October 29, 2016

Add a hint of Fall by bringing warmth, texture and rich colors to your home – inside and out!


My whole philosophy around decorating is – “what I view through the windows reflects back into my home”.


Of course, as I write this post, I’m looking through a large wall of windows with nothing but blue skies, a tree full of ripe lemons and a decadent pool beyond.  Oh – and it’s 89 degrees!  Even so, I yearn for cool weather, falling leaves of red, orange and yellow, and a crackling fireplace!  I’m making due with a few candles, the AC turned down and a cozy sweater…lol.


Whether or not you live in a climate with crisp Autumn air…a desert oasis or along the coast of southern California…simple decorating tweaks and accessories can and will create the homey feel that only the dropping temperatures of Fall can bring.  If we follow Nature’s cycle…it’s a time of harvest, preparing for winter and going within.


Let’s use what is offered right outside our door…




This room is exactly what I’m dreaming of right now!  The scent of fresh wood burning, the last of the roses brought from the garden and textural accents such as this stool and rug, adding even more warmth to the space.  Photo: Laure Joliet – home of Erin Fetherson in Hollywood – Domino.com




This simple yet elegant vignette can be created from anything you may find around your landscape.  All you need is a decorative shallow tray, a trio of mason jars, raffia, pine cones and snippets of pruned trees or bushes.  Make it your own with whatever you find!  Voilá!  Photo: SoSoftSundy found on CherryBlossomWorld blogspot



This sophisticated contemporary home added a touch of Fall by introducing a faux fur throw, a single mini pumpkin and a bronze metallica vase filled with decorative silk leaves.   Photo: Designs by Laila



I love the idea of meandering through a garden as you collect beautiful winter white flowers and light green foliage for this easy to create coffee table display.  Even in a white on white home, the flavor of Fall is still in the air.   Photo: JS Home Design



Growing up in the Mid-West, my Dad always brought home “mums” from the nursery!  They are hardy plants for your exterior landscape and make a vibrant centerpiece for your table!  Add a few mini pumpkins for an extra dose of Thanksgiving.  Photo: Stone Gable



Ahhhh… this would be my little slice of heaven!  Fireplace, pillows and tea – oh my!!  Photo: Lindsay Marcella



I truly miss the colors of the leaves turning!  Most would argue that Spring is the most colorful time of year…but how can you not love all the vibrant reds, burnt oranges, greens and even the many shades of purple in the decorative cabbage?  There’s a deep richness and beauty all around when the harvest is in before the earth goes to sleep.  Photo: Southern Living


Artisan decorative cubes

The natural materials of these exquisite accent pieces made by local artisans in Asia add warmth and beauty to any home, any time of the year!  Their versatility allows them to be used as foot stools, side tables or extra seating for the Holiday entertaining you’ll be doing!  Photos: Kouboo



This lush, chunky throw is the bomb for chilly nights under the covers or wrapped up in on the couch!  The geometric wool rug brings a warm feeling to this bedroom as well.  The addition of pillows, textiles, soft blankets or throws and natural elements can change any room of the house with the season.  Photo: Serene Lily



As the season changes once again, so do the flowers that bloom.  I love the simplicity of wheat stalks standing proud or a few simple roses added to foliage which is returning to the earth.  Photos: L – Bless’er House; R Top – Makerista; R Bottom – Lavender Hill Interiors



I came upon this brilliantly layered table setting and just knew I had to use it in this post!  The rich hues, mis-matched (or in my mind – matched) patterns along with a single pheasant feather create an atmosphere for long conversations over dinner and even after dessert!  It screams “Fall”…and I know there has to be a fireplace somewhere nearby!  Photo: Danielle Rollins



Do you have a favorite length of fabric to build your table setting around?  This Charlie Brown color palette is perfect for an outdoor experience as the leaves turn.  Begin with a woven rattan charger then layer color coordinating dinnerware to match your tablecloth.  Make your own napkin rings and candle holders from what Nature provides…and you have an inexpensive way to set your table.  Photos: L & Bottom R – Michelle @SweetSomethingDesign; R Top – Kouboo



Perfection!  Wool plaids, a crock pot of chili (or stew) and this vibrant apple red tablescape delights the senses and encourages the appetite!  Photo: StyleMePretty



Natural elements really make this party’s tablescape.  Juniper trimmings, berries and sage tied with twine make a great sachet for your guests to take home.  Photo: Anna Clair Photography on ADailySomething



Pumpkins of a different color grace these steps and add a hint of Autumn in this southern state.  There’s still time to enjoy the crisp evenings under the stars as you enjoy friends and family.  Photo: Southern Living, DMColor.com



Fall wouldn’t be Fall without a beautiful wreath on the door!  This one took my breath away!  Feathers, feathers, and more feathers!  Wreaths don’t have to be green!  Color outside the lines this holiday season!!  Photo: @schuylersamperton


Hopefully you have gleaned one or two new ideas for decorating your home over the next few months!  It’s always my goal to show you how to step outside the “norm”, discover something new…and embrace your inner creativity!


The world is ever changing and a bit chaotic right now, so take a step back, do a little “nesting”…and even hibernate for a bit if appropriate.  It will still be there upon your return to the outer experience called “life”.