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Butler’s Pantry’s Director of Visual Design Brian Blasingame Offers Tips
The autumn months are an ideal time to easily add some light seasonal touches to one’s home. Whether indoor or outside a few simple, harvest-like accents can evoke a sense of abundance while being easy to create and maintain.
- On your front entry the planter urns that held summer annuals can be revived by adding an assortment of fall textures, branches, leaves and pods. The soil in the urn or pot can be reused to hold the twigs and branches in place. Place taller branches in the center and then collar around the rim of the urn with foliage, whether with natural plants like magnolia or silk maple leaf branches.
- To dress your outdoor space further fall gourds, pumpkins and a few potted, colorful mums can be used to achieve the look of a farmer’s market. Arrange them in clustered groupings in a vignette setting. Scatter the gourds and mums on both sides of the door or elevate them on bales of hay at the base of your mailbox. Clustered together is stronger visually than being too spread out.
- Unlike with winter and Christmas holiday decorating, light touches of fall accents within the home are usually all that is needed. On an entry hall table for example, tucking short cuttings of preserved fall leaves and a few miniature gourds beneath a lamp or beside a framed photograph are often just enough. Fireplace mantles or dining room sideboard hutches can readily be trimmed with fallen leaves gathered on an afternoon walk and enlivened when paired with fall colored candles.
- For a more elaborate look that is still easy to achieve add silk berry garland or preserved leaves to a foyer or dining room chandelier. The chain from which the chandelier is hung allows you to secure and tuck your materials. Doing so can redefine the space greatly and is sure to be a conversation piece for the many guests you will have between the first day of fall and Thanksgiving dinner.
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