When Fall arrives, in terms of nature, most of us think about fallen and dying leaves and plants dying off for the season, but there are in fact some wonderful flowers and even seasonal vegetables that thrive in the fall that can lend an air of warmth and cheer to your home as the weather cools that will both delight and impress guests – and your family as the days get chillier.
Here are just a few ideas and tips for making the most of Mother Nature’s bounty and the ‘fruits of fall’ to decorate your home in style:
Using Pumpkins All Season Long
Pumpkins are great to use for decoration for far longer than just for Halloween. For example, a hollowed-out pumpkin, filled with sunflowers or orange, yellow and red chrysanthemums and similar ‘fall flowers’ can make a wonderful centerpiece all season long.
To extend the life of your pumpkin vase, make sure you remove as much of the pulp as possible and that you place the flowers into a piece of florist’s oasis (the green spongy stuff you can find in most craft stores.)
You do not have to limit your use of pumpkins in this way to just your indoor space either. Use a pumpkin flower arrangement to brighten up the entrance to your home, placing one next to the front door or even lining a set of steps or stairs with mini floral pumpkin arrangements. Just make sure they are placed well out of the way of where people tread to make their way to your home!
Celebrate the Harvest
Another very effective decoration can be created using fall vegetables, especially if flowers are not quite your thing (or you want an even more autumnal look) Fill a basket full of red and green apples, bright yellow squash, heirloom corn and other autumn flowers and place it anywhere in the house where you want to add a shot of seasonal color to add both warmth and whimsy to your home. Here in Houston, we host some fabulous farmer’s markets and they will provide you with the best of everything you need to create a stunning display.
Sweet and Simple
The sunflower is a great fall flower and a simple arrangement that makes use of them as the only star is simple but very effective and can add a touch of gorgeous color to almost any space in any room. A vase full of sunflowers can be especially effective in a room that is a little darker as the nights get longer, as they really can add a little shot of sunshine to the space all by themselves.
Make Use of Those Leaves
You can look to the ground for inexpensive and yet still effective Autumn decorating inspiration and use some of the leaves that have fallen to the there (or are about to fall) to create Autumn inspired decor.
For example, if you head to the craft store – or search online – you will find foam or wire wreath forms are usually on sale for just a few dollars. If you pick the very best of the leaves, you can find outside you can use them to create a wreath that celebrates the season and cheerily welcomes guests to your front door.
To make the leaves – and therefore your seasonal wreath – last longer spray them with a simple lacquer spray that you can also find at almost every craft store.
Change Your Linens
Use the brilliant colors of fall flowers and vegetables as your inspiration and change your light airy summer linens – bed-sheets, drapes and table linen – for warmer versions in shades of red, yellow, orange and brown to help create an instantly warmer and more inviting vibe.