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Some people are really into footballbut I’m really into tailgating, socializing and showcasing my school spirit (Go Vols!). For me, Saturdays are completely devoted to my alma mater’s colors and being back on campus with, as we like to say, 102,000 of my closest friends. There’s something about a cheering crowd, stadium lights, crunching fall leaves and a fired-up grill that all feel like they’re meant to go together year after year. What are your favorite ways to spend fall?

Mood Board Monday: Football, Fall and TailgatingGrilling | Sandwiches | Football Player | Football Decor | Playing Football | Tailgate | Cheerleaders | Football Magazine

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The day after Labor Day brings a yearly fashion dilemma: Should I pack up my white jeans and dresses for the winter, or wear them year-round? (Mental Floss has a great explanation about the origins of this wardrobe rule.)

Whether you’re a traditionalist or a rebel, there’s one place you definitely shouldn’t skip white in the winter: your living room. As days get shorter and the sun gets weaker, white interiors keep your home light and bright. That’s why white-on-white interiors are a staple of Scandinavian design. But even if you live in a slightly warmer climate, the white-on-white trend is still worth a second look.

Decorate With White After Labor Day

Living Room | Fall Outfit

If you get cold chills just thinking about an all-white room (not to mention the clean-up factor), this room by Julia Buckingham Edelman creates a beautiful compromise. Warm oranges, yellows and browns stand out next to antiqued gold and bright white.

And the white clothing? I’m rocking my favorite pieces as part of my early fall ensembles. How could something this cute be wrong?

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It’s just 1 week till Thanksgiving — is your dining room ready for the big event? If not, don’t worry, there’s still time for a guest-impressing makeover. From disguising a past-its-prime dining table to an easy way to give stock white plates a high-end look — we’ve got you covered with five easy project ideas, each with complete step-by-step instructions.

A plain white tablecloth is great for covering up a scratched or discolored tabletop. For a sophisticated look, stitch on a row or two of ruffled burlap or linen: Give a Basic Tablecloth a Custom Makeover

Enlist help from the kids to glue real or silk fall leaves onto fishing line to create a magical falling-leaf effect over the dining table or buffet:How to Make Fall Leaf Streamers


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Shorter days and a crisp chill in the air certify that summer truly has come to an end.  Now’s a great time to break out the cozy throws and warm up your home’s decor with a few fall touches.

Take a cue from designer Sarah Richardson and fill vintage vases with autumn-hued flowers:Sarah Richardson's fall floral arrangements

For many of us, fall also signals the beginning of the holiday entertaining season — Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations are coming up fast. Get ready for the impending arrival of holiday guests by sprucing up areas of your home where guests gather, like the foyer
traditional foyer by Thibaut

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Today marks the first official day of fall, and you know what that means: Time to deck out your home with autumn style! Patterned pillows and soft throws are fall must-haves to be sure, but that’s not all we’re excited about this season. We asked designers and bloggers to tell us their favorite up-and-coming trends. Which ones will you add to your home this fall?

Neon and Neutral Mudroom

Design by Traci Zeller

The Trend: High Contrast
“I continue to see high contrast as a very strong trend this fall,” says designer Traci Zeller. “The soft, muddy colors that were so popular have evolved into cleaner brights. To get this look, go white or black with basic pieces, then add a bright color of your choice,” Traci says.  Here, she used a black entryway organizer as the backdrop for bright and white accents.


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Fall’s flying by, and I’ve done a lousy job of leaf peeping. I should be taking walks in Central Park or driving up to the Berkshires, but all of my usual fall frolicking has been curtailed by me catching a nasty cold. I think I have a solution, though. While some of my colleagues are at High Point Market right now, scoping out all the amazing exhibits, I have my favorite finds from the Las Vegas Market I attended in August socked away.
crimson rug

If I owned this Company C crimson landscape rug that I loved in Las Vegas, I wouldn’t even need to step outside my door to peep the foliage at all. It’s like a beautiful painting under your feet, just like all the real fall leaves that have fluttered to the ground.

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Fall is officially here, and along with the cool, crisp air comes the urge to spruce up and bundle up every room.

Fall DecoratingDesign by Ana Donahue

We polled our amazing Facebook fans and compiled their four best tips for easy, affordable fall decor along with some from our trend-watching arsenal. Get our must-do ideas, then tell us how you’re decorating for fall.

Declutter Before You Decorate
Getting organized might not be the most thrilling part of a fall spruce-up, but it is one of the most important. It’s also pretty darn satisfying: You’ll feel a lot better about being cooped up indoors when you can 1) actually see your cute new throw pillows and 2) find fall clothes and decorations.

Organize what you plan to keep, and get rid of what you no longer need. Facebook fan Carla is planning to donate items to alleviate clutter and highlight her new bedroom accessories. “My bedding will consist of a leopard blanket and newly-purchased red pillows, and the rest of the space will be simple and clutter-free.”

Switch Out the Accents
If you keep your larger pieces neutral, it’s easy and affordable to change the accents every season. Facebook fan Sandy uses her townhome’s neutral walls and furniture as a backdrop for seasonal accessories: “Each season of the year, I switch out all the accents: area rugs, throws, toss pillows and candles. Fall’s colors in my home are russet, gold, rust and dark green,” she says. Even one small change makes a difference: “I put an orange pillow on the sofa – instant autumn!,” says Facebook fan David.


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I LOVE Halloween. Sure, it’s hard not to feel good about a holiday devoted to costumes, pumpkins and excessive amounts of candy, but I’ve been plotting my oh-so-sinister Halloween party over on Pinterest for weeks now. I can already taste the candy corn and roasted pumpkin seeds!

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But as much as I’m gaga over the spooky season, I like to keep my decorations less Nightmare on Elm Street and more harvest-inspired, for two reasons: I can put fun fall decor up as soon as the first chilly nights hit and leave it up through Thanksgiving.  I’m starting this autumn’s display with this uber-chic silhouette pumpkin.

Silhouette Pumpkin

Silhouette Pumpkin

Not only is this guy easy to make, its white-and-black color scheme will add interest to my typical fall vignette of yellow-orange pumpkins, speckled squash and mini hay bales. Here’s how to make your own.


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