Loving Autumn by Tara Randel

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I don’t know about you, but after a long, hot summer, I look forward to a change in the weather. Autumn brings cooler temperatures, colorful backdrops, and the beginning of the holiday season. I live where the leaves don’t change colors, so I make autumn happen at my house. I start decorating mid-September, then keep up the bountiful decorations until after Thanksgiving. It brings a smile to my face to see the house brimming with shades of orange, yellow, brown and gold.

So what better way to jump into Fall than to decorate?

Let’s face it, there are as many different types of decorations as there are people. If you like your home more streamlined, visiting the local craft store for silk flowers to place in a decorative vase might be all you’re interested in. Still, it’s the pop of color that really puts one in a cheerful mood.

If you aren’t sure where to begin, visit a craft store to get started. For instance; you can purchase fake pumpkins for either inside or out that won’t get fall apart in the weather. Most stores carry smaller-sized hay bales which add a fun vibe to your look. There are multi-colored leaf swags which are gorgeous around a doorway or mantel.

Grouping flowers, autumn-colored leaves and pumpkins together adds a bit of texture and variety.

I love glass bowls or candle holders in the shapes of pumpkins, gourds or acorns. Decorating a hutch or similar piece of furniture can make the house festive.

And lanterns? Don’t get me started! These pieces are so versatile. They look great alone, and when added to a grouping of flowers or a fall harvest scene, there’s a whole new level of interest. You can also add small, gold glass ornaments inside the lantern for a more festive look.

If you run out of inspiration at the

store, be on the lookout for local art shows, harvest festivals and fall fairs to find interesting additions. I’ve discovered pottery in the shapes of autumn leaves and pumpkins, along with hand-made crafts that are unique and memorable. It’s fun to be outside, on a sunny day, strolling around to find that one special item you know is just waiting for you.

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon?

If you can’t seem to settle on just what, exactly, you want decorate with, there are magazines and websites galore that can give the creative imagination a nudge. There are DYI projects, great for including the entire family. Getting children involved always makes the process more enjoyable. Kids come up with awesome ideas on their own and by listening to them, they will feel like a vital part of the festivities. Participation is a special way to bring the entire family closer.

My final point? The most important part of decorating is to make sure you have fun!

Happy Autumn everyone!