Posts Tagged ‘fall’

Encapsulating Autumn with Decor

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Seasonal decorating is a tradition many families will integrate into their homes.  When winter comes, the Christmas tree and lights go up, and when spring comes, flowers are planted around your house.  Autumn is a great season filled with holidays, festivities, and seasonal amenities which are fantastic to include in your home design.   

It’s also a great time to spice up your space with new floors and countertops. In fact, flooring and countertops can set the stage for your design. From hand-scraped to wire-brushed trends to marble looks, the design possibilities are endless in 2020. Plus, with innovations in the industry, you do not have to settle for only one type of flooring in your home.

We put together a list of five Autumn décor ideas you will want to include in your home to express your festive-side:

Plaid

Fall has a sense of being cozy when you are indoors and a sense of adventure when out and about.  Adding plaid blankets or a new area rug to your floors will give your house a nice warm and cozy feel.  You can try adding plaid designs outside through welcome mats, outdoor pillows, and blankets. 

Fall Plantation

Including fall harvest inside your home is another excellent way to make a statement.  Outside your home, you can add straw, autumn flowers, or corn stalks. Inside your home you can take these same elements and create an arrangement for your countertop to set the mood for fall.  Add pumpkins as a centerpiece on your table or you can even have a basket filled with fall foods like corn, squash, and baby pumpkins.  Including faux wheat is another excellent decor piece to add to vases or pitchers around your home.  Go a step further and add fall scents. You can incorporate things like cinnamon soaps or cider scented candles to help capture the fall feel.

However, if you notice that your countertops are not as pristine as they once were, you can have your countertops replaced. Currently homeowners love the natural, one-of-a-kind beauty of marble and quartz countertops. Marble countertops feature an authentic, beautiful veining that is unmatched by any other countertop. However, if you are looking for a more durable & low maintenance countertop, quartz is a great option, you can opt for beautiful quartz countertops. Quartz is composed of natural crystals, which makes it an insanely gorgeous countertop option. Plus, quartz countertops are perfect for homeowners who love to cook because they are scratch-, stain-, and heat-resistant.

Wood

Adding pictures with wood or incorporating wood into your home design can add to the overall warmth of a room.  You can start using your fireplace more and decorate your mantle with festive fall décor.  Put fallen leaves into picture frames and display the beautiful countryside colors of fall for an added touch.

Think Rustic

Rustic colors will make a substantial impact on your home’s decor and what you are trying to convey.  Adding rustic display items and antiques will help fully encapsulate the fall spirit.  Woven baskets are great to use in your home and can hold your plaid blankets.  Adding warm reds to your home through curtains, throw rugs, area rugs and floral arrangements can give a rural influenced aesthetic in the fall season. Try adding rustic display items as a centerpiece to your kitchen island!

Pillows and Pictures

A simple, cost-effective task you can add is swapping out your current pictures and pillows.  This is an easy tradition you can do for every season.  Plaids and stripes with autumn hues can help bring your room full circle, but you do not have to commit to the look year-round fully.

Autumn can have so many fun decorations to add to your home.  Try including some of these tricks and tips this fall season to your home.

Fall Décor Essentials

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Holidays

Fall is here, and it is time to start spending more time inside with your family. As the days grow shorter and colder, we tend to have much more time inside our homes than during summer. Making your home fall-ready is a fun way to celebrate the season. By adding some fall décor to your space, you can take pride in the change of the season and make your home feel more welcoming and inviting. Here are three easy décor ideas to add to your home this season:

Flannel Blankets

Flannel is a distinctive pattern associated with fall. You can add warm or cool tone flannel blankets to your home for a festive look. In fact, it can even be a great addition to swap out your summer sheets with flannel fall sheets. You can even get flannel throw pillows and blankets to add to your living room for a fall look.

Scented Candles

Nothing makes a home more inviting than a sweet aroma. Fall is full of many wonderful scents to add to your space. Look into apple cinnamon or pumpkin spice for festive scent. Plus, there are hundreds of other great scents to choose from that can make your home feel like an autumn oasis.

Seasonal Centerpiece

Make any table feel more seasonal by adding a festive centerpiece. Use holiday-influenced décor like cornucopias or jack o’ lanterns. You even can use a leaf display or candlelit mason jars. Adding a centerpiece can be more than just your dining room display. Consider adding centerpieces to your coffee tables or even over your fireplace mantel to make your room feel even more complete.

Place Mats

You can also make your table feel autumn-inspired by adding decorative placemats. These can be a seasonal addition that you put out each season. Look for placemat sets that are fall influenced, and add a plaid table runner as well to really make the atmosphere feel complete.

Decorating for the seasons is always fun and exciting. Be creative and explore different ways to make your home feel even warmer and more inviting this year. What are some of your favorite fall décor options? Let us know in the comment section, and for more tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe.

Ideas for Creating a Fall-Themed Front Entrance

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Holidays, Outdoor Living

Have you noticed the days are getting shorter, and the air in the mornings is crisp and cooler? Fall is just around the corner, so what better reason to spruce up your front entrance? There are so many inexpensive, creative ideas for this project; therefore, we encourage you to join the fun with our favorite easy fall design ideas:

Planters

We are sure that you have planters and urns around your home, but if not, be sure to buy some in varying sizes. Remember you can use these year-round for other seasonal decorations. If they need to be painted, think about burgundy, forest green, dark gray, gold or bronze. Planters can be spray painted in no time, making it a quick project.

You may know that now is the time for mum flowers to be in bloom through November. They come in so many beautiful fall colors and are typically inexpensive. When mums have finished blooming in your local area, simply plant them in your yard landscape to enjoy next fall. What a wonderful way to repurpose! Take the mums and place them in the planters and urns for pops of color. 

Planters are also excellent for creating height in your arrangement, especially if you have pumpkins and cornstalks in the design. Reverse this idea and place pumpkins and gourds in the planters then place the mums on the ground around the planters. Try different arrangements until you find your favorite! 

Baskets and More 

Everyone has some baskets laying around the house or in your garden shed. If you like the distressed look of patina or the clean, neat look, spray paint works wonders. Simply pick up an old antique bench or chair from a yard sale and begin spray painting. Again, keep it natural or spray paint according to your preferences. 

Place dried flowers, small pumpkins, live mums, decorative gourds in the baskets and place on the bench or the seat of the chair. Also, large apple or peach baskets are perfect for placing a planter in the center. Or you can turn the basket upside down and use as a table to display your treasures. 

Cornstalks, Tree Limbs, Vines and Willow Branches 

These items are ideal for creating an arch around your front door because they are so beautiful and natural! Plus, these designs can be seen from the street. Everyone should have a supply of zip ties around the house since they are so handy and functional. Attach the limbs and stalks together with zip ties, spraypaint the zip ties if they are visible, and place the stalks in a planter or basket.

 Also, a fishing line is another item with a million uses. Anchor the limbs together by simply wrapping fishing line from the bottom up to the top. You can arrange the limbs once you have the zip ties or fishing line in place. Just attach the fishing line to light sconces or tap in small nails to secure at the top of your door. 

How do you decorate your front entrance for fall? Do you do anything exciting and different? We would love for you to share your thoughts with our other readers in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

Did you ever enjoy apple chips as a child?  The crispy snack is a great healthy treat for both adults and children – and can bring a nostalgia for fall any time of the year.  Rather than purchasing this item (at a very high price!), make them at home.  This is a wonderful fall activity with children.  Apple prices are low and a wonderful bonding experience between generations!  You may find yourself eating these delectable chips almost as fast as you make them, so plan for plenty!

 

What you need:

Lemon Juice

2 Apples

Cinnamon

Basting Brush

 

Instructions:

Slice apples into thin slices about 1/8 of an inch. Leave the skin and core intact. The skin is healthy and the core makes a pretty design in the center of the apple chip.

Soak apple slices in a bowl of water. Use 2 cups of water and add ¼ cup of lemon juice. Let slices soak for 30 minutes. The lemon juice will prevent the apple from turning brown.

After soaking, pat the apple slices as dry as you can get them. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the apple slices on the baking sheet. Dust the slices with cinnamon and then use a basting brush to rub cinnamon on the entire slice.

Move the oven racks to the 2/3 from the bottom and 2/3 from the top. Place cookie sheets on the racks and bake for an hour. After an hour remove from oven and turn chips over. Return to the oven for another hour.

 

A great way to enjoy these is cuddled under a cozy blanket or near a warm fire.  Turn on your favorite movie and snack on apple chips rather than popcorn.  These are also wonderful enjoyed with a big mug of hot chocolate!  Don’t forget the marshmallows!

6 Fabulous Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Holidays

  1. Purchase tall metal wire baskets and an ample supply of small pumpkins. Place a tall arrangement of fall leaves, willow branches, and twigs inside the basket. Hold the arrangement with one hand and use the other hand to fill the basket with the small pumpkins. They will serve as an anchor to keep the foliage arrangement in place. Because the basket is wire the pumpkins will also be visible!
  2. Replace old, boring porch light fixtures with lantern style light fixtures. Lanterns are perfect for fall themes.
  3. Set a bale of hay on one side of the porch. Place pots of mums on it and at the foot of it. Fill in any gaps with appropriately sized pumpkins.
  4.  Display a unique wreath. Rather than the standard, round, store bought wreath, make your own. Find a large, twiggy branch in the front or back yard. Purchase a strand of fall leaves from the craft store. (Real fall leaves will disintegrate too quickly to get longevity out of your wreath.) Use floral wire to twist, weave, and attach the leaves to the branch. Tie a bow at the base of the branch, with the ribbons trailing onto the foliage. Hang on the front door.
  5. When Halloween approaches, maximize your display by working with the theme. Insert witch’s brooms in tall planters and containers, and then attach bats and ghosts to the siding of the house on either side of the front door. A few days before Halloween, carve a few of the pumpkins and set them on the porch floor, forward of the other décor and illuminate each night.
  6. Make good use of an old wooden ladder by using it as a display stand. Stack pumpkins, gourds, and small flower pots on the rungs. Fill the small pots with tiny pumpkins. If you’re creative, paint the flower pots in fall colors before putting them to use. Slide large planters underneath the ladder and fill them with mums or fall foliage. Nearby, set a small bale of hay on the porch floor, and place a square of plywood on top to convert the hay bale to a table. Set a wicker chair next to it.  

8 Fabulous Ways To Wear a Plaid Shirt

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice

As school days approach and the weather starts turning colder, you may be looking through your fall wardrobe.  Bring some new life to your older pieces with these tips! 

Plaid shirts are such wonderful pieces to have in a wardrobe because they are funky yet classic, versatile yet relaxed. If you’ve never owned one it might be because the idea of trying to style one is intimidating. So much color and pattern! Or perhaps you’re convinced that there’s no way possible to make one look stylish or chic because they remind you of camping. Fear not! Peruse these ideas and you’re sure to find a few that will make you want to run to the store right now and buy a plaid shirt.

  1. Hip length plaid shirt, top it with a neutral cardigan with the sleeves scrunched just below the elbows and the cuffs of the plaid shirt flipped back over the cuffs of the sweater, skinny jeans, a chunky, flashy watch, and dressy flats.
  2. Hip length plaid shirt with sleeves neatly folded back to just below the elbow, buttoned up except for top two buttons, statement necklace and chunky bracelets, skinny dark denim, animal patterned pumps.
  3. Thigh length plaid shirt with cuffs loosely rolled back between elbow and wrist, black and white rock band t-shirt, high waisted cutoff shorts, funky black tights, bangles, and ankle boots.
  4. Hip length plaid shirt buttoned up and sleeves loosely rolled to just below the elbow, infinity scarf, skinny distressed blue denim, fancy flats.
  5. Form fitting, brightly colored plaid shirt buttoned up except for top two buttons, tucked into distressed indigo skinny jeans, chunky leather belt, pop colored suit jacket, statement necklace worn on the outside of the shirt collar, chunky ankle boots.
  6. Hip length plaid shirt with sleeves neatly folded back to just below the elbow, top it with a funky, textured vest in a neutral color, straight leg jeans with large cuffs at the bottom so your ankles show, light colored neutral booties.
  7. Oversized, boxy plaid shirt with ¾ length sleeves buttoned, loosely tucked into structured, flared skirt that sits at natural waist and is color coordinated with the shirt, black or dark navy tights, and pointy flats.
  8. Long sleeved, form fitting plaid shirt buttoned up except for top two buttons at top and shirt cuffs buttoned, tucked into dark denim whisker washed skinny jean, pop color skinny belt, statement necklace and ballet flats.

6 Ways To Make Your Front Porch Welcoming In the Fall

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tips

Fall seems to be the coziest season of the year! Capitalize on its inherently comforting qualities by decorating your front porch with traditional fall decorations. People will feel instantly at home before they even walk through the front door!

  1. Create a display that includes the numerical part of your address. At the craft store, buy large metal or wooden numbers. So, let’s say your address is 5564. Buy two fives, a six, and a four. Attach each one to a white pumpkin. Fill a large whisky barrel with the leaves and foliage you collect after cleaning up the yard. Stack the pumpkins on top of each other on the foliage in the barrel to display your numerical address. If you buy wooden numbers try painting them first with fall colors that coordinate with the color of the exterior paint on your house.
  2. Set a distressed, weathered, wooden chair and table on the porch. On the table place a pot of mums. On the chair set an arrangement of pumpkins and pinecones. On the porch floor, at the foot of the table and the chair, set another large pot of mums and an oversized pumpkin.
  3. Set a large, tin watering can on the porch and use it as a ‘vase.’ Fill it with tall sprigs of fall foliage. Next to it place a large, medium, and small pumpkin. At night, include an outdoor candle to illuminate things. Try citronella if you live in an area prone to mosquitoes.
  4. Frame your front door with a large, trailing, fall foliage garland. Hang a fall wreath on the door. If you like Halloween, the wreath is a great way to incorporate the theme. Place one tall tin planter on each side of the door. Weight it with rocks at the bottom and place tall corn stalks inside.
  5. Decorate mini pumpkins with fall themed ribbons tied around the stem. Use them to fill up a flower planter that attaches to the wall of the porch. Display the pumpkins rather than flowers in the planter.
  6. Replace the summer patio furniture. Put away the wrought iron and glass table, as well as the metal chairs with warm weather cushions. In their place use wicker/rattan set of table and chairs. Drape a couple of the chairs with throws that can withstand being exposed to the elements.

Cleaning Out Your Gutters

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Tips, Uncategorized

9393881_SIt’s fall, which means there are some unpleasant chores that need to be accomplished – namely raking leaves and cleaning out the gutters. Get your kids to deal with the leaves and handle the gutters yourself as it involves climbing up and down a ladder.

Why do we need to clean out the gutters? Leaves and other debris can build up in the gutters, clogging the downspouts. This can lead to water damage on your roof. Water pouring over the gutters can end up leaking inside your home and into your foundation.

Clean your gutters while standing firmly on a ladder. Use one bucket for gutter debris and one for tools. Use wire hooks to attach each bucket to the ladder. Clean large debris with a trowel first. Using a hose flush the gutter starting at the opposite end of the downspout. If the water doesn’t drain, check the downspout to see if it is clogged and clean as necessary.

If there is still any standing water in the gutter after it has been flushed it may not be sloped correctly. Do not ignore this problem. If the gutter doesn’t slope enough, detach the hangers and adjust the gutter to drain properly and then reattach.  If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, call a professional.

This is also the time to inspect gutter sections for damage and missing parts, repair any gutter leaks and apply gutter touch up paint. You may even want to repaint all of the gutters.

While cleaning out the gutters does take some time and elbow grease, it is necessary for the health of your home.

It’s Officially Fall

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice, Outdoor Living, Tips

16419295_SIt IS officially fall. You can tell by the brilliant blue sky, the leaves changing colors and the crispness in the air. Soon we will be pulling out the crock-pot and preparing hearty braised dishes for our families. In the meantime, while the kids have settled down to the routine of the school year it is time to prepare the outside of the house for the new season and also to start (gasp) thinking about the holidays.

Here is a quick checklist of chores that should (don’t you just hate that word?), or can be done to make sure that the outside of your home is ready for the coming of winter.

  • Clean and store your patio furniture and summer toys.
  • Wash your windows. This is worth calling someone and having them do it for you.
  • Drain your garden hoses. Store them neatly in the garage. Don’t forget to blow out your sprinkler system to prevent broken pipes during the winter.
  • Clean out your gutters. Again, this is another job that perhaps a high school student would like to take on for you for some extra spending money. After they clean out your gutters have them retouch any peeling paint on your deck, or at least power wash and clean your deck.
  • Check caulk around outside windows and doors. Re-caulk if necessary.
  • Look at your outside doors and your garage door. Do they close and seal properly? If not, get them fixed. You will reap the benefits on your winter heating bills.
  • And finally, clean your chimney.

Although at first it may seem a bit overwhelming, it is really not a long list. Schedule one job a day or a couple of jobs per weekend and before you know it the outside of your home will be holiday and winter ready.

Tailgating Parties

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Entertaining, Events, Family

12925225_SFootball season is here!!!!! What does that mean? Tailgating parties. If you are lucky enough to have tickets to a game, good for you, but just because you couldn’t get tickets to the game – or your team’s on the road doesn’t mean you can’t have a tailgate party at home. Park your truck in front of your house or in the driveway, and decorate every square inch of it. Drag your television (with a long extension cord) and chairs out onto the lawn. But either way, this is how to have a great tailgate party.

If you are going to the stadium be sure you know all the tailgating rules.

Check the weather forecast. Pack umbrellas if necessary.

Good tailgating menus include the traditional hamburgers and hotdogs, but you can also think outside the box and do ribs or kebabs just to mix things up.  Cupcakes, pies or cookies are good dessert options. Bring beers and soda or if you want to get really creative concoct a cocktail based on your favorite team.

Pack your BBQ grill, charcoal, lighter fluid, spatula and tongs. Also remember to bring paper plates, disposable silverware, napkins and cups for beer or soda. It’s also not a bad idea to bring wet wipes, trash bags, a bottle opener and a football or Frisbee to throw around. Decide whether you need a table or intend to use the back of your truck as an impromptu surface.

Prepack your ice chest and cooler as much as possible the night before to save time when you’re heading out for the game in the morning and to be sure that all your beverages are cold.

Bring folding chairs so everyone can enjoy the tailgate in comfort. Think about how to broadcast the pre-game show and keep track of other games that are in progress. After all many of your guests are probably in a fantasy football league and they want to keep track of their teams stats.

Drink responsibly, please designate a sober driver. And most of all enjoy yourselves!