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Early Fall Vignette for a Small Coffee Table

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The fall season is just around the corner! If you’re on the hunt for some ideas to update your decor for the cooler season, check out this cozy early fall vignette I put together for a small coffee table. It might be exactly the inspiration you’ve been searching for!


It’s hard to believe when the temps in So Cal are still in the high 80s that the cool, crisp air of fall is just around the corner!

But it is!

And today at My Wee Abode, we’re kicking-off the fall season with a brand new Pinterest Challenge! It’s all about embracing those autumn feels!

logo for fall pinterest challenge

What is the Pinterest Challenge?

The Pinterest Challenge is hosted by my dear friend Cindy at County Road 407. Cindy gathers a bunch-o’-bloggers and sends them each the same photo.

After that, all the blogging buddies take that one photo and let it spark our own creative decorating designs. It’s like a burst of inspiration that sets our individual styles in motion!

early fall vignette for a small coffee table green jar vase with pine cones and acorns inside and arranged with bittersweet berry sprigs

This month, there are a baker’s dozen of ideas just for you… and anyone else who happens to stop by, too!

AND, if you are coming here by way of Marty’s blog at A Stroll Thru Life, WELCOME! Don’t you just love Marty’s classic take on her home decor?

Here are a few of our past Pinterest Challenges:

Early Fall Coffee Table Vignette – Inspiration

This month, we were challenged with a late summer OR early fall jar decor that features this Pottery Barn-inspired idea from Kelly at Live, Laugh, Rowe:

early fall vignette for a small coffee table hurricane lamp with orange candle and fall elements

If YOU want to create a similar cozy-comfy early fall or late summer vignette, you’ll get LOTS of ideas today, and not just from me! Remember to check out all the links at the end of this post.

But, let’s start with My Wee Abode, shall we?

Inspiration Elements for an Early Fall Vignette

There are several elements that I used from the inspo photo:

  • The hurricane glass or ‘jar’
  • The pretty orange candle
  • Natural elements: acorns, pine cones, berries, grapevine

So simple, but packs a big punch, right?

Alright, let’s check out the fall vignette I’ve got for you today. It’s the perfect little setup you can use to give your coffee table, or any other surface, a touch of autumn charm.

How to Create an Easy Early Fall Vignette for a Tiny Coffee Table

Believe it or not, I managed to whip-up this pretty little fall vignette in just about 20 minutes! It’s all about quick and easy autumn touches.

early fall vignette for a small coffee table with closeup photos of elements

Tools You’ll Need

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Now, you might be thinkin’, “Julie, this is a LOT of items”, and you’re right! However, almost ALL of these items (everything except the large green vase), have been in my decorating stash for at least 2-5 years! I use them over and over… and you will, too!

Steps for Creating a Vignette for Autumn

steps to create an early fall vignette with fall decor items
  • Combine your mini pine cones and acorns in the jar, and then add and arrange two sprigs of bittersweet (Photo 1).
  • Wrap some natural raffia around your fingers and then place in the cupcake tin (I ALWAYS use my cupcake holder as a candle pedestal… practical and saves on calories). Top it off with your mini jar candle (Photo 2). Make sure your candle captures your signature autumn scent!
  • Add a fall dish of your choice. I’ve had the red leaf for at least 5 years, and I think this is the FIRST time I’ve used it in a post! But, you can add any element that is a different texture and gives a nod to the season (Photo 3).
  • Finally, add a few natural touches from an autumn filler bag (Photo 4). Again, I have about 5 different filler bags that I use over and over for different season. Some I even use for multiple seasons, too!

Special Tips and Tricks for Creating an Early Fall Vignette

Here are a few no-fail tips and tricks to create a vignette that will have your family and friends oohing-and-ahhing over your decorating “skillage”:

  • Create vignettes in odd numbers. With today’s vignette, three central items were used: the jar, the candle, and the leaf tray.
fall vignette on metal tray with candle leaf tray and fall elements
  • Add different textures for interest. Fall is the perfect time to use lots of natural elements, but using glass (the vase and candle), some metal (the candle holder), and the leaf dish adds some extra pizzazz and keeps your vignette from being blasé.
early fall vignette for a small coffee table fall vignette on metal tray with candle leaf tray and fall elements
  • A large tray (like this galvanized metal tray I have had for years) is the perfect way to corral your vignette. It also makes it easy to remove when children visit (if you visit my About Page, you’ll know how I know this 😉 ), or when you just need more room for coffee cups and maybe a dessert you have baking in the oven for guests!
green jar vase with pine cones and acorns inside and arranged with bittersweet berry sprigs

Early Fall Vignette for a Small Coffee Table – Finished

Are you ready to step-out on your own and create a gourd-geous fall vignette for YOUR coffee table?

early fall vignette for a small coffee table in living room with sofa and pillows in background

You could easily place this autumn decor on a mantle, bookshelf, media console, or even a dresser in a guest room! Vignettes are versatile like that!!

metal tray with fall elements and a red leaf tray

These bittersweet berry sprigs are one of my fave fall purchases! They are better than the real thing, that I hear are quite a nuisance in the garden.

early fall vignette for a small coffee table closeup of berry sprig
Bittersweet is not native to So Cal… at least I’VE never seen it!

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Now it’s time to take a hop on over to WM Design House. Wendy has TEN amazing ideas for your fall decor using hurricanes!

Let me know how YOU are decorating your home for the fall, and when you started… or will start! 😉

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  1. Such a fun way to celebrate Fall, Julie! I love all the different layers of texture you used and how the items you’ve shared can be used for many years and in all different seasons too. It really makes this vignette beautiful and budget friendly! Hugs, CoCo

  2. I love how you’ve filled your jar with all the fun things that remind of us fall. acorns, berries, pinecones and nuts are perfect fillers. Such a pretty vignette for your table. I like the idea of adding the candle to a small stand too. Well done.

    1. Thanks, Marty! I enjoyed the challenge a lot this year! I might even add some decoupage to the candle jar. 🙂

  3. I love that you created your vignette on a tray Julie. The stems, the filler, the raffia, etc., it’s all so pretty together. I struggle with placement of trays so your ideas on where to put them is a great tip. I think it’s because my family doesn’t appreciate the hard work and loveliness all around them. :/ Glad you could join us this month. pinned
    Lastly, I literally laughed out loud when I read my blog name above. Yep – we ALL do it. Hahahahaha!

    1. OH MY GOSH!!!! You KNOW how I look that over… MOST of the time, obviously! It’s fixed. Ugh… That’s what I get for writing this at 11pm!

  4. Such a pretty Fall display, Julie!! I LOVE that grapevine…it’s so lovely and adds a beautiful texture to the jar. Also, that jar is wonderful. I might have to go get me one of those 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined this week! Pinned!

    1. Thanks, Rachel! I hope you saw that the grapevine was from the inspo photo. Some readers mistake the inspo photo for our project and use it for their link parties. LOL! 😉

  5. I love this Julie. I am SO in the mood for Fall and this lovely vignette is inspirational. Thanks for stopping by and sharing it at the Home Imagined Party. Now off to see everyone else’s Pinterest challenge. And you made me chuckle about the cupcake stand😉. Have a great day. XO- MaryJo

  6. I love your fall tray vignette Julie. Bittersweet is a favorite of mine too, and it looks fantastic in that handsome jar. I may have to borrow your raffia idea around the candle. So cute and adds a lot to the arrangement! Hugs!

    1. You go ahead an borrow-away! There’s nothing new under the sun, and we are here to inspire and give solutions!

  7. Such a pretty vignette Julie. I love the contrast of the galvanized tray with the glass and other elements you have used. I love bittersweet; it always makes me smile and think of my grandmother. When I lived in Pennsylvania, we used to go forage for it.

    1. Thank you, Wendy. Yes, Yvonne (StoneGable) tells me it is a nuisance in PA, but there was so much dried in her area the last time I visited! So gorgeous! It screams fall to me!

  8. Your vignette is very pretty and definitely says autumn. It’s hard to get in the mood for fall when it’s still very hot and humid here in Florida. I’m looking forward to a lessening in a couple of months.

    1. Yes, Carol… I agree. So Cal has been unusually ‘cool’ this summer, although the humidity has been higher than normal. Very much reminds me of FL! (My family lives there!)

  9. What a great vignette for fall, Julie. I love your combination of fall “ingredients”. Your vase has a great shape. Great tray, too. Enjoy your “hot” 80 degree temps. We would die to have it. I’ll trade you my 100.

    1. I know… it’s so strange how the weather has been this summer, for all the U.S.! Thanks for popping in, my friend!

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