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.

The number one thing I love to do around fall is bring in some warm colors. I always try to get inspiration from what is going on with the trees, warm reds, yellows, oranges, and of course browns and greens. Because I like to change things up fairly frequently, another concern is the cost – so I aim to make small changes that won’t cost too much to do – therefore I change the accent colors in my rooms a lot. I have mostly neutral furniture and wall colors too, which makes changing the accent color up pretty easy.

I usually start with a throw pillow, to draw some inspiration for the room. This year I picked a pillow with a gold background, and leaves that appear to be falling down the pillow, and settling into a pile at the bottom. It has leaves in green, orange, and a rust color. I also got a few pillows that brought in those colors (minus pattern), to spread throughout my room. I also was able to find a great blanket that had a subtle design that pulled in the same colors.

To bring in a little of the outdoors, I decided to make double use of my stop at the local garden shop. Not only did I get flowers for outside, but I was also able to pick up a variety of pumpkins and gourds, some bigger some smaller to place throughout the house. I ended up putting some alone, and using some baskets I had around to showcase the smaller ones.

The final touch was the window treatments – for the summer I had white sheers hanging, because I loved the opened fresh feeling, but for the fall I wanted something a little cozier. After some searching on the Internet and in local discount stores – I was able to find some amazing panels that matched perfectly to the rust color in my pillow. They really warmed up the whole look of the rooms – I hung them in both my living room and dining room.

With just a few simple changes, and around $100, I was able to completely change the feel of things around the house, and I couldn’t be happier! Now it’s time for that book!