Decorating Tips & Tricks
The three hosts of the popular Decorating Tips and Tricks podcast answer questions about creative ways to decorate for fall.
Anita Joyce, Kelly Wilkniss and Yvonne Pratt are the engaging hosts of the Decorating Tips and Tricks podcast. All three women have been sharing decorating tips on their own blogs for years, and now they come together three times a week to provide quality decorating advice, secrets and tips mixed with their own delightful humor. Visit Decoratingtipsandtricks. com for more information or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
Q Fall is my favorite season; however, I am not a fan of orange or the other traditional colors of the season. How do I decorate my neutral home for fall? —Diane Michigan
I love to decorate for fall with neutral colors. I like to start with white pumpkins, faux or real. They are easy to find and look great in almost any decor. They can be added to your mantel or even corralled in a large tray. I like to add in some fresh greenery like seeded eucalyptus or olive branches. Even though you are looking for neutrals, I think a little green can really help give your fall decor some extra excitement.
When decorating in neutrals, remember, the less color you use, the more important it is to add texture to your home. The texture adds visual interest, so I would suggest adding more than just white pumpkins. Sheds (naturally discarded deer antlers found in the fields or forest) can be added since they are usually very white. Cotton stalks in a vase or a cotton wreath are very neutral and signal fall is here. White mums in crocks are also great for fall. Throw in some faux gold pumpkins for a bit of glam. The pumpkins could also be added to old wooden boxes, wicker baskets, on top of candlesticks, or even in wooden dough bowls. And lastly, stack the larger pumpkins on your front porch to welcome visitors.
Q How do you make a grapevine wreath look full, and what do you suggest decorating it with for fall? I see grapevine wreaths online that look very lush, but when I make this type of wreath, it looks really sparse. —Darcy New Hampshire
The secret to a full and lush-looking grapevine wreath is actually using two grapevine wreaths! The wreaths you are seeing online are most definitely made by employing this secret. This is why they look so good! To make yours look the same, all you need to do is wire together two grapevine wreaths on top of each other. The organic shapes will not line up perfectly and that is fine. The variance in shape or size will add the needed depth to your wreath base. Use a thin gray galvanized wire to attach the wreaths to each other so you do not see the wire.
As for embellishments, I like to use natural elements on grapevine wreaths. Feathers are a nice choice. They are both natural and interesting. Also, look for unique dried flower options, such as craspedia, also known as drumstick flower. For the wreath shown at right, I used feathers to create flower shapes and the round yellow craspedia blooms as the centers. Adding a billowy bow also adds dimension to a grapevine wreath. I finished my wreath off with a very open-weave burlap-type ribbon. Any natural-looking ribbon would be the perfect finishing touch for a grapevine wreath.
Q Having recently moved into what I hope is my forever home, I am excited to decorate for fall. I will be starting from scratch, purchasing and displaying seasonal decor. My favorite fall item is the pumpkin. I would like to use them throughout my house, not just one standing by the front door. Can you share any ideas or suggestions for decorating with pumpkins? —Ashlyn South Carolina
Pumpkins are my favorite fall decorating element, too. Try using both real and faux pumpkins together for a beautiful display. I like to paint faux pumpkins to work with my decor. When mixing real with faux, no one will ever know which is which! Indoors, create a fabulous fall vignette featuring pumpkins. To do so, add in a wheat sheaf, a candle or other fall decor items. Corral your vignette pieces in a pretty low-sided basket or tray for added texture.
Tuck pumpkins here and there throughout your home, even in unusual places. A trio of large, medium and small pumpkins might be common on a porch, but inside by a chair is a bit of unexpected decor. Tiny pumpkins perched on top of candlesticks, snuggled into a nest or peeking out of a stack of ironstone cups are other darling ways to display our favorite fall decor. I suggest grouping pumpkins in threes and lining them up on your mantel or a shelf. I also like to fill a tall clear glass hurricane with stacked Baby Boo pumpkins. Oh, and another idea is to tuck little pumpkins along with pinecones around the base of mums.
Remember that pumpkins look best alongside other fall elements. They play nicely with acorns, leaves, moss and more! Just make sure to add these beautiful gifts of autumn to your decor and enjoy them while they last!
Fall decorating doesn’t have to include bright orange pumpkins. Anita’s lighthued pumpkins, antlers and vessels come alive with real and faux greenery.
For lush autumn wreaths, Kelly suggests binding two grapevine wreaths together and embellishing them with natural elements such as feathers, wheat stems or distinctive florals.