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Thankful for that feeling of fall

Decor: It’s a time of celebration with the colors of autumn now in style

Posted: November 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Seasonal scarecrows perched on hay bales $10.99 at The Decor Store.

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Halloween has howled on, and even our SoCal weather is signaling “fall is with us.” So put away the witches and spiders, hang onto the uncarved pumpkins and get ready to set the season in your home.

“Because of the economy, it’s not always realistic to make major updates when a season changes, but there are subtle things you can do to help bring the season of fall alive in your home,” said Carolyn McLintock, manager of the Valencia Décor Store (as well as the head designer for it, and one of the buyers for the overall company).

“Sometimes, when it comes to decorating with a little more personality, we just need to push ourselves to try something we haven’t done before and not be afraid to break out of a traditional seasonal or holiday color scheme and try something that is fresh and new to you,” she added.

“I think it is fun to find a unique look or style or way of entertaining that is almost like a signature look,” McLintock said. “I think once you find that groove, decorating starts to feel more fun and less stressful, less forced, more creative and natural.”
 
Natural decor
As always, you can use your uncarved Halloween pumpkins for fall and Thanksgiving decorations, and you can find plenty of other items, such as Indian corn, stalks of wheat and preserved, orange-toned leaves just about anywhere, including the supermarket.

McLintock noted that the typical Thanksgiving color scheme is orange, yellow and red, but you can also integrate khaki, greens, amber and taupe.

The Tuscan theme also goes with the season. These colors are rusty reds, burnt yellows and different tones of brown and gold.

“And you don’t need to change the entire home decor. Just adding some accessories will project the perfect feel of fall’s arrival,” she said.

Outside/inside
Outside, you can give your entry a Thanksgiving flair with a fall wreath or swag, and even by changing out the doormat.
Inside, you have nearly unlimited choices. “Some people like to put up their (artificial) lit trees before Thanksgiving, and just keep it simple, with some berries, branches, acorns, pine cones and dried leaves,” McLintock said. “Then the tree is ready for Christmas decorating after the Thanksgiving dinner.”

Kitchen
For fall in the kitchen, McLintock said you can fill apothecary jars with potpourri, pine cones, nuts and moss. “The glass is clean and refreshing, with the warmth of what’s inside making a good contrast,” she said.

“You can also keep a large bowl of fresh fruits and veggies on the island or counter. Not only does it look pretty, but it’s another way to bring a design element into your home that has a seasonal flair,” McLintock said. “In the summer, you would put out lemons, limes and oranges on the kitchen table, but in the fall the same bowl can hold small squashes and pumpkins. Changing out your dinnerware for a warm color helps add that Thanksgiving splash to your table.” And she added that The Décor Store has a beautiful set available at closeout prices.

Mantle
McLintock said that for the mantle, you might put up a garland of seasonal color to make it more festive. And you could try tucking in some gourds here and there to add warmth.
“You can use a cornucopia, which signifies a bountiful harvest with plenty to eat, and add some artificial fruit and vegetables, gourds, pine cones and plant materials. Be creative or buy one that is already made,” she said.

Fall going fast
Fall at The Décor Store runs from mid-August to September. But, if you hurry, you can still find quite a few Thanksgiving goodies there. Some of the remaining fall items include silky table runners ($23.99), 16-piece Chris Madden “Maison” dish sets ($59), large fall “floral” arrangements ($29.99), or a bag of small artificial gourds ($4.99) that you can put in apothecary jars for a nice effect. Resin turkeys are $13.99 and $14.99 and you can get seasonal scarecrows for $10.99.

“Just like your wardrobe, your home can, and should, change with the seasons,” McLintock said. “The summer is all about cool, crisp and clean, while fall and winter call for something a little more snug. Comfortable throws, table runners and heavier window treatments can give a room a cozier look, and adding soft, interesting textures is an easy way to warm up any space.”

McLintock said The Décor Store is mostly changed-over to Christmas décor now. “This year’s holiday open house is Friday, Nov. 4 through Monday, Nov. 7,” she said. “During that time, everything in the store will be 10 percent off.” And she said some fall items, such as dishware, are already being offered at close-out prices. “The open house kicks off the holiday season, when people come in to buy Christmas trees.”

The Décor Store, 25658 The Old Road, Valencia (next to Old Navy). (661) 255-7445, www.thedecorstore.com.

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