Fresh décor ideas from the beauty of autumn

I feel sometimes like I repeat myself; after writing this article for so many years themes can become repetitive but I truly strive to bring you fresh and wonderful ideas for your home. It bears repeating that I love fall, the colours and sights and smells are all intoxicating to me and it is definitely my favorite time of year.

We begin to draw in during this season, gather up our outdoor activities and strip down gardens and flower beds as we prepare for the onslaught of winter. Our homes also receive a change of season as we switch our clothing to long sleeve cozy sweaters and put warmer quilts on our beds. The bright citrus colours and scents of spring and summer are replaced with buttery tones of orange, brown and yellow that give off the aroma of pumpkin and spice.

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I’m sure you are beginning your preparations for a family meal, I have already ordered my fresh organic turkey from my favorite local market Big Bend.

I must admit that my cranberry orange wild rice stuffing is almost world famous and it tastes even better when paired with one of these delicious turkeys! With the family dinner comes the family – overnight guests arrive and you want to make sure your home is ready and inviting. Air out your quilts and freshen up linens as you anticipate a weekend of games, amazing food and pumpkin pie!

You probably don’t have time for a full on renovation before Thanksgiving but there is still time to inject some warmth and vitality into your home. I just bought a lovely new duvet set for my guest bedroom in a wide stripe with cream, chocolate brown and black. The room is accessorized with an intense shade of yellowy orange similar to C2-133 Torch (www.c2paint.com). With this palette I can add warm accent colours to my hearts content. I saw a throw pillow with a glittery turkey stitched on it the other day but it seemed a little silly to me even though the colours were gorgeous.

Go accessory shopping! Buy a few elements of fall and decorate your thanksgiving table, festive napkins, tiny pumpkins and fall foliage scattered over a white table cloth will delight your guests and make them feel very special – unlike my last dinner party where I had to use paper towels because my napkin supply had run out!

If you are fortunate enough to have hardwood in your home, why not put an area rug in your living or dining room? Area rugs are the perfect solution for warming up a room and injecting a fantastic accent colour or boosting the pattern quotient in your space. When I put down my recently purchased area carpet in my living room it was like the entire theme drew together, similar to that moment when your turkey gravy thickens and becomes the perfect consistency. The whole thing just binds together in one cohesive palette.

Carpet Colour Centre is offering area carpets at 20% off until the end of October, just in time for you to add a touch of warmth and colour. Whether it is a deep pile shag or a short sexy chenille carpet, the perfect carpet is just waiting for you to adopt it and take it home!

Kim Lewis is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre. Contact her at 403-343-7711 ext. 227 or email her at klewis@carpetcolourcentre.com.

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