Once I put Halloween away, I tend to keep it simple and use lots of natural elements for a general fall ambiance in my house.....trying to save my energy for the big Christmas blitz which approaches much too fast.
Bowls of fruit work very nicely if your house isn't a 'fall color' house.
I use the color orange very sparingly....
.......this little pumpkin and the leaves on the shelf below look nice with the deeper, more masculine notes in the entertainment center and doesn't fight too much with the raspberry- and cherry reds in the rest of the room.
I do love whimsical, and this little bird-character holding a clock is just that.
The chandelier above the dining table gets the natural treatment thanks to a berry-and-grapevine garland, more little birds to look down on us as we feast. Here is something I'm liking quite a lot at the moment-- wired twine or, more accurately speaking, heavy-gauge wire wound with twine. Great for hanging stuff and wiring things together when you want a rustic look. You can find this at most craft stores.
I found these miniature apples and pears, as well as the chestnuts, in a grocery store produce department. The apples are about the size of a ping-pong ball, the pears not much larger. Tip for shopping the produce department for decorations-- look in the organic produce section, that's where you will find the unusual and unique things.
I collected the leaves and acorns scattered throughout this post during a trip to Yosemite Valley a year ago. Fall in Yosemite is incredible with the deep oranges, bright reds, yellows, and deep burgundies of all the deciduous trees found in the valley-- California black oak, bigleaf maple, black cottonwood, Pacific dogwood-- set against the dramatic, towering granite walls of the valley. I brought a little of that home with me as a reminder of a very special place....
You don't have to use candle holders for candles.....
......these candle holders work very well as display pedestals that can be used as a vignette anywhere or in a tablescape.