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Cozy Fall Decorating Ideas

Cozy Fall Decorating Ideas + 2 Recipes!

{This post is sponsored by At Home Stores. All designs, photographs and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Simple Stylings possible!}

I’m excited to share some cozy fall decorating ideas + 2 recipes with one of my favorite partners, At Home Stores. Not only do I usually leave the store with 1 million things, but I also leave with tons of inspiration. So if you’re ever stumped with how you want to decorate for any season, check out their amazing in-store displays. You will definitely leave with lots of great ideas!

Fall is my favorite season for creating recipes and I’m excited to share two easy ones with you! The first is a spiced apple cider from our Hogan family cookbook and the second is a super simple (and healthy) potato salad recipe. Let’s jump into some simple decorating tips and these yummy recipes.

Cozy Fall Decorating Ideas + 2 Recipes!

Cozy Fall Decorating In The Kitchen

1. Create small vignettes that don’t take up a lot of space.

Nobody wants to take up a lot of valuable counter space with decorations. Try creating a small vignette or two by grouping items together that vary in size and height.

Cozy Fall Decorating Ideas. Kitchen stove with a fall vignette on either side with a le creuset dutch oven on top of the stove.

I think the patterned pumpkins are so cute and the one holding the plant is actually an acorn. The top is the acorn cap so you could use it as a planter or as the acorn itself.

2. Pick a neutral color scheme.

Neutral colors keeps my kitchen from feeling cluttered and allows me to re-use my decor year after year. I used grays, whites and a little bit of brown and blue. These are all colors that I love and fit in perfectly with the rest of our home.

Cozy Fall Decorating Ideas. Indoor fall wreath and other fall decor in our white kitchen

3. Use a wreath in a non-traditional location.

I love a huge wreath on the front door but pretty wreaths shouldn’t just be for the neighbors to see. I used a delicate, modern wreath on the outside of our pantry door which means I get to enjoy it all season long.

White and gold delicate indoor fall wreath. Cozy Fall Decorating Ideas

4. Cute serving pieces.

Cute serving pieces are a must for fall (or any season) and one of my favorite finds is this leaf salad serving set. The rustic bowls and mugs, coasters, napkin rings and placemats help finish off the cozy fall vibe in our kitchen.

Gold leaf-shaped salad serving set. Cozy fall decor.
Cozy Fall Decorating Ideas with place setting on a counter peninsula in our white kitchen
Cozy Fall Decorating Ideas. Potato salad in bowls with apple cider in a blue mug.

5. Cozy candles.

There isn’t much better than a yummy smelling candle burning in the kitchen while you’re cooking up some comfort food and cider! This honey and caramel candle is so delicious.

Detailed vignette with a wooden cutting board, caramel candle and patterned decorative pumpkin.

BONUS: A fun message board or sign is always great for adding a little whimsy in any seasonal decorating. My son and I both agreed that we had to have the Eat, Drink and Be Cozy sign. This is also a great way to utilize any open shelving in the kitchen.

Small eat, drink and be cozy, metal sign on open shelves in kitchen
How To Decorate Your Kitchen for Fall + 2 Recipes! sign

Now that we’ve got the decorating covered, let’s move on to the food, shall we?

Spiced Apple Cider Recipe

This hot and delicious spiced apple cider recipe is perfect for a crisp fall day and is super easy to throw in a pot and simmer on the stove. Add a little bourbon or whiskey for a boozy fall treat!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • Large Pot of Dutch Oven


  • 2 quarts Apple Juice
  • 6 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 10 Cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice


  • This recipe is so easy it really doesn’t need instructions! Simply add all of the ingredients into a pot or dutch oven, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 20-30 minutes or as long as you want.
Keyword apple cider, hot apple cider, spiced cider
Close up shot of apple cider in white dutch oven

These mugs are just a cozy as the cider itself. I love the rustic blue with the gold paint swipes.

close up shot of a blue mug full of apple cider
mug of apple cider and bowl of potato salad on a countertop
spiced apple cider recipe in dutch oven on stove

And up now is the perfect, healthy potato salad recipe to take to your next gathering!

Easy, Healthy Potato Salad

This healthy potato salad is super easy to make and is creamy, herby and delicious. Enjoy!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 8-10 Organic Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Tessemae's Creamy Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika (or regular paprika)
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt (add in slowly to taste)
  • 2-3 Green Onions thinly sliced


  • Boil or cook the potatoes in an Instant Pot. Let them cool, then cut them into 1″ cubes. Add the dressing and seasonings and stir until coated. I like to put mine in a large bowl with a lid and shake it a little to make sure the mixture is spread evenly. Chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. All of the ingredients can be adjusted to your taste.


**I love using Tessemae’s Creamy Ranch because it’s dairy and gluten free and it has a very herby flavor. I taste a lot of dill in it It’s less like ranch and more of an herb dressing in my opinion and I can taste dill in it which I love! You can find it at Whole Foods, Earth Fare and at some Harris Teeters and Food Lions.
Keyword creamy potato salad, easy potato salad, healthy potato salad
diary free, gluten free healthy potato salad recipe with bowl of potato salad

Obviously we’re not just eating potato salad for dinner but I wanted to make it pretty for you! :)

place setting with potato salad in an individual bowl and a serving bowl
cozy fall place settings at bar with bowls of potato salad
cozy fall place settings at bar with bowls of potato salad and mugs of cider

Believe it or not, these awesome bar stools are also from At Home. Our other stools were on their last legs and although these will be our year-round stools, I think the gray tweed fabric is perfect for the current season!

Gray tweed barstools from At Home Stores

So what do you guys think? Easy, peasy….both the decorating and the recipes, right? What is your favorite way to decorate for fall?

You can browse all of the At Home fall goodies and find your local store HERE. A huge thank you to At Home Stores for sponsoring this post! Cheers!

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  1. Summer, your cozy fall decorating ideas are both inspiring and practical!
    I love the concept of creating small vignettes in the kitchen, especially when space is precious. The neutral color scheme you chose is not only elegant but ensures that the decor remains timeless.
    The wreath on the pantry door is a brilliant idea, allowing you to savor the beauty throughout the season. And those cute serving pieces and candles add the perfect finishing touches for a warm fall vibe. The spiced apple cider and healthy potato salad recipes are the cherry on top—simple yet delicious additions to complete the autumn experience.
    Thanks for sharing these delightful ideas and recipes with us!

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