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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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In September, we gave Color of the Month status to the bright, beautiful persimmon. It seemed to perfectly epitomize the point between summer and fall and, oh, the delicious accessorizing possibilities! That choice took two meetings and lots of wrangling. Though by the end, it was obvious what the color should be.

For October, the choice was much easier. It was a color our team loved for September, which met all our rules except being available in stores. (Remember, our criteria for picking colors are: (a) it has to be seasonal (b) up-and-coming (c) and easy to find.)

October’s Hue, Unveiled

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I will gladly say goodbye to unbearable heat and humidity for the soon-to-arrive crisp fall weather I’ve been impatiently awaiting. And this change of season ushers in hues of chocolate brown, pumpkin orange, burgundy red and golden yellow that we embrace year after year. Let’s welcome our new friend and bring in that warm fall glow that may inspire a seasonal change to your decor.

Pretty Handy Girl


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It’s September, and in the Northern hemisphere that means the return of crisp mornings, football games and school supplies. It also means our staff is poring over magazines, blogs and websites, and talking with color and shopping experts about this season’s hottest colors.

So what’s the Color of the Month for September?

design-happens-restoration-hardware-beddingIs it the runway-fave camel, translated into bedding, like this from Restoration Hardware?

design-happens-erinn-valencich-gray-bedroomOr this season’s new neutral, gray? (Design by Erinn Valencich)

design-happens-horchow-tufted-sofaOr do you prefer a more traditional autumn color like wine, as illustrated by Horchow’s beautiful, tufted sofa?

Maybe it’s an unexpected hue like peacock, blush or olive?

We’ve got an idea, but before we lock it in, we want to hear from you.

Need a jump start? How about 10 fall color schemes?

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Move over, chocolate. Fall 2010 brings with it a new neutral: gray.

Pantone calls Oyster Gray the “classic neutral that grounds the (fall) palette.” CB2 weighs in with graphite furniture and accessories, while Horchow glams it up with platinum. For a crisp look, pair this season’s darling with yellow or white. For romance, marry it with blush pink. Check out these spaces showcasing fall’s hottest color trend.


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Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Not much time left before guests arrive. I have a few ideas for simple centerpieces that are big on style but can be put together using elements gathered on a walk through the woods or from your own backyard.


Okay, in all truth, these hedge apples (a.k.a osage oranges) didn’t come from my backyard. A neighbor has a well-established tree that dropped fruit the size of softballs onto the sidewalk. I just slowed down on my walk and scooped em up. Placed in an antique brass urn, they add a bright chartreuse pop to my dining room.


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