The Nester
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Myquillyn Smith, The Nester, is a home stager, redesigner and design school drop-out. Her last home (a rental) was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Cottages & Bungalows, Ladies' Home Journal and in her upcoming design philosphy book, The Nesting Place: It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful....

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  1. I so prefer the softer colors of tan and cream for fall. No bright orange or bloody anything. I like plain, simple, natural looking decor, but rev it up with a little creative arranging. I also prefer things that last all through fall, and not just through the month of October.
    My fave this year? Cinderella pumpkins!

  2. You are so funny! Great tips. I love fall decorating with natural elements…gorgeous and gore free. I’m also decorating for birds this year…outdoor bird feeders, etc. lots of fun and I don’t even like birds all that much (or at all). 🙂

  3. I usually start my fall decoration transition the week after labor day. I love fall!!! I love harvest…but not Halloween. It’s the only holiday I don’t participate in. Thanks for the advice.
    PS. there is a house down our street that has ALL their scary/bloody/ghostly decorations out. I guess I need to find a different route to travel for the next month. (it’s not a pretty sight for a 5 & 8 year old)
    Blessings to you!!!

  4. I love natural things like wheat, pumpkins, indian corn, acorns, pinecones. I also thing fall is the perfect time to take family pictures, so I have pictures of us in pumpkin patches, carving pumpkins, or past Halloweens scattered around. A few pumpkin/cider candles burning, and you’re good to go! I’m loving your 31 day series. 🙂

  5. Ummm completely LOVED this. Nothing spells out fall like pumpkins, candles and cozy blankets in colors of orange, Sage and Berry. Thanks for the ideas!

  6. I LOVE the idea of putting it in the fireplace! We have never used ours and I had to completely clean it out with lysol wipes because my little son kept playing in the nasty sooty mess. Now it is the perfect place for an arrangement!!

  7. My “current arrangements and wreaths.” Oh, Nester. 🙂 Okay, so I’m not a decorating gal these days, but I do LOVE fall candles. And colors. Red and orange and brown – oh my! And pumpkin spice and cinnamon apples – yum!!

  8. My fall embellishments are pretty simple (and inexpensive). I decorated the front porch door with a maroon mum and two pie sized pumpkins. I also found a beautiful harvest flag for our house flag post for $7. Inside. I took away all of the summer hints, and used stored fall-colored pillows(deep red and warm tan) and curtains. I also lined the dining table with candle votives down the middle. Candles always help me embrace the autum season. Simple, elegant, and right within our budget.

  9. Hehee~! I just had to laugh at your imaginary friend’s letter! +-D I’m one of those people that can’t stand the spooky part of this season, and personally believe it takes away from the beautiful autumnal splendor. Anyway, all of your ideas are great and shouldn’t intimidate anyone from being able to get on the fall decor train. <3

  10. I differentiate between decorating for autumn and Thanksgiving and decorating for Hallowe’en. For seasonal decorating, think leaves, pumpkins, gourds and mums.
    I decorate for Hallowe’en every year, but somehow I never thought to pour blood down the stairs! Spooky can be fun. It doesn’t have to be gory. I go for faux spiders and spiderwebs, snakes, tombstones and jack o’ lanterns. You can find all sorts of patterns for pumpkin carving online. It is a true art form!