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Pumpkin spice your home: DIY decorating tips for fall

As warm as it has been lately in Southern California, it doesn’t feel like fall is right around the corner. School has started, football season has officially begun, and coffee shops are advertising pumpkin spice everything. The start of these fall traditions gives you an opportunity to change the feel of your home to coincide with the season change.

Warming up your home with the feel and the smell of autumn is easy and economical. The Fall Season usually begins when the trees start shedding their leaves. Some natural fall decorating items can be found outside such as leaves, wheat branches, cat tails or acorns. Grocery stores offer assorted shelled nuts, pumpkins, and gourds. Decorate glass jars and bowls with these natural elements to bring the outdoors in. Display these items on table tops and fireplace mantles.

You can bring the warm scent of autumn to your home with the scent of your favorite fall candle. My go-to fall fragrance treat is from Lux Candles–“Heirloom Pumpkin” or “Harvest Moon." These scents certainly do the trick. However, if you're interested in a little DIY, you can try making this fall recipe at home: 3 tablespoons of coconut oil; 3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice; ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir ingredients together and place mixture in a wax warmer to envelop your house with the warm scent of autumn.

Outside fall decorating can be fun and easy to do. Simply line your walkway or porch with a variety of pumpkins and gourds. Fill the space in between with ornamental kale and/or cabbage. There are some great pops of fall colors that can found in mums, marigolds and sun flowers. Plant these Fall flowers in an old metal bucket or rustic wood box (be sure to drill holes in the bottom for proper drainage). Use small hay bales for different height levels. If you can find corn stalks, adding one or two of these by the front door can also add great height to your fall display.

Happy Fall, Y’all!


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