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fall decorating

Last Friday was the first night we lit up the fireplace this year and cozied up around it watching a movie.  We typically spend our Friday nights together watching a new film, sometimes it’s a classic, other times it’s something new, but we all look forward to Friday family movie nights every weekend.

It got me thinking about how the weather is changing since fall is in full swing about ways to make the sitting area around a fireplace a little more cozy, and one where you want to spend a lot time during the colder months.  Here are a few tips to do just that.

Layer with Throws and Blankets.   Now is the time to pull down all of those blankets and throws you stored away when spring arrived.  Drape them over each chair or loveseat so as the temperature drops, you’re able to stay cozy underneath their soft fibers.

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Use Inviting Color Palettes.   Mid tone purples and greens settle in nicely against neutral walls and furnishings in this sitting space.  In places where you’ve decided relaxation is the priority, avoid saturated or invigorating colors and choose the soothing tones instead. 

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Focus on Attention.  Turn sitting chairs toward each other to encourage conversation.  Add an ottoman for propping feet or resting books, and an end table for setting down a hot cup of tea.  

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Library Included.   Adding freestanding or built in bookcases to your gathering space keeps your favorite books or newest reads within arms reach.  Even if you’ve turned to tablet style reading, you can still add personality and warmth to your home with the stacks of classics you’ve collected over the years displayed out in the open. 

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Add a Table in the Middle.  Rather than a petite end table on either side of the chairs, consider a larger table of dining nook proportions for spending a few hours on arts and crafts, catching up on a stack of magazines, engaging in a friendly game of chess, or reading your email on your laptop, all of it accomplished in front of the fire.

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Mount the Television Above.   So many of us get our entertainment from television and movies, so it makes sense to combine the television and fireplace in one zone, allowing you and your family or roommates to warm yourself by the fire while you catch up on the latest drama or comedy.

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It doesn’t take much to take your fireplace beyond just a formal focal point and use it as a functioning gathering place where you spend hours of time relaxing and enjoying life. 

What are your favorite ways to decorate around the fireplace in the cooler months?



‘Tis the season to festoon our fall porches with the abundant accents that the harvest season brings.  Autumn offers us a chance to change up the decor on the front porch to welcome friends and neighbors during this favorite time of year.   If you’re looking for inspiration for ways to embellish your entry in original ways, consider these ten festive ideas for adding seasonal accents to your fall porch! 

1.  Tiered Pumpkins.   A fall porch isn’t complete without a pumpkin or two.  Whether placed along the path or layered in an urn, stack these favorite fall accents vertically for a dramatic effect.  


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2.  Extra or Unexpected Orange Accents.   You’ve got the pumpkins, now think about the extras!  Incorporate additional decor in shades of orange to complement your pumpkins such as pillows, end tables, colorful chairs, and paper lanterns!


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3.  Leaves and Branches.  With all the changing leaves around town, consider clipping a few branches from a tree that can spare them and display their vivid colors with your pumpkin collection.


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 fall leaves and branches in urn bhg


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Yes, it’s in the air, can you feel it?  Autumn has arrived!  The air is getting cooler and the leaves are beginning to change.   Nature puts on the best show this time of year and provides us with plenty to work with when creating seasonal centerpieces.  Here are my favorites to inspire you this season in creating a beautiful display! 

A branch stabilized in moist floral foam and wrapped in burlap sack makes an stately centerpiece on a simple fall table.  Pair it with smaller arrangements of flowers in fall colors.


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Pine cones purchased at a craft store or collected on an autumn walk make perfect vase filler.  Add mini ornaments suspended on simple branches to complete the look.


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Natural acorns make charming ornaments too, you can even add craft paint to the shells for a fun pop of color.


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What is fall without pumpkins?  Silver painted minis make elegant candleholders on top of mercury glass candlesticks.


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Dip leaves in a golden bowl for color and float candles on top for ambiance.


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The bounty from your annual apple picking tradition surrounds a pillar candle in a large glass bowl.


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Nuts and berries in tiered bowls and urns bring nature’s treats to your fall table.


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A collection of mini pumpkins and walnuts forms an easy natural vignette on top of a pretty beribboned cake stand.


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Cinderella pumpkins make a beautiful tiered display when stacked in varied colors and sizes.


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A simple rectangular white tray corrals a changing collection of pumpkins, flowers, and stems.


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White pumpkins faux or real can be carved out to form vases for fresh flowers in seasonal shades.


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Branch clippings truly are the easiest centerpiece such as festive green acorns.


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Bowl of pears or figs from the market and some branch clippings for an effortless display.


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Are you inspired by this season in decorating your home?  What are your favorite autumn accents to bring indoors?



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