It may be September, but I am trying my best to hold off on the pumpkins. Last year I only put up a few fall things. So by the time November rolled around, I was ready to put up my Christmas tree. Needless to say, it confused my children quite a bit. Waiting for Christmas is hard enough without having to look at your stocking hanging from the mantle for 45 days! So those pumpkins, orange leaves, and scarecrows aren't going to make an appearance around my home until October. In the meantime- and to keep my mind off those all the cute fall crafts- we have been doing a few things to spruce up the house for the change of seasons. Looking for a little change around your home? Try these quick fixes!
1. Clean up Your Front Entry: It’s the first thing guests see and therefore needs to make an impression. Sweep up the leaves and add a new doormat. Garden Ridge has great looking ‘monogram’ mats. Add a few new potted plants in a sturdy urn- try sweet potato vines or ferns. Or even paint the front door. Repaint it in the existing color or be bold and try something new. These are inexpensive fixes that give you a lot of bang for your buck.
2. Break Out the Spray Paint: Check out your exterior lighting. Is the metal faded, rusted, or even brass? Consider painting it. Make a quick trip to the hardware store and choose from black, silver or an ‘oil rubbed bronze’ look. A coat of black paint to our exterior lights made the fixtures ‘pop’ and tied in better with our newly painted black front door. It’s amazing how much more you notice great lines and details with a fresh coat of paint.
3. Rearrange: Now is a great time to move things around. Since the kiddos are back in school, you can get a little bit more done during the day. Go through clothing and toys and choose what can be donated. Then set your sights on the furniture. Try moving a rug or chair into a different room. Move around the throw pillows or rearrange a bookshelf. De-cluttering and re-organizing can make your home feel fresh and new.
4. Make a Trip to Ikea: Several times a year, I like to go just to ‘see’. My husband asks me what I am looking for- and I tell him “I’ll see.” I think this scares him, but I love it. There is something about wandering through all those mini-homes that gives me a thrill. Focus on the little details. I set my sights on new table accessories. Ikea is the perfect place to find natural sea grass-type placemats and runners. I also left with some cute plants in galvanized pots, linen curtains, and dishtowels. Small ticket items, but they help freshen up the utilitarian objects involved in everyday living.
5. Keep Your Eyes Open: Even though Hobby Lobby has been selling fall décor since June- yes June- I am really trying my best to just look. Those jack-o-lanterns are mighty tempting, but I am on a mission to collect ideas and make a plan for fall. Sign up for sites like “Pinterest” or “Tumblr” and search for Halloween or fall decorating ideas. Save what you like, then start shopping and collecting. By the time October rolls around, (fingers crossed that I can even make it to the last week of September!), your home will be spruced up and ready. And you will have some great plans for bringing a bit of autumn into your nest.
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