If the thought of transforming your home decor for fall makes your eyes glaze over, than I have some good news for you. It's easy to transform your house when you concentrate on five key spots –– and use these super-easy tricks, many of which I've suggested before but are always worth considering.
If the thought of transforming your home decor for fall makes your eyes glaze over, than I have some good news for you.
It's easy to transform your house when you concentrate on five key spots –– and use these super-easy tricks, many of which I've suggested before but are always worth considering.
1. The front door. If you don't do another thing to your home this fall, dress up your door with a seasonal treatment. Everyone who passes will enjoy this highly visible tribute to autumn. You've made your home's exterior look lovely and put a smile on someone else's face. Not a bad return for a five-minute investment!
What could be easier than hanging a fall wreath on your door? Wreaths that feature faux fall foliage like leaves, flowers and berries have gotten better over the years. Use a length of fall ribbon like burlap, which is my current favorite, and tie a simple knot to secure the wreath to the door knocker or a nail.
Or you can hang a piece of artwork on your front door, or maybe a mirror embellished with some fall picks like sunflowers or berries.
2. The dining table. Maybe it's because I go ape over beautiful dishes and table linens, but one of the first places I focus my energy when I decorate for the season is my table. Whether it's an elaborate display on your formal dining-room table, something simple on the kitchen table or a unique treatment for an outdoor table, you can pull together an eye-catching tablescape in minutes.
I created a tablescape on the dining table on my screened porch that looks lush and layered, but it was really a snap to pull together. First, I just covered the table in an amazing tablecloth. Next, to give the display height and drama, I grabbed two silver dessert servers, powerful decorating tools I use over and again. In the background, a tall hurricane holds a big fat pillar candle, and the foreground is set with silverware and dishes.
The only fall pieces I added were two pumpkins made of mercury glass, each perched atop a distressed faux-silver stand. This beauty took 10 minutes tops to create and, oh, is it lovely!
If you want a simple, clean look on your dining table, just put a line of pumpkins down the table's center. Could anything be easier?
3. The dining-room hutch or buffet. In general, I go for a simple, clean look in my decorating these days, but one place I still like to do it up is my dining-room buffet. This is a stage waiting for a grand performance. When you decorate your buffet or hutch for fall, start by bringing in some tall pieces that will give the overall display some drama.
A great place to start is with a pair of fabulous buffet lamps. While buffet lamps by nature are tall and thin, don't opt for something spindly and under-scaled. Go with a pair that will make a strong statement. Then, all you'll need to do is fill in the space in between with a few carefully chosen accessories.
I start with a three-tiered epergne. This piece is a perfect pick for any buffet display because you can keep it in place year-round and simply change out the items showcased on each tier. For fall, place a jumble of interesting shaped gourds on the plates and a spray of fall flowers or foliage in the vase on top.
4. A side table. Try creating a quick display on a side table or two, such as a console table in your entry, the coffee table in your living room or a side table in your den. I picked the unusual painted wood table I keep on my screened porch because I love to decorate my outside rooms as much as I do the inside rooms. I just placed one of my favorite garden statues, which features a child with his arms held high, in the background and filled the statue's uplifted hands with fall picks of berries and leaves.
5. The garden. It doesn't take much to create a sharp outdoor fall display. I keep a trio of iron pillars in my garden year-round for this very purpose. In fall, I simply top them with pumpkins. If I'm feeling extra creative, I may place a small fall wreath on top of the pillar, then rest a pumpkin into the nest of the wreath. This display is so simple to create, yet looks sensational. ?
Hit your local pumpkin patch, or grab a few pumpkins and gourds next time you're at the grocery store, then tuck them into your existing garden displays. Sometimes I cluster small pumpkins at the base of the topiaries that flank my front door. I'll put a pumpkin or two on each step up to my front door.
This column has been adapted from Mary Carol Garrity's blog at www.nellhills.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.