6 Classy Ways to Welcome Fall into Your Home

fall homeIf you haven’t gotten the memo from all of the stores carrying pumpkin-spiced-everything, fall is here! The heat that once gripped the Greater St. Louis region has now broken, and residents everywhere are beginning to break out their seasonal décor. You might really like fall, but maybe you’re tired of seeing so many pumpkins, hay bales, and signs adorned with words like “thankful,” “blessed,” or “gather” every where you turn.

If you want to welcome fall into your home without being totally over-the-top, try these 6 ideas this season:

Bring in Hints of Color – Just because there’s an array of colors outside now doesn’t mean you have to bring them all into your home! Choose more muted colors like burnt orange or neutrals like brown, gray, and beige. These colors can work well with almost any color scheme you may already have in your home.

Switch Out Pillows and Throws – It’s time to start upping the cozy factor! Bring out some of your favorite blankets and throws and drape them over the backs of your couch, recliner, or bed for those cooler autumn nights. Exchange the brightly colored summertime pillowcases with seasonal shades like rustic red, slate gray, or even something more subdued like mauve.

Add a Few Wooden Accents – Create a cozy yet subtle fall feeling by adding a few wooden pieces into your home. Wooden bowls, boxes, trays, and platters work wonders when it comes to making any room a welcoming yet elegant space!

Try Caramel – We’re not talking about the food (although that isn’t a bad idea)! This buttery hue will add a touch of warmth wherever you place it. We suggest the kitchen – who knows, it might even inspire you to whip up some tasty seasonal desserts!

Play Up the Scents – This is probably the easiest way you can introduce fall into your home. Switch out your candles and hand soaps to scents that hint at the new season such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or even ginger!

Use a Bit of Plaid – Fall doesn’t demand that you must cover everything in your home with nothing but plaid! Throw in a little plaid here and there to allude to the cooler nights spent around the fireplace, cup of hot cocoa in hand. Try using a footstool clad in plaid or break out your favorite plaid throw to recreate that feeling!

How do you like to decorate for fall? Tell us in the comments below!

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8 Super Thrifty Ways to Decorate for Fall

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It’s officially fall! That means it’s time to fill your home with warm colors, pumpkins, and the scents of the season. Even if you’re on a tight budget, there are still plenty of ways that you can welcome fall into your home and still make everything look stylish and chic!

Here are 8 super thrifty and clever ways you can decorate for the season:

Pick Up Some Fresh Produce – Now is the time to head to the grocery store and grab some great seasonal produce. We’re talking apples, pears, and, of course, pumpkins and gourds! Place some of your produce in a clear vase or a large wooden bowl for an inexpensive yet elegant centerpiece. Bonus points for adding in a few cinnamon sticks!

Bring in a Few Beautiful Branches – Pick a few pretty branches from the trees in your yard and have some fun decorating them inside! Whether these little branches have leaves on them still or not, you can arrange them in a tall vase, nest mini gourds and pumpkins among them, or strategically display them around the mantle. Just remember to spray them off with water, and allow them to dry in your garage before decorating with them!

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins! What better way to show that fall has arrived than by displaying these cute gourds inside and outside your home?! Whether you use them as they are, paint them, stripe them with tasteful Japanese washi tape, or mix and match colors, you’re sure to get that fall vibe you want with pumpkins, big and small alike!

Get Creative with Mother Nature – Remember all those pumpkins, gourds, and squash we mentioned earlier? Wouldn’t they look really neat on a tiered cake serving plate? You can also gather pinecones, nuts, acorns, leaves, and more and combine them in an enclosed vase to give a natural look to your home!

Light a Candle or Two – You know fall has arrived when you smell salty caramel, apple crumble, or S’mores in the air! Find a few fall-inspired candles, light one, snuggle up with a good book, hot tea, and a blanket, and enjoy!

(Potted) Mum’s the Word – Mums are everywhere right now, so bring one, two, or a few more into your home to evoke that fall feeling! Place potted mums in your flowerbeds, on your porch, near your fireplace, or on a mini straw bale. Whatever you do, you just can’t go wrong with mums!

Break Out the Blankets – It’s time to pull out your favorite, coziest blankets and throws and drape them over the backs of your chairs and sofas! Not only do they look stylish, but they’re also awfully nice to cuddle up in after a long day at work!

Check Out the Dollar Stores – Visit your local dollar store for some really great deals! You can find all sorts of fall goodies like wicker baskets, candles, fake flowers, and more. Use these gems to your advantage and start decorating!

How do you like to decorate for fall? Tell us on our Facebook page or leave us a comment below!

7 Clever Ways to Sell Your Home in the Fall (and Still Decorate for the Season!)

decorate for fall while selling homeIf you’ve had your home on the market this year during the warmer months and it’s still sitting on the market, you might be dreading the impending days of fall that will soon be upon us. You’ve heard the myth over and over again about how difficult (or impossible) it is to sell a home in the cool months of fall and winter, and you’re worried that you’ll have to either have your house continue to sit idly on the market or take it off until next spring.

Who said that fall is the time when you need to hang up your hat and wait for the blossoms of spring to bloom to relocate? Before you resign yourself and your home to defeat, check out these 7 tips to help you invite potential homebuyers into your home this fall! We actually think that, if done correctly, you can easily make homebuyers “fall” in love with your home this season (See what we did there?)!

Less Is More – When it comes to fall (or any season, really), it can be so easy to pile on the decorations; however, when you’re trying to sell your home, it isn’t the wisest decision. Scale back on the decorations a bit so they won’t overshadow your home’s many wonderful features. That doesn’t mean you can’t put out anything! Feel free to add some tasteful accents with vases of fall foliage, bowls of seasonal fruit, and carefully picked pumpkins (real or otherwise). These can create an inviting environment and can give your home a fresh feeling.

Think Warm Wall Colors – A fresh coat of paint is always a good idea. It helps breathe life into worn walls and doesn’t cost much of anything to do! This time of year, try embracing warmer wall colors that will draw in people and make them want to stay for a while (or forever). Think rich shades of caramel and cream, and accent them with golds, oranges, or scarlets.

Bring In the Light – With the fall season come shorter and shorter days. Lighting is a big factor when it comes to selling homes, though. After all, who wants to live in a dark and gloomy place? Make sure to let the light in as much as possible to accent your home’s features. Open the blinds and pull back the curtains to let in as much natural light as possible, and try to place plenty of lamps of different heights throughout the house for additional illumination.

Make Them Feel Comfortable – Whenever the heat dies down and the cooler weather comes in, warm and cozy rooms will make potential homebuyers want to hang around and enjoy the scenery. Make your home nice and cozy with comforting accents – a throw over a comfortable couch, plush pillows in your favorite chair, and cozy fabrics throughout. The homebuyers won’t be able to help envisioning themselves enjoying life in your space!

Delight With Seasonal Scents – What’s one of the first things you think of when you think of fall? The scents of the season! Bring autumn in with the intoxicating scents of fall like apples, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Just before your potential homebuyers come in, burn a cinnamon-scented candle or simmer a pot of apple cider on the stove. You can go the extra mile by providing fresh warm apple cider in a thermos and cups for your guests to enjoy! Trust us, hospitality goes a long way!

Think Luxurious – When you walk into a nice hotel that’s decked out with plush towels and a luxurious looking bed with plush pillows, you feel like you never want to leave! Make your home like a fancy hotel – layer your bed with silky fabrics, and display some plush towels in the bathroom. You don’t have to spend a lot of money either. There are several stores that offer inexpensive but plush options for your home!

Ramp Up the Curb Appeal – The fall leaves sure are pretty to look at, but they aren’t what a potential homebuyer wants to see when they pull up to the curb because they don’t want to think about all the potential maintenance they’d have to do. Take extra care to rake the lawn regularly, clean the gutters and downspouts, and placing some pretty mums and fall foliage around the yard. After all, your home’s interior can look beautiful and inviting, but if you don’t have curb appeal, potential homebuyers will continue driving by.

Ready to sell your home? Need help with the homebuying or selling process? Trust no other than the Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties! Get started today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or learn more about us at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.