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Decorating on a Budget Doesn’t Mean Sacrificing Style

Fall is officially here so start bringing out those fall decorations to get ready for the upcoming holidays.

decorate the front door

photo: Better Homes & Gardens

One of the easiest ways to stretch your budget is by using fall décor rather than Halloween or Thanksgiving décor. This simple step will take your home from September through November. Using in-season items will get you maximum impact for minimum dollars. Branches, vines, and gourds from your backyard, mixed with ceramic and wooden bowls, pottery, and lots of candles create a beautiful fall display for free! Mixing in natural elements with sparkly man-made elements creates visual tension and makes for a more interesting display. And don’t forget the after-Thanksgiving sales to get the best prices on holiday décor you can use year after year. Follow my tips for fall decorating and you’ll be sure to have a home your guests will be talking about for years to come.

Decorate Those Common Areas

fall floral display

photo: Better Homes & Gardens

  • In the mudroom, pumpkins and pitchers or buckets of branches, bittersweet and Japanese Lanterns welcome visitors.
  • Place small gourds, candles and flowers on hall console tables and in bathrooms.
  • Scatter pumpkins around entryways – group in odd numbers for interest.
  • Fill window boxes with pumpkins, leaves and other fall foliage – fill them with fresh greenery for the winter months.

 Make the Ordinary Extraordinary

  • Repurpose ordinary items to make beautiful displays – use garden
    fall gourds

    photo: Better Homes & Gardens

    twine as napkin rings, tie name tags to fruit stems, and decorate the table with brightly colored leaves.

  • Use baskets, pitchers and buckets as vases (use a glass insert to keep it water tight).
  • Fill wooden bowls or ceramic platters with apples, pears and fall colored fruit.

Mantels Aren’t Just for Christmas

  • Use various sizes of pumpkins and gourds and mix in other natural elements.
  • Weave white or orange lights through pumpkins.
  • Create height with tall clear vases filled with candles or mini pumpkins.

Are you hosting this year’s family get-together? Don’t have time to make the perfect display? Or maybe your house has looked the same year after year and you’re ready for a change? With my One Day Makeover, I can transform your home from ho-hum to Ho! Ho! Ho! Let me create that room for you so this year will be the one they remember! Contact me today to schedule your in-home consultation. Don’t delay, the holidays will be here quicker than you can say – I want to Love My Home Again!

About Dawn

I'm a decorating junkie. I have stacks of decorating magazines on my coffee table, I wrestle my husband for the latest issue of Fine Home Building, and only keep cable so I can watch marathon Sundays of HGTV.


  1. Great ideas for fall decorating! Thanks for sharing :)

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