Fall has inevitably and predictably found its way here, and will soon be flaunting its enviable hues of yellow, gold, rust and red. The season’s natural elements are a wonderful way to decorate for this time of year. The following design tips will help you transition your home from summer to fall, and set the stage for a comfortable season both inside and outside your home.
“I like to keep it clean and simple. Whatever I decorate with, I carry it through the winter months,” explains Lori Borsellino, owner of Pure Organic Floral in Burlington. “When I decorate with centre pieces or vases I keep it so that it is an easy changeout: in a large cylinder vase, I might put acorns in the bottom, layered with little pumpkins, and branches for the fall. Don’t forget your pops of colour for the season!”
Pumpkins are a natural – and obvious – way to update your home for fall. If you’re feeling crafty, paint your pumpkins in gold, black or silver to suit your existing décor, and then place them on the mantle or in front of your fireplace. Make use of clear glass vases by filling them with popcorn kernels, acorns or even candy corn and a candle. Use several vases of various sizes for a glowing centrepiece. For a twist on traditional tabletop flowers, create a colourful “mumpkin”! Cut a lid in a pumpkin, remove the insides, then drill holes or poke with a nail just wide enough to insert the flower stems. Or consider displaying a serene fall scene under a bell jar or glass cake dome; mini pumpkins, oak leaves, acorns and moss create a pretty terrarium.
The fireplace definitely becomes a focal point, starting at this time of year. We gather around it for relaxing, conversation and warm ambiance. So go ahead and highlight your fireplace hearth and mantel with fall-friendly foliage. Change a picture out for a large mirror for a seasonal update. The mirror will also create the illusion of more space and reflect more light into the room. Add extra comfortable accents to your living room by placing a soft, thick blanket on the sofa; keep extra blankets in a basket at the ready for chilly nights.
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This is the time to pick a pumpkin at a local farm or market and they are always a popular choice as decorations at the front door. But how about adding your address on a pumpkin by etching your house number or initials? You can create visual interest on your front steps by incorporating traditional and heirloom pumpkins in various shades. Mum’s the word for hearty floral displays by the front door. Line your steps with potted mums that will continue to bloom in sun or shade. Remember to water them when dry and remove dead blooms to get continuous flowers for the season. If you have an empty urn or planter, create a vertical display by the door. Build a pumpkin topiary by sandwiching bay wreaths between pumpkins, putting the smallest on top. Tuck in cool-weather plants such as ornamental flowering cabbages and kale for added colour and texture.
The colours of autumn will never go out of style, nor will the many possibilities of how to incorporate the bounties of the season into your home décor. Have fun decorating your own space and allow your individual personality to shine through!
by BECKY DUMAIS
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