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Monday, September 28, 2015

4 FALL Updates for Your Home

If you think FALL decorating is popping a few pumpkins here and there around the house, gentle reader – Allow me to help you reconsider.  As our seasons rotate and change, so should a bit of your home décor. Why? Because when you shake it up, rotate it out and embrace a change in your home – You change too.  By giving your space a seasonal rotation, you engaged in your home's spaces and celebrate your most important place in the universe.  Your home will return the favor by making the occupants and visitors happy and look at things renewed.

Here are my 4 fall updates you can make to your home to embrace this new season.


[PHOTO: Plaid fabrics from JoAnn's, faux fur pillow from Tuesday Morning, IKAT pillow self sewn, Kilim rug from own collection.]

#1 - Refresh Your Textiles:

Clever textile changes can inexpensively refresh your spaces within a home environment quickly. This fall, try some fun faux fur pillows to make a space feel cozy and insert that tactile texture into your home decor.  Layer a table with a small rug, just as you would with a runner - a Kilim style rug is a great choice, since they come in all sorts of sizes.  Plaid prints are all the rage both in fashion and interior design. Head over to your local fabric store for a few yards (Joann Fabrics has a nice selection), or dig out that old stadium blanket you saw in Grandma’s trunk.  Use it just as you would any throw.  Swap out or sew-up a few new pillow covers – Heavier fabrics such as tapestries, animal prints, knits in deeper color tones will channel those outdoor changing colors.


[PHOTO: Knitted pillow cover knitted with yarn found at Tuesday Morning. Found too at Knitting Fever.  Etsy find, 'HOME' chalk paint and burlap mason jars by LIVE,LAUGH,CREATE.]


#2 - Get Crafty:

Whether it is sewing/knitting up a few new pillow covers, creating a plaid throw or heading to the local craft store to scour the seasonal section for inspiration – The Homespun/Homemade look trend is taking hold this season. I found some awesome shaggy yarn at my local Tuesday Morning and knitted up a pillow cover. So pick up a pair of knitting needles, dust off your sewing machine, or at least peruse Etsy, I like Live, Love and Create for some clever crafty Homemade styled accessories you can easily incorporate into your accessory collection.  

[PHOTO: Antique dough bowl from own collection, Pottery Barn has a similar version. Assorted terrariums. Glass containers found at HOMEGOODS and plants found at Home Depot.]

#3 - Bring Your Garden Inside.

Buy or create a terrarium ( super trendy, decorative and green), showcase a vase of fresh sunflowers, a pot of blooming mums or create a bolder statement with tall dried grasses or branches in a floor vase. No time to go out and buy fresh? Last week I found out about the folks at BloomNation. If you haven't heard of them before, they support local florists through floral delivery services and showcases their unique bouquets with their online marketplace.  Really bring the outside  with the mimic of bark with a rough hued bowl, a new wall art piece or even a new accent furniture piece.  It’s the rustic texture  that brings nature in.


[PHOTO: Sea Salted Pumpkin candle - Tuesday Morning, Millet sprays, potted mums and wood Rooster - Farmer's Market.]

#4 - Harvest Finds.

O.K., O.K., finally… here’s where the pumpkins come into play.  Fall is all about the harvest, head over to your local Farmer’s market for inspiration, from pumpkins to dried flowers, you’ll have a hearty supply of styling finds to add the final fall layer.  Continuing the harvest theme, every home needs a bit of whimsy, so yes, you can add a farm animal or two.  Farm décor is trending this year (In my latest ‘REAL SIMPLE’ magazine, there is a whole fashion spread shot at a farm) - so go ahead and add back that ceramic chicken in your basement. Set that cozy, fall mood with a fun new candle scents, such as  ‘Pumpkin Sea Salted’ or ‘Smoke’.  Swap out your lamps bulbs with the “Reveal’ warmer tones, Edison bulbs and add dimmer adapters to set the mood.



Lastly, find the time to do these seasonal updates to your home – You’ll find new joy in your living spaces, you may even finally spend time in your living room, enjoying the ‘HARVEST’ of your labor.
 
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