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Fabulous Fall

Fall is my absolute favourite time of the year. There is something about this season that ignites the senses…the gorgeous colours, the delicious smells, and the beautiful textures that surround us during this time are hard to resist.

I love accentuating my home with décor pieces that reflect the current season, and autumn is no exception. In the past, I’ve adorned my fireplace with artificial foliage and strategically placed pumpkins, squash, and pine cones throughout my living room in an effort to highlight this beautiful season. However, I’ve always felt that my front entrance was missing out.

I love my home’s front entrance; it faces south, so it tends to be warm and bright throughout the day and it’s large enough to accommodate a few décor pieces without becoming too cluttered.

So, this year I felt it was time to give it a bit of fall flair.

As much as I love the rich, bold hues autumn brings us, I chose to work with a more neutral, muted colour palate for this project. However, I did want to add a few subtle hints of colour and I adore the pale, rose hue that is currently popular in home décor. When I spied this piece, with its pale pink pumpkin, I had to have it.

I enjoy experimenting with complementary colours and my favourite pair of these harmonizing hues is red and green. I love how well the pale pink and dusty green tones work together to add just the right amount of colour against the neutral backdrop.

When I’m working on a decorating project, I like to play with varying heights. Differing levels provide visual tension which adds interest and intrigue. A simple stepping stool provided the perfect height variation I was looking for to showcase a few of the décor pieces I selected.

For those who don’t already know, my daughter’s name is Autumn, and when I found the pumpkin with the beautiful, sparkling ‘A’ on it, I knew it had to be part of my design. When I decorate, I like to incorporate personal touches as much as possible and when I needed something to highlight the adorable, felt pumpkin on the table, I headed to our bookshelf and chose several of both mine and my husband’s favourite books.

Texture plays a strong role in design, and fall décor provides a wonderful opportunity to highlight it. As I said before, I wanted to work with a relatively neutral colour palate and because I love being able to reuse and re-purpose décor pieces, I tend to choose items that can be incorporated into other decorating projects. The soft, luxurious throw and fringed pillow were a perfect fit in my neutral colour scheme and I’m already making plans to reuse these pieces, along with the texture-rich pine cones and willow branches, in my Christmas décor.

So there you have it, my festive, fall front entrance!

If you need me, I’ll be curled up in my big brown chair, wrapped in my cozy throw, sipping a pumpkin spice latte. Happy fall!

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