26 November, 2013

5 Ways to Transform Your Home for Fall

Every year, autumn’s arrival is accentuated by all the changes happening outside. The crisp temps bite at our noses. The trees explode with vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds. Even people’s wardrobes adjust, with tall boots and thick sweaters emerging from their hibernation in the back of closets.

With all the changes going on outside, we sometimes lose sight of all the fun alterations that can take place inside—specifically in our homes. So with that in mind, we have five suggestions for ways you can transform your home in time to celebrate the fall season:

  1. Warm Things Up Give an open, soaring space a snug, welcoming feel by swapping out lightweight summer fabric pillows for luxurious velvet ones in rich, fall shades. Toss in a few coordinating throws and get ready to cozy up by the fire.
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  2. Fall for Timeless Menswear fabrics, like tone-on-tone hounds-tooth, are fabulous for fall. But if reupholstering your antique dining chairs sounds a little too extreme, you can always bring in touches of fashionable fabrics with pillows or slipcovers.
  3. Prep for Cold-Weather Guests For many of us, autumn means both the beginning of wintry weather and a rotating door of holiday guests. Protect your floors from muddy or snowy boots with an easy-to-clean area rug. Position an umbrella stand, like these from 1st Dibs near the door so guests know where to stash wet rain gear as soon as they come in.
  4. Turn Drab into Delectable With just a few simple supplies you can up-cycle an unused frame into an elegant chalkboard to display wherever guests gather. Use your finished chalkboard to display a special dinner menu or just to jot down notes to family.
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  5. Honor Traditions Derived from Latin for "horn of plenty," a cornucopia is a time-honored symbol of the harvest. Filled with fruit, vegetables, gourds, or flowers, it's most often used as a Thanksgiving centerpiece but these decorative baskets also look great as a household decoration all fall long.

Do you have some of your own favorite ways to design your home for fall? Share them with us on the LiLu Facebook page—we’d love to hear your ideas.
A Welcomed Return
Another change is being felt right here at LiLu Interiors, where we are excited to welcome back Emily Anderson, Associate Designer and Allied Member ASID. Emily was a Design Team member when LiLu first opened our doors five years ago. In 2011, she moved with her family to North Carolina. Emily still lives in the Tar Heel State, where she will be assisting on projects for our Minneapolis studio and working to launch another LiLu office.