How to Transition Your Decor From Summer To Fall

Welcome, friends and happy almost-fall to you!  If you’re looking for ways to embrace the change of seasons in your home, I’ve got some inspiration for you!  Today, I’m sharing my ideas on how to transition your decor from summer to fall.  Also, I’m honored to be joining over 25 talented bloggers for the “Transitioning from Summer to Fall” Blog Hop!

At the end of this post, you will find a list of all the participants in the blog hop.  Be sure to visit as many as you can for tons of Transitioning from Summer to Fall ideas!  

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How to transition your decor from summer to fall - flowers and patio

Before we get started, I want to thank Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home for hosting this end of summer blog hop!  If you don’t already follow her, head over to her blog (1st stop on the blog hop) to see how she decorates her beautiful home using vintage treasures and inspiring seasonal decor.

*If you are just arriving from Katie’s blog, Let’s Add Sprinkles,…Welcome!  I am sure you enjoyed seeing how she transitions her lovely home from summer to fall!  I love her decorating style!

Transitioning from Summer to Fall

Transition Your Decor from Summer to Fall

If you are like most of us, you find it a challenge to decorate your home during the in-between period of summer and fall.  It’s still warm but the days are getting shorter and the evenings are getting chillier.  Each year, I have a hard time letting go of summer so I need to do it slowly.

outdoor coffee table vignette

Decorate with Seasonal Flowers

For the most part, I think we can agree that flowers are a great accessory.  When we put in a pool and patio this summer, we also planted some hydrangea bushes.  Luckily, this gave me an abundance of flowers to cut and display.  Recently, I gathered up a bunch and brought my round tray outside.  This made it easy to decorate a quick vignette on the coffee table.  You can create a vignette with fresh (or faux) flowers almost anywhere.

Hydrangeas by the pool - transition decor from summer to fall

Since I am not quite ready for the vibrant colors of fall, the neutral tones felt right to me.  With everything still so green and colorful outside, there is no need to add more color anyway.  Plus, I think it’s better to just slowly ease into fall…enjoy each season for what it has to offer.  Though, if you enjoy more traditional fall colors, be sure to read my ideas for outdoor fall decorating!

In addition to the flowers on my outdoor coffee table, I also brought some hydrangeas inside…

hydrangeas on the windowsill - end of summer decorating

For an easy way to decorate a window sill, place a single flower in each vase.  You can’t get much simpler than that!  With hydrangea bushes in full bloom it’s easy to come up with late summer decor ideas like that.  For even more ideas for decorating with hydrangeas this time of year, read my early fall decorating ideas and my more recent early fall decor ideas for the kitchen.

Open the Windows

As we transition from summer to fall, we are having more opportunities to open the windows and enjoy the breeze… 

open windows in the kitchen

Even though the afternoons have still been warm here, the mornings and evenings have been cooler.  Basically, I spend all day opening and closing windows!  It’s worth it though, since I love the fresh air.

Decorate with Neutrals in the Kitchen

Although, I love color in my home, I mostly use neutrals during this transitional time of year.  They’ll be plenty of room for brighter colors once fall arrives!

white kitchen with stained wood island -how we transition from summer to fall

As you can see, I brought my round wood tray back inside to where it usually sits.  Adding a few seasonal pieces gives a simple, uncluttered look to the island.  I guess I need things to be quiet and calm this time of year.  Once school starts this week, the pace will pick up again around here!

round tray with hydrangeas - transition from summer to fall

Bring the Outside In 

Since we have plantation shutters in our living room, I love to open them up along with the windows.  With all the windows open, I feel more connected to the front yard and I love all the light they let in…and of course the breeze.

seagrass chairs in front of open windows

On our coffee table, I keep a basket of shells.  Our family spends a lot of time at the Jersey shore in the summer so the shells are a great reminder of our summer weekends.  Once fall arrives, I usually fill the basket with mini white pumpkins and then pine cones in the winter.

Basket of shells on coffee table - ideas to transition from summer to fall

I like to use a simple white pitcher to hold more flowers from my yard…

summer flowers by the window

Once again, the uncluttered approach seems to work for me this time of year!

Decorate with Classic Blue and White

Now, what was I saying about keeping things calm and neutral?  Well, that’s not really the case in my dining room…

sunflowers in navy dining room

Since my dining room is navy, I love the way bright, yellow sunflowers pop against the walls.

navy dining room with sunflowers

Recently, I bought this bunch of sunflowers and I thought they were perfect for this transitional time of year.  Plus, they coordinate so well with all my blue and white porcelain.  I used that combination to decorate my foyer a few years ago.  I will never get tired of classic blue and white…for any season!

sunflowers in white pitcher - decor ideas to transition from summer to fall

And I will never get tired of using simple white pitchers for my flowers.  You can never have too many!

For more sunflower decorating ideas, read 7 Easy Ways to Decorate with Sunflowers!

Enjoy the Moments as You Transition from Summer to Fall

As the days get shorter and summer is winding down, we are trying to soak up every last moment of the summer season.  During this transitional time of year, I think we all are guilty of rushing through things.  Let’s all slow down and savor this beautiful period!

hydrangeas in the window - end of summer decor


Thanks for stopping by to read my tips on how to transition your decor from summer to fall!  I hope my examples have inspired you with ideas for your home.

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  1. Your home is so pretty and I love how you open all the windows to enjoy the beautiful fresh air this time of year. I still love seeing glimpses of your gorgeous new pool and patio. I agree with you, simple is best this time of year.

    1. Thanks so much, Marty! I still need to do the before and after of the pool area but there are so many details to share that I keep procrastinating! Yes, I need to keep things simple now because the chaos of back to school time is upon us! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love your transitional look. I find that in-between time pretty easy — lots of seasonal fruits, nuts, sunflowers and hydrangeas that are now turning green and time to bring out the copper and wood. I love the look of the white pitcher filled with blooms and you are spot-on about opening the windows!

    1. Thank you, Jeanie! You’re right, the seasonal flowers and food actually do make it easy to decorate! Have a great day!

  3. Very pretty! I just love Hydrangeas but there is nothing left in bloom in our yard at all. We’ve had several very cool nights already… fall seems to be coming early this year.

  4. Shelly,
    Your home is so beautiful. I love all the light that comes in your house with those great windows. Hope you had a great holiday weekend.

    1. Thank you so much, Kris! I do love this time of year. Hope you enjoyed your weekend as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. You have such a beautiful and light filled home, Shelley! I love how you have the mix of hydrangeas and shells along with the sunflowers. They’re all so pretty. It’s the perfect way to wind down the lazy days of summer before welcoming all things Fall. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thanks Coco! This is my first year having hydrangeas in my yard so I am excited to decorate with them! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week!

    1. Thank you so much, Angelina! As much as I love neutrals, I can never get enough of blue and white no matter what the season! Thanks for hopping over!

  6. I love that you still have shells on your coffee table. Fall is my very favorite season because the days are still hot and the beaches are empty.

    Reading your post got me thinking that fall is different for people around the country. I won’t go “full pumpkin” until mid October because then I’ll be decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks, Carol! The beaches in NJ are beautiful in September. Too bad our schedules are too busy to visit them! I don’t go full pumpkin until October either….although I do sneak in a few little white ones here and there as we get deeper into September. Thanks again for stopping by with your kind comment!

    1. Thank you, Cindy! So far, we only open our windows in the mornings or evenings. It still gets pretty hot during the day. Thanks again for hopping by!

  7. Shelley I love visiting your home, you have it styled so beautifully. I planted hydrangeas as well but I wish I would of planted Limelights instead of Endless Summers. But both are pretty. Love your touches of Fall.

    1. Thanks so much, Terrie…such a sweet comment! I don’t know the different types of hydrangeas because our landscaper put them in. I just hope I can keep them alive! Thanks again for stopping by!

  8. Shelley, I think you’ve got the secret to transitioning seasons – take it nice and slow, and enjoy the little things like real breezes and flowers, not the faux kind. Your home looks so inviting, and that classic blue & white with the pops of golden yellow is perfect. Happy September!

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment, Rita! I think sometimes we forget to appreciate those little things…I am trying, though! Happy September to you!

  9. I love your calm and neutral color scheme for this time of year. I think it is perfect for transitioning between the seasons. I know it looks like I had a lot of color in my post, but around the rest of the house I had to declutter and “neutralize” everything before I can even think about adding all of the colors of fall. I am just not ready for that yet. I might even continue with a muted, neutral fall theme in the living room because I am craving simplicity right now.

    Your trio of hydrangeas in the glass vases is perfection! Everything you shared looks so pretty and your home sees so welcoming and beautiful.

    Thanks so much for hopping with us!

    1. Thank you, Amber! I agree, it helps to clear out and “neutralize” before the colorful decorating can begin. I know most of us go all out decorating in the fall in winter so it’s nice to have a little calm before the “storm”. Thanks again for hosting this awesome blog hop!

  10. Hi Kelly! I love your home and your simple neutral summer-to-fall touches throughout – it gives your home such warm and welcoming vibes! So happy to be hopping with you!

    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! I like to keep it simple this time of year. Before long, I will be lugging up all those bins from the basement for the upcoming holidays! Great to be hopping with you too!

  11. I love the simplicity of your decor this time of year. Sunflowers and Hydrangeas just go together and the basket filled with seasonal accessories is such a wonderful idea. LOVE your navy and white dining room!

    1. Thanks so much, Debra! I definitely like to keep it simple this time of year…and I guess you can’t go wrong with flowers anytime! Thanks again and have a great week!

  12. Shelley,
    Hydrangeas are perfect for every season in my mind, and I love how you continued to use yours for this transitional time of the year. I cut some of my mine to bring into the house to enjoy while they dry. Glimpses of your pool in the bright sunshine looks so cool and inviting these last days of official summertime.


    1. I need to let some of my hydrangeas dry out too. I always love when people display dried arrangements. Thanks for your sweet comment! So nice to hop with you!

  13. Hi Shelley, your home is gorgeous inside and out! Loving the rich yellow and blue tones in your dining room. You’re right those colors really do pop! I wish our hydrangeas were as pretty as yours. We planted some this year too but maybe next year they’ll do better. Happy September!

  14. Shelley, I got lots of ideas from your post because we have some similar elements in our homes! We have wood flooring and light colored cabinets in our kitchen, and I also have a dark blue formal dining room. I actually was considering buying some chinoiserie for that room, and then I saw your collection here! The yellow flowers look great in that room. Love hopping with you.

  15. Shelley, love your soft easing into fall. The blue and white mixed with the bright yellow is always such a winner. We are weeks away from having weather cool enough to open windows. Is t it wonderful to have those fall breezes?

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  17. Oh my goodness, we have such similar ideas with the neutrals, and I have a dining room with blue walls and lots of blue and white porcelains, too! It is so delightful that you can open the windows and let the cooler breezes in. Alas, in Florida we won’t have cool breezes for quite some time! The punch of yellow color with the sunflowers is delightful!

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