Fall Forward in 2023 – How to embrace the season

It’s nearly time to fall forward, don’t you think? Fall is my favorite season here in New England. The temps can be all over the place (yesterday started sticky and humid and then the temp dropped 20 degrees!)  but the nights are chilly and the feeling of wanting to pull up the quilts is becoming stronger.

Fall spices and a cup of tea on a table top
Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

I loved the back to school season, once upon a time.

I remember the thrill of back to school clothes and the smell of new pencils and notebooks so vividly. I also remember that it was often way too hot to wear my new fall clothes – which was always quite a disappointment!

This photo actually looks a little like my brother Don and I, once upon a time. Except I’m pretty sure he didn’t hold my hand when we went to the same elementary school. But he was very blond and I was reddish/blond/brown and wore little outfits just like this. Ah, memories.

And in our homes, even the slightest whiff of a cool breeze makes us want to do a little fall decorating, pull on a cozy sweater and curl up by a fire.

fireplace with tapestry fall forward
Photo by Jayden Wong on Unsplash


Pumpkins on a front stairs door decor fall foward
Photo by Artie Siegel from Pexels


Center hall table with gourds
Photo by David A Land via Better Homes and Gardens


White brick fireplace, black bust, Hermes orange box, scarf, small oil painting, fall forward
Linda’s October Mantle featuring an Hermès scarf in oranges and browns, its box (mais oui!), a small painting by artist Pamela Copeman, large pine cones and a bronze scroll metalwork screen.


Linda Merrill Nook Cottage John Derian Halloween mantle
Another of my Fall mantles featuring John Derian for Target cemetery tray (sadly no longer available) and tarnished silver.

Pro tips for your Fall Decor:

  1. Warm Color Palette: Emphasize the beauty of fall by incorporating a warm and inviting color palette. Deep oranges, rich reds, earthy browns, and muted yellows can be used in various elements of the decor, such as throw pillows, rugs, drapes, and decorative accents. These colors evoke the feeling of autumn and create a cozy atmosphere.
  2. Natural Elements: Fall is the perfect time to bring nature indoors. Encourage your readers to use natural elements like pumpkins, gourds, acorns, pinecones, and fall foliage in their decor. These items can be placed in decorative bowls, woven baskets, or even used as centerpieces. Incorporating natural elements adds a rustic charm to any space.
  3. Layered Textures: Suggest layering different textures to create a sense of warmth and depth in the decor. For instance, mix and match materials like wool, faux fur, velvet, and knits for throws and cushions. Incorporate textured wall art or use textured wallpaper to add visual interest to the space. Texture not only adds elegance but also makes the room feel cozier.
  4. Candlelight and Scents: Candles are a quintessential fall decor item. Encourage your readers to use scented candles in seasonal fragrances like apple cinnamon, pumpkin spice, or cedarwood. Place them in decorative candle holders or lanterns to create a warm and inviting ambiance. The soft glow of candles also adds a touch of romance to the space.
  5. Seasonal Art and Wall Decor: Suggest swapping out artwork and wall decor with pieces that reflect the season. Framed autumn-themed prints, botanical illustrations of fall foliage, or rustic wooden signs with autumn quotes can be excellent choices. These items can be rotated seasonally to keep the decor fresh and inspiring.

Bonus Tip: 6. Cozy Throws and Pillows: As the weather gets cooler, encourage your readers to add cozy throws and plush pillows to their seating areas. Opt for warm, autumnal colors and soft, luxurious fabrics like cashmere or faux fur. These not only add comfort but also contribute to the overall fall aesthetic.


We can certainly add a little fall spice to our homes, even if the temps are still on the high side. I’ve gathered some fun items to add a little fall flair to your home. (Note: I will receive a small commission from the sale of any of these items purchased via this post. Thank you!)


Do you do anything to spice up your fall decor? I’d love to hear about it!


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25 thoughts on “Fall Forward in 2023 – How to embrace the season”

  1. Love this blog post Linda, clearly we were in the same mindset as we are both welcoming in the next season with this weeks posts! I also love your reference to memories of the season, the smell of notebooks and family memories! Great post, a pleasure to read.

  2. Sadly I’m not a fan, give me summer all year round (even tho I live in Chicagoland suburb, lol). But I adore your mantel Linda and who doesn’t love a Peter Pan collar on plaid dresses.

  3. I’m with Janet. While I love the colours of fall (yellow being my favorite), I’m a summer/heat girl (so why do I live in Western CANADA?).

    I have been seeing fabric pumpkins everywhere this year. Great fall inspirations here!

    • Hi Sheri – Hmm, Canada may not be the place for someone who loves the heat! It’s a reason I love New England, we have such a good mix of all the weather. Of course, we complain about every season – too cold, too hot, too short!

  4. I have such mixed feelings about fall – it’s a beautiful season here and so full of excitement as the academic year kicks off, but it means cold weather is coming and while I love to look at winter (when it is pretty, that is) from inside my home, I don’t enjoy the arctic temperatures at all! But meanwhile, I need to get on with my fall decorating, so thank you for the inspiration! PS that snake mirror always gave me the creeps…I have a really strong aversion to snakes! And Schumacher has that snake wallpaper too…eek, same reaction!

  5. My fav of your post that I really related to believe it or not was the excitement of buying new school clothes. You see, this was one of my late mom’s and my very special times together each school year. Then after a day of shopping we would come home and lay out all my new outfits on my bed and rave about our beautiful purchases plus putting new combos togehter about what could go with this or that. Pricing was different way back then especially when designer labels weren’t a thing. I treasure those memories from my late mom and me doing our annual mom/daughter thing so I thank you Linda for bringing back this memory for me.

  6. Love this post Linda! It’s still high 90s here in Austin, but it’s supposed to finally change by tomorrow. Praying it will. Your beautiful fall colors are starting to get me in the mood that MAYBE we’ll have fall weather soon. Thx for sharing!!

  7. Hi Linda `– I loved getting inspired by this post! And your pretty mantel, with that Hermes scarf and Pam’s painting has given me the push I need to get out my own fall things and spruce it all up around here a bit to get in the mood…which hasn’t been easy to do when it’s still in the 90’s! But, I’m game now after seeing this post!

  8. Hello Linda, I love the fall season, and this is the first one I am getting to experience in Ohio in many years. Fall does seem to be coming late, though; the trees are still all green on October 3. We have already been to the apple farm once–to me, full-flavored apples are the real taste of autumn.

    • Hi Jim – you remind me that I forgot to include pics of my recent apple picking excursion. I made an apple crumble and still have a bunch left. It was hot the day we went, which didn’t feel so Sping like, but still fun. Trees seem a little slower here too, but the oak trees are busy dropping their acorns. I found an empty one on my front porch railing this morning – someone was having a snack!

  9. Well…you know how I feel about the coming cooler weather and then winter! But yes, these images are wonderful and I am especially loving those wheat candle sconces. Fabulous. And the Juliska plates are lovely and oh so perfect for the fall table. Thanks!

    • Haha – I know – I think we both live where we should! The air is wonderfully cool here today. The sun is still warm and it’s going to be in the 90s again next week. But sleeping weather has been fantastic!


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