Monday, October 1, 2012

It's Fall!

I do so love this season, as apparently (according to a recent survey) do a lot of people. In fact, October is the favorite month of the majority of Americans. And I love decorating for fall.......especially with just a bit of a twist.

Courtesy of HGTV
For example, pumpkins and gourds are definitely a sign of the season. But you don't have to keep them orange and yellow. Paint them to match your decor. Or purchase faux in the color of your choice. Look how beautiful this monochromatic mantel looks! If you prefer more color, go for it!

Use things from nature to add interest. Gather acorns, bare branches, feathers, and perhaps even a fallen nest to make a creative arrangement. Use them in bowls, jars, and vases to replace those summer collectibles of seashells, sand, and sea glass. Keep branches in place using dried beans for an unusual touch.

Rather than change your sisal rug, try layering another rug on top of it.  Rugs Direct shares a beautiful look in a bedroom, but that will work well in any room of the house. Think of the floor as the wall, with the sisal or natural fiber rug as the wall treatment, then the patterned rug as the artwork. Or get even more creative and layer different patterns. Keep in mind the tricks to using different patterns together (colors that blend and patterns that are similar in style), then have fun! Animal prints are a great trend now, so try adding one if the mood strikes you.

And of course, the "traditional" bounty of the season is always beautiful. Pumpkins stacked on your front porch,pots of jewel-toned mums, and bowls of seasonal fruit (is anything more beautiful than a bowl of apples?) are always a delight to behold - and a wonderful touch of fall both inside and out.