Around the House — October 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

7 Ways to Bring the Outdoors In This Fall

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If you’re looking for an inexpensive, natural-looking way to spice up your home this far, all you have to do is step outside your front door. There it is: your fall décor inspiration!

Of course, there’s more to decorating that simply gathering some twigs and popping them in a vase. It can been hard to dress up your home for the fall months without it looking like a barnyard exploded inside, but we’re here to help. Here are 7 ways to tastefully incorporate touches of nature into your home décor this autumn.

Think Beyond the Pumpkin
Nothing says fall quite like the good old classic pumpkin, and we love the pop of color it adds to any room—but it’s time to think outside the box. There are other ways to incorporate fall’s agricultural treasures into your décor: think fun-shaped, multicolored squash or dried decorative cobs of purple maize.

Dress Up the Table
With Halloween parties and Thanksgiving dinner just around the corner, this is the time of year where your dining room table sees the most action. Dress it up with some fall-inspired crafts: try using tiny gourds as candle holders (choose fall-colored candles for the full effect), or hollow out a flat-bottomed butternut squash and use it to hold a simple bouquet of fall flowers and foliage.

Glam It Up
If you want to incorporate fall but the traditional palette of oranges, reds, and yellow isn’t your taste, we’ve got an idea that’s just as festive: glitter. Glam up everything from pumpkins to acorn by coating them in glue and dusting copious amounts of glitter on top. We dare you to not be delighted by a clear vase full of glitzy acorns.

Or Start Painting
If glitter isn’t your thing, you could always paint pumpkins and other fall items in unconventional colors. Try white, light grey, and light blue for a cool twist that will take transition you nicely into the winter months (don’t look now, but they’re just around the corner!)

Pine Cone Garlands
You don’t need to want until Christmas to spruce up your mantle with garland. A pine cone garland is an inexpensive way to bring life to an often-neglected area of your home. Use thread to tie upside-down pine cones to a clean looking white ribbon and string it across your fireplace.

Fall in the Kitchen
Food as décor is equally delicious as it is ingenious. Scope out your local farmer’s market and pick up some unusual varieties of carrots, beans, and heirloom tomatoes in oranges, reds, purples, greens, and yellows. Leave them out in fruit bowls until you start to get hungry—they’re too pretty to hide away.

Get Creative With Candles
Tea lights are perfect for setting the mood on a gray, rainy night. You can make them even cozier by infusing them with a touch of fall: simply sponge some mod podge glue onto a mason jar and paste on some brilliantly-colored fall leaves. Once dry, pop the tea light inside to cast a warm, cozy glow.

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