4 ways to decorate for Fall

Fall is here! There are so many beautiful and creative ways to decorate this time of year. Here are some of my favorites....

WICKER/WOVEN BASKETS

I love incorporating texture no matter what time of year it is!  But, in fall l think texture plays a huge role in making a room feel warm, and inviting.  Texture can be found in your pillows, baskets, window treatments, centerpieces, rugs, and furniture. My favorite texture is wicker.  Wicker is timeless and adds a pop to any decor scheme.  I love finding different varieties of wicker in thrift shops.  I don't think I have purchased a new basket in ten years!  I almost always walk out of a thrift store with a unique piece of wicker decor. Here are some examples of textured items I love: 

black dresser.jpg

FALL FOLIAGE

Using artificial (or real) fall foliage is a very easy way to decorate for fall!  You can find artificial leaves and other arrangements in home and craft stores.   Sunflowers make beautiful fall arrangements.   Even a single sunflower arranged with twigs in a vase is a classy way to add a touch of fall to any room.    

Twig wreaths can also be used to add that rustic, outdoor feel to your decor.

fall decor shot.jpg

COLOR

Fall colors go a long way.  Traditionally we think of oranges, golds/yellows, and reds in fall. If you have those cool summer colors out, now is the time to replace them with warm hues of fall. This simple tip can change the mood and feel of a room!   But, you don't have to use traditional fall colors!   I love the orange and pink combination in the photo below.  

Try a new hue, or choose your favorite fall color as your accent color in a neutral room.   

The rich colors on the piece of art below remind me of fall…

Art made by Art on Artesia. www.artonartesia.com

Art made by Art on Artesia. www.artonartesia.com

WOOD

Rooms that incorporate natural wood tones are especially beautiful in fall.   I like to mix it up by combining painted pieces with wood pieces in their original rich wood tones.

Other ways to incorporate wood tones might include crates or trunks, framed mirrors or photos, bowls, candlesticks, and books/magazine racks.  

abstract wood art.jpg

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5 key accessories for your home this fall

This past weekend a touch of fall was definitely in the air.  Sitting at soccer and football games, I found myself zipping up my jacket and even putting up the hood.  More fall weather is ahead....and with that comes fall decorating!  What do yo think of when you think of fall decor? Is it the colors? The scents of pumpkin candles and apple pie?   Fall is one of my favorite times of year for decorating. I particularly love adding rustic elements to our home.  

Here are 5 accessories that speak fall, and that you can easily incorporate into your home:

1.  Wood items  

Though 98% of furniture I paint consists of wood, I do leave some wood pieces in all their original wood glory.  Mixing the new with the old creates visual interest in a room, avoiding the "matchy matchy" phenomenon.   Examples include:  

  • Crates
  • frames 
  • Antique furniture
  • Bowls (wooden bowls are ALL over second hand stores) 
  • old lamps with gloriously thick and unique wooden bases.  (place new lampshade on it and you've got yourself a statement lamp ready for Fall)
A 1x4 pine board was cut to size and added to this mirror for a rustic frame.

A 1x4 pine board was cut to size and added to this mirror for a rustic frame.

2.  Wire, or metal items

Wire baskets make killer fall decor.  Uses for these baskets are endless.  The great part about them is they can look super old and rustic, but when you place your new throw blanket inside, the two worlds combine to create decor that's not only gorgeous to look at, but functional too. A total win-win.  Examples of uses for wire baskets or containers include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Holding books
  • Storing extra throw pillows
  • Storing blankets
  • Storing kitchen items like silverware, napkins, or placements

3.  Antique quilts or blankets

If you have beautiful old quilts passed down to you from your family, get them out and display them.  They are too gorgeous not to look at daily! They also add dimension to the room with their rich textures and "cozy" vibe.  Here are some great ideas for using these in your home as decor: 

  • Drape one over your favorite chair
  • Place one on your bed
  • Frame one and hang it up (or no frame at all)

The antiqued appearance of older quilts adds rustic charm to any room.  Your house is sure to ring in the fall season showcasing a gorgeous quilt or blanket.  Oh, and they're great for fall cuddling!  I'm all about multi-purpose use for decor. 

4.  Baskets or basket trays

Wicker, straw, bamboo, jute.  These are natural materials you'll find in a variety of baskets and trays.  And these pieces are EVERYWHERE in second hand stores.  EVERY. WHERE.   The natural materials of this type of decor speak for themselves in the fall season, but, what can you add to make them POP?  

  • Place fresh fruit inside
  • Put together a hot cocoa serving tray 
  • Put extra pillows  or blankets inside
  • For really large baskets, put your fire wood inside
  • Hide those unsightly outlet, plugs, and wires with taller baskets on the floor
Mix both worlds; wood and wicker! 

Mix both worlds; wood and wicker! 

5.  Pottery

Did you know that you can find beautiful pottery for very little cost? Ceramic bowls, vases, mugs, and other dishware in rich, fall colors are all over the shelves at Goodwill. I'm talking heavy-duty pieces! Sometimes I am shocked at what I find, and immediately my happy dance kicks in.   What to do with pottery?

  • Place fall flowers inside them
  • Display a collection of pottery together.   Be open to a unique mix of colors for fall.  They don't have to be traditional fall colors like mustard, rust, red, oranges, and yellows to be considered AWESOME fall decor. 
  • Use it for fresh fruit 
  • Place on top of taller furniture pieces like hutches (see below)

It might seem early to think about fall, but, your fall decorating doesn't have to be time consuming or even involve purchasing NEW items!  Look around your home, in storage, or go to a second-hand store.  I would venture to guess you will find all 5 of these key accessories for your fall home! 

Happy Monday and happy fall decorating! 

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Home With Kelli

 

Hello and welcome to my home owner's series.  This is a fun blog series which features a different home-owner every month.  The purpose?  To be inspired, and see others' decorating styles!

June's featured home-owner is Kelli, a dear high school friend of mine. Since I've known Kelli, she has demonstrated her knack for all things artistic.  Her eye for design and decorating makes it fun to feature a room of hers today.  Since Kelli lives in St. Louis, I couldn't personally experience her room (boohoo!), or take the pictures myself, but with Kelli's recent update of her "powder" room, she agreed to be this month's feature.  She sent her pictures my way, and here we are. 

The Room: Powder room/guest bathroom

I am loving the color Kelli chose.  The wall color and white board and betten create a light, open feel, which is ideal for smaller spaces.  Though a small space, as powder rooms usually are, there is nothing "small" about the decor!  Geometric patterns, the air plants, board and batten....all these things create a chic little powder room. 

Let's hear more about it from Kelli.....

1.   Why did you choose this room? 

 "I just recently updated this bathroom, so it was an easy choice for me." 

2.  How did you determine the color palate for this     room? 

"The former color in this room was floor to ceiling dark brown. I wanted to add the   white board and batten to lighten it up. The wall color is Palladian Blue from           Benjamin Moore".    

Here is the color and description of it below (as per Ben Moore): 

"All is calm and relaxed with this soft, airy blue that combines the blue of the sky with a touch of mother of pearl".   I couldn't have said it better, and I agree.  Light and beautiful. 

3.  Is there something in the room that tells your story?

  "I guess it tells my story in the colors, in that I love blues and greens".

photo quality is reduced due to lighting, but you get the idea.  The wall color is so fresh. And the white board and batten against that light blue is dynamite! 

photo quality is reduced due to lighting, but you get the idea.  The wall color is so fresh. And the white board and batten against that light blue is dynamite! 

4.  Why did you choose the accessories you did for this room? 

"I am really into everything geometric right now, so that influenced the print (from        etsy) and wall hanging (from Hobby Lobby). I also love these little air plants that          are so easy to care for"  I'm right with Kelli on the love for geometric!  Etsy is the perfect place to find hand-made items for the home, and there are many options in geometric decor.. 

For the Love of......Geometric!

A bit difficult to see it, but, there is a great geometric print hanging to the right of the mirror. See it?  (follow giant arrow)

A bit difficult to see it, but, there is a great geometric print hanging to the right of the mirror. See it?  (follow giant arrow)

And the air plant wall decor..... this is actually looking like a very good route for me to go, as I've battled to maintain plant life in the yard for years.....

5.  How much time have you spent making this room               appear as it is now?

"Well, I spent a lot of time thinking about the design and choosing the vanity, mirror,   fixture, accessories, but I hired someone to do the plumbing, wood work, painting,   etc."     The time Kelli spent pulling this room together shows.  Even powder rooms can (and should!) be AWESOME and make a statement that's YOU!  

6.   Do you have any future plans for this room? (changes, additions, etc.). If so, what?

"I'm still thinking about adding a black and white photo or some other art piece across from the toilet. I've also thought about a rug in front of the vanity, but it has to be very thin because of the proximity of the door swing"   Love it. 

7.   Has anything been particularly challenging about styling/decorating this room? 

"Luckily I had a contractor who was able to deal with all of the intricacies of switching the plumbing and lighting!"   Nice!  Not only does Kelli have great decorating sense, but she is smart too!  

Thank you Kelli, for sharing your updated powder room on the blog!  It's beautiful.  I am inspired by the air plant on the wall....and have found myself looking at "unique" plant stands and plant hanging options.......

I am also inspired by Kelli's choice of wall color, and the artistic flare in this space!  Actually makes me want to re-do a bathroom....like now.  Can't wait to see what she ends up doing for an additional art piece or rug!  

Now, who's going to go out shopping for an air plant, or geometric decor? 

Join me next month for July's featured room!  

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See May and June home-owner's rooms below!

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Home with Chloe

 

 

Home With Chloe

Greetings readers and welcome to my monthly blog series featuring home owners and their awesome rooms! The first blog post in this series was published last month. If you missed that, you can see it at this link: www.novodecorco.com/blogposts/homewithkatieandscott

For the month of May, I am featuring a bedroom, chosen by its proud owner and decorator extraordinaire, Chloe!  Chloe's mother Angie, is a friend of mine.  She also happens to be the creative behind Gathered & Sown, designing and creating leather handbags & accessories! (check her out: www.gathered-sown.com).  So, it is no surprise that her daughter Chloe has a knack for design and decorating!  When I first marketed this new blog series, Angie said, "My daughter loves to decorate!", and I said, "Well then...let's get her on the blog!"  

I stopped in to see Chloe's room last Saturday morning.  Chloe is in 7th grade and loves to decorate!  She was happy to have her room featured on the blog and she had everything in place....styled perfectly!  I asked some questions and here are her responses:

1.  Why did you choose this room?  Because I liked the character of the room.

2.  How did you determine the color palette for this room? I always liked the way that gold looks in rooms  (the girl knows her stuff!). I really like the gold, gray and crisp white color scheme in  Chloe's room! 

3.  Is there something in this room that tell your story?  Chloe said that wherever she goes shopping, she always sees stuff that she likes.  Chloe's room definitely tells a story.  There are signs with the word "love", her favorite gold accents, and a couple different sitting areas that are very functional!  She has a cute desk area, and a comfy couch in the corner.   I would have loved to have a couch in my room at that age!  Lol. 

4.  Why did you choose the furniture and accessories you did for this room? "I like the style of all the accessories." 

5.  How much time have you spent making this room appear as it is now? "About a year and a half".  (See #7 below!)

6.  Do you have any future plans for this room?  If so what? "I want to add pillows to my bed".  Throw pillows are a necessity in any room!  They add color, texture, and character. 

7.  Has anything been particularly challenging about styling/decorating this room?  "The only thing is it took awhile."  Chloe's got that right!  Styling a room and making it your own, is an ongoing process.  Styling an entire home?  Well, that takes years.  Decorating doesn't happen overnight, nor would we want it to!  Adding pieces you love to a room over time, makes it extra special. 

8.  How does this room make you feel? Chloe stated, "It always puts me in a good mood when I get home."  Chloe's words are exactly what a space should do!   Our living areas can and should make us feel great, and one way to do that is to create a space that contains the things we love! 

Chloe's room contains a number of great design elements.  From it's rich gold walls and accents, to crisp white bedding and plenty of texture throughout the room (the gold "puff" ball, throw pillows, bedding, and window panels), this is a room Chloe can be proud of.   A love for decorating is most certainly noted when in this little bedroom! 

Great job Chloe and thank you for sharing your awesome room with us!  

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Home With Katie & Scott

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Home With Katie & Scott

Welcome! Today I am kicking off the first featured home owner on the blog and this month our home owners are Katie & Scott.   Katie & Scott own a beautiful ranch and the pride they take in their home shows.  Its neutral interiors provides the perfect backdrop to showcase Katie and Scott's favorite things.  And that's what decorating is all about; displaying the things you love and pulling it all together piece by piece.  To find out more about this blog series and how can you be featured, click this link:  www.novodecorco.com/blogposts/callingdecorenthusiasts

When I asked Katie & Scott if they would participate in the feature, Katie responded, "We would love to".  I had a feeling they would, as it is obvious they enjoy decorating!   Katie & Scott chose their bedroom for the featured room.  I gave them a short questionnaire prior to viewing their room, and we talked a bit more about it as I snapped photos.  Here is what they had to say: 

1.  Why did you choose this room?   "It is our sanctuary".  Katie also stated that the fireplace plays a huge role in the time they spend in the room (especially during the winter months).  Who wouldn't love a remote control fireplace to click on before rolling out of bed? 

I could get used to having a fireplace in my bedroom. How about you? 

I could get used to having a fireplace in my bedroom. How about you? 

2.  How did you determine the color palette for this room?  "The house started in neutrals so that we can bring any color in."    Throughout the home, there are large statement pieces hung on the wall which bring in color beautifully.  The decor in their featured room also stands out against the neutral walls. 

3.  Is there something in this room that tell your story?  If so, what?  "Yes.  Each piece tells part of "our" story".   Katie mentioned gifts they have given to each other, like the artwork above the mantle.  Katie and Scott also love to travel, and they enjoy displaying memorable items and photos from their travels.

4.  Why did you choose the furniture and accessories you did for this room?  "It starts with function, comfort, and practicality but has to have a certain aesthetic."   Katie stated the room is not very large, so they made sure not to clutter the space.  All the decor in the room holds meaning to them both, which is important when deciding what to display. 

wall decal in the room

wall decal in the room

5.  How much time have you spent making this room appear as it is now?  Both agree that it is a continual process, "constantly evolving and changing."  "Changes were as recent as this week."  

6.  Do you have any future plans for this room?  If so what?  "We'd like hardwood floors, but otherwise we are pleased with the space"

7.  Has anything been particularly challenging about styling/decorating this room?  "The room is not huge so we don't want it to feel cluttered."   Upon entering the room, I didn't see or feel clutter at all.  A light, beach theme was obvious.  Katie and Scott like their neutral color palette because it has allowed flexibility for adding colors in their accents.  

Mirrors are a great way to create the illusion of a larger space.  This large mirror is functional, and serves a design purpose! Love when decor can do both! 

Mirrors are a great way to create the illusion of a larger space.  This large mirror is functional, and serves a design purpose! Love when decor can do both! 

8.  How does this room make you feel?   "As our sanctuary, it is our place to hide out, de-stress, and recharge.  It helps us escape."  Don't we all need a room like that in our home?  I know I do!  Do you have a room in your house that serves as your "sanctuary?"  

Creating a space with the things we love involves many components.  From our color choices, patterns and fabrics, to decor, and furniture, every component in a room has the potential to make a room our own.  And rooms evolve as we evolve!  That is what makes decorating great! We can tweak as our tastes and moods change.  

Thank you Katie & Scott for sharing your awesome room with us!

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4 Simple Decorating Tips this Fall

Fall is here! There are so many beautiful and creative ways to decorate this time of year. Here are some of my favorites....

WICKER/WOVEN BASKETS

I love incorporating texture no matter what time of year it is!  But, in fall l think texture plays a huge role in making a room feel warm, and inviting.  Texture can be found in your pillows, baskets, window treatments, centerpieces, rugs, and furniture. My favorite texture is wicker.  Wicker is timeless and adds a pop to any decor scheme.  I love finding different varieties of wicker in thrift shops.  I don't think I have purchased a new basket in ten years!  I almost always walk out of a thrift store with a unique piece of wicker decor. Here are some examples of textured items I love: 

black dresser.jpg

FALL FOLIAGE

Using artificial (or real) fall foliage is a very easy way to decorate for fall!  You can find artificial leaves and other arrangements in home and craft stores.   Sunflowers make beautiful fall arrangements.   Even a single sunflower arranged with twigs in a vase is a classy way to add a touch of fall to any room.    

Twig wreaths can also be used to add that rustic, outdoor feel to your decor.

fall decor shot.jpg

COLOR

Fall colors go a long way.  Traditionally we think of oranges, golds/yellows, and reds in fall. If you have those cool summer colors out, now is the time to replace them with warm hues of fall. This simple tip can change the mood and feel of a room!   But, you don't have to use traditional fall colors!   I love the orange and pink combination in the photo below.  

Try a new hue, or choose your favorite fall color as your accent color in a neutral room.   

The rich colors on the piece of art below remind me of fall…

Art made by Art on Artesia.  www.artonartesia.com

Art made by Art on Artesia. www.artonartesia.com

WOOD

Rooms that incorporate natural wood tones are especially beautiful in fall.   I like to mix it up by combining painted pieces with wood pieces in their original rich wood tones.

Other ways to incorporate wood tones might include crates or trunks, framed mirrors or photos, bowls, candlesticks, and books/magazine racks.  

abstract wood art.jpg

Have you done your fall decorating yet?? Post your photo to Novo Decor’s Facebook page here:  www.facebook.com/novodecorco

Happy fall!