Take a look at the two photos above ... do you see the changes? (click on the "read more" to see the photos a bit bigger) If there’s anything that happens in nature that is a sure thing it is this … change! Nothing ever stays the same. Even though things can be somewhat predictable such as the leaves turning all different shades of green, red, yellow, orange, brown, and even purple, it never looks quite the same as the year before, does it? Besides witnessing the seasonal changes, we often purposefully change things around in our yards. We take out certain plants, add others, prune, shape, weed, and clean. The inside of our homes deserve the same thought and care. It’s best to treat our eyes and senses to an ever changing environment, no matter how small the change/s. Always look for ways to add something fresh and new and remove something stale and tired. Things can be rotated in and out or simply moved to a new location. I tell my clients that when I come back into their homes a few years down the road I don’t want to see the accessories all in the same place and it's nice to see the furniture moved around now and then too. Our eyes love to be treated to color, texture, and form. Move things around and shake things up. Happy November!
When in doubt, go fewer, bigger, or all the same. Too many small and varied decor items sitting around looks like clutter and often it can take on a “country” look. This is no problem if you have been intentional about that choice but be careful if you are shooting for an "Urban Minimalist" look because I’m here to say, too many “smalls” is NOT going to cut it unless they are multiples of the same item. If you feel that you simply must display everything then go out and get a few eye-catching large items to go with the “smalls” in order to draw your eye into the display. Happy Fall.
How about using an old wool blanket or plaid piece of fabric with Fall colors for a tablecloth? In fact, bring out lots of blanket throws and pile them in a basket for your family and friends to grab and curl up in as the weather changes. By all means, do not perfectly fold your throws before laying it on your couch or chair! If you do, no one will feel comfortable grabbing it to use...that’s why they are called “throws”! Another idea for that Fall feeling is to look around outside and pick up all sorts of naturey Fall items to bring inside? Acorns. Branches of red berries. Rocks in pretty colors and shapes. Pinecones. Mossy branches. Leaves (duh). Happy Fall.
People often assume that Fall decor must be in reds, oranges, golds and greens. Wrong. Have you ever thought about decor to coordinate with YOUR decor. Purple pumpkins … awesome! Blue acorns … sure! Items that coordinate with your regular decor or lean to the neutral side are fantastic ways to keep the flow of your home going. Also, remember that anything looks great spray painted white, right? The metallic look is another option so grab a can of spray paint and start updating those old tired seasonal accessories. Happy Fall.
Outside your home leaves are swirling and whirling and dropping everywhere. That’s how we know it’s Fall. When it comes to decorating inside your home it’s not like anyone wants to see an explosion of leaves in there too. Whether it’s pumpkins, leaves, ghosts or other Fall accessories, it’s best to set up smaller concentrated areas of decor … say three or four areas around the house. How about one in your living room, one in your bathroom, one in the kitchen and one in the entry. By doing it this way rather than spreading it all over your house you will actually SEE your decor and enjoy it more. Happy Fall.