by Jennifer Jones
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As the days are getting shorter, the cooler weather inspires many people to get into the fall spirit and atmosphere. Vibrant colors of crimson red, burnt orange, and sunny yellow begin filling the outdoors as well as interior spaces such as department stores and homes. With the holidays rapidly approaching, many homeowners are ready to decorate their houses with warm and inviting décor. Say “goodbye” to the long, hot summer and welcome the autumn season by sprucing up your home.
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Warm up the Entry
The entry to your home is the first impression that is made on everyone who enters the front door. Decorating the walkway, porch and foyer can set the mood for the season and the entertainment that will be enjoyed with family and friends. A welcoming addition to the exterior is a classic wrought-iron bench. It not only provides a place to sit and relax, but also is an excellent opportunity to decorate with pumpkins, gourds and beautiful mums. Many people will allow this delightful arrangement of pretty fall items to spread onto the entry porch. Autumn wreaths of gorgeous fall colors are perfect for adorning doors and railings. They come in a variety of materials, some consisting of cornhusks, Indian corn, pinecones, leaves, and many other natural resources. Many people enjoy creating their own wreaths from other craft items and natural materials. Entry rugs are perfect for sprucing up the foyer and also protect the floors from heavy traffic damage. Comforting candles, a basket of pinecones, or a vase filled with decorative branches would provide a beautiful arrangement for any entry table.
Ready for the Dinner Feast
As guests proceed past the entry, impress them further with a warmly decorated dining room. This time of year marks the beginning of family gatherings and enjoyable times with friends. A harvest colored tablecloth and napkins is an excellent start to your fall dining room. Many homeowners will place a centerpiece cornucopia, flourished with gourds, fruit, vegetables, leaves and flowers as a time-honored symbol of the Thanksgiving harvest. Dust off the fine china and polish the silverware for an elegant and formal appeal. A well-set dining table will entice guests to sit back and relax. If your dining room has a fireplace, remember to decorate the mantel and make a warming fire for an enchanting atmosphere. All of these simple, organic elements are sure to impress your guests with natural warmth and charm.
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Everyone loves to cozy up to a warm fireplace on chilly days. A fireplace makes the home feel more inviting and provides a gorgeous focal point to any room. But before you fire up the logs, it is a good idea to get it inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep. This is an important safety check for the preservation of your fireplace and your home. As soon as it is fire ready, many homeowners enjoy decorating this eye-catching area. Fall garland made of silk or faux leaves looks beautiful on a fireplace mantel. It also is fun to collect items from nature, such as pinecones and twigs to use as fireplace decorations. An enchanting candelabra and sets of fall colored candles can create an exquisite ambiance to your fireplace mantel. If you choose not to light a fire in the fireplace, candles can also act as excellent placeholders in the empty black void.
Plush, comforting fabrics are a great way to add autumn flair to any space. Fall is a great time to switch out those lighter, summer fabrics and slip on some velvety shades of purples, reds and crimsons. Don’t be afraid to layer up the linens, just like layering up your wardrobe for the colder air outside. For the ambitious homeowner, this is a good time to have those older chairs reupholstered with more fashionable fabrics. Throw pillows are great to adding a touch of fall to any seat. Slipcovers are incredibly useful and easily managed throughout the seasons. Wool, chenille, cotton, cashmere and velvet are all popular fabric choices for the cooler weather of autumn.
While you are enjoying a relaxing stroll down the lane, take a look around and gather some lovely specimens from nature itself. Nothing cheers up a home more than vases full of vibrant, fall flowers. They can stay fairly fresh as long as the lower leaves have been removed and the water gets changes every other day. Chrysanthemums are the most popular flower at this time of season, and can be found at just about every store. They are perennials that come back every year and are available in vivid colors of orange, yellow and purple. If flowers do not appeal to you, consider clipping branches for your vases. Cornhusks provide a classic fall design that can easily be tied to columns and posts. Another popular décor idea is filling bowls and platters with natural items like pinecones, acorns, leaves and little pumpkins. These make excellent centerpieces and look brilliant on end tables and countertops. Pumpkins and gourds are an obvious choice for holiday décor, and they comes in a wide variety of textures and colors that can lighten up any space.
Now that summer’s long gone and families are back to the school routine, it is the perfect time to change up your interior décor in time for the holiday festivities. Friends and family will be impressed with the lively changes. Nature is often the best way to go about decorating, so take time to relax and enjoy autumn by bringing the outdoors to the inside.
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