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Fall Designer's Tip: Go for the Glow!

Autumn is often seen as a time for reflection. During the fall months, people start thinking cozy and the nesting instinct kicks in. For those who want to make the usual décor changes to their home or add a seasonal touch for your guests at Thanksgiving , here are several easy ideas to consider. If you're trying to sell your home during these colder months, the following tips can make your space seem warm and inviting.

Pump Up your Mantle with Pumpkins

Purchase inexpensive little pumpkins or colorful gourds that can be placed all around the home, cascading down a stairwell or pitched in a row on top of fence posts surrounding the yard. Fall leaves come in a variety of beautiful shapes and colors. Bring them indoors! Prevent them from drying out by rubbing with a thin layer of moisturizer to preserve the color and texture. They can be used in a table centerpiece or along your Fireplace Mantle.

Create a Cozy Glow with Candles and Lanterns

Use white Pillar Candles of all different sizes to create a unique Candle Scape in the Fireplace, before it is too cold to light a fire. One idea is to use a knife or small melon scoop to hollow out the center of multiple mini-pumpkins (all the same color) and replace the centers with a small votive candle. Candles and tealights are inexpensive and can be found at Target and IKEA. Conversation between your holiday guests will flow more naturally with a dimmer, mysteriously lit space. Everybody looks best with a candlelight glow.

Lanterns are Subdued, Elegant, and Charming. They can be decorative or simple and can also be used to spice up Indoor or Outdoor spaces. They have fantastic “curb appeal” in the evening where it creates a warm, inviting glow that can light a walkway or steps leading into a home. Lanterns can decorate an outdoor deck, patio or walkway where flowers are dwindling. Lanterns can be purchased at local garden or home retail stores in your area.

This Design Tip is from Busybee Design. For more information on Busybee, visit their website and be sure to stop by the new Busybee Homestore and Design Center when it opens on November 12.


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Great staging and decorating ideas - at least for people who do not live with two cats and a Labradoodle!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Awesome ideas!  Thanks for posting!

Posted by Collette Sarmento, 781*258*9718--Your Agent For Life (Property Central) over 6 years ago

Hi Christopher and Stephanie~  I love white lights, period.  I use them year round tastefully in my home.  They are warm and inviting all year!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 6 years ago

Busy Bee is a well known firm in Philadelphia offering staging and other services. These photos and examples that they provided are excellent.

Posted by Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access) over 6 years ago

Love your photo choices to put a visual to your great ideas. 

Posted by Connie King over 6 years ago

Chris & Stephanie... I agree, these are some good ideas, especially when trying to sell your home. And I also like this time of season...

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 6 years ago

The photos show how warm your home can look during this time of year!!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) over 6 years ago

Love autumn and the tips you offered up can warm up a home to dwell or sell!

Posted by Cindy Garruba (North Fork Home Staged to Sell) over 6 years ago