Whenever the seasons change I get that itch to change something in my home, it could be simple, or I want to remodel a room completely. A budget is a constricting factor, and I wanted to offer a few tips on how you can quickly change an area of your home, in a budget-friendly way.
I love adding new decorating elements and accessories to my home, and with the change in seasons, there are plenty of fun shopping options to pull in colors of the season. This weekend, one of the quickest ways to add fresh autumn colors is to decorate your front entrance.
As we go from summer to fall here on the East coast, some of the plants in our containers look shabby or have died. I have a few ideas to help you give them a fresh look as we go into Fall. The first thing you need to do is remove all the dead or dying plants and assess what is salvageable. Here are five ways you can keep your outdoor containers looking great:
1. Add ornamental grass for height and color.
If your vines still look good and all your annuals are gone, replace them with a lovely ornamental grass. One of my favorites is the Purple Fountain Grass because of its beautiful color, texture, and height.
2. Fill empty spots with branches or twigs.
If your container needs instant height, take some cuttings from your trees and strategically place them in the center of the container to add interest. If you want a particular color, use spray paint. My recommendation, keep the colors based on the colors of the season. If you don’t have trees to cut from, go to your local craft store and go through the dried or silk floral area and find the shape, height, color that you want to use to fill in empty spots.
3. Add late blooming plants.
Go to your local garden center to find the best options. In our area, Cone Flowers, Black-eyed Susan, Zinnia, and Pansies continue to bloom into the fall. Though it may seem too early for Chrysanthemum, you will see them in your garden centers, incorporate them into existing pots to add color and interest! There are also cooler weather succulents that you can add, again check your local garden center for options.
4. Fill in bare areas with accessories.
Does is sound crazy to add accessories to your containers? Why not! Think about adding a Mirror Globe gazing ball that will reflect the colors from existing plants and fill up space. Or, add a solar-powered lantern for interest during the day or night. If you already have a lantern you want to use, add an outdoor battery-powered candle (that has a timer). Do you have a favorite yard statue or a garden gnome? Consider moving it to the bare area of your pot for a whimsical look.
5. Reshuffle your pots and arrange them for interest.
Move your pots around to create a color interest. Consolidate containers to maximize interest in one pot. If all the flowers in small pots have died, consider placing them in the center of a larger pot, based on color and insert tree cuttings or twigs to achieve the desired height.
I hope these five tips help you enjoy your outdoor time as long as possible this summer season! If you need home decorating or home staging assistance, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, I would love to help!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. (Feature photo from Houzz: Kim Gamel.)
Since the mantel is a central focal point in a room, it needs to be considered as an important aspect in your room decorating. It should express your interests and what you love. There is always an opportunity to make small changes so that the room feels fresh and brings you joy. As we are entering the fall season, I wanted to cover some mantel decorating ideas that could take you right through the holidays with some tweaks. Below I describe some of the mantel design formulas that you can use as a starting point in your mantel decorating.
Are you the kind of person who wants both sides of your mantel to look the same displaying an item in the center? If so, you like a symmetrical look, and this style can be the easiest to decorate and change with the seasons. You can display a lovely mirror or piece of artwork in the center and flank it with tall candles, topiaries, or lamps (or flank the mirror with sconces). The key here is to have the proper height to create interest by encouraging the eye to look up. You will not want to place small items along the mantel. With each season, you can add a silk floral arrangement in the center displaying natural items of the season to add variety and color.
This mantel design concept encourages the eye to go from high to low and high to low each time varying the heights, like a wave. What this could look like is to start with a tall featured item such as a beautiful vase and gradually carry the eye in a wave formation. Try to group your items appropriately, managing color and heights accordingly. Stand back and look at your arrangement and be sure it isn’t too busy yet interesting creating that visual “wave”. This look is very flexible as items can easily be moved around, moved out with fall décor items nicely taking their place.
Do you like the concept of using all one color? A simple mantel design is best for you! Do you like white? This time of year you will find beautiful white pumpkins that can be used for a lovely fall decoration. Use white lanterns, vases and candles and you have a beautiful mantel statement! For some beautiful white vases check out this selection from West Elm.
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.