Ideas for Fall Outdoor Decorating – Keep it Simple and Cozy!

Hello friends!  Are the temperatures cooling down where you live?  It’s definitely starting to feel like fall here in New Jersey…which makes me want to decorate for the season.  If you happen to be looking for some fall outdoor decorating ideas, I’ve got you covered.  Today, I’m sharing some simple and cozy ideas for fall outdoor decorating…on the patio!

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Cozy fall patio with pumpkins and mums - Ideas for fall outdoor decorating

 Besides sharing my fall patio decor, I’m also joining a talented group of bloggers for “A World of Octobers” – Mini Blog Hop!  This blog hop is hosted by my sweet friend, Cecelia of My Thrift Store Addiction.   To start our tour, she’s sharing her gorgeous fall ideas so be sure to stop by!  Please also visit the bloggers listed at the end of this post to get even more ideas for fall outdoor decorating!

If you are just arriving from Lora B. Create and PonderWelcome!  Lora has a talent for creating beautiful vignettes and I’m sure you were inspired by her outdoor space!World of Octobers

Now, let’s head to my patio for some simple outdoor fall decorating ideas!

Since we’re not entertaining inside these days, I’ve been trying to make my outdoor areas cozy and inviting for guests.  

An easy idea for fall outdoor decorating – bring out some indoor pieces…

Patio seating area - ideas for fall outdoor decorating

For my outdoor seating area, I brought out some soft velvet pillows to make the couch extra cozy.  Of course, I don’t leave the pillows out there all the time but they make the space inviting when entertaining outdoors.

On the coffee table, I laid out my navy buffalo check runner to soften the glass top.  When I did my early fall decorating in my foyer, I used the runner in there as well.  In my opinion, you can never have too many buffalo checks!

Mums and pumpkins on patio coffee table - easy fall outdoor decorating ideas

exact lanternlantern (med size)similar buffalo check runnersimilar faux pumpkins

Of course, I left plenty of room on the table if I want to squeeze in a cheese plate or a few glasses of wine.  After all, this is an outdoor entertaining space.

Decorate the fall patio with seasonal items :

You can’t go wrong with simple mums for fall!  I thought this large white mum made a nice centerpiece for the coffee table.  From there, a couple lanterns and pumpkins completed the look.

White mum and lantern - fall decor for patio

exact lanternlantern (med size)similar buffalo check runner

If you’re like me, you love entertaining to the glow of candlelight.  With the sun setting earlier these days, we need all the extra light we can get.

On each side of the couch, I placed orange mums and pumpkins to coordinate with the orange pillows.  Recently, I decorated my front porch with mums and now I think I might add some orange ones there as well.  (For more front porch ideas, here are 15 fabulous finds!) 

Orange pumpkin and mums - ideas for fall outdoor decorating

From there, I decided to see how the mums and lanterns looked on the the back stairs.  Actually, I need to buy more to line the other side of the stairs, but you get the idea!..

Orange mums and lanterns on back porch steps

exact lanternslantern (med size)

Keep it warm with textures and color…

Since I already have some navy in other areas of my patio, it made sense to continue with a few more touches.  Plus, the navy goes great with orange, its complementary color.  In addition to the buffalo check runner, I brought out my cable knit textured navy throw from my family room.  

Navy blanket and orange pillow on outdoor sofa - cozy fall patio decorating ideas

similar cable knit throwsimilar velvet pillow

Of course, it never hurts to have a few extra throw blankets on a chilly evening.  On a side chair, I added a neutral faux shearling throw.  

Cozy blankets for fall outdoor living spaces

cozy sherpa throw blanket

Now this outdoor spot can be used for casual entertaining on chilly nights.

Back patio seating area with orange and blue

And when the nights get even chillier, we can head over to the fire pit for some real warmth…and s’mores of course!  Plus, the firepit allows for more social distancing.  With the roaring fire in the middle of everyone, I feel confident that we’ll be pretty safe.

Firepit and chairs - Fall patio decorating ideas

exact plaid throwsimilar plaid throwexact outdoor pillows

You might recognize this photo from when I shared my spring patio.  As you can see, my spring look actually coordinated pretty well with the fall accessories I added to my other seating area…plus I ran out of orange pillows!

With just a few simple items, I warmed up my back patio with fall decor!  Hopefully, I gave you some ideas to decorate your outdoor areas!

And for even more fall decorating ideas – (indoor and outdoor), check my my favorite ways to celebrate fall at home!  For outdoor fall ideas read Simple Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas.

Once again, thank you to Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction for hosting!  

If you’re following in order, Follow the Yellow Brick Home is next on the list.  You’re in for a treat because Amber is incredibly talented and loves decorating with color.  

Please also visit the rest of the participants on “A World of Octobers” Mini Blog Hop from the list below…

World of Octobers blog hop - easy fall outdoor decorating ideas


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  1. Your patio is so warm and welcoming Shelley! I love all the cozy throws, and love the one you used on the table, that looks so nice topped with lanterns, pumpkins and a big white mum. The touches of orange make everything pop, I hope you will enjoy many gatherings this month!

  2. Shelley, I love all the cozy spaces you’ve styled and your pretty color palette, too! Thanks for joining us for the World of Octobers hop! Pinned, tweeted, and I’ll be sharing on IG, too! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  3. This is such a warm and inviting space to celebrate Fall, Shelley! I love all the pops of orange you’ve incorporated and all your beautiful layers of velvets, cable knits and shearling too. Your fire pit area always looks like so much fun. I know you guys are going to make lots of happy memories out there this season. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thanks Coco! Yes, we definitely need lots of blankets here in the northeast. This year, we plan to extend our patio time as long as we can. Only the snow will stop us!

  4. Shelley! I love your patio! The Orange and Blue is perfect for this time of year! But my absolute favorite is your FIREPIT! You did a wonderful job with your outdoor decor for Fall! I love it! I’m so glad we connected through this hop! XoXo Aliya

  5. I love the navy blue and orange together in your outdoor space, Shelly. Your cozy blankets and candlelight just make me want to snuggle by the fire…and eat a s’more, of course;) Always fun hopping with you!

  6. Hi Shelley!
    Really enjoying the details of your patio. Love the mix of blue and orange and all of the cozy feels!
    So pleasant to share in this Autumn Blog Hop with you!

  7. Shelley I love the buffalo check with the mums!!! it looks so good!!! I love your patio area too. It all looks so pretty! We are having such great weather for sitting outside aren’t we!

  8. Shelley, this is a gorgeous look! Orange and blue, being complementary are colors I’ve used also, and I really love them together. That sailor blue throw with the velvet pillows really pop. The table in front of them looks really classy against it too. Gosh, orange mums never looked so good! Very inviting and cozy. Happy Fall, Shelley, it was fun being in your company on Cecilia’s hop.

  9. Shelley – your patio decor is fabulous! One can never get enough buffalo check … especially when its blue and white!!! Your lanterns are adorable too. I finally bought pumpkins today and its cooled down enough I’m going to get outside and style them … in the dark. Ha! Gorgeous patio … a little wine, a little cheese … your guests must be in heaven! xo

  10. Love it Shelley! The buffalo check drew me in like it always does. But the added color pops just make it gorgeous!

  11. Shelley your back patio space is so pretty and cozy! I love how you mixed the navy with orange! It gives me hope for our porch next fall! I also now meant to find some pretty lanterns like yours! Pinning!

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    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

  13. It all looks gorgeous! Thanks for the great ideas. I love the pots you have your mums in! Thanks for sharing with us at the TFT party!

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