Happy Fall Decorating!

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  1. Kim,
    Where did you get the lamp (specifically the shade) in the picture with hydrangeas? The lamp is on the half circle wire table with a wicker case. The shade looks like linen with 4 stripes at the bottom of the shade.
    You do a wonderful job using color. It always puts me in a happy mood.
    Thank you,

  2. Kim, I love all of the natural elements inspired from nature that you used for fall. Your home looks so lovely and inviting for the fall.

  3. Such great ideas! Thanks! Whenever I try to click on any of your product links I am unable to open them and this seems to be the reason:

    http://WWW.OJRQ.NET is detected as a browser hijacker. http://WWW.OJRQ.NET ads are displayed as large blocks of content and images, intrusive pop-ups, gutter ads, distracting click-bait and suggestive content that is usually unrelated to the content of the Web site you are browsing.

    Could you check into this? I love some of the pumpkins you are showing.

    1. I’m so sorry it took me so long to respond to your comment. I have my tech guy looking into this and will let you know. Thank you so much for the head up.

    1. Thank you so much for the feature last week Bev. I thought I had replied to you, but not sure what happened. I love your party and really appreciate it!

  4. Your posts are just so inspiring! I’m a new reader of yours, but I have thoroughly enjoyed every single post! Thank you so much for taking the time to link up with us at Embracing Home and Family!

    1. That’s what I love about link parties, that’s how I found your blog as well! And I seriously love it by the way!

  5. I love every single vignette Kim, including that big Pumpkin Farm sign over your table. So perfect! I’m excited to be featuring your post this week on the Tuesday Turn About Link Party and hope to see you there!

    1. I’m so glad! I seem to be staying away from orange more and more every year. It’s a tough color for my home because of all the beach colors. I am also the same way about red during Christmas! Thank you for visiting!

  6. I am so glad that our paths connected through blogging. I love your style and every time I visit, I slowly scroll, admiring every detail in your beautiful vignettes.

    1. I was thinking the same thing Paula! I adore your blog and so excited to see what you post next! Thank you for the very sweet comments!

  7. Vignettes are one of my favorite things to create! These are so beautiful, I especially love to incorporate vintage items. Just found a bunch of great things while antiquing on a road trip. I found your blog through the link party and then discovered you are from Lakebay! I live in Oklahoma and have close relatives in Lakebay, as well as Tacoma/Puyallup area. Small world!

    1. I Love vintage pieces mixed in my vignettes as well. It is a small world for sure. Seriously, there aren’t a lot of people who live in Lakebay! I would love to meet you if you ever come for a visit!

  8. These are all so beautiful – you’ve left me longing for fall when it’s spring in my neck of the woods. I’ll pin this one for later.

  9. Love all these fun ideas and those gorgeous hydrangeas!!!! Thanks for inspiring me to get this Fall ball rolling. But I so love for Summer to linger just a bit longer.

    1. I am the same way! I am still in summer mode outside! It’s going to be beautiful the next two weeks. Thanks for visiting!

    1. Trust me! A lot of this is from last year. It’s hard to decorate so early when the weather still feels like summer. Wait a second, it is summer! Fall decorating happens earlier and earlier!

  10. I started changing the summer decor for early fall , taking a break and having a clean slate between summer and fall
    gives me a little rest while waiting for inspiration. ( you shared some great ideas )
    We are experiencing so much smoke from the California fires it just broke my heart to hear the Redwoods are burning the
    camp I went to as a child is gone .
    We have been evacuated three times in the last ten years , wildfires have become part of living in Montana.
    Thank you for your lovely posts today I needed something pretty to get my mind off all that’s going on right now .

    1. I’m so sorry you’re experiencing such poor air quality due to the fires. I can’t imagine how bad it must be there. I remember the terrible fires we had a couple of years ago in Washington and Canada and we had to wear masks and stay in for weeks. It is heartbreaking to see so much damage in California. I went camping near the Redwoods as a kid myself. It is just so sad. I hope it gets better for you soon Alexis.

  11. It is hard to believe Fall is almost here. I need to get on board and get my Fall decorations out. I love all of your beautiful vignettes. That straw pumpkin is adorable. I love all of you floral arrangements. Really sets the stage and your coffee is gorgeous! I love the color. Happy Fall decorating, Kim! Have a blessed weekend!

    1. I wish I could be more of a DIYer and make my pumpkins rather than buy them! If you do make some, I can’t wait to see them!

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