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Fall is officially here, so take a few moments to appreciate the beauty of the season and how you might bring that rich warmth inside your home.  Here are a few ideas to get your started:

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Decorate with nature. Gourds, apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, dried leaves and fall flowers like mums – whether fresh or faux, are easy to find –are everywhere right now. Shop farmers markets, craft stores, groceries and even your own backyard for great fall décor.

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Bring out your favorite throw blanket. Nothing is more inviting than a beautiful throw draped over a sofa or your favorite chair.  Keep extras handy and on display by folding and stacking on a bench in your family room for guests to enjoy on movie night.

 Garden Planters and Urns.  Bring the outdoors in by filling garden planters and urns with branches and dried flowers and placing a pair of them on either side of your mantel or by the front door.  Smaller urns filled with fruit or gourds can be put atop a side table or used as a dramatic dining table centerpiece.

Candles & Candlesticks.  Candles add ambiance to any room, so have plenty of candles on hand for when the days get shorter.  Candlesticks made of iron, reclaimed wood and bronze are timeless, and mix in with almost any decor.

Change out table linens and dinnerware.  Bring fall color into your tablescape by replacing lighter summer table linens and dishes with richly colored placemats, tablecloths, dinnerware and pottery in tones of gold, bronze, rust, and eggplant.

Don’t forget your powder room.  Adding beautiful fall guest towels, a fall scented candle and a small fall floral arrangement is a nice seasonal touch to welcome guests.

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Enjoy your kitchen again. Now that cooler weather is here, there’s nothing more satisfying than reuniting with your kitchen and filling the room with the delicious scent dinner cooking on the stove. Nothing says fall like a comforting pot of soup, a hardy stew or chili.  Relax and savor the opportunity to enjoy indoor cooking again!

 Your favorite slippers. As the weather cools, one of the best things to come home to is your favorite pair of slippers. You’ve worked hard getting your house dressed for fall, so why not treat yourself to a new pair for a job well done!