Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
If you’re waiting for the weather forecast to tell you it’s fall, you may have a long wait–especially here in Texas. But we’re not going to let a little thing like 90-degree temps keep us from getting in the fall spirit, are we? In my view, September on the calendar grants us permission to haul out the pumpkin candles. Is it too early to decorate for fall? I say, “Heck, no!”
The great thing about fall decor is that we get soooo much bang for our buck! Think about it: September through November! So jump on the fall decor bandwagon with me–bring a little foretaste of fall to your home even while you’re waiting for the first cold snap!
Nothing says autumn like deep rich color tones like bronze and burgundy and gold. If you have a basically neutral scheme with colorful accents, nothing could be simpler than replacing a few summer-y items with fall-hued and fall-themed decor.
Want instant transport to autumnal joy? Trade out your Bahama Vibes candle for a pumpkin candle in your home. Or cinnamon apple, pomegranate, woodfire, or any other scent that says “fall” to you.
Nothing like pumpkins for fall feels! I love using little ghost pumpkins in my fall decor. White goes with everything, right? (That’s what my mom always told me.) But you have many choices when it comes to pumpkin materials and colors, so just have fun with it. From ceramic to metal to felt and gingham, you’re sure to find pumpkins that fit your aesthetic.
Since I’ve encouraged you to start your fall decorating now AND to use pumpkins, I’ll pass along this helpful info about preserving real pumpkins so they’ll last as long as possible. Check out this article that tells you how to use ice, bleach, vinegar, peppermint oil–or even Vaseline and WD-40–to keep your harvested pumpkins from succumbing to mold and rot before the fall holidays.
More than ready for sweaters and bonfires? Me too!
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