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Fall Decorating Ideas


Fall has always been my favourite time of year. The colors are beautiful. There are almost no bugs. Weather can still be quite warm and pleasant. The crunching of the leaves and the smell of fall in the air – all bring a sense of calm and deep appreciation for the beauty around us.

I am often asked about decorating tips. I still enjoy decorating my home for the changing seasons. Pumpkins are a must! They suggest a celebration of a successful harvest but they also symbolize a happy and well enjoyed summer for me! I use gourds and pumpkins both inside and outside my home. I have planters in front of our garage and by our front door. In winter I have Christmas trees lit up; in spring I’ll put branches with pussy willows; summer of course is a profusion of flowers all around my home; fall has pumpkins and occasionally dried corn stalks, bales of straw, and a few scare crows for good measure. At Halloween I usually add my witch and ghost and large spiders for some additional character! You have to have fun and enjoy the changing seasons!

Decorating inside the home can be just as simple. Changing décor to coincide with the season is not only fun, it is festive! I love my pumpkin soup tureen which is the centerpiece on my buffet table this time of the year. I have ornamental leaves and plastic gourds to compliment my soup tureen. A few small dried stalks of corn on the cob add just the right touch for a beautiful fall arrangement. 

I have lovely fall centerpieces on my kitchen and dining table. As well as many scented fall candles throughout my home. Everything from pumpkin spice to apple cider and every other wonderful fall scent I can find. The candles not only add beautiful accents with their colors and the candle holders, I love the fall smells wafting through my home when I burn the candles, which is almost every evening!

Decorating a festive table can be done at any time for any occasion. Many of us get very creative with our table décor for holiday gatherings, but the truth is you can enjoy a creatively decorated table at any time and for any occasion. Better yet, you can surprise your family and guests with no occasion at all.  Just for “fun”. Between the different options for plate colors, napkins and their holders, a multitude of creative options for centerpieces, there is really no limit to how creative you can become. 

Another of my favourites are accents and throw pillows. If your décor is neutral it is easy to change up small inexpensive decor to add a festive touch to any room! Whether its fall themed candles and towels in the bathroom or Christmas décor and throw pillows to match your tree skirt or bright spring colors after a long winter, adding a touch of seasonal décor to your home is fun. The best way to ensure you can easily change up seasonal décor is to ensure your basics are neutral. Then it’s a simple matter of changing your seasonal décor so you are always “in season” and current.

My fireplace mantle is another of my favourite decorating tools. There is always seasonal décor on my mantle! Right now its pumpkin scented candles and pumpkins candle holders and metal owls and the odd Halloween piece. I will bring out my Witches’ house and ghost candle holders and Gourd tealight house and my black cat décor pieces and spiders this weekend for that lovely touch of Halloween. 

If you enjoy cooking, there seem to be an endless assortment of festive dishes usually found at Home Outfitters, Pier 1 or Homesense. So many beautiful accents to choose from for just the right dish! I bake a lot of pies and love to experiment with different themes and ingredients and fall is harvest time! So many fun options for me to bake!

There is something about the change of the seasons that always signifies a new start for me. It’s fresh and new and is always something to look forward to. To me, the changing of the seasons is cause for a little extra celebration! After all life is busy and stressful enough. Relax and have a little fun with some well-chosen décor to make your home that much more enticing. Say good-bye to the season we just completed and hello to a bright new season full of promise and new opportunities! 



A Little Bit of Everything….Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

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Ever find yourself on what I called “perma-hold?”  That’s when you’re waiting on hold for a customer service rep (or just some live person) to speak to you while music plays on and on and on…. Anyone else have issues with perma-hold!?!  If a company can take my money – they should have a person there to speak to me within a reasonable amount of time! Ok – done with my rant J However, as with any Professional Multi-tasker, I’m planning Thanksgiving Dinner, writing a blog and thinking about the links for the upcoming week as I’m waiting on hold, so thought I should just write it! Nothing like making good use of “on-hold” time! Thank goodness for speaker phone!

So this week we started the complete office re-design for Royal Le Page Prime. It’s so exciting! As always I can see the finished project in my head and cannot wait for it to unfold with the new paint, flooring and the furniture so everyone else can envision what I see! Just a few more weeks now for phase 1! Although everything was well planned far in advance there are always last minute details that require attention at the start of a project. It’s all part of the excitement and attention to detail that is required for it to all come together beautifully to everyone’s satisfaction! I’ll definitely be posting pictures once the first phase is complete!

The holidays have sure gotten here quickly!  Fall is one of my favourite times of the year! I just love the different colors outdoors and cool crisp air. We can enjoy our sweaters and heavier clothes without the sloppy mess of snow. Don’t get me wrong I love winter too – but this is just a beautiful time of the year to work. It’s not too hot. It’s not too cold. There’s no sloppy slush or mess outside. The drive back home is amazing as the colors change every day!! It’s perfect weather for a nice walk outside! Besides – It’s just so much fun to decorate with fall colors inside and out!

My front door usually has a collection of large friendly spiders; a scarecrow; a goofy witch and pumpkins! Inside I have everything from decorative pumpkins, gourds, and fall leaves to beautiful autumn colored candles in scents of apple cider; spiced pumpkin; pumpkin pie, and autumn glow, etc. You rarely walk into my home without some tantalizing fall smells assailing your senses!  I really do have fun with this time of the year. My cottage is no different, just scaled down a bit but same décor and same wonderful smells wafting through the home, only those are mixed with more baking smells – nothing like fresh baking at the cottage. Sorry weight watchers – I will just have to indulge for one day this weekend!

My favorite space this year is my new collection of Autumn décor from Pier 1 on my new rustic fireplace. Back in January we bought a new mantle for our living room fireplace. It’s a very beautiful and rustic slab of a red cedar tree. My Dad expertly refinished it and sealed it and we recently mounted it above our old fireplace. I have just ordered a new mirror for above but have a small one there for now. The rough bark is still on the edge and it just looks stunning!! I’ve been redecorating my own home in stages and am slowly getting my living room and library/piano room to near completion. My family just loves the new space and it works so much better for us as a family!

While I’m cooking up a storm and baking pumpkin pie (and of course, apple pie for my little girl – her favourite food!) this coming weekend, just wanted to reach out and wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing my blog and giving me your precious time. I do really appreciate everyone who takes the time to read and respond. Take some precious time with friends and family to enjoy the beautiful fall colors and perfect weather!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!