The Bellflower Equinox Issue

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This issue is absolutely stunning and has some decorating tips written by me!

It's the most colourful season of the year! I love the cooler air, the changing leaves, sweaters and, of course, Halloween!

It's definitely my favourite time of year to do some seasonal decorating. There are so many opportunities to get festive in your home, by adding displays to the front door and porch, creating tablescapes and centrepieces, arranging mantle displays, and inserting pops of colour and foliage to kitchen islands.

Since I am a Halloween lover, I always incorporate spooky decor into my fall decorating, then it's there ‘till the end of October. Even without the Halloween theme, fall is a gorgeous time of year and one of the best for seasonal decorating!

Here are some of my tips for fabulous fall furbishing.

Let's start outside with your front door and/or porch. Before I start shopping and putting items outside, I go through what I already have and see if I want to reuse it. Is it still looking pretty? Does it need to be replaced, or repaired?

I then think about the colour story. Am I going to keep it Halloween themed or go for some traditional jewel tones? When I determine what the look is going to be, I make a list and go shopping! (I actually do this prep before any seasonal display, so this tip is a useful one to tuck away.)

I always have a wreath(s) and hang them first. You can find some nice pre-made ones or you can pick up a plain vine wreath and DIY! I've definitely made a few wreaths over the years.

If there are any other items that need to be hung, work on those next. Always do the harder parts first.

Then you are ready for some potted flowers, pumpkins and gourds.

You will need to decide if you're looking for a symmetrical display or an asymmetrical display.

Symmetrical could be two larger planters with a variety of seasonal flowers in them like mums and tall grasses. You can add various sizes of pumpkins to each side as you get closer to Halloween.

Asymmetrical could be one larger display to one side with a bale of hay or crate for some height. Build your display on and around the riser (hay or crate) using smaller items like potted grasses, potted mums, pumpkins, gourds, even some corn stalks.

Pro tip: when buying outdoor flowers, pick out the ones that are still just buds, they will last longer and flower later.

Moving inside to the mantle and/or shelving space you’ve got available, start again with a quick stock check.

If you have a mirror hanging above your mantle, hang a wreath on the mirror or make a swag from some faux or dried flowers. If you have a piece of art hanging above, work with that colour story for your decor.

Add drama by flanking the ends of the mantle or shelf with height.

Some options could include: