ALTHOUGH IT’S ALWAYS SAD TO REACH THE END OF THE SUMMER, AND SAY GOODBYE TO OUR FLIP FLOPS, FALL IS PROBABLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SEASON WE HAVE HERE IN CANADA
like cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, ginger, vanilla, etc, get some scented candles or air fresheners. Baking something with these ingredients, like apple or pumpkin pie, is always a yummy way to create these scents naturally. Involve the kids in the baking too, and it’s an activity the whole family can enjoy.
4) FRESH PRODUCE: Display seasonal fresh produce in your home in a decorative
bowl or platter. Go apple picking as a family and display the “fruits” of your labour proudly. Or go to your local market and pick up a variety of squash (they often have a prepackaged bag that include some “mini” pumpkins, along with other interesting looking squash).
to your space. The warm colours will reflect off of other surfaces—even your skin! And again, if you love to paint and you get tired of the colour in the Spring, just pick up that paint brush again, prime, paint, and repeat!
9) FAMILY PHOTOS: The best time of year to take photos outdoors is the Fall. You can do a family photo shoot outside when the leaves have changed colours, and then display the photos gallery-style in your home. The photos will add that fall warmth to your home, but can stay up for years to enjoy. And if you don’t want to be the star of the show, let the fall colours be the star, and just take some beautiful landscape photos (in high resolution), then have them printed out large scale, or on canvas.
5) FLORAL: 10) THE OBVIOUS: Ok, I definitely don’t have a green thumb, but you can plant (or so the obvious way to bring fall décor into the home, of buy like me) seasonal plants like Chrysanthemums, better known to most of us as “mums”. How fitting! They come in a variety of warm, fall colours, and you can buy potted mums pretty much anywhere when they are in season. Display them on your front porch to welcome guests, or on your back patio to enjoy. You can also buy your favourite flowers in the warm fall colours of reds, oranges and yellows. If you’re really creative, buy white flowers, put a bit of food colouring in the water and watch the flowers change colours. The kids would have fun with this too. Another option is to have the kids collect some colourful leaves outside, and simply fill up a vase or bowl with leaves. They may not last long, but it will look great until they dry up.
6) WREATHS: Display a seasonal wreath on your front door to welcome
not only your guests, but also the Fall season. They can be as simple as some twigs with cranberries woven in, or intricate with various plants and flowers in the gorgeous fall colours.
7) TEXTILES: Don’t be afraid to change up a few things in your interior
décor for the season. Buy a few throw pillows for your living or family room in the warm, fall colours. Buy a cozy throw blanket in a fall colour as well. These will, of course, work best if your décor incorporates these colours, or if you have a relatively neutral palette with you main furniture pieces, floors, paint, etc. A pop of red or orange would look amazing.
8) PAINT? If you love to paint and you love colour, why not do a feature wall in one of the fall colours, like a deep red or orange? It will add drama and warmth
course, is Halloween décor! That’s a whole separate article, but it’s fun for the kids, and the whole neighbourhood. So carve that pumpkin, and hang some of the artwork your kids bring home from school. They’ll love it and so will you!
HAPPY STYLING! By Erin Lazer, MBA, CSP—Home Stager and Professional
Organizer After years in the corporate world in brand management, and after having her first child, Erin started her own company that leveraged her skills and experience in marketing, as well as allowed her to pursue her other passions in real estate, home décor, and organized living. Erin became a Certified Staging Professional (CSP), joined the fabulous Professional Organizers in Canada (POC), the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), and of course, the wonderful world of momtrepreneurs. She now dedicates herself to transforming houses and homes into stylish, well-functioning spaces with her home staging, redesign and organizing services. For Erin, there is no compromising between fashion and function. When Erin is not sorting and styling, she’s a mom of a beautiful baby girl, a wife, a sister, a daughter, an Auntie, a friend, a baker, a cook, a reader, and a world traveller. www.SpaceStyle.ca erin@SpaceStyle.ca www.facebook.com/SpaceStyleCo www.twitter.com/SpaceStyleCo http://ca.linkedin.com/in/spacestyle 289-597-3321 fall 2013