It’s time to breathe a sigh of relief and start decorating for autumn. Finally it’s fall! Anyone who’s lived through this worst of summers in Dallas has got to be psyched. After all, we weren’t sure the weather would ever cool off – yet it has. Hip, hip hooray! Life is good again.
It’s easy to create an autumn inspired ambience with a seasonal palette of simple décor accents. The downtown Dallas Farmer’s Market and warehouse outlets in the Dallas Design District are great places to find rustic containers and unusual home accents. Look for faux foliage and florals at Decorator’s Warehouse, Michaels and Hobby Lobby.
· Layer fall apples and pomegranates with red and gold faux leaves in an apothecary jar as a seasonal table accent.
· Switch beige lamp shades for ones in colors of amber or ruby to create a warm glow.
· Spice up upholstered furniture and bed linens with throw pillows in textured fabrics of warm maple, sage, chestnut and orange.
· Create autumnal table settings with wicker plate chargers and raffia napkin rings while mixing colorful dinnerware.
· Tie together colorful stalks of Indian corn with raffia and hang from cabinet pulls or door knobs.
· Arrange crotons, autumn mums, gourds, cattails and wheat stalks a rustic tin planter for a casual centerpiece.
· Place mini pumpkins in unexpected places around the home – in a china cabinet or on a bookshelf as bookends.
· Drape a garland of faux autumn leaves among the arms of a chandelier.
· Hollow out a medium pumpkin and use as a vase to hold fall foliage, feathers and florals. Use florist foam as an anchor.
· Mix gourds, fall apples, mini pumpkins and Indian corn in a primitive wooden tray as a table accent.
· Layer glass pebbles in autumn hues in a clear glass hurricane and insert rustic twigs, cattails, pussy willow and feathers to create a simple centerpiece.
· Fill a fireplace with pillar and taper candles in autumnal shades. For visual interest, group together candles of varying heights and sizes.
· Group crotons and seasonal mums in wooden crates and place around hay bales and pumpkins on a porch or patio.