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Rich Colors and Natural Textures: 7 Fall Centrepiece Ideas

As you begin to decorate your home for fall, try a simple DIY centrepiece for your table this year. By focusing on the colours and textures of the season, you can easily incorporate natural items and décor that you already have to achieve a stunning look for less! 

Here are seven easy ideas to inspire your creations.

Glass Cloche

The best thing about using a glass cloche for a centrepiece is that it’s easy to switch the décor year-round without much effort! Invest in a medium to large cloche so that you can style the inside with a variety of items. For fall, use small pumpkins, berries, faux or real leaves, and acorns. You can also add candles to mix up the height of the items. Experiment until you have the look you’d like—don’t be afraid to stack pieces and fill the cloche up towards the top if you’d like a more abundant look. Place it on your table and enjoy the elevated feel you’ve given to these everyday fall items.

Mini Pumpkin Floral Vase

Flowers make a great centrepiece year-round, but to add a festive fall touch to the arrangement, try using mini pumpkins as a vase! Simply cut out the top and clean the inside, then fill with some water and cut flowers. Change the water daily to avoid mould. You can use white pumpkins for a neutral arrangement or use traditional orange to really highlight the season’s colours. Choose flowers that are on the smaller side, like mums, so that they don’t overpower the mini pumpkins.

Candle Wreaths

Try these easy wreaths if you’re looking for an easy way to dress up the candlesticks or pillars that you have on hand. Using a faux greenery stem (eucalyptus is a nice fall foliage), cut lengths that will make a circle slightly larger than the base of your candles, then use floral wire to attach in place. Paired with gold or orange candles, these simple wreaths will add the perfect pop of life to your tablescape. Try incorporating candles of varying heights to give more interest to the display.

White Pumpkins with Affirmations

Sometimes the simplest décor helps your message stand out best! If you want to emphasize positive affirmations, gratitude sayings, or even display some autumn poetry verses, this easy white pumpkin centrepiece is a great option. Small white pumpkins are easy to find at your local grocery store or farmer’s market this time of year. Arrange them on a cutting board, tray, or fall-coloured table runner and attach these leaf tags with your words of choice. Need space for longer writings? Print out the text and display it in a gold frame nestled amongst the white pumpkins.

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Amber Bottles with Wheat

One way to incorporate the rich colours of autumn into your centrepiece is by using amber bottles. The deep orange-brown-gold tone of this glass is the perfect backdrop for otherwise neutral décor like wheat stalks or other dried grasses. The amber bottles are also an ideal vessel for miniature lights. They create a night glow that’s cozy and warm, perfect for celebrating the season.

Oranges and Pinecones

For a simple, easy, and colourful fall centrepiece using only items around your house, try displaying small oranges, pinecones, and some candles down the middle of your table. The fruit gives that brilliant pop of colour while also being an unexpected item—we usually see orange show up in leaves or pumpkins this time of year. The contrast between this bright colour and the darker, earthy pinecones lends balance to your table, and candles dotted throughout will add a welcome glow in the evening.

Farmer’s Market Basket

Celebrate the abundance of fall by showcasing your local harvest as a centrepiece. A wooden crate or basket makes the perfect base since it won’t compete with the colours of your fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Using kale or other greens to layer on the bottom and sides of the basket helps add some depth to the arrangement, while pops of colour from oranges, apples, pomegranates, and pumpkins add visual interest. If you have space left, add small jars of water and some cut flowers between the food.

No matter the occasion this season, you can easily create a fall-inspired centrepiece yourself using things around your home and yard as inspiration. Try one or more of these creations today!

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Elevate Your Space with These 10 Quick Decorating Ideas

Feeling like your home’s interior decorating needs an upgrade, but not ready to commit a lot of time and money? There are plenty of simple additions or replacements that make a significant impact on the look and feel of the most-used rooms in your house.

Here’s a list of inexpensive items you can use to elevate your indoor space and tips on how they affect your home’s atmosphere.

Faux Plants

Green accents make any space feel homey and fresh. They bring brightness and the feeling of health and wellness reminiscent of being outdoors. Using faux plants means you won’t have to stress about watering schedules, especially if you and your family are out and about much of the time.

Add a tall fake tree or two to entryways, offices, and sunrooms. Try smaller plants or succulents for bathroom shelves, windowsills, and bookshelf accents. Use artificial ferns or other medium-sized planters next to TV stands, fireplaces, or in the corners of the dining room or kitchen.

Vases

They’re easy to pick up at a thrift store, a large chain, or an artisan craft fair, and a strategically placed vase is all about elegance. Add one to your bookshelf next to a small stack of books all in the same colour. You can also place one on the center of a mantle or as a centrepiece on your kitchen table or island. The key is to decide whether the vase is a cohesive, blending piece in a neutral colour, or whether it will be your statement item for that space. Handmade items, in particular, make great conversation pieces to draw the eye and inspire interest.

Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are one of the easiest accents to change out with the seasons (or on a whim) and they can make a big statement. Go monochromatic and keep them all the same colour for a put-together feeling, or go with two or three coordinated colours. Add one pillow with extra texture, shine, or a large graphic to be the focal point of the sitting area or bedroom.

Light Fixtures

Light fixtures are relatively easy to change out and can dramatically change the feel of a space. Add a chandelier to a dining area, or swap outdated kitchen lights for a sleek, modern style that literally and figuratively brightens your workspace. In bedrooms, try dimmable lights or globe chandeliers to give warmth and style.

Curtains

Curtains are incredibly versatile in designing your space. They can make a room appear taller, add warmth, colour, or even a cooling effect. Try gauzy curtains in a bright, hot room to add whimsy and airy-ness, or heavy tartan drapes in a chilly downstairs guest room to make it cozier. Curtains in the kitchen and living room can pull the space together and add a finishing touch.

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Fragrance

Guests love walking into a home that smells like cinnamon or fresh laundry. Add the dimension of scent to your interior design atmosphere with the addition of candles, incense, or a diffuser. You can get an electric diffuser you plug into the wall or a reed diffuser that looks great on a shelf.

Mirrors

Mirrors add light and visual space to even the smallest rooms. Add one opposite a window to reflect more sunshine in. Add them to a narrow entry to create spaciousness or to guest rooms and dark living areas to brighten the corners.

Digital Art

The great thing about digital art is how easy it is to swap when the mood or season strikes. With just one frame that’s perfect for your space, you can download and print new digital art for a very reasonable price and switch it up whenever you need!

Meaningful Statement Piece

Another way to elevate your space is to make meaningful statements. This could be a souvenir from an important trip in your life, a photo from the time you climbed a 14er or a photo of your family with your four-legged friends. Whatever it is, draw the eye toward it by creating a little space around it, or coordinating the colours of your other design elements to accent it.

Matching Serving Glasses or Dishes

Nothing says classy like a set of matching wine glasses, ice cream dishes, or snack trays. It shouts host-with-the-most and brings cohesiveness to your interior space that’s noticeable even in large gatherings.  

With these ideas, it’s easy to elevate your space without breaking the bank—you can choose one idea to add to your decor or take on several and make your decorating statement!

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Celebrate Fall With 8 Seasonal Decorating Ideas

Autumn is right around the corner, and it’s time for your home to go from the airy, openness of summer to the cozier, crisper feeling of fall. In celebration of the season, you might want to bring those oranges, reds, golds, and browns into your home. 

We’re inspired by all the ways autumn plays on your senses, from the cool air on your skin to the smell of fireplaces burning and the sight of brilliant gold and red leaves. With those ideas in mind, we put together this list of fall decor ideas.

Real Pumpkins and Gourds

Real pumpkins and gourds are one of the best natural decor pieces you can bring in for the season. Line your stairs (inside or out) with pumpkins of varying sizes. Go with all orange, all white, or all green for a more classic look, or mix and match for a fun hodgepodge. Pile a wicker basket with a selection of gourds as a centrepiece, or flank the fireplace with an array of squash.

Fake Leaves 

While we’d love to bring the real thing inside, live leaves won’t hold up to more than a day of decorating duty. Fortunately, fake leaves can look almost as gorgeous and can be added to wreaths and garlands or even stuck to windows in a decorative representation of their yearly fall. 

Candles & Candle Holders

Swap out your sea- and cotton candy-themed summer candles for spicier, warmer scents. Fill the house with the aroma of cinnamon or pumpkin spice. Add a pumpkin-shaped candle holder for even more seasonal appeal.

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Pillows

One of the easiest and most effective seasonal decorating items is the throw pillow. Pile orange, red, and gold pillows on the sofa, or go with a warm plaid to give the impression of piles of blankets. If you love representative images, choose one or two accent pillows decorated with a gold leaf, an orange pumpkin, or your favourite fall image.

Arts and Crafts Accents

Craft time with the kiddos (or grand-kiddos) can do double duty. Make turkeys from pumpkins by adding heads, tails, and feet. Or break out the paint and make patterns or faces on your pumpkins instead. Cut out leaves from orange, red, and brown construction paper and hang them on a string to make a garland. Feature these arts and crafts around the living areas and entryway.

Corn, Stalks, and Wheat Sheaths

Nothing says harvest time like dried corn, cornstalks, and wheat sheaths. You can prop large corn stalks by the front door, or tie them to the columns of your porch. Hang dried wheat sheaths from the mantle and line the top with multi-coloured corn, or create a centrepiece from a combination of them.

Fall Flowers

Marigolds, sunflowers, and mums bring a pop of fall colour into the home. Set a vase of sunflowers on your kitchen island or beside the guest bed. Feature large pots of mums at the front door or beside the fireplace. Fall flowers add a sense of freshness that compliments the coming indoors that’s natural with the season.

Colour 

To really create the autumn atmosphere in your home, focus on neutrals and earthy colours with accents of deep orange, brilliant red, and warm gold. Blankets and throw pillows are easy ways to make a significant impact with colour. Natural accents are also a quick and easy way to bring the hues of the outdoors in. Fill a glass bowl with pinecones for an end table accent, or fill a vase with dried wheat and a stick of dried berries. 

Celebrate the changing of the season and fill your house with autumn colours, harvest decorations, and that cozy feeling.