These Faux Florals Scream Fall and Quickly Transformed the Look of My Home

published Sep 13, 2023
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light grey blue walls with wainscot trim, antique details on gold mirror and chandelier, with large art on the wall

As much as I would love to have a backyard full of beautiful leafy branches that I could clip and display in a vase all autumn long, the reality is that I live in New York City, and “borrowing” trimmings from Central Park isn’t allowed. That said, I love the concept of decorating with deep red, leafy branches from September through November. While I was able to pick up some live branches from my local plant store last fall, those only lasted a couple of weeks and were a bit too expensive to purchase and repurchase multiple times.

When I stumbled upon some gorgeous fake fall leaves on Afloral, I decided that going the faux route this year would be the best solution. Since I prefer the look of a lush, overflowing vase rather than one that’s more sparsely filled, I chose to order four stems of these absolutely stunning leaves. At $28 per stem, I was making a bit of a splurge, but I was able to justify the purchase by reminding myself that I’ll be able to decorate with these beauties year after year.

Plus, this season, I’ll have a few weeks of back to back work trips, and I won’t have to worry about coming home to droopy branches or dealing with dried up leaves after spending time away. If you’ve dealt with this before, you know how sad it is to be greeted by wilting flowers!

I arranged the stems in a ceramic vase that looks like it could be a vintage find but was actually something I’d ordered online via T.J. Maxx a few months back. The key when styling faux branches is to ensure that your vase is not see-through, or else it will be very clear that you’ve chosen to forgo water. That said, I’m constantly finding beautiful ceramic vessels like these that are ultra-stylish and come in all shapes and sizes. Because this one is a bit smaller in scale, I gently bent the ends of some of the branches to allow them to better fit inside of my vase. All in all, I couldn’t be happier with the end result, and I particularly love how the dark gray tones pop alongside the plum-colored leaves. 

If you just can’t get enough of this look, keep in mind that Afloral also offers a six-foot garland that’s made out of these same plum-colored florals. I’m considering ordering one for my living room mantel and at $46, this is an excellent buy and a simple way to majorly add color to any room of the home. If you don’t have a mantel, you could easily incorporate this garland as part of a tablescape or lay it on top of a credenza. 

I’d advise grabbing this type of fall decor now before it flies off the shelves so you can enjoy it all season long. I’m always happy to look over and spot my festive vase as I work from across the room, and once the season is over, I’ll easily be able to tuck my branches into a small storage bin until next year. 

Buy: Plum Fake Cimicifuga Ramosa Leaves, $28