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Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the seasonal smells of peppermint and cinnamon brewing in café’s, the taste of hot chocolate and pumpkin, and the limitless kinds of soups to cook in the evenings. It’s the one and only season when leaves start to change into vibrant and bright beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows, and the air starts to become light and crisp as the humidity and heat fade away from summer. To get into the spirit of the season, bring some of autumns’ beauty into your home this year by following these creative decorating ideas.

First things first, spruce up the house by giving it a little color here and there. Bring the warmth back into your home by finally pulling out those blankets that had been stashed away over the summer. You can use the material to change up the color schemes throughout the rooms. Schemes that take after a softer look with warm, neutral colors and lots of texture will create that soothing and cozy nature.

Transform your everyday bookshelf into an autumnal display by adding decorative accessories like pumpkins, or showcasing vases filled with colorful décor.

To put a thoughtful touch to a fall gathering meal, make some custom made place cards out of small pumpkins or vegetables to place around the table. This sort of small elegance will provide that laid back vibe that is perfect for entertaining.

Mix and match your tablecloths and dishware until you find that perfect combination of fall favorite hues. If your dishes are a solid color, pull out that patterned table linen for that extra splash of accent. The table is one of the easiest places in your home to really show off some character. So don’t hesitate to include all of your favorite fall colors, ranging from pumpkin oranges to maple reds to straw yellows.

For a touch of the season, I would suggest pulling out those candles from storage. Candles are probably the most versatile in fall decorating pieces.  Placing candles throughout the house in windowsills, bathrooms, living rooms, or on dining tables make for a simple touch of grace that is also pleasing to the eye.

To spread the spirit, involve all of your friends and family in helping with the decorating! For a simple and fun activity, cut out paper in the shape of leaves and color them with different patterns to make a cute and artsy garland to put up as an arrangement in the windows.

Whatever you decide to do, whether it’s as simple as putting out a pumpkin for Halloween or as decadent as brainstorming ideas for authentic fall recipes, make the most out of the Fall season by adding some sort of inspiration into your home!

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