Early Fall Decorating Ideas (Simple Vignettes with Flowers)

As summer begins to wind down, let’s embrace the change of seasons!  Today, I’m sharing some early fall decorating ideas using seasonal flowers…hydrangeas from my backyard!  Hopefully, I’ll inspire you with ways to transition your decor from summer to fall…

Green hydrangeas and apples for early fall

In addition to sharing my early fall decorating ideas, I’m joining a group of 9 other bloggers for a Fall Home Tour!  My friend, Andrea from Design Morsels is hosting us and she is the first stop on the tour!  Be sure to swing by to see her beautiful fall decor.  If you are just arriving from Bluesky At Home …Welcome!  Carol’s fall mantel ideas were wonderful!  Also remember to visit the rest of the bloggers listed at the end of this post.  Get ready for tons of fall decorating inspiration!

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Early Fall Decorating Ideas:

Now, if you’ve read my blog before, you know that I don’t normally rush from one season to the next.  That’s especially true when it comes to transitioning my decor from summer to fall.  In fact, I usually don’t even start decorating for fall until September.  This year I decided to make an exception and start a little early with my fall decor.  After all, in 2020 nothing is normal!

Early Fall Decorating Ideas with Apples and Hydrangeas

Early Fall Decorating in the Foyer:

Since my hydrangea bushes have been bursting with flowers, I decided to use the hydrangeas as the starting point for all my early fall vignettes.  And what better place to start than the foyer…

Early Fall Decor in the Foyer

similar galvanized containersimilar buffalo check table runner

Each season, I like to update the decor on my foyer table.  Recently, I purchased the buffalo check table runner at the Pier 1 – Going out of Business sale.  Since I love mixing navy with green, I felt the runner worked well with my green hydrangeas…and green apples!  In the past, I’ve decorated for fall with red apples too.

Lately, I’ve been loving galvanized metal containers.  They’re great if you want to decorate in farmhouse style and they can make even simple grocery store flowers look festive!  I’ve used mine many times over the past few years.

Green Hydrangeas in galvanized metal container for early fall decorating

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Early Fall Decorating Ideas in the Kitchen:

Since I already had some blue in the kitchen, I added more green hydrangeas and apples to a corner vignette.

Blue willow plate with green hydrangeas - transitional decorating from summer to fall

Blue Willow Dishsimilar rattan charger

Then I just continued with the blue and green on the kitchen island…

Round tray vignette with hydrangeas on the kitchen island

Wood Candle HolderSimilar Blue and White Pitcher

I love decorating with this round tray.  It has a rustic farmhouse look but it seems to work with everything.  As you can see, I added a textured pumpkin to the mix for just a hint of fall.  Obviously, I’m not going too crazy yet.  Since I couldn’t decide between the wooden candlestick (above) or the glass hurricane filled with hazelnuts (below), I’ll show you both options…

Early Fall Decorating Ideas for the Countertop

Round Wood TrayRound Tray – rattan option

Both looks incorporate my green and blue theme…

Green apples and Hydrangeas for early fall

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Early Fall Decorating Ideas in the Family Room: 

Let’s step into the family room where I already had some navy accessories…

Rattan tray on family room coffee table

Coffee TableArea Rug

On my coffee table, I added more apples and hydrangeas to my rattan tray.  To tie in with the navy in the room, (and hide a frayed section of the rattan), I simply placed a navy napkin under my dough bowl.  By the way, this rug is also new!  I’ll write a post on that along with a full room reveal once I replace a chair in the corner.

Coffee table vignette - green hydrangeas and apples on rattan tray - fall decor ideas

Rattan Tray (smaller version)similar galvanized container

For now, we’ll just focus on the blue and green fall vignette.

Green apples in dough bowl - early fall decorating ideas

Similar dough bowl

Like I said, trays make a great base for tabletop decor.  Normally, you’d find our remotes here…and probably various items my boys left around.  Today, I prettied it up for early fall though.  We’ll see how long this lasts…

Rattan tray decorated with hydrangeas and apples for fall

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Early Fall Decorating Ideas for the Living Room:

We’ll wrap up the early fall tour in my living room.  Once again, I simply added a bouquet of hydrangeas to the coffee table.  This time I used a textured seagrass vase to go with the British Colonial vibe in this room.

green hydrangeas - fall decorating ideas

But I haven’t put away my shells yet!  Soon, I’ll probably switch them to pine cones.  For now, I’ll just hang on to summer just a little bit longer!

hydrangeas and shells on cane coffee table - early fall decorating ideas

Beautiful (coffee table book)

Hopefully, I inspired you with my early fall decorating ideas.  Once the temperatures get a little cooler, I’ll be adding more seasonal items and colors to my home.  For now, I’m slowly easing into fall while I enjoy what’s left of summer!

Once again, thank you Andrea from Design Morsels for hosting this lovely tour!

Please visit the rest of the participants on the Fall Home Tour from the list below.  If you are following along in order, My Hubbard Home is next.  Rachelle has some great tips to transition into fall!

Fall Home Tour Collage

Design Morsels

Celebrate And Decorate

BlueSky At Home

Calypso in the Country

My Hubbard Home

Zucchini Sisters

Chas’ Crazy Creations

The Painted Apron

Birdz of a Feather

Create With Cynthia

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  1. August 13, 2020 / 9:01 am

    I love your blue and green color palette and fading hydrangeas Shelley, perfect for late summer and the apples hinting at fall…I’m not quite ready to fully embrace fall yet, so I love that you left your sea shells out! Your whole house looks lovely, and I especially love your foyer table, so pretty!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 13, 2020 / 9:07 am

      Thanks Jenna! I’m happy you like how it all turned out. With these super hot temperatures, it’s hard to really get into fall yet. I figured I’d just ease in…

      • August 13, 2020 / 10:11 am

        I agree, we’re still in the 90’s but at least we can think about cooler temps!

        • calypsointhecountry
          August 13, 2020 / 10:18 am

          So true! It’s definitely been a hot summer here!

  2. Chas
    August 13, 2020 / 9:19 am

    Such great ideas! I’m so sad to hear Pier One is going out of business! Thanks for sharing and wonderful doing the fall tour with you!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 13, 2020 / 9:43 am

      Thanks so much Chas! Yes, so sad about Pier One! I shopped there often… Great touring with you!

  3. Chloe Crabtree
    August 13, 2020 / 10:01 am

    Shelley, your hydrangeas are so lovely! I have been told I can grow them here in Florida, but have yet to get any planted. I know they can’t survive in the hot sun and I don’t have much shade. You have so many gorgeous blooms, you will be able to dry them and use them throughout the fall and on through Christmas! Pairing the green apples with them was brilliant!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 13, 2020 / 10:17 am

      Thanks so much, Chloe! We just planted the hydrangeas last year and I kept hoping they’d turn more of a color since they have some pink edges. But I think they’ll stay mostly green. Apparently, this type is more sun tolerant…and we get tons of sunshine in my backyard! I’ll have to ask my landscaper the exact name of this type. Thanks again for your sweet comment and it was great to tour with you!

  4. August 13, 2020 / 10:13 am

    Your home looks so cozy and ready for fall! It’s hard to get too inspired when it’s 100 degrees, but you gave me some really great inspiration, especially in the photography area. I really like your coffee table basket. Thanks for being part of the fall home tour.

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 13, 2020 / 10:21 am

      Thanks Andrea…I know, such a hot summer. I’m happy to hear I gave you some ideas! Thanks again for hosting this wonderful fall tour…so much inspiration!

  5. August 13, 2020 / 11:09 am

    I love the look of pairing the apples and hydrangeas together, and adding the flowers in different types of vases and baskets!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 13, 2020 / 11:11 am

      Thanks Allyson! I’m not quite ready to go full-on-fall so I thought this was a good way to ease in. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. August 13, 2020 / 11:33 am

    Really love how you’re easing into Fall Shelley. I think the hurricane with the hazelnuts is my favourite look! Really enjoyed your tour and colour scheme!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 13, 2020 / 11:59 am

      Thanks so much, Sara and I’m glad you like the hazelnuts in the hurricane. I’ll have to see what other nuts I can decorate with! Great to hop with you!

  7. cynthiahattersley
    August 13, 2020 / 12:06 pm

    So pretty Shelley! Fall is one of my favorite times of year although I am kind of dreading it right now with Covid.

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 13, 2020 / 12:34 pm

      I feel the same way! There’s no way I want to be stuck inside all winter…ugh. Hope you are well and thank you for your sweet comment!

  8. August 13, 2020 / 1:07 pm

    I know you like to hold off decorating for a new season, Shelley, but it’s always worth the wait!
    I love the way the limelight hydrangeas mixes with the navy blues throughout your home. It all ties together beautifully!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 13, 2020 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks Rachelle! You know I always love decorating with navy! Great hopping with you again!

  9. rawsonjl
    August 13, 2020 / 1:27 pm

    I am so jealous of all these beautiful hydrangea blooms! They pair so nicely with the green apples for a light touch of fall color.

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 13, 2020 / 6:40 pm

      Thanks Joanne! I’ve had fun cutting them for bouquets!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 13, 2020 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Rita! I’m slowly easing towards fall. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  10. August 13, 2020 / 3:11 pm

    You have a very pretty Fall home Shelley. Love walking through it with you.

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 13, 2020 / 6:43 pm

      Thank so much, Terrie! It’s kind of hard to get in the mood for fall with these hot temperatures. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. August 13, 2020 / 6:56 pm

    Love your fall vignette, Shelley. The mix of blues with the green hydrangeas and apples is perfect for early fall. Using the color and texture of galvanized pails was a great choice.

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 13, 2020 / 7:21 pm

      Thanks Carol! I had to work blue in there somehow! Great to tour with you!

  12. August 13, 2020 / 8:22 pm

    Oh, how I’d love to have a yard full of hydrangeas, Shelley! I love how you’ve decorated with them throughout your home. They pair beautifully with the navy accents, galvanized containers, green apples and wood / rattan containers. I chuckled about the remotes and random stuff on the coffee table. I never know what I’m going to find on our coffee table…or anywhere else in the house as my daughter leaves her toys everywhere lol! It was fun taking the home tour with you!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 13, 2020 / 9:56 pm

      Thanks, Rebecca! The hydrangeas are new for me since we just put the bushes in last summer. I’ll admit, it sure is fun stepping out into the backyard to clip them! Talk about budget decorating! I’m glad you liked my early fall decorating and I’m glad I’m not the only one with stuff on the coffee table…but I guess it’s what helps make a house a home! Great to tour with you again!

  13. August 14, 2020 / 12:59 am

    Your home is so beautiful Shelley. I am so jealous of those hydrangeas aa the green color is gorgeous. Love the galvanized look too. Happy Fall Sweet Friend!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 14, 2020 / 9:01 am

      Thanks so much, Cynthia! My hydrangeas have been blooming like crazy this year. Ironically, my irises in the front yard didn’t bloom at all…strange. Then again, it is 2020 so you never know what will happen… Enjoy your weekend!

  14. August 16, 2020 / 12:01 am

    I always admire your simple, but elegant style. The greens are just the right touch for early fall!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 16, 2020 / 8:38 am

      What a sweet thing to say – thank you so much, Amy! I’m such a summer person so the greens were about as far as I could go for now! Usually, I don’t even start decorating until September. Thanks again and enjoy your week!

  15. MilkGlassHome
    August 16, 2020 / 9:46 am

    I’m loving these green apples with the blue plates!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 16, 2020 / 10:12 am

      Thank you! I’m slowly easing into fall and I thought these colors worked for this time of year!

  16. August 18, 2020 / 1:03 pm

    So much amazing inspiration Shelley! I always love to ust hydrangeas and green apples as well. The colors are so gorgeous this time of year. Pinned.

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 18, 2020 / 1:29 pm

      Thanks so much, Kim! You’re so sweet…and thanks for pinning!

  17. August 19, 2020 / 4:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 19, 2020 / 4:25 pm

      Thanks Marilyn!

  18. naush
    August 25, 2020 / 2:50 am

    Jenna, I love your galvanized pails against the blue buffalo checks !! A real sucker for buffalo checks 🙂 Really fabulous, how you set the table.
    We’d love if you’d share your post at Meraki Link Party at https://doodlebuddies.net/2020/08/24/meraki-link-party-2/
    Much love

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 25, 2020 / 8:41 am

      Thanks Naush! I’m a big fan of buffalo checks as well! Glad you like it – and thanks, I’ll check out your link party! – Shelley

  19. August 27, 2020 / 2:21 pm

    I love your summer-to-fall decorating ideas! It’s always a tricky time of year to decorate for but you did it beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing it at Farmhouse Friday!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 27, 2020 / 2:32 pm

      Thanks Michelle! Yes, it’s hard to decorate when the temperatures are all over the place this time of year!

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