Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Denise Weimer as she shares some home decorating tips for Fall and more.
There are those of us who go a little crazy during pumpkin spice season. We might even own as many fall decorations as Christmas. There’s just something about candles flickering off the warm seasonal colors, the autumn spices, and the nip in the air promising football games and hayrides!
I come by my love of fall honestly, from my mother, Faye, an October baby who celebrates her favorite season at her historic doctor’s home and apothecary shop with some of the prettiest decorations around (just check out these photos). Honestly, the white-washed buildings with red tin roofs look like a scene from a Hallmark movie when she’s trimmed them with corn shucks and mums.
Since the heroine of my new novel, Fall Flip (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1645261883/), embraces the season in the Augusta bungalow she redesigns for a retired couple, I decided it was a good time to share some of my mom’s decorating tips. Hopefully, one or two will spark new ideas for your own home decorating!
• Dust and clean before decorating, removing any items from the previous season.
• During the transitional time, add fall branches or leaves to existing green arrangements. Consider saving your orange pumpkins until closer to October and highlighting wheat, sunflowers, and farmhouse-style signs earlier in September. (Okay, that second part was my tip. Mom’s pumpkins appear on Labor Day, and sometimes I can’t restrain myself, either – LOL.)
• Vary themes by rooms to provide interest – owls, acorns, pumpkins. Soften with fall leaves.
• Work in symbols and sayings to express your faith, family, and fall sentiments—pilgrims, cornucopia, “Give Thanks,” “Autumn blessings,” etc.
• Bring the outdoors in by using natural resources such as dried plant material, real pumpkins, apples, pears, gourds, pine cones, nuts, and leaves.
• Textiles are a very important part of decorating. Use fall runners, placemats, or napkins to underlay your arrangements. Soft fabric sculpture pumpkins are also a good addition.
• Scents add the seasonal touch everyone loves—candles, potpourri, sprays, and of course, spiced fall goodies baking in your oven!
• Extend your decorating to your porches … mums, pumpkins, bittersweet and leaf garlands say “welcome” to guests.
About Fall Flip:
The tragic death of Shelby Dodson’s husband—her partner in a successful Home Network house flipping business—stole love, status, and career. Now a bungalow redesign thrusts Shelby into the company of a new contractor. Scott Matthews remembers high-and-mighty Shelby from high school, and her prissy, contemporary style goes against his down-to-earth grain. When the house reveals a mystery, will its dark secrets—and their own mistakes—cost them a second chance at love?
Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She’s a managing editor for Smitten Historical Romance and Heritage Beacon Historical Fiction imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and the author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and a number of novellas, including Across Three Autumns of Barbour’s Colonial Backcountry Brides Collection. Her historical romance, The Witness Tree, is also releasing this month with LPC’s Smitten (https://www.amazon.com/Witness-Tree-gain-break-heart/dp/1645260623/). A wife and mother of two daughters, she always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses! Connect with Denise here: