Crisp air and warm autumn colors; there is nothing quite like the transition from Summer to Fall. You can’t help but feel like snuggling up in a thick sweater near a hearth with a cup of hot cider. Fall season also means holidays and entertaining; Halloween and Thanksgiving. So, it’s a no brainer to decorate around the house while keeping the idea of impromptu guests in mind. Here are some great tips if you want to keep things fun, inexpensive and super easy.
Best Front Porch on the Block
Have a great front porch or stoop? Mums, pumpkins, gourds, plants and themed decorations go a long way to make your entrance inviting. Spook it up with purple or orange lights draped around your doorway for Halloween. If you have any outdoor furniture like a bench or swing, grab a few colorful pillows to spice up the seating area. Don’t want to stick to traditional fall colors? Grab a few pumpkins and paint them to create a glam modern look; lacquered hot pink paint or matte silver paint with a glitter dusted stem. Add a cluster of dried corn on the cob, dried twigs and branches, dried corn stalks and hay bales to accent your space, and you’ve got a complete look!
Throw pillows are another easy and quick way to create around a holiday theme if you don’t have the time or energy to do a big decorative overhaul. The great thing about pillows is that the decorative covers are removable. Keep a handful of options on hand and switch them out as needed for each changing mood, holiday or event. You can change your look in a multitude of ways. Start with a few solid color covers accented by some graphic, pattern or embroidered covers and build your look from there.
Halloween luxe! Base your harrowing vibe on some luxurious black, purple and green velvet covers and add graphic covers to the mix to add dimension. A few spooky glow in the dark pillows of bats and skeletons will put your living room right in the mood for your Halloween guests.
Having a small cocktail party for Thanksgiving before the rest of the family show up? Harvest graphic decorative pillows and “Give Thanks” scripted pillows are a warm and inviting way to make your guests feel at home. You won’t feel like you’ve over-decorated or spent money on a bunch of last minute decorations that feel forced.
Best Dressed and a Mess
Fall is such a wonderful time to gather with friends and family, but it can be stressful and costly to entertain. Few people are ever camera ready for the holidays and it can feel like you’re throwing things together to make your home step up to the spirit of it all. There’s also the hassle of the mess. The holidays are meant to be enjoyed, not stressed over because someone spilled a glass of wine. Mess is inevitable. But how do you keep your home looking great while also being mess proof?
Slipcovers and furniture covers are the perfect solution. Protect your new furniture or fancy upholstery from kids, pets and general food and drink festivities with super soft furniture covers. Furniture slipcovers and furniture covers are a great way to keep the décor looking fabulous but without the worry. Have a tired sofa and you’d love to upgrade the look for guests but you’re not about to go buy a new couch? The Matelasse Damask relaxed fit furniture slipcover in Chili is a quick fix. The design is traditional, elegant and comes in holiday colors like Chili and Gold. Add to that some matching dining rooms chair slipcovers and you have a complete look, effortlessly. Have to pull extra chairs out from storage to accommodate a crowd? Cotton Duck folding chair slipcovers are a great way to make the banged up folding chairs look more elegant in an instant. You’ll have a totally cohesive and decorative look in no time. No one will know that you threw it together at the last minute. After everyone’s gone, throw the slipcovers and furniture covers in the wash. Done.
Keep the holidays fun and easy by decorating smart. Your décor will be affordable AND elegant and the after party clean up time will be effortless.