02 November 2009

Let's Do Some Fall Decorating ~ on a Budget!

Everyone likes to decorate their home.
But not all like to spend a lot of money to do it.

1. Utilize the "use what you have" theory! Go through your cupboards and drawers to find items that can be used as props in your fall display. Find pitchers or old vases to use to hold wildflowers and dried grasses, bring out warm throws to toss over your couch, layer fabrics on your tables. (Remember, pretty blankets and quilts can work well!)

2. Take a nature walk. Gather organic elements that can be used in your fall makeover. Acorns, pinecones, seed pods, bark, even stones can be used as display in bowls around the home. Press pretty leaves and strew them on tables and around centerpieces.  All while getting some excersise too!

3. Bring out the candles! If you put away your candles for winter, now is the time to bring them to center stage. Gather groups of inexpensive votives and tie together with scraps of raffia.  Dig out a platter you have for a base.  Some things from your nature walk will look very nice around the candles!

4. Add scent to the home. Simmer apple peels and cinnamon sticks on the stove, or invest in a couple of vials of potpourri oil. They are relatively inexpensive at just a couple bucks a piece, and they last forever as you only need a few drops. 

5. Celebrate the tastes of the harvest season. Keep apples and pomegranates out in bowls, store squashes on countertops, pick up a pumpkin or two at your produce stand and use as a centerpiece, or pile a couple next to the door.  Fabulous arrangements can be made with these goodies!

Remember to shop at stores that are known to be
less expensive or have good deals going. 
Home Goods and Pier 1 have great finds!  
Don't be afraid to use a coupon if you stumble across one! 

Happy decorating!

Your Realtor,