simple ways to add touches of fall to your home

Welcome! And If you are visiting from Sand Dollar Lane a big wave to you!

I am so happy to be participating in this Celebrating Fall Home Tour Series with some of my favorite bloggers (it kind of feels like I’m sitting at the cool kids’ table)! I am sure you will fall in love with all the beautiful inspiration everyone is sharing (see what I did there??), so be sure and head over to see what my friends are up to.

Today I am sharing simple ways to add touches of Fall to your home. So let’s get started.

My kinda Fall quote.

My kind of Fall quote.


First, let me say my husband and I are incredibly blessed to have a house on a lake that we love spending Fall weekends at. No matter what I do inside the house decor-wise, it takes a backseat to the incredible views right outside our windows.

View from the Living area.

View from the living area.

I’m not sure if it’s because of the stunning views outside or the oversized camel-colored leather sofa that resides in the middle of our home. Still, I stay away from using traditional Fall colors and instead gravitate to adding pieces that give the hint of Fall. Fall decor for me is simple and minimal. I love to decorate with fresh flowers, plants, and other organic materials that add texture and ease the house away from summer and into cooler weather.

Fresh Flowers are my go to for Fall decorating.

Fresh Flowers are my go-to for Fall decorating.


The first thing I do when the temps turn cooler here in Michigan is to switch out the textiles. I have a few darker rugs I use this time of year and a sisal rug that I put out in the Fall – in the summer here, and it’s all about bare floors and cotton rugs because of all the sand. I also change my pillows from lightweight cotton to more luxe feeling fabrics such as velvet (which I am crushing on right now). Lastly, I switch out our summer throws which work as a light wrap for breezy summer evenings, to chunky knits more suitable for cuddling up for a movie night.

Chunky knits are perfect for Fall snuggles.

Chunky knits are perfect for Fall snuggles.

Chunky throw and sisal rug


I like to add color with flowers in berry, magenta, and rust with touches of greenery. I use copper, wood, and organic vases to add to the Fall feel. Farmer’s Markets and Trader Joe’s keep me supplied at reasonable prices. Sunflowers are my oldest daughter’s favorite flowers. They are such happy flowers. I use them in the weeks of late summer/early fall as the perfect transition.

Another inexpensive trick is a simple bowl of apples or pears as a centerpiece.

Fall colored flowers can change the feel of a room.

Fall-colored flowers can change the feel of a room.

Adding sunflowers to a space always feels like Fall is around the corner.

Adding sunflowers to a space always feels like Fall is around the corner.

Use apples for an inexpensive fall centerpiece.

Use apples for an inexpensive fall centerpiece.

Hints of pumpkins

I don’t skip pumpkins entirely. I love white pumpkins and the new vintage blue and grey varieties that have been popping up over the last few years. I mix them with plants and succulents and woods, so they feel fall like without the traditional look. I place mini pumpkins throughout the house very sparingly in unexpected places. Sometimes I’ll do an entire vignette on a bookcase. Always emphasizing the neutral.

White pumpkins

White pumpkins

Scented Candles

The single thing that signals a change of seasons in my home is scented candles. I burn candles year-round. Citrus and light scents such as tangerine and grapefruit in the spring and moving towards scents like pear and apple-cinnamon in the Fall. Warm vanilla anything is my all-time favorite. I’ve linked a few favorites I’m burning now. Pear candle and Vanilla/Bourbon.

I love deeper, warmer scents in my home once the weather turns cooler.

I love deeper, warmer scents in my home once the weather turns cooler.

Thanks for stopping for a peek into my home this season. It’s very simple but works perfectly for me.

The next stop on tour is my friend Angie @ Postcards from the edge. Head over and say hello. 🙂

Don’t forget to stop and visit my fellow blogging friends at the cool kids’ table. 🙂

Tuesday – September 10th Leen @ Sand Dollar Lane, Angie @ Postcards from the edge

Wednesday – September 11th Merichelle @ We’re the Joneses, Suzy @ Worthing Court.

Kelly @ The tattered Pew, Sonya @ Sonyaburgess, and Deb @ Seeking Lavender Lane

Thursday – September 12th Jennifer @ Noting Grace, Julie @ My Wee Abode, and Brooke @ Cribbs Style.

Until Next time,



Celebrating Fall Home Series

Simple Touches to add for Fall to your home.

Simple Touches to add for Fall to your home.

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  1. Angie says:


    Your views are definitely hard to beat but I love all of your simple fall touches around the house. I too always love candles and flowers, and knits are textures are a favorite here year round. Nice touring with you! ~ Angie

    • Libbie Burling says:


      Thank you! I am having such a great time checking out all the lovely Fall ideas. Happy to be touring with such a great group!


  2. Leen Curinga says:

    I love all your subtle yet perfectly fall touches! Swapping out textiles is the perfect way to transition from summer to fall and I adore the use of berry colored flowers!!
    So glad you joined us on this tour!

    • Libbie Burling says:


      Thank you so much for thinking of me! I feel thrilled to be included with such a great group of bloggers.


  3. Oh, so fun to see fall at your lake house! And what an extraordinary view! Your candle tip is wonderful, and I love the real-life texture you add to your decor (those dahlias!). Like you, I can’t believe I’m sitting at the cool kids’ table. 😉 So happy to be with you all!

    • Libbie Burling says:


      For some reason I am JUST now seeing these messages! Loved participating with you my friend and I loved sharing the cool kids table with you!!


  4. Sonya says:

    Libbie I love your fall style and what a beautiful lake house you have. Sounds like the perfect place to enjoy a fall weekend. I am so happy to have the opportunity to be on the home tour with you.

  5. Susie says:

    Love your lakehouse! You had me at that view. I could look at it all day. And about that drinking white after Labor Day thing…… all means. LOL…. Happy Fall.

  6. Oh Libbie! Your photography always catches my breath! You are so very talented, my friend. I love all the textures you added and am wishing I had some of that fall crispness from Michigan right now! It was a joy being a part of this fall tour with you.

    • Libbie Burling says:


      I’m not sure how I missed this lovely message?!?!? Thank you, for your very kind post. You made my day.


  7. Kelly says:

    I love all of your Fall touches! I have to say that your letter board made me giggle and your photography skills are on point!

  8. Everything looks beautiful! Loved being on this hop with you!

  9. Ann Dosi says:

    Beautiful pictures and great ideas. Your lake house looks so cozy and welcoming.

  10. Love all of your beautiful fall touches, and that view is amazing!

  11. Many thanks. So glad you joined us on this tour!

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