5 Minute Fall Vignettes – Easy Decorating

Decor, How-Tos, Interior Design

Fall has officially arrived… Let the decorating begin! Today I am sharing five-minute Fall vignettes that are quick, easy, and festive for the season. They are also an inexpensive way to decorate at home, using things you already own. 

A Fall vignette with flowers in a copper pitcher, vintage books, pumpkins, wood beads, and a candle on a tray on the coffee table in front of the sofa.

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Fall Vignettes: A Wonderful Way to Decorate

Fall vignette on the a coffee table on the front porch. The vignette includes Fall florals in a white crock, concrete pumpkins, a candle and vintage books stacked on a riser.

Decorating for Fall is a process here at the farmhouse. It doesn’t happen all in one day. (Though I envy those who do that!) First, I start outside on the front porch and then I work my way inside. When I decorate for each season I use the same process. This process includes sprinkling touches of the season throughout each room. Those sprinkles typically include:

  • Switching out pillows and throw blankets.
  • Adding or taking away flowers and plants.
  • Designing seasonal vignettes. 

If you visit the farmhouse today, the early Fall vignette in the porch (pictured above) is styled on a handmade wood riser I made last year. On the riser is a crock filled with mustard yellow florals, concrete pumpkins (one of my favorite Fall DIYs), vintage books, and a candle with a natural hops candle ring at the base.

What is a Vignette?

A vignette, in terms of interior design, is a tiny, curated style statement, made up of a group of objects. The group of objects is usually displayed on a shelf, a table, or somewhere else in the home. Vignettes are wonderful focal points in a room. Oftentimes, vignettes are created on a tray or a riser, but they can also be created on a flat surface. It is quite possible that you have been creating vignettes in your home and not even realizing it!

Table with antique bronze candlesticks, Fall florals, and old books styled on it. A shelf on the wall above the table has layered mirrors and Fall garland hanging from it.

Here are some things to consider when designing a vignette:


Create a cohesive look or tone in the vignette. Feel free to mix styles (modern and traditional or vintage and new), but be sure the pieces being used look as though they “belong” together. 


Allow space between the pieces being used in the vignette and avoid making it look cluttered. A “less is more” design approach is important when it comes to creating a vignette. 


Varying heights in a vignette is key. Pieces of varying heights allow the eye to move freely instead of scanning over the space.


Use textures that vary, but also complement one another. When creating vignettes for each season, be sure to use textures that highlight that particular season.


Vignettes should draw people in. Don’t be afraid to add personal touches to them. Things like family photos in picture frames, family heirlooms, and special momentos are all wonderful additions to a vignette. They add beauty and uniqueness to the design.

Bedside essentials: faux plant, candle, and picture frame arranged on a tray on the bed.

How to Create Fall Vignettes

Creating a Fall vignette (or any vignette) is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Determine the Style

First, decide whether or not the vignette will sit on its own or if it will be styled on a tray or riser. Here are some of my favorite trays and risers this season:

 2. Gather Items

Next, gather the items for your Fall vignette. Using the Rule of Odds, select three to five items to use in the styling of the vignette. The Rule of Odds centers around the idea that pleasing compositions most often have an odd number of elements placed in the foreground. The most common number of items used is three. However, depending on the space being decorated five to seven items can also be used. In the example of three items in a vignette, the two objects on the outside both balance the focal point in the center. This creates a simple, natural balance that is pleasing to the eye. Also, when selecting the objects to use in the vignette, remember the design features talked about above  (tone, space, height, texture, and personality).

3. Style, Stack, and Layer

Then, with the pieces selected, begin playing around with the styling and the design of the vignette. A few of my “go-to” elements when creating a vignette are flowers or plants and books. Of course in Fall, elements from nature like pinecones, pumpkins, and/or gourds are a must too. Don’t forget to add a cozy element for the colder months ahead, candles are a great way to do just that.

Flowers and plants

Flowers and plants are a beautiful way to add color, texture, and life to a vignette. I always include one or the other. For Fall, I love to use florals. There are so many beautiful fresh and faux options in the grocery stores and craft stores. Don’t forget about berries and dried stems too! 

Copper pitcher filled with Fall florals on a tray on a coffee table. In the background is a sofa with Fall pillows on it and a cozy knit blanket. There are wreaths hanging from the windows.

Here are a few of my favorite vessels to arrange florals in for Fall vignettes.


Vintage books are a great way to stack and layer a vignette. They are also great to use when you want to add height. When styling a vignette with books, they can be used vertically or horizontally.

Copper pitcher filled with Fall florals and some vintage books stacked upon a tray on a coffee table. In the background is a sofa with Fall pillows on it and a cozy knit blanket. There are wreaths hanging from the windows.

Home Decor Accents and Natural Elements

Home decor accents such as a string of wood beads or a wood link can be used in a vignette to add interest. However, for Fall vignettes I love to use natural elements for the season. After all, there are many! Think pinecones, pumpkins, gourds (dried and otherwise), acorns, and Fall leaves.

Copper pitcher filled with Fall florals, vintage stacked books, white mini pumpkins, and wood beads on a tray on a coffee table. In the background is a sofa with Fall pillows on it and a cozy knit blanket. There are wreaths hanging from the windows.

Trouble finding real pumpkins? Have no fear! Here are some of my favorite faux pumpkin decor pieces. 


Nothing says, “cozy” in Fall like a candle. Rarely will you see a vignette I’ve designed in the farmhouse without a candle in it, especially in Fall and Winter. It’s incredible what a beautiful ambiance a candle can create. Although wax candles with wicks will always have my heart, lately I’ve enjoyed using flameless candles too. Flameless candles are especially perfect for use outside. The glow is still beautiful and you don’t have to worry about the flame being extinguished from the breeze.

A Fall vignette with flowers in a copper pitcher, vintage books, pumpkins, wood beads, and a candle on a tray on the coffee table in front of the sofa.

Celebrating the Season with Fall Vignettes

Finally, with your Fall vignette designed, it’s time to enjoy it! I love creating vignettes on trays or risers for the coffee and kitchen table as well as the kitchen island. They make beautiful focal points in the room. At the same time, styling vignettes on trays and risers also makes them easy to move when it comes time to needing to use the tabletop or island. On sofa tables, shelves, and kitchen counters, I enjoy creating vignettes to stand on their own. Either way, you choose to make your vignette, I think you will find creating and styling one for Fall is a fun and festive way to celebrate the season in your home. 

If you are looking for more Fall inspiration, join me on Instagram and Pinterest. You may also enjoy these Fall inspired earlier posts:

Early Fall Decorating on the Farm

Decorating with Copper Accents in Fall

DIY Concrete Pumpkins

How to Make Easy Fall Garland


Pinterest Pin for 5-Minute Fall Vignettes

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