Fall Home Decor in the Kitchen


It’s starting to cool down a bit so I spent some time adding fall home decor in our kitchen. I love these colors so much!

This year, I am taking a sustainable approach to decorating my home by repurposing my existing home decor. By breathing new life into treasured pieces, we all can create a kitchen that exudes the warmth and comfort of the autumn season. Want to join me?

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A white kitchen with an island and rattan barstools decorated with fall decor.

Today I am going to explore creative ways to adorn your kitchen with fall home decor, from adding faux florals on countertops to incorporating florals and tableware on the island.

A Big Change in Our Kitchen

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Do you notice anything different?

I bought new stools!

Remember when I went to the Serena & Lily outlet a few weeks ago with my daughter-in-law Charlotte? I found these Balboa stools for ONE TENTH the original retail price! That’s right! One tenth!

Of course, they are on sale right now online too. But not at the outlet price.

And yes, we have these same stools at the beach house. (I bought them on sale and thought they were a good deal at the time …)

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They are so comfortable and I couldn’t resist. If you are looking for deals from Serena & Lily (and other outlets like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and Williams Sonoma Home), contact my friend Amanda, who is on Instagram @amanda.cross1, and is a personal shopper at outlets. She ships all over the U.S.!

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Faux Florals on Countertops: Bringing Nature Indoors

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Faux florals are a fantastic way to infuse your kitchen with the beauty of fall foliage without worrying about their upkeep. To begin, take inventory of your existing faux flowers and foliage. Group them by color palettes that evoke the spirit of fall—rich oranges, deep reds, rustic yellows, and earthy browns.

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Start by selecting a few vases or containers in various shapes and sizes. Mix and match these containers to create visual interest. You can use mason jars, vintage pitchers, or even repurpose glass bottles as unique vases. Fill each vessel with a combination of faux florals and foliage, arranging them in an effortless, organic manner. To give your arrangement a lifelike feel, incorporate different textures and heights.

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I placed this fresh floral arrangement in a pot I covered with napkins. You can find the DIY here.

Consider placing these floral arrangements along your kitchen countertops. They can serve as stunning focal points and elevate the ambiance of your space. Arrange them near windows to capture the natural light and create an illusion of fresh flowers basking in the sun.

Florals and Tableware on the Island: A Feast for the Senses

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Your kitchen island serves as the heart of your culinary space—a place where you gather, prepare meals, and enjoy time with loved ones.

This fall, let your island reflect the season’s beauty by combining florals and tableware in captivating ways.

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Repurpose a wooden tray or a rustic breadbasket as the base for your island decor. Arrange a mix of small faux pumpkins, pinecones, and seasonal fruits like apples and pears on the tray. Nestle in sprigs of faux fall foliage to tie the elements together.

This creates a visually appealing arrangement that not only looks beautiful but also brings in the scents of autumn.

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Incorporate your favorite fall-themed tableware into the arrangement. Display pumpkin-shaped bowls or leaf-patterned plates on plate stands within the centerpiece.

You can even add a touch of elegance with copper-toned utensils or gold-trimmed glassware.

Hanging Garlands and Wall Decor: Vertical Elegance

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Don’t forget to utilize vertical spaces in your kitchen. Hanging garlands and wall decor are excellent choices for adding a touch of fall magic to areas that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Repurpose twine, burlap, or colorful ribbons to create a charming fall-themed garland. Attach faux leaves, acorns, or small pumpkins along the length of the garland, and hang it across open shelves, windows, or even the backsplash. This effortlessly brings the fall atmosphere to eye level and adds a delightful touch to your kitchen.

For an artistic touch, repurpose an old wooden frame or mirror. Transform it into a chic chalkboard by applying chalkboard paint. Use this canvas to write welcoming fall messages or sketch delicate fall motifs.

The juxtaposition of the dark chalkboard with the vibrant fall decor creates a visually appealing contrast.

I love my Fresh Baked Pies Served Daily Sign that I display in our window.

Incorporating Textiles: Cozy Comfort

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Textiles are essential for creating a sense of coziness in any space. As the weather cools down, consider repurposing fall-themed textiles to enhance your kitchen decor.

Drape a plaid or herringbone throw over a kitchen chair or the back of a barstool. These patterns instantly evoke the feeling of fall and add warmth to your space. You can also switch out your kitchen towels and potholders for ones with fall-inspired designs. Look for prints featuring pumpkins, leaves, or autumn harvest scenes.

Illuminating with Candlelight: Subtle Ambiance

Fall Candles for Your Kitchen

Candlelight has a magical way of setting a warm and inviting atmosphere. Repurpose old candle holders, lanterns, or glass jars to create charming candle arrangements that celebrate the fall season.

Place scented candles from Antique Candle Co. with fragrances like cinnamon, apple spice, or vanilla around your kitchen. The gentle glow and comforting scents will make your kitchen feel like a sanctuary. To enhance the fall ambiance, surround the candles with dried leaves, miniature pumpkins, or clusters of pinecones.

A white kitchen with an island and rattan barstools decorated with fall decor.

This fall, embark on a creative journey to decorate your kitchen with repurposed home decor. By embracing faux florals on countertops, incorporating florals and tableware on the island, and exploring various other techniques, you can transform your kitchen into a cozy haven that captures the essence of the season. With a sustainable approach and a touch of ingenuity, you’ll infuse your space with the warmth, charm, and magic of autumn.

Let’s Include Some Fall Baking Recipes

Cranberry and Pear Tart Recipe and Ingredients

Since I have been in the kitchen all day, I thought it might be fun to include some of my favorite fall recipes.

I hope you are inspired to try some of these!

Yield: 24 cookies

The Prettiest Fall Sugar Cookies

Pretty Fall Cookies

This sugar cookie recipe is my go-to recipe every time. It's almost flawless!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or gluten free 1 to 1 or measure to measure flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoons milk
  • 1 TBL lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Mix together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar; add dry ingredients, and mix until incorporated.

With the mixer running, add egg, milk, lemon, and vanilla; mix until incorporated. Transfer dough to a work surface. Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes, and transfer to prepared baking sheets, leaving an inch in between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more. Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes; do not allow to brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Decorate with Buttercream or Royal Icing.

Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Compound Butter

Compound Butter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • ½ cup salted butter (if you use unsalted butter, add ¼ tsp salt)
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped herbs that you like, oregano, thyme, basil, parsley, chives, etc. Make it your own. For this, I am using oregano and thyme.


  1. Remove butter from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Chop ¼” off of the top of the garlic head (the pointy end, not the hairy end) so that the largest part of the cloves are exposed. Throw away the yucky part and the papery outer layers that fall away. Don’t peel away too much of the papery out layer as it helps the garlic head stay intact.
  4. Create a bowl with foil the size of the garlic head and place the head of garlic into it. Wrap/squeeze the foil bowl around the head of garlic and place it into a small ovenproof bowl. 
  5. Drizzle the top of the garlic with olive oil.
  6. Cover the bowl with foil and roast in preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until garlic is soft and lightly browned.
  7. Allow the garlic to cool completely (so that it doesn’t melt the butter).
  8. While the garlic is cooling, using a small bowl, mix the softened butter and chopped herbs with a fork. 
  9. Once the garlic is cooled, the cloves will pop out of the head easily. Smash the garlic cloves until paste like. 
  10. Add the smashed roasted cloves to the butter and herb mixture and mix until evenly combined. 
  11. Scrape the mixture out of the bowl and place the mixture about 2 inches from the edge and at the center of a piece of parchment or wax paper (I prefer parchment). Roll the paper into a log. 
  12. Twist the ends of the parchment paper to seal and place in the refrigerator until serving time, at least 20 minutes.
  13. When ready to serve, you can slice it into small individual slices or serve in a dish for everyone to take as much as they want.

Yield: 1 Loaf

The Very Best Pear Bread Recipe

The Very Best Pear Bread Recipe

A slice for breakfast with your coffee, as you dash out the door, or as an afternoon snack, this pear bread will quickly become a family favorite

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes


  • 5 pears, peeled and diced (½”-¾”-ish)
  • 2 TBL butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 TBL ½ and ½


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare a loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  3. Peel and dice the pears.
  4. Using a saute pan large enough to hold all of the diced pears, melt the butter. Add vanilla and cinnamon, thoroughly combine
  5. Add the peeled and diced pears to the butter, vanilla, and cinnamon mixture. Cook until pears are softened and the pear juice has added liquid to the pan. Depending on how ripe your pears are, this can take as little as 10 minutes or as long as 20 minutes. Put a lid on the pears as they cook to capture all of the juice
  6. Once pears are browned, softened and juicy in the butter mixture, set aside to cool.
  7. In a large bowl, blend together the brown sugar and 2 eggs. Make sure there are no lumps from the brown sugar.
  8. Add the cooled pears and juicy butter mixture to the bowl with the brown sugar and eggs. Thoroughly combine.
  9. Add flour, baking soda, and half and half to the mixture and combine thoroughly. The mixture will be quite wet.
  10. Pour the mixture into a prepared loaf pan.
  11. Place the loaf pan onto a cookie sheet in case of seepage and place it on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
  12. Reduce heat to 300 degrees and bake for another 40-45 minutes or until the knife comes out clean.


Depending on how ripe or unripe your pears are, step 4 can take as little as 10 minutes or over 20 minutes. I have used jarred pears before and they work beautifully!

Make sure to cool the pear, butter, and juice mixture before adding to the brown sugar and egg mixture so that the warm pear mixture doesn't cook your eggs!

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  1. The first thing I noticed was the pink ribbon on your clock 💕 lovely with your other pinks for fall. The garlic butter, how long does it keep? What was added in the red log ?

  2. First thing I noticed was new counter chairs! You’ve had those round stools forever. New ones are gorgeous, such a statement for your kitchen.
    Crab cakes anyone 🩵,

  3. I love S&L and these counter chairs are beautiful and exude a very beachy vibe. However, the round stools you had went really well with the style of the island and overall kitchen aesthetic.

  4. Definitely due new ones and the natural bamboo color brings warmth to your kitchen. I know first hand that S&L delivers their chairs well packed to my new house in Texas.I have the white ones for my coastal look.

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