French Country Fall Decorating Ideas

French country fall decorating ideas to get your home looking well styled for autumn. Be inspired by over 30 ideas from interiors to diy projects.
french country farmhouse fall decorating

French Country Fall Decorating Ideas

I was patiently waiting for these LANTERNS to arrive from POTTERY BARN . I knew that they would tie into my home that has a French country elegant look with a little bit of farmhouse and a dash of cottage style mixed in.
french country cottage fall home tour white pumpkins
I stacked up some tattered books in the bottom of the lantern and filled it to the brim with faux pumpkins. There will not likely be a real pumpkin in sight where I live until mid October!

Book disclaimer~no literary masterpieces were used in the making of this lantern vignette! These were old paperbacks that were trashed and I have a FULL TUTORIAL for you in THIS POST!
shabbyfufu french country home tour for fall
A straight on shot of the living room so you can see the placement of the lanterns, with the smaller ones up on the top flanking the mantel and filled with candles…
french fall autumn home
Before I started working on the vignettes I moved the furniture placement around and brought in my old iron gates from the storage shed. I don’t have a lot of things actually hanging on the walls in this house other than mirrors, so that I have the freedom to move pieces around more easily. The sofa was a thrift shop find from several years ago and sometimes it’s placed in front of the mantel.
vintage trophy cups fall decor
If you are new here, most of what I have has been found either free or inexpensively over many years of collecting, thrifting, and salvaging. A few of my favorite trophy cups that I found at yard sales in the past for just a few dollars each. I have bought and sold lots of vintage pieces through my business Shabbyfufu for about 20 years now. It doesn’t matter to me that they are wonky and tarnished beyond what can be cleaned in many cases. I’ve filled them with simple white carnations and set them on a trio of stacking garden tables for now.
white baby boo pumpkins fall
On the mantel is this old ironstone platter filled with faux white and grey pumpkins, pinecones and some real pumpkin stems that I saved from last year. The pumpkins came in a bag from the craft store on sale and I painted them with Krylon Chalky Finish Spray Paint, that you can find HERE (affiliate link). I hadn’t used that paint prior to this and really LOVE the way it looks, so I’ll be using it again!
ironstone platter fall
fall pumpkin arrangement white decor
I’ll probably be changing this around when the real pumpkins are available, and perhaps add in a few of my VELVET PUMPKINS.
white and grey natural fall decor
The fireplace screen is a vintage wooden French headboard that was tattered and tossed and we cut down and painted to cover up the empty wall behind it. One of my favorite repurposing projects that we have done to date!
fall mantel decor white and gray
french fall decorating mantel
Tying in the rustic, I used this old French zinc body pitcher and filled it with gypsophila or baby’s breath. An inexpensive flower to add casual farmhouse charm to an elegant room.
french country fall decor
Why yes I have a glitzy chandelier hanging in front of a mirror! One of the design tricks that I love as it reflects the crystals and with that reflection has the appearance of double its size:~))
shabbyfufu fall french decor
From pretty much every direction in the room and wherever you stand the chandelier reflected in the mirror draws you in.
A couple of warm grey throws and a sheepskin rug for accent to warm it all up. This room is flooded with morning light!

My curated collection on Amazon has some great fall items, so head on over HERE TO SHOP

I’ve added a round up of 30 inspiring blog posts from some friends today who live, love and craft in NEUTRAL DECOR. Please take a moment to visit these blogs and pin this post for later to come back for more!
  1. Coastal Farmhouse Fall Home Tour from Sand Dollar Lane
  2. Green and Neutral Fall Tablescape from North Country Nest
  3. Autumn Charm For Shelves from My Simple Home
  4. Farmhouse Fall Kitchen Decorating from Town And Country Living
  5. Blue And White Fall Living Room from Two Bees In A Pod
  6. Farmhouse Fall Kitchen from Our Southern Home
  7. Farmhouse Minimal Fall Tour from Homemade Lovely
  8. Pop Of Color Fall Tablescape from Timeless Creations
  9. Outdoor Fall Decorations from Julie Blanner
  10. Front Porch Ideas For Fall from The Honeycomb Home
  11. Early Fall Decorating Dining Room from Savvy Southern Style
  12. Rustic Centerpiece Bird Village from Sustain My Craft Habit
  13. Cotton And Berry Wreath Tutorial from Tag & Tibby
  14. Fall Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial from Inspiration For Moms
  15. Casual Coastal Fall Tablescape from Artsy Chicks Rule
  16. White Pumpkins Fall Mantel from Confessions Of A Plate Addict
  17. Simple Rusty Pumpkin Craft from Table & Hearth
  18. Fall Farmhouse Front Porch from Farmhouse On Boone
  19. Stunning Neutral Home Tour from Life On Virginia Street
  20. Navy And White Fall Living Room from A Burst Of Beautiful
  21. Create A Fall Centerpiece from Design Dazzle
  22. Into The Woods Fall Tablescape from Jeanne Oliver
  23. Farmhouse Fall Mini Home Tour from She Holds Dearly
  24. Autumn Wood Banner from The Inspiration Vault
  25. Warm And Cozy Fall Decor from Maison De Cinq
  26. Summer To Fall Dining Room from Fox Hollow Cottage
  27. Coasting Into Home Fall Tour from Sand And Sisal
  28. Fresh Ideas For Fall Tour from Decor Gold Designs
  29. Neutral Rustic Fall Tablescape from Our Crafty Mom
  30. Faux Pumpkin Fall Centerpiece from Unoriginal Mom

This post was last updated Sept 2019

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  1. Susan Duane says:

    Just gorgeous! love everything about it!

  2. So beautiful Janet!! you are so talented and make everything you touch look so wonderful x

  3. So so pretty Janet. Just so soft and lovely! I really need to find some wonderful trophy cups!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Hugs, Becky

  4. DD's Cottage says:

    I love how charming and gorgeous your living room is Janet. Thanks for letting us into your gorgeous, bright and light home!

  5. Your room looks so gorgeous and I love all your Autumn touches! I don't always get into Fall decorating because it's so darn hot still but you've inspired me to add some little bits…maybe some white pumpkins:) I absolutely love your tile flooring! When we buy something next year I told hubby tile floors are going to be on his to-do list. Thank you for sharing all your tips Janet!

  6. I love your home! Everything looks so beautiful.


  7. Cozy Little House says:

    Your home never disappoints! You have such elegant taste and style. I love everything about this, and every single photo is magazine worthy! I can see why they seek you out.

  8. Your home is so lovely, Janet! I love how the faux pumpkins looks chalk painted…I will have to do some of that! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to seeing the Romantic Homes issue!

  9. Your living room is simply stunning — as is your photography! Wow! So I'm not surprised that you are in the current issue of Romantic Homes magazine with photos shot by you! Did I say stunning yet? Love, love!

    🙂 Linda

  10. I love those white pumpkins in the lantern! How completely charming. Thanks for the tour! Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable

  11. I left a comment earlier but don't see it(maybe it's not approved yet) but wanted to come back anyway for another peek ;).

    Everything is beyond beautiful!

  12. Hi there! Tiny white pumpkins are my favorites. Also, I love the chandelier in front of the mirror and am swooning over your sofa! Blessings, Cecilia

  13. Congratulations on the feature in Romantic Homes!!! How fun! I've been wanting to try out Krylon's spray chalk paint and now you're given me a reason 🙂 Those pumpkins are adorable!

  14. Everything looks so beautiful…love the soft colors. The gray pumpkins just pops on your mantle and I love the white pumpkins and pinecones together! Congrats on the feature!

  15. Your room is gorgeous, Janet!!!
    Just gorgeous.

  16. Petite Michelle Louise says:

    sigh..sigh…sigh….I ADORE your home and style. Thanks for the gorge Fall inspiration! 😉

  17. Dessi Van Etten says:

    So beautiful! Where did you find the nesting end tables? How about the chair?

  18. Phyllis Thomason says:

    Love your fireplace mantel. Where did you find it?

  19. Phyllis Thomason says:

    Love your fireplace mantel! Where did you find it?

  20. I just love your style…your white armoire is just beautiful….so many ideas..thank you for your blog…

  21. Susan Pussilano says:

    So soft and pretty. I’m changing my home decore from cottage to Rustic French Country wiht a little Shabby Chic thrown into the mix. Your website has helped me so much in making this transition. Thanks so much!

    1. I’m so glad that I’ve been able to help you Susan!!

  22. I love everything about your blog. I’m moving and am using some of your photos as inspiration.

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know that Eileen…made my day!

  23. I really love those lanterns and nesting tables. The iron materials used in this room are absolutely gorgeous. This makes me want to start decorating for fall 3 weeks early.

    1. Thank you Susan…I enjoy bringing the outdoor elements inside with furniture!

  24. I love the pretty and subtle Fall colour scheme . Our Autumn begins in March and this past Easter I used a very similar colour scheme and had 2 large Pottery Barn rabbits , mixed with cotton bolls , pine cones and glass pumpkins that I had collected from my trips to Pier 1 . I did add a few neutral eggs as well . It looks so silly adding Spring colours here when it is Autumn at Easter .

    1. I’m sure it feels different across the pond and I kind of get that living in an area that doesn’t really change much weatherwise over the seasons! xo