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Summer Ends but the Best of Fall Begins

By Darius J.

The end of summer can be a bummer, but never fear pumpkin spice lattes and cozy throws are here! It’s time to introduce a snuggly makeover to your casa. Adding decor upgrades such as accent pillows, metal art and area rugs can tie in the new season seamlessly.  Accent pillows come in all shapes and sizes, plus the color options are endless. Not to mention tossing a few accent pillows on the couch in the living room or in the master bedroom will compliment the furniture and/or fabric color(s), and add a dash of comfy cozy chic to the fall season.

 If you have mastered finding the perfect pillows, then finding metal art will be a breeze. Art can be warm and cozy or vibrant and cool, equally important metal art such as sculptures have mixed designs with multiple metal elements like copper, nickel, brass and gold. Mixing metal art decor will compliment the change in the season like the color variation in the leaves. 

Given these points you can create your own funky artistic vibes to match your inner interior designer. Once your metal art selections are in place then all thats left is to find an area rug to complete the new look. Bold textures like wool, plush and fury area rugs will make the new season come to light. To be mentioned last is choosing a color and texture like rust or teal wool that will turn your home into a warm, comfy, relaxing space. A wool area rug in any color will change how you feel about summers sudden end. Just add a few candles  as well as blanket, and wallah you’re walking into fall the right way. 

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Easing Into Fall

It seems as though the calendar just speeds right past us ever so much faster as each year goes by. The changing colors of each season are a dramatic reminder that time is not always on our side. Believe it or not, October is just right around the corner, and that means Autumn is coming! Time to cue in the quintessential pumpkin-orange, burgundy, plum and dark brown color palettes. But let’s just pause for a second… sure there is nothing wrong with these beautiful deep colors, but why not ease into these bold hues by incorporating more neutral colors and rustic elements into your home décor.

Use familiar but non-traditional colors— Try using neutrals such as gradients of charcoal, muted greens, navy and beiges. Compliment them with light blues, khaki and even camel. You can then accent these colors with gold metallics and different hues of berry. Use this palette on your throw pillows alongside window sheers and curtains for a slight variation without the dramatic shock of change. These colors are available year round, and you might actually have these pieces lying around the house already. 

Give the orange pumpkin a new look— Pumpkins are not just for jack-o-lanterns and sidekicks to scarecrows anymore. They can be a star on their own by giving them a new color, and even distressing them. Go neutral and paint the pumpkins cream, light gray or slate blue. Then, pair them up with mossy greens and earthy browns for a beautiful and inviting tablescape. If you already have a rustic theme incorporated in your home, you can distress real or plastic pumpkins to compliment your style. Try using beige-colored chalkboard paint, and then use a toothbrush to create a crackled effect. For a more warm and vintage look, you can cover the pumpkin with burlap, wool threads, yarn and lace.

Copper and herbs— Time to take out your copper pots and pans. Believe it or not, these color-appropriate vessels are more than just for cooking. They provide a great base for flowers like zinnias and echinaceas during the season. Also, why not use the herbs readily available in your grocery store. Rosemary, thyme and sage are not only abundant during this time, but they will make your space smell phenomenal, and give you that earthy aroma so reminiscent of Autumn.

Remember, there is more to Autumn than just foliage, reds and oranges. So this season, why not play with these three ideas and slowly incorporate the familiar into something new and festive!

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Fall Decorating

Just a few simple Fall decorating ideas to help spruce up any home!

 

Pretty Leaf Pressings

To preserve the beauty of colorful fall foliage, press leaves between books. When fully dry, display leaves between two pieces of same sized glass. Secure the pieces of glass together by wrapping the edges with colored, linen book cloth tape. Add a berry-covered branch for a simple, yet elegant mantel display.

 

Pumpkins with Functions

Little gourds can be a big help in keeping a festive tablecloth in place, especially when it’s used for an outdoor gathering. Add grommets to a tablecloth (use a grommet kit, available at crafts stores). Then attach string to the pumpkins and loop through the grommets for functional seasonal fair.

 

Fall Fill

Looking for an inexpensive, yet chic fall vase filler? Try dried beans. Fill a hurricane vase with about two inches of white beans and added branch of yellow berries. Experiment with different color combinations, such as red kidney beans with orange berries.

 

Wreath of Plenty

Add a warm touch to a front door using autumn’s bounty of free and colorful craft supplies. Incoporate the season’s natural decorations into a welcoming wreath. Start with a basic wreath form (either made from florist’s foam or a plain grapevine wreath) and attach gourds, mini pumpkins and leaves using hot-glue or wire.

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Fall Is Here…

By: Karen

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Around this time of year, there are a lot of people trying to update the interior of their homes.  Summer projects have drawn to an end, and with cooler temperatures, it is a good time to focus on indoor projects.  For starters, with the nights being cooler you want to bring some of the warmth back into your home.  All of the bright, colorful accents, and light colors you used to decorate for the summer have started to look out of place.

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Baby it’s Cold Outside

By: Meghan

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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost- brr! Something is nipping at your nose, your toes, and it’s only November! It shouldn’t be that cold, and oh the heating cost! Time to do something about those windows where the chill is coming in. You could crank up the heat, oh wait- you want to buy presents this year- and not everyone has a fireplace. Even if you do you are already cleaning- soot isn’t a good look. Maybe wrap the windows in plastic? Make everyone where parkas, and mittens? Though plastic takes away from your decor, and eating cranberry sauce and pie in parkas? Eating cookies in mittens?

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Bring on the Holidays

By: Karen

I know that it seems like Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t right around the corner, lets face it, once the white pants are retired after Labor Day, the hustle and bustle will be here before we know it. And with that comes the cleaning, and the prepping of the house for lots of company, and lots of time spent indoors. During the summer months, we spend a lot of time outside, a lot of time away even, and the inside of the house becomes a little less important (it happens to the best of us). Here’s a little advice I came up with last year to make the task seem less daunting.

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Fall is Here!

By: Karen

I couldn’t tell you why, but fall is my favorite time of year to decorate. I’m not sure if it’s the warm colors you get to bring inside from the gorgeous nature outside. It could be my unconscious attempt to distract myself from the fact that whether I am ready to admit it or not, summer is over. It could just be that it’s my favorite time of year to snuggle up on my couch with a good book in hand, and therefore will spend a lot more time indoors. Whatever it is, it’s here again.

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