Decorating for fall can be tricky—how do you celebrate the season while keeping your seasonal décor integrated with the rest of the home?
Julie Fiato, of the blog Redhead Can Decorate, creates her own cozy autumn decorations, bringing out the best features in her nature-inspired home. When the temperature drops, she simply brings in more seasonal, natural objects to create a warm cozy atmosphere. The home in Lake Orion, Michigan, is at the end of a cul-de-sac. There’s a forest just behind the home; birds that flock to the lake at the back of the house and swans that swim by throughout the day are major sources of Julie’s inspiration. She designed her home to reflect these natural surroundings.
Julie’s full-time career as a blogger and avid advocate of DIY home projects began when she repainted her kitchen cabinet and her two daughters encouraged her to share her inspiration. What started as a few simple kitchen projects soon grew in scale and spread throughout the house. Julie and her husband, Rick, installed wood beams and new countertops, refinished the large oak island, and updated hardware and light fixtures. Rick even designed the brick backsplash himself. Some of the biggest updates throughout the rest of the home included wood planking added to the ceiling of the master bedroom. “The best thing is that it only cost about $150 and was finished in a weekend,” Julie says of the bathroom project.
Decorating for fall doesn’t have to mean introducing a whole new aesthetic to your home.
But her DIY spirit isn’t confined to home renovation. Julie made many of the home’s furniture and décor pieces herself by repurposing unused or natural objects. A beautiful French door hidden in the basement became an illuminated photo display when Julie added black-and-white photos to the glass with clear adhesive dots and rope lights behind the frame. The stump of a dead elm tree in the yard became an end table for the living room after Rick sanded it and Julie added a polyurethane coating.
Adding the outdoors into the home is very important to both of us.
There should be no rules when mixing wood tones.