|Making a Transition to Fall Décor|
Sept. 26, 2011
Fall, in all of its colorful glory, is upon us. As Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute, suggests in an article entitled "Seasonal Decorating," found elsewhere on Your Decorating Resource, it's easy to make the decorating transition from summer to autumn.
Here are some of her ideas, and a few more, to help you fall into fall:
• Toss an area rug onto the floor in leafy shades of red, orange or gold.
Here's another fun idea for celebrating autumn. Take a large terracotta pot and fill it with leafy branches of oak, sumac, maple or any other colorful deciduous trees along with some of the flowers that are plentiful this time of year, such as daisies, mums and asters.
For a more lasting arrangement, substitute silk florals, which can be stored after the season draws to a close. To make the arrangement even more eye-popping, consider sponging the terracotta planter in a paint color that complements your decor as well as the flowers inside.
A more rustic arrangement can be achieved by using a real pumpkin as the flower pot.
Simply cut the top out of a pumpkin. Then hollow it out, making sure to remove all the seeds, an d pat it dry. Next, find a container that will fit inside‒glass jelly jars work nicely‒and fill it with your favorite fall flowers, whether real or silk. Accent the arrangement with wheat stalks, a small gourd or two and a few colorful leaves.
To give a longer life to cut flowers, cut floral foam to fit in the bottom of the container. Soak the foam in water before putting it into place and inserting the plant stems.
Your pumpkin pots don't have to be the standard orange, white or green provided by Mother Nature. With the use of some floral spray paint, the pots can be any color you wish. Before applying the paint, make sure the outside of the pumpkin is clean and totally dry.
As a final touch, attach the top of the pumpkin at an angle to the rim, using a wooden toothpick or skewer.