Story by home decorating aficionado Danny Taylor of DT & CO Real Estate. Photo by Nietnagel.
Cary, NC – Cooler temps are here and it’s time to warm up the house and get it dressed for the Fall season. Maybe you are gazing around your home and you aren’t sure where to start. Here are 5 quick tips to get you on your way to transition from summer to fall in your home.
1. Get Rid of It
That’s right…get rid of anything in the closet, attic, garage, or basement that you will never use again. This will give you a clean palette to start from when you begin to ready your home for a new season.
Sound like a lot of work? Think outside the box and have a charitable organization do a rummage sale and then donate the rest to a charity of your choice…or throw it in the trash! This way you get a clean house, a tax deduction, and spread good karma!
2. Use Natural Elements
Fall is the perfect time of year to decorate with elements from nature. I use my grandmother’s bread board and fill it with small gourds and pumpkins for the dining room table.
For the exterior, an urn or planter that held the Summer flowers will look great with a larger pumpkin stacked on top! Also for the exterior, I use tiny English Boxwood from the Farmers Market and circle them with pansies in window boxes and planters. This gives me something that will last the entire season right up until Spring!
3. Area Rugs, Throws and Pillows
An old Southern trick that past generations used was to mark the seasonal change with rugs. Take up the area rugs and heavy drapery in the Spring and put them back down in the Fall.
Most of us no longer have the time (or budget) to change out rugs and drapery with the seasons, but a super way to get the same feeling is with throws and pillows. This is such an easy and affordable way to instantly change the feel of your décor.
4. Curb Appeal- Manicure the Yard
Don’t forget the curb appeal! Now is the time to trim shrubbery, prune trees, mulch, and generally do all the things needed to get your yard in tip-top shape.
If you manicure your yard now, it will be very low maintenance until Spring.
My Mother had a mantra for yard work…cut it back and it will thrive in the Spring!
This is the cheapest and easiest way to give your home an instant facelift. Just a fresh coat of a new color on the front door or shutters will guarantee to stop traffic…in a good way!
On the inside, make sure to touch up trim and doors that took a beating through the year. Fresh trim always perks up a room…an old decorator trick.
That wasn’t so difficult was it? Now that all the hard work is done, this is a great excuse to throw a party! A tailgate party or pot luck dinner with friends is the perfect motivation to get finished and relax! Most folks enjoy being a participant, so assign everyone a type of dish and see what happens. Just make sure to have a backup plan. I tried this once and everyone showed up with chips….thank goodness I was prepared!
Danny Taylor curates a Facebook Group that offers daily tips to keep your house looking fabulous all the time.