Fall decorating in five minutes

Seems like everyone I talk to these days and ask how they’re doing, I get a response something like this. “I’m SO busy”…”there just aren’t enough hours in the day”…”I’m crazy busy”. Between work, family, chores and commitments I think we can all use a few quick and easy ideas for Fall decorating.

To help out and inspire all of you that are “SO busy” I have gathered a few of my favorite five minute decorating ideas from Pinterest.

Pintererst

A few branches of Bittersweet from the grocery store displayed in glass bottles.

mini pumpkins

a pile of white pumpkins under a glass cloche.

fall decor and candles

An artichoke, apples, brussel sprouts, cabbage, gourds, candles and flowers all grouped in a shallow bowl.

leaves in glass vase

If you live in an area that has foliage there is nothing easier than putting some colorful branches of leaves in a glass vase.

popcorn and candles

Okay, I know this is getting old, but popcorn and candles in a clear cylindrical vase is another one of those five minute decorating tricks. Great if guests are arriving and you need something quick for the front hall table.

pumpkins on mantel

As a last resort, line up pumpkins on your mantel and call it a day. Simple, understated and beautiful. Sometimes less really is more.

How about you? Do you find the time to go all out with your Fall decorating?

Incorporating 3 of Falls hottest trends with accessories

Recently I wrote a blog post about when NOT to follow the trends which is why I thought it timely that New England Home asked me to write about incorporating the Fall trends using accessories. To read the full post click on the link below and check out a few of my favorite accessories that will have your home looking “on trend” without running the risk of looking trendy.

http://nehomemag.com/blog/linda-holt-fall-home-accessory-trends

home trends 2013

Before and After Photos and Lessons Learned From My First Show House

This past Saturday I participated in decorating a kitchen, Great Room, and Mud Room for a FALL Holiday Home Tour. Although exhausting, it was a great experience and I learned so much about the whole process. This tour was challenging because as I wrote about here, the homes on the tour were all occupied by families who only vacated minutes before the tour started. Two valuable lessons I learned were:

#1. No matter how small the decorating job seems, it will take WAY LONGER than anticipated. It took over 7 hours to set up, even though I thought it would take only a couple of hours.

#2. Things will not go as planned. We assumed our occupied home would be empty the few hours before the tour started but when we arrived with fresh flowers and last minute details to do, the Mom was cooking breakfast, Dad was vacuming and 3 young kids were under foot asking all sorts of questions. I had also planed to take good quality “After” photos but there was absolutely no time so the photos that follow are quick snap shots from my point and shoot camera.

 

Kitchen Before

 

 

Kitchen After

 

My color inspiration was a Lavender, Blue and Orange Pashmina used as a table runner. Three pieces of original art work by my friend  Susan Siefer of MadPatter Art Design  were hung above the table with the same colors.

Here are a few more views of the table.

Table Setting

 

I made the flowered pumpkins from a photo I had seen on Pinterest (it took 6 Mum plants to cover the two pumpkins). I found the bird’s nest in my back yard, and all the colorful vegetable dishes I own. (My challenge to myself was to spend under $100  on this  project). Although you can’t really see in the photo, the “eggs” in the bird’s nest are tiny pumpkins. I also painted some pumpkins in the same colors as the art work and you can just see a peak of  two of them on the window sill.

 

 

I also added a few natural elements to the chandelier.

Purple, and Orange Seed Pods with Bittersweat

 

The kitchen also had a bar area that needed a little something.

Bar Area Before

 

 

I added a pumpkin ice bucket…an idea I saw in Country Home and some more decorative plates and napkins.

Bar Area After

 

The Great Room Before.

 

Great Room Before

 

The home owners asked that I not touch the book shelves or candles on the mantel which are actually electric and wired in. I placed  a wicker tray and a few gourds and books on the Ottoman and used more of  Susan’s art work above the mantle and added a tall vase of fresh pumpkin flowers. I also added some sprigs of Red leaves in test tube vases under the TV.

Family Room After

 

During the tour there was a fire burning in the fireplace but of course I didn’t get a photo of that but the room really did feel cozy.

 

Change of View Art Work

The 4  paintings by  Susan are from her Change of View series. The paintings themselves peal right off the  canvases and can be changed out with any number of different colors or designs. I think it is brilliant and you should check out her Etsy Store if you want to see more.

The tour visitors exited through the Mud Room and this was the room that took the most time and work. Susan and I have started a side business of  hand painting furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Our business is called Chalk It Up! and the mud room is where we displayed some of our pieces.

(We are in the process of setting up a Face Book Business page where we will be offering items for sale.)

Here is how the mud room looked before.

Mud Room

 

And this is how we styled it up for the tour.

Chalk It Up! hand Painted Pieces

 

 

Now that it is all over I have a whole new appreciation for how much work and time goes into organizing and participating in a show house.  I would love to hear your comments and feed back.

 

 

If you would like help with choosing Color, Staging or Interior decorating, please give me a call.

Holiday Home Tour sneak peak

This coming Saturday I will be participating in my very first Designer House Tour. Ten beautiful homes in my town will open their doors to the public for the day in order to raise money for the schools. Since most  (if not all) of the homes on the tour, have already been professional decorated the participating designers were simply asked to add a layer of holiday entertaining decor. The Tour is called “Entertaining in Style” and each designer was assigned a room (or two) and asked to decorate in either a Fall, Thanksgiving or Christmas theme.

The challenge in decorating for this Holiday Tour is that all the homes are occupied. The home I was asked to decorate is home to a very active family with 3 young kids and a dog. The designers were asked to go in early Saturday morning, set up everything and then be done by 11am when the tour starts…..okay, this made me a little nervous. I kept imagining the tour organizer standing outside with a big bull horn yelling “designers you have 15 minutes…5 minutes…1 minute…designers…STOP decorating. Lucky for me, my homeowner has graciously offered to let us come in on Friday to drop things off.

So, back to my rooms.  I  decided to do a little twist on the traditional Red, Yellow, and Orange  Fall color scheme and instead I am using Lavender, Blue and Orange. I took my color inspiration from a beautiful Pashmina that was a gift from a friend who’s brother brought it back after a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Here is a photo of it.

 

Lavender, Blue and Orange Pashmina

 

And here is a sneak peak of some of the things I will be using to decorate the kitchen table.

 

See all that color?  I know it looks like a huge mess right now but this is just the initial stage as I pull things together and decide what works and what doesn’t.

Lucky for me, I also talked my Artist friend Susan of Mad Patter Art Design into  doing the art work  for both the kitchen and great room. Here is a photo of 3 of Susan’s pieces that will be in the kitchen. They are almost a perfect match to the colors in the Pashmina.

 

Susan's Art work

 

Lastly, Susan and I have been painting up some furniture in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that will also be showcased in the home. I know my husband will be very glad when the House Tour is over because our dinning room is a mess but the hallway is even worse. Here is how it looked yesterday while we were finishing up painting the final pieces.

 

A few of the Chalk Painted furniture pieces

 

If you live in the area I hope you’ll  stop by and say hello.  If not, I’ll post photos from the house next week.

 

If you would like help with choosing the perfect color, Staging or Design, give me a call.

Super Easy,Super Quick,Fall Decorations

It was just a few short weeks ago that I was bemoaning the fact that Homegoods was all Halloween. Then yesterday while picking up coffee at our local farm I saw that the first bunch of pumpkins are out and Fall decor is now pretty much everywhere.

photo Linda Holt

 

Over the past few years I have been a little sparse (lazy) with my own Fall decorating. My kids are grown, we live on a somewhat remote country road and in the 6 years we have lived here we have only had 2 Trick or Treaters. I usually just put a few pumpkins out and if a Fall decor box is within easy reach in the basement I’ll bring it out.

This year however I have signed on to decorate a Fall/Thanksgiving themed kitchen in a local Home Tour.  For the first time in years my excitement for Fall decorating is back. The tour organizers have asked the designers to show as many ideas for Fall decorating as possible. Humm…the thing about me though, is  Martha Stewart I am not.

Martha Stewart Pumpkins

 

I have never been the queen of DIY (do it yourself) unless it involves paint.  If it is not super easy AND super quick, I’m not interested. So, in the spirit of ANYONE can do this I want to share a few quick and easy Fall decorating ideas that I am considering for my show house kitchen.

 

Yellow, orange and white spray paint and Voila! Candy Corn Gourds.

Candy Corn Pumpkins

 

A group of different sized pumpkins on a stick  would make a cute centerpiece.

Pumpkins on a stick

 

Branches from the back yard, painted or non painted acorns (your choice) glue gun, string and a vase.

 

acorns on branch

 

Apples cored and filled with votive candles

 

apple candles

 

or squash..same as apples, hollowed out with candle.

 

squash candles

 

No paint or tools need at all for this table display.

mini pumpkins in glass vase

 

Super easy, apples, candle and large glass bowl.

 

 

Ribbon glued around mini pumpkins..cute in an old pie tin or wooden bowl.

 

ribbon glued on baby pumpkins

 

again, super easy, candy corn on back yard sticks in candy corn filled vase.

 

candy corn on branch

 

and lastly, Fall colored yard wrapped and glued around various sizes and shaped glass bottles.

 

yarn wrapped glass vases

 

So, what do you think about these  super quick and easy Fall decorating ideas?

Now I just have to narrow it down for my kitchen.

 

If you would like help with your Fall decorating, give me a call….I have a few great ideas!

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