kitchen island fall decorations

Simple Autumn Decorations

Fall is one of my favorite seasons for decorating and this year I am loving simple autumn decorations.

Read on to see how I decorated our kitchen with simple fall style.

open kitchen shelving in white kitchen

Decorating for fall can be as simple or as extensive as you prefer.

I tend to add just a few fall colors, textures and of course, pumpkins to my autumn decorating.

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Bloggers Best Home Tour

Today I am excited to be part of the Blogger’s Best Home Tour hosted by my friend Kelly at The Tattered Pew.

Whether you are a long time Sand Dollar Lane reader or are visiting from She Gave It a Go, I am so glad you are here!

I love Brendt’s pretty fall porch, she is so talented. She was my mentor at the virtual Haven conference last year and she is so sweet and fun!

Be sure to check out all the gorgeous autumn decorating inspiration at the end of this post!

Now, on to our kitchen with simple autumn decorations.

Simple Autumn decorations on kitchen shelves

Autumn Décor for Kitchen Open Shelving

We built these open shelves years ago and I still love them!

Sometimes they are more decorative, other times, they hold only useful items.

You can see how I decorated them in the past here, here and here.

Most of the time, like this fall, it’s a happy combo of both utilitarian items and pretty decorative items.

How to Decorate Open Kitchen Shelves for Fall

Since our dining area is right next to the kitchen, I used the same fall colors in both spaces.

Navy blue, whites and off whites, greens and wood tones are my go to fall color choices.

Click on the pic below to see our dining area decorated for fall this year.

blue table cloth and napkins

Here are a few things I used to decorate my kitchen open shelves for autumn.

  • cobalt blue goblets – I found this set recently at a local thrift store. I love the pop of color they add to our shelves.
  • white bowls – These are the dishes we use for salads and pasta. That means we use them a lot!
  • sugar jar – I love the little wooden lid on this and the coffee jar. The coffee jar holds flavored coffee and the sugar jar has sugar packets in it. Since we don’t use either of these items often I don’t mind keeping them on a high shelf.
  • blue canisters – These canisters have just a slight tint of blue to them, making them stand out a bit from our regular canisters.
  • clear glass canisters – We store just about everything in these. The entire set is spread out around the kitchen, some on the open shelves, some on the counter and others in the cabinets.
  • Blue Serving Bowl – this beautiful bowl was a wedding gift and today happens to be our anniversary! 22 years!
  • White Serving Platter – this is the platter we use the most. It’s so versatile and pretty!
pumpkin on white kitchen shelves

Countertop Fall Décor

We don’t care for cluttered countertops so I kept this part simple.

wooden cutting board collection on counter

On the countertop under our open shelves, I stacked my wooden cutting board collection in a white wire basket.

The two rectangular cutting boards with the dark stripes were made by two of our boys 11 years apart in high school carpentry class. They are precious to me.

I added a amber glass vase with a few branches of firethorn bush from our yard, then stacked some small white dishes that we use for small snacks mostly.

On the opposite side, I added a white and blue jar to pull those colors down from the shelving and popped a little succulent plant in it.

kitchen shelving with cobalt blue glasses

Island Top Decorating

We’re in the process of planning a reno of our kitchen island so next time you see it it will be very different!

In the spirit of keeping things uncluttered and simple there’s not much on our island.

This pretty table scarf will be a favorite for years to come.

I love the cream, navy and rust colored stripes.

Did you notice that the tray on the island matches the tray on the dining room table?

They are actually both parts of a three tiered tray that separates.

I added some of the blue goblets and small white dishes from the open shelving area. A stem of yellow leaves in a ironstone creamer from Emory Merchantile ties everything together.

kitchen island fall decorations

wooden coasters / Pecksniffs purifying thyme candle / amber glass pitcher

Join me on Pinterest Facebook and Instagram for more fall decorating ideas!

More Autumn Decorating Ideas

Fall Porch Decorating

Neutral Fall Tablescape

Simple Coastal Style Fall Decorating

Up next on the tour is Robyn’s French Nest. You are going to LOVE her gorgeous tour! Robyn is one of my favorite bloggers; her home and heart are both beautiful!

This week I’m joining my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours! All week long we are welcoming you into our homes. You can visit each Fall home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours


The Tattered Pew / Midwest Life and Style / Bricks ‘n Blooms

My Thrift Store Addiction / Pasha Is Home / Willow Bloom Home Blog

Tuesday’s Tours


Open Doors Open Hearts / White Arrows Home / Cottage On Bunker Hill

Simply2Moms / Cottage In The Mitten / Fiddle Leaf Blog

Wednesday’s Tours


Sweet Pea / County Road 407 / Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder

Thistle Key Lane / Cloches and Lavender / A Life Unfolding

Thursday’s Tours


First Day of Home / The Old Barn / Tatertots and Jello

The Ponds Farmhouse / StoneGable / Noting Grace

Friday’s Tours


Dabbling and Decorating / She Gave It A Go / Sand Dollar Lane

Robyn’s French Nest / My Family Thyme / Shiplap and Shells

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  1. What a lovely kitchen tour, Leen! I was eyeing those blue goblets. The color just pops on your shelves and looks so pretty for fall when paired with the white and subtle orange. Happy to hop with you again!

  2. Everything is so beautiful, Leen! I love your kitchen shelving and those cobalt glasses. Your fall touches are so lovely. It is wonderful to tour with you! Happy Fall, my friend!

  3. Wow, the cobolt blue really pops with the white and orange; great look! Those cutting boards are awesome ; how wonderful to enjoy something sentimental in your kitchen. Happy Fall!

  4. Everything is so pretty! I love the addition of the branches in the amber bottle on your counter. The perfect little touch of fall. Happy to be touring with you this week!

  5. I love the shades of blue you have incorporated so beautifully with your fall decor! This is so lovely friend! It’s an honor to be doing this tour collab with you!

  6. Leen I am LOVING the pops of blue in your fall kitchen! It works so well with the oranges and browns. SO lovely. Thanks for joining me this week, friend!

  7. Your open shelves are so pretty! I love how you used the fire thorn stems and other natural accents. Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thanks Cecilia! I planted that firethorn years ago and it’s about 8′ tall now! I love that it berries up right at fall time!

    1. Thanks Paula! I am looking forward to it being done. I have been going back and forth on what to do with it for so long!

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