Dec­o­rat­ing Tips & Tricks

The three hosts of the pop­u­lar Dec­o­rat­ing Tips and Tricks pod­cast an­swer ques­tions about cre­ative ways to dec­o­rate for fall.

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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.

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