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Falling For Fall

At the Beach

I’m sitting at the beach in Cape Cod while I write this article and I can’t tell you much fall is NOT on my mind. That said, I do love the change of seasons and though I love warm weather (I’m a transplanted Texan, after all), fall is my favorite time of year. The crisp smell in the air, the soft filtered sun, the beautiful warm colors; I sometimes wish it could be fall all year long.

At this time of year, I’m ready to update my house for the new season, on a budget of course. Small changes make a big difference in the way you look at your home. Starting with the outdoors, change out your potted annuals for mums, cut back the browning perennials, trim up trees and bushes, and start prepping beds for winter.

Working your way indoors, start by changing your color palette with warm fall colors. Orange, red, gold, plum and green are quintessential fall favorites. You don’t have to go overboard – changing out pillow covers, scatter rugs, throw blankets and even lamp shades are all that’s needed to give a room a little update with a dramatic impact. Take a look at other areas too – mantels, dining room tables and bookshelves are easy areas to update and make a big statement. And by moving things from room to room, you can create a fresh look with things you already own.

If you’re like me, you never got around to completing your spring cleaning, so this is a great time to do “fall” cleaning before buttoning up the house for the winter. Cleaning windows and window treatments, ceiling fans and light fixtures, and giving the walls, ceilings and floors a once over go a long way to making your home feel fresh and ready for the winter.

Want more home decorating ideas? Check out my 8-week class through the BHBL Continuing Education program. Each class will cover a different subject on decorating and do-it-yourself projects. If you can’t make the classes, you can always find decorating advice, DIY projects and product information on my Facebook page: Locust Grove Designs. And, feel free to call me to talk about your projects!

Big Boy Room

Big boy room after 1st renovation

This bright room sits on the southwest side of an old farmhouse. The room was dingy and neglected. After a complete renovation, which included refinished floors and new windows, the walls received a coat of neutral khaki paint.

After several years, the room’s tenant (a six year old) wanted a new color. Because the room faces south and has floor to ceiling windows, I picked Benjamin Moores’s Newburyport Blue, a very dark navy blue. The room feels very sophisticated and even with the dark paint, feels bright and warm.

Farmhouse Bath Update

Minor update to tired bathroom

This is not a completed project but just a little freshening up. This bathroom will eventually be completely renovated and enlarged to accommodate a full bath.

Farmhouse Kitchen

kitchen remodel

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1950′s Kitchen Redo

Victorian style faucet, new dishwasher/countertop and new light fixture.

We took this drabby little kitchen from 1960′s hell to 1950′s fabulous with just a little paint and elbow grease.