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Decorating for Fall

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

Put away the white linen, beach towels and cool toned accessories. It’s fall and it’s time to breakout the corn husks, pine cones and other harvest decorations. Here are a few simple ideas:

Decorate a bookshelf with pressed leaves and pumpkins.

Hang a corn husk wreath.

Display green apples and acorns in apothecary jars.

Spray paint pumpkins silver and white. Make sure you use a variety of sizes. Display them on your mantle with pine cones. This is a very elegant look.

Decorate your dining room table by placing a row of pumpkins and gourds. Add a tall vase filled with wheat.

Fill your votive candle holders with pumpkin or squash seeds.

Make leaves out of decorative scrapbook paper. Glue them to branches for a whimsical look. Display the branches in tall glass vases.

Fill an old tool box with candles, clementines and pine cones.

Hollow out gourds and use them as vases for fall flowers.

Put single leaves, either pressed or fresh, in small glass vases or use old lab beakers — look for them at antique stores. Replace leaves as they brown.

Put together a colorful outdoor fall display using a sturdy wheelbarrow as a base. Fill the wheelbarrow with ornamental cabbage and peppers, grasses, chrysanthemums, flowering zucchini and other seasonal plants. Fill the wheelbarrow with soil and insert the plants loosely, or tuck containers into the wheelbarrow, making sure to fill in the gaps with more plants.

Nuts are as easy to decorate with as they are good to eat. Anchor a candle inside a hurricane lamp. Experiment with different varieties of nuts and a selection of clear containers.

Nestle a candle in popcorn kernels or other seasonal materials such as candy corn or colored clear round stones.

Don’t forget to break out the rich, warm colored throw rugs, pillows and rugs. Light a fire, pour a glass of wine and enjoy autumn.

Haunting can be Helpful

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

When you’re making one or more major design choices such as new flooring, furniture, or even when you’re choosing something as simple as a holiday accessory, sometimes the amazing variety of options can be challenging to sort through.

If you find yourself haunted by bad decisions past, use this positive haunting approach to make good decisions in the future.

Spend just a few minutes reviewing your final decisions, then walk away. Browse in another department, go to lunch or even take a day off. After you leave, does one choice seem to haunt your thoughts? Do you find yourself dwelling on one favorite tile vignette or visualizing one particular stone flooring in your own home? You’ve just been haunted by your best decision.

You can then make your choice with much more confidence. After all, if your mind can’t let go of one image, it seems as though you’ve really already made your choice.

So as you head back to that store or pumpkin patch and buy the pumpkin or flooring of your dreams, you know that you made the best decision. After all, you were haunted by the choice until you went back and bought it!

Once you’ve made your selection, you may find yourself stepping back and admiring the option you’ve invited to be part of your home, whether it’s the flooring of your dreams, or even just a pumpkin for the season!