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Fall Through the Years: The Ultimate Guide

Fall Through the Years is a collection of autumn decor inspiration, fun crafts, fall wreaths, and yummy recipes all in one place. It’s the ultimate guide to fall, and provides easy links to find exactly what you are looking for!

simple fall decor ideas velvet pumpkins

For the past several years, when August is almost over, and the days are getting shorter, I have published a post called “Fall Through the Years.” It’s a collection of all my fall content from the very beginning, but as I added to it every year, it became more and more unorganized. Since I have a beautiful new blog design, and my categories have been streamlined, I decided to completely overhaul this post. So what you are seeing here is brand new, and everything is in an order that makes sense. I also have every link opening in a new page, so you can always get back to where you started…without worrying about that pesky back button! What follows is the ultimate guide to celebrating autumn, and I encourage all of you to enjoy and savor every minute.

pumpkins and bittersweet in ironstone bowl

Fall Through the Years: Your Favorite Post

How to Preserve Pumpkins & Gourds

I originally wrote this post in 2018, and since then, it’s been pinned more than 20,000 times! It’s a basic, super simple way to make your pumpkins & gourds last for months. It works on any size pumpkin, and I bet you already have the ingredients right in your kitchen!

fall planters with ivy mums and pumpkins

Fall Outdoor Decor

Fall Indoor Decor

blue front door with lambs ear wreath on porch

Fall Wreaths

mod podge pumpkin craft

Fall Crafts

mason jar of flowers with fall gift tag

Fall Printables

pumpkin snickerdoodle skillet cake in skillet with piece on a plate

Fall Recipes

Pumpkin Desserts

crockpot applesauce in mason jar with gift tag

Apple Desserts & Side Dishes

I’ve wanted to update this post for a few years, and I’m so glad it’s finally finished! I will keep adding to the list as I share new content every fall. Once again, I want to thank each one of you for your support and friendship. With each passing year, I become more grateful and humbled that you take the time to come here.

Until next time…

fall porch subscribe graphic

BEFORE YOU GO!

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100 Comments

  1. I’m so ready for fall and this post gave me lots of ideas when I get started. Thank you, Ann. I always enjoy your posts.
    Karen

  2. What an amazing collection! You could publish a book with all these great ideas!

  3. 5 stars
    Hello, Ann! Thank you for all the fabulous Fall recipes! Can’t wait to start baking! Have a wonderful week! Much love to you and yours always!

  4. I’m going to be visiting all this Fall splendor over the next few days. You’ve created quite bit

  5. Ann, you are the BEST! I just spent an hour going through your post (it was bittersweet seeing your beloved Kelly) and I realized how many of these crafts, recipes and inspiration ideas I have used and loved! I’m sure this was quite an undertaking and it is so very appreciated! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us😊

  6. Carol J. D. says:

    You out did yourself. Just the greatest blog – just like you.

  7. From the sheer number of comments you rest assured you are doing a fantastic job! Thank you for all the time organizing this. I now have plenty to peruse on a rainy day. (We could sure use a rainy day here!)

  8. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! You are one of my favorite bloggers…. I plant to settle in tonight with a cup of coffee and go through all your links! I’m sure I will find lots of fall inspiration!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you so much Verna…I appreciate your kind words more than you can know!

  9. What a wonderful website you offer us! I recently found your treasure trove of information, art, interior design and recipes. I enthusiastically look forward to each and every one of your posts. Your style is impeccable, and your recipes scrumptious. Best of all, I know I will always learn something new and that’s exciting to me. Many thanks for your incredible ideas – I will keep coming back for more.

  10. Oh, my goodness! THANK you for gathering all your fall inspiration into one resource! I LOVE all things fall, and I am so glad to see all your ideas!

  11. Barbara Harilaou says:

    How nice of you to organize all of your old fall posts for us to see. I love fall it’s my favorite season plus your decorating tips and your recipes.

  12. Elsie Sielen says:

    LOVE your simple and beautiful decor ideas! Looked through your history of Fall decor. What fun. Will definitely be using you as my inspiration if Fall ever comes to Texas.

  13. Love this time of year…Fall! Thank you for helping me get excited about digging out my fall decor. Love sweater weather.

  14. Sheila DelCharco says:

    So much inspiration here! We are months away from Fall
    weather but I look forward to decorating for the season and you always inspire me! Can’t wait to see what you have in store!

  15. Someone actually asked if you used recipes on your blog as “filler?” I’m forever amazed at the nerve of people who not only see suspicion and negativity everywhere, but who will purposely take the time to spread that negativity, not on a blog or vehicle of their own, but on someone else’s work that they themselves are taking the time to read and/or view. My response would be that if they don’t like blogs that include recipes, then just don’t look at them. I swear, the human condition is deteriorating before our eyes more and more every day.

  16. Thanks so much, I am inspired to start on several of your ideas. We moved this past year and now have endless acorns, seed pods, branches and other treasures all over our 2+ acres. I will have a week at home all to myself shortly and I can’t wait to clean and clear and decorate for autumn.

  17. Cheryl Hinckley says:

    2017 is my fav. Love all the neutrals.

  18. Love seeing how much you do with your taste and imagination.
    You have kept good taste from the first blogs. I enjoy your ideas very much. Keep on keeping on.

  19. Fall is my favorite season.I am a wreath girl and usually make my own,thanks for the inspiration !

  20. Thank you for the fall roundup. Looking forward to making some of the recipes. Downloading and making your lovely printable may be easy for some but not me. Especially if I need to have it printed at Staples or one of the other office supply stores.
    Confusing for non techies. Tried once….it was a disaster. The office supply asked for a release for the copyright to print. 🧐. Seriously would love tutorials on how to do this! Thanks again for all your great posts.

    1. Yes, I am also clueless on having your prints done at the office store, no home printer. A tutorial would be awesome, as I am missing all your beautiful watercolors, calendars, etc. and my home needs them!

      1. Ann Drake says:

        Hi Cindy! Every printing website is different. They all have different upload procedures, and they all have different requirements. So a general tutorial would be nearly impossible to do. I will try to look around and find one that is simple to use. Not sure when I’ll get to it…but I will try! Thank you, Ann

  21. Lovely and inspiring compilation! Last year I tossed all my older Fall decor to simplify and start fresh this season. Your post reminds me to get going, it will soon be here! Thank you.

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  23. Just joined and excited.

  24. This is one of my favorites “places”. Always look forward to seeing what you are up to! Thanks for sharing!

  25. The previous years ideas are such a great addition. As you stated, some of us are new and have missed some really great posts. Love the acorn wreath, now out to the back yard to pick some up.

  26. ann hubble says:

    Oh Ann, how I love your blog. The limelight wreath is just out of this world. Thanks for sharing and making my day.

  27. Ann! I love your Blog, and have been a Follower for a long time! The printables are one of my favorite things, through aI am enameled with all your design and decor talents! Never can wait for your posts to reach my Inbox, and this one was a “best ever!” You are so generous to share so much with your readers ~ Iam thrilled to have all these Fall goodies right at hand!”

    1. … though I …
      Pays to read before clicking, but I already had one online “interruption” and lost my first comment 🤓

    2. Oh my goodness! I should have started over! Sorry!

      That should have been “… favorite things, though I am enameled with all your design and decor talents!”

  28. Julie Briones says:

    So impressed with how you set this all up! Did the sliding windows for your “Fall Through the Years” come with your website theme? Very intuitive and user friendly. Love all the printables in one place, too. What program do you use to create your printables?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Julie! The sliding windows are a special plugin that functions with my theme. I use various programs to make the printables. Mostly Photoshop but I also use Canva and Picmonkey. Thank you!

  29. Enjoyed your videos. And thanks for all the Fall inspiration !
    : )

  30. I love the way you organized this post. So many great ideas all in one place. I am looking forward to coming back to this post when I start my Fall decorating. I will definitely be making some of your recipes too.

  31. Good afternoon! Thanks for all the beautiful ideas for Autumn decorating. Love being able to look back through the years & review beautiful wreaths & craft ideas. Autumn is my favorite season. Love the colors & crisp cool evenings. Looking forward to decorating my new home this Fall.
    Jo

  32. Cindy Sandoval says:

    Ann,
    Your pintables are so beautiful and easy to download. I print some out each season and update my décor.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Happy Fall.

    Cindy

  33. Happy Monday! Thanks for all the beautiful ideas for Autumn decorating. Cooler weather can’t come to Texas soon enough.

    I’d like to echo a previous comment from Debbbie – You.are.my.favorite.read!!

  34. Thanks Ann for sending all of the great Fall ideas. I really enjoyed looking at them. I love to get your email to see the ways that you decorate your own home. I believe that you and I have similar tastes and I always get great ideas from you.

  35. You.are.my.favorite read! Thank you for every post! I love them!

  36. Thank you for a wonderful site, today i am copying your recipes and thought i would ask if you have a cookbook? I would love to buy one

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Peggy! No…I don’t have a cookbook. It’s something I have thought about but never investigated. Perhaps I should!

      1. Oh, Ann! You should definitely consider publishing a cookbook! I’d definitely buy one!

  37. When you started talking about recipes, it made me think of my mother’s recipe box. More than the recipes, is seeing my mother’s hand writing. That plain, old gray metal box is a treasure!

  38. Constance says:

    Oh my gosh, Ann! Thank you So So much for the post!! I am new to your blog site and all of this is completely new to me. No doubt I will return MANY times to take advantage of your wonderful Fall decor ideas!!
    I am so glad to have found your site, and plan to send it on to my friends!! :-)

  39. Fall is my favorite time of the year! I was ecstatic to see this post. I have bookmarked this page and will definitely keep coming back to visit it. What a great idea. Thanks!

  40. Thank you Anne! There is so much wonderful inspiration in this post and I’ve only made it through the first part! It has been like a walk down memory lane seeing posts I recall from a few years ago. Seeing them with fresh eyes, I’m finding new things to pin to my Pinterest boards. I’m also noticing how many of your projects I have made because they are among my most favorite. I’m sure this post took quite a bit of time to assemble since it is so well organized and user friendly and it will be my main source for everything “Fall”! I hope you have a most wonderful day!

  41. Thanks for your lovely posts. I feel that as a mature woman they are more relavent to me and where I am in my decorating and crafting life. I enjoy your printables and drive my husband crazy as I change out a little frame in my kitchen every week. I recently made the dried rosemary wreath – a smaller version I hung in the window- that you featured a couple of weeks ago and have received many compliments!

  42. Hello Ann – First off, thank you so much for this post! Thank you for your time and work putting this together to make it so easy for us! I am a longtime faithful reader and even I had forgotten about some of your beautiful posts! So thank you for sharing this!
    In looking at these fall posts, I have always admired the star pumpkin that you have used for several years but never read anything about or asked about it. Did you make it or was it purchased that way with the star cutouts? I have actually loved it for many years and always look forward to seeing it in your fall posts.
    Thank you for sharing all of your creative talents with us! ????

  43. Love your pillows and printables! Would you please consider also offering your pillow covers in a lumbar size?

  44. Shirley@housepitality designs says:

    A great resource and inspiration for all things Fall….love how you organized all of your beautiful ideas!

  45. My goodness that was a lot of work, but then I’m sure every post is, Thank You! I love Fall!

  46. jeannette says:

    What a terrific way to present these various posts Ann and very user friendly which is a bonus! I always love visiting your blog. Thanks for all your hard work :-)

  47. What a lovely blog you have Ann. I appreciate all the planning and organization required to present such an organized and inclusive view of your life via decor, cooking, gardening and art. As soon as I have more than a minute I plan to review each years compilation. Have a wonderful Sunday.

  48. These are keepsakes for sure! Thank you for posting as I enjoyed walking through the years. I never grow tired of revisiting autumn ideas!!

  49. I love the way you put all of this together. Extra smart!

  50. I will be re-visiting and savoring all these good ideas and eye candy

  51. Always look forward to Sunday morning after my devotions seeing what you’ve sent for the week. Great idea to look back and refresh ideas that we’ve shared.

    I’m not quite ready for fall yet. Alabama is still very summer. And will be until October. But I’m keeping this for when I’m ready to change seasons. I’m so glad I found your blog. Just absolutely awesome and inspiring. Thanks Ann you are so good to share with those of us who don’t have your gift of decorating. Helps make me look good.

  52. Colleen Howell says:

    Thanks for the post, I have been following you for a couple of years now and have seen some of the décor. But some was new to me and it was lots of fun going through and getting ideas, thanks

  53. Kathleen G says:

    Good morning Ann,
    I love it when my favorite bloggers start posting Autumnal inspirations from their past postings and the seasonal changes from where they live. I live in Hades, ok in the low desert, so this makes me feel cool and excited for the coming season, my favorite, Fall!
    Always enjoy your thoughts, projects, and food:).
    Kathleen in Az

  54. Linda Tucker says:

    Oh, I love this. First, I love your home, but now I don’t have to go back through all your archives looking for something I read somewhere, oh where was that? Your style and décor are stunning and perfected. I will be using this a lot this fall. Thanks again, and by the way I like it that you don’t paint all your lovely furniture pieces. You just make them more beautiful.
    Linda

  55. Christian Kingsbury says:

    Love the post! Keep up the great work :)

  56. I love our 4 Seasons,but I love especially the Fall:
    Ann, never stop posting! I enjoy your posts, especially about fall. I recently posted this on my Facebook page. It may not rhyme, but it is how I feel about fall. From Sept. 1, I get excited about fall and Christmas. It is my favorite season. Thanks again, Alice

    I love the color of fall leaves, and watching them float down.
    Crisp mornings and using our wood pellet stove.
    Dogs snuggling up to keep us warm.
    Drive out in the country to see the beautiful country scenery.
    Warm throws on the chairs to snuggle under and read a good book.
    The smell of apple pie in the oven.
    Wood piles next to houses, ready to put to use.
    Pumpkins and mums at fruit stands and even the grocery stores.
    These are my favorite things and the coming of Christmas!

  57. I made the Easy Applesauce Bread yesterday morning and shared one hot loaf with a young neighbor family. It was delicious! In an unrelated event…said sweet little family welcomed in a new baby boy late last night! (By the way, I used chunky applesauce for a little extra texture…perfect!)

  58. Love your Blog, very inspirational. Thank you for the free printable.

  59. I love changing of the weather and the crafts that come along with it.

  60. just wanted to say thanks for the free printables….I printed “I can smell autumn”….on ecru art paper…then bought a 3 pack of thin 11 X 14 canvases from Hobby Lobby…painted the canvas a pretty gold color…I decked the edges of the saying…then dabbed burnt pumpkin art paint on the edges…a little glitter glue..then I mod podged the saying to the canvas…3 coats….took some wax mixed with burnt umber paint and finished it up…darkened the edges with the burnt umber…I LOVE IT….I will be propping it up in my living room area on a cabinet…along with some fall decor…next weekend….

  61. Mary Anne says:

    Hi Ann, what a great idea to gather your decor by season and then by year . It’s lovely to see the changes that your decorating ideas have taken over the years . I will do this in a couple of weeks when fall arrives at my home too . Great ideas !

  62. Sue H orn says:

    Too, Too early!!!! It’s August! Beach & Sand weather and great summer Vegies!

  63. Heather Chapplain says:

    I realy love this idea, putting it all in one place like that…and your free printable are very inspiring. I love the fall in all its glories from colours, food and scents, so wonderful.

  64. Hi Ann,
    FABULOUS, FABULOUS, FABULOUS! Thank you for this gift!

  65. Hi Ann! As much as I love summer, I am excited for Fall to get here and decorate- always so much fun! Thank you so much for taking the time to share so many beautiful and inspiring projects! I am so excited to check them all out!:)

  66. Jami@ An Oregin Cottage says:

    Oh Ann, you’re so inspiring! What a fabulous collection- thank you for taking the time to put it together :)

  67. Dori Troutman says:

    Hello Ann,

    I’m so happy to have this post with everything in one spot… you are always my go-to for seasonal decorating! :-)

    By the way, I keep forgetting to thank you for the post you did awhile back on farmhouse fabrics. I purchased some of the grain sack from Decor Steals and oh my word, do I love it. I had been on the search for tablecloth fabric that would look nice, but could use for everyday too. That really fit the bill. (I wrote about it here: http://theredfeedsack.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-farmhouse-tablecloth.html). I really meant to write and thank you right away and of course, forgot!

    Hope you’re doing well!!

    Dori

  68. I loved revisiting your gorgeous Fall home over the past few years and can’t believe it’s already time to do it all over again! I look forward to seeing your Fall tour this year … will, undoubtedly, be festive, beautiful and inspiring!

  69. Wish I had the day to just sit and browse. Adding some new things to my Pinterest files. Can’t wait to see the wreath and other crafts you have planned!

  70. Lovely post for fall. I was looking at your stencil post this am. I would love to get a number stencil like you used, but can not find it on Consumer Crafts site. Am I looking in the wrong spot? Thanks so much!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Karen! What stencil are you referring to?

  71. Sheran Steading says:

    Oh, Ann! How wonderful for you to do this!!! If I were there I would give you a big hug! I know this was a lot of work, but it is so organized and so helpful. Thank you.

  72. Thank you for your generosity in posting all of these wonderful Fall ideas. I appreciate it!

  73. Anita Dillard says:

    I always love to get on your site because there is always something new and good, but today I am finding so much Fall that I can hardly stand it!!!!! It’s my favorite time of year and everything on here today is so beautiful and colorful and Fally and I can’t wait to get to all of it!!! Thank you so much for your talent and creativity and your willingness to share–This post has really made my day!!!

    God Bless–
    Anita Dillard

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Anita! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice comment…it totally made MY day!

  74. Thank you so much for these great ideas. I learn from every posting.

    Smiles

  75. Thank you for such a beautiful post and sharing so much info. I am excited to start my fall decorating especially after reading your blog

  76. Your blog is perfection as is. The new organization is a good value added.

  77. love it…thanks for all the good ideas…I did print a fall printable…on thick ecru art paper…had to trim 1/2 inch off the paper to fit my printer…but now it looks very canvas-y…..thank you…

  78. Hi Ann,
    I just found your blog a few weeks ago & must tell you how much I look forward to each new post. I enjoy decorating our home for each season, but fall is my favorite. Your blog has my “creative juices” flowing! It’s very hot here in Texas & cooler temperatures won’t come for quite a while, but I’ll start decorating for fall in mid-September. I can hardly wait to get started!

    Thanks for all the great ideas,
    Cindy

  79. Melissa Wagner says:

    I love your recipes. I always look to your blog first when I want to make something. Your bread recipes are a staple at my house!

  80. A huge thank you! I love your postings. Love that you posted back to 2012. Fall is my favorite time of year. I have a hard time waiting until Sept. To bring out my fall decorations.

  81. I can’t believe fall is so near, but it’s definitely in the air here. I can feel the cooler temps :) I agree I need to find some new fall ideas too (is there actually any that haven’t been done?).

  82. Totally agree w/previous comments! This comes at such a good time for me, here deep in the heart of Texas! I won’t be getting any cool temps soon, but I’ll ‘fake it til I make it’ with your help, Ann! I’m so inspired by your fabulous wreaths (I thought there was nobody as crazy about them as I was. Delighted to find a kindred spirit!) The apple recipes make me nostalgic for my hometown’s Johnny Appleseed Festival, and I’m already planning to make several of your pumpkin delights. Thank you for your wonderful contribution to my home and hearth.

  83. Ann,

    Love today’s post – THANK YOU for organizing it. I did not discover your blog that far back so this will be a treat today as I explore each area.

    I love fall – my favorite season. Even though it is hot and sticky here in Minnesota today, fall will be here before we know it. Love the smells, colors and those wonderful trips to the apple orchard. My favorite thing is to crunch through the leaves when walking…just like I did when I was a kid.

    june

  84. Thoroughly enjoyed the Fall Years. I have not been on Pinterest for about 9/12 months I guess. So, really enjoyed this “Looking Back” Pin of yours. Trying to get ready for Grandson’s third Birthday Party. Don’t want to quit reading.

    Thanks so much. Have a Blessed Sunday.
    Sherrill

  85. Ann, I really enjoy your blog and you pintrest site. We moved from your neighborhood five years ago and the projects you create make me a bit homesick for NWO. My favorite season to decorate my (new tiny porch) is fall and I will use a couple of your ideas. Thanks for the organized ideas.

  86. debbiedoos says:

    Lots and lots of good stuff here Ann! Yes you do forget all that you have done. It is nice to refresh it.

  87. Good morning Ann,
    You have provided a great service for all your new readers and us who have been with you from the start with this terrific menu of autumn posts. Thank you for your inspirations which I have used innumerable times.

  88. What a beautiful and well-organized collection! Thank you, Ann, for the time you invested to help us all create a beautiful fall for our homes. Your posts are always so thoughtful and just appear at the right time!

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