I’m FALLING in love (get it?..falling…fall season…fall decorating?)

Fall flowers courtesy of Slim Paley blog

Fall flowers courtesy of Slim Paley blog

My attempt at seasonal humor with that title was probably lost on many but I do get excited when the seasons change.  And like many people, fall is one of my favorite seasons as I enjoy shorter days that provide an excuse to light the fireplace; the opportunity to decorate with some of my favorite shades of orange, brown and green and the promise of ski season and holidays ahead.

I can offer up the same tried and true seasonal decorating ideas like:

  • switch out your summer throw pillows for ones that not only echo the fall colors but are rich in texture thereby upping the cozy factor.
  • frame family photos that depict fun times like the kids in Halloween costumes, a trip to the mountains to see the colors change or the first day of school.
  • on that same note—turn one of your favorite photos of colorful trees or the pumpkin patch into a one-of-a kind work of art by visiting sites like Canvas on Demand.
  • fill a vase with seasonal flowers like sunflowers and mums and get creative with your vase–how about a hollowed out pumpkin or gourd to hold those fresh flowers?

But if you have been reading my blog and newsletter for any length of time you already know these tricks.  So let’s try to come up with some new ideas:

  • Buy a new doormat.  You can choose one with a fall motif, find a sophisticated monogram option or go with natural fibers–all choices will create a fresh and inviting entryway.
  • I must admit I am not a lover of door wreaths (except at Christmas time) nor am I lover of those flags people hang from their porch with silly motifs but I do think every entry needs something pretty outdoors.  So how about replacing those flags with a pot of beautiful mums (be sure to dead head them and keep them fresh and blooming throughout the season) or a fragrant spiral juniper in a gorgeous glazed pot.  If you must you can always add one of those picks with a seasonal greeting stuck right into the pot.
  • Candles, candles and more candles.  They cast such a welcoming glow, and scent if you desire.  I always place a candle in the guest bath when I have guests over as well as in the fireplace if no fire is lit and in a room that is not being used for the party.  The flickering light is much prettier than a dark room
  • Have you ever thought of updating a room with new lampshades?  The fall season provides an opportunity to use burlap and other textural fabrics as well as introduce fall colors in a subtle way.  If you like the shape and fabric of your lampshades but would enjoy an updated look, try gluing some trim around the top and bottom edges or just add a quirky finial in the shape of a squirrel, acorn, pinecone, owl, even a skull for Halloween.
  • Purchase some of those big clear glass canisters from your favorite discount store and stuff them to the max with halloween candy, mini pumpkins and gourds, nuts in the shell, or just a bunch of colorful straws in fall colors.  For wonderful texture, tie some raffia ribbon around the top or drape a small tassel from the knob.  No reason the kitchen can’t join in the fall season celebration.
  • glass canister
  • Drape a cozy and appropriately colored throw over an ottoman, the back of the sofa or across the arm of a chair for easy access on those chilly evenings.
  • Pile on the baskets.  They add a wonderful rough texture to your interiors and are functional.  Place one by the fireplace and fill it with starter wood or next to the chair and fill it with magazines or in the guest room filled with surprises for your guests or on the entryway table to catch guests’s keys and sunglasses.  You get the idea.
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About hayniedi

What about me? In a nutshell I am a middle-aged interior designer and freelance writer, mother of an amazing 27 year old daughter, wife to my semi-retired lawyer husband and step-grandma to two delicious babies. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with interior decorating and love to share my passion for beautiful rooms with anyone who will listen. Join me on this blog as my husband and I enter our empty nest years and move back into the first home we bought when we were first married that has been a rental for the past 15 years. I will share our experience with remodeling as well as other ideas and thoughts that I hope will inspire you.
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