Fall Entry Decor | Sometimes Simple is Best

Fall entry decor ideas: included are a new washable rug, an easy and quick pumpkin arrangement, and more cozy inspiration.

fall entry decor pumpkins in bowl on small chest

As you all know, I believe that simple is best. This year my fall entry decor is just that…simple, quick, and budget-friendly. It’s easy to forget small spaces when it comes to seasonal decor, but just a few touches can make all the difference. Our little entry was looking tired and neglected. Nothing had changed for months, and even though I walk by the space a dozen times a day, I hadn’t added any fall decor. Here we are well into October, so I knew I needed to act quickly. I love online shopping, and Walmart is the perfect place to find everything you need for seasonal decorating. I quickly updated our sad entry by replacing the old faded rug with a beautiful washable rug. I also added a cozy pillow to our existing chair, and put together a pumpkin arrangement that took no time at all.

At the end of the post, a few of my friends are sharing their ideas for adding simple touches of autumn to your home. We love getting together with all of you, and the best perk is that instead of just my ideas, you get inspiration from four other bloggers with different styles.

*This post is sponsored by Walmart, but all ideas, opinions, and selections are my own. Affiliate links included. Click HERE for my disclosure statement.

fall entry decor bowl of pumpkins


Let’s start with the pumpkin arrangement. I gathered my favorite bowl, a pre-made faux eucalyptus wreath, and a variety of real mini pumpkins. Now I’m going to share a trick I use regularly when making any sort of flower arrangement or centerpiece. In order for the pumpkins to mound nicely above the rim of the bowl, I added a “riser,” in the form of an upside-down soup bowl. Risers can be just about anything you can rustle up from your kitchen. Plates, bowls, cups, or plastic containers work well. Another idea is to look in your pantry. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used a cake mix box or a can of soup as a riser in an arrangement!

Risers solve many problems. First, they take up the negative space so you don’t have to fill up your entire vessel. Without the riser, I would have needed to use twice as many pumpkins. Second, a riser provides a sturdy base, and makes positioning your various items so much easier. One of my favorite tips is for large porch planters: to take up the negative space, place a smaller planter upside-down inside your big planter. It saves on potting soil, and your planter won’t be quite so heavy.

pumpkin arrangement assembly

Next, the wreath was added, and the handy riser lifted it up just enough so it spilled over the edges of the bowl. Using a pre-made wreath for this project was a huge time-saver. Another plus to using a pre-made wreath is that because the greenery is all connected, none of it will pop out of the bowl, or move around. As you place the pumpkins, it all stays where you want it.

pumpkin arrangement in bowl

Last, I placed a few larger, but still mini, pumpkins in the center of the wreath, and then tucked some smaller ones in around the outside edge of the wreath. The end result is an arrangement that adds just the right amount of autumn charm, and it will last for weeks. Make sure to preserve your real pumpkins and gourds so they don’t mold and turn rotten. Click HERE to learn how.

pumpkins arranged in a bowl


One way to stretch your budget when you are planning a seasonal refresh is to shop for items that can remain in the space when the season changes. In an entry, the perfect place to put that concept into action is with the rug. Make a practical choice by keeping with your core decor colors. Walmart Home offers a stunning collection of washable rugs that look great, and wear well.

Instead of choosing a rug with traditional autumn colors, I chose a washable rug with different shades of blue. It will work for the holiday season and beyond…but because it’s vibrant and cozy, it’s especially perfect for fall. This washable rug is durable, hardwearing, machine washable, and pet and kid-friendly. It’s the ideal rug for high-traffic areas, like foyers, kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways.

Entry Rug Tip: choose a rug that will fill the floor space of your entry, not just the spot in front of the door. A larger rug adds the presence needed to make a statement, and welcome people into your home. You need enough rug space so when you open your door to a guest, there is enough room for more than one person on the rug!

blue washable rug


Never underestimate the impact a simple pillow swap will make! It’s the all-time easiest way to change the look of a room, or add seasonal interest. For fall, the most important thing to look for when choosing pillows is texture. Texture adds interest, and it makes a pillow pop right off a piece of furniture. Look for fringe, tassels, roughly woven fabrics, and neutral and/or darker colors.

fall entry decor washable rug navy pillow

Fall means different things to different people. For me, it means adding anything cozy and comfortable to our spaces. It means layering throws and pillows, burning yummy candles, and baking pumpkin bread. Even if you don’t go all out decorating for fall, adding a few carefully chosen accessories will bring warmth and personality to your home. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Although I love autumnal colors, no where is it written that everything has to be orange and brown…and there are no rules. Choose pieces that reflect your own personal style, and you will never go wrong!

fall entry decor 2021


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