Fall Decor, Inside and Out
Posted on 10/10/2017 by Stanley Martin Homes
The change of seasons is always exciting. For many, autumn is all about hay rides with friends, heading to the local pumpkin patch to stock up on pumpkins, drinking hot chocolate in front of the fireplace, or baking pumpkin seeds. For others, it's an opportunity to deck out their home with colorful fall decorations inside and out. We've come up with a few idea starters to help you get off on the right foot when it comes to decorating your home with a festive fall flair.

Bring in the Fall Colors

fireplace with fall decorIt's fun to give the inside of your home a fresh burst of color when the seasons change. Purchase throw pillows and blankets for your great room in mustard, forest green, burnt orange, and brown. Liven up your kitchen with dish towels, tablecloths, and placemats that have fall themes and colors. Put a few small pumpkins and gourds on your fireplace mantel along with some pinecones and other earthy treasures found near your home. Head to the dollar store and grab some fall-colored cups, plates, and bowls and, just for fun, use them for your everyday dishes to bring some color around the family dinner table. In the bathroom, add some fall-themed hand towels and a scented candle.

Making Your Porch Pop

decorated front porchIf you have a front porch, there is so much you can do! Hang a fall wreath on your door as a great way to give your entrance an instant burst of color. If you've got outdoor furniture, add some outdoor pillows or blankets in fall colors. Of course, there are the traditional corn stalks-don't forget those. And, don't forget about all those pumpkins you picked up at the pumpkin patch. Instead of carving them, you could decorate them. Get creative! Painted pumpkins are popular these days, but what if you did something different? What about creating beautiful designs by gluing on beads, yarn, or fabric? Look on Pinterest for more ideas, we're sure you'll find plenty of inspiration there.

Make a Fall Leaf Placemat

Here's a craft that you'll enjoy as much as your children - a leaf placemat. You'll need some construction paper or cardboard cut to the size of a placemat. The first step is to head outside and pick up the most beautiful freshly fallen leaves you can find. Make sure they're still soft and pliable and not already dried up and brittle.

fall leavesBring them inside and arrange them in a pleasing design on the paper you've chosen. Once the design is just how you like it, dab a bit of glue under a few parts of each leaf to gently affix it to the paper. This will keep them from moving around. Next, cut some contact paper to fit the placemat, plus a one-inch border all around. Slowly peel off the backing as you roll the contact paper from one end of the placemat to the other, smoothing as you go. Flip it over and do the same on the other side. Press together carefully, trim the excess contact paper, leaving a half-inch border and voila! You have a beautiful fall placemat you can use on an end table or coffee table, or make several more and save them to use on your Thanksgiving Day table!

We hope these craft and decorating ideas inspire you to celebrate the fall season in style, but don't forget to get outside and enjoy bonfires with neighbors, long drives to see the beauty of fall colors, and tailgate parties with all the trappings. Celebrate with family and friends and enjoy this time of year to the fullest!

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