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!