Fall season is here with beautiful warm golden foliage, crisp mornings, and harvest festivals. Your outdoor space isn’t just great for warm summer months. With autumn here, what better way to transition into fall than by sprucing up your outdoor space? Adorn your porch, patio, or backyard with plush pillows, warm autumn color, cozy fire-pits, and beautiful elegant lanterns that will be sure to entertain family and friends. Below are 5 tips for creating a cozy fall outdoor space.
I love seeing how creative people get when decorating their home or office for Halloween. I’ve seen elaborate decorations where people go all out and include life sized skeletons and witches with creepy skulls, bats, and ghosts in their indoor and outdoor decor. How do you plan on celebrating Halloween this year? If you need some suggestions, here are a few stylish and chic, yet eery ideas for incorporating Halloween home decor that will wow your guests for years to come.
Labor Day is coming up soon which honors and celebrates the American labor movement. It is also considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. Many people will celebrate with their family and friends by having a BBQ and enjoying cold drinks in the hot weather. Why not commemorate labor day by updating your home decor in red, white, and blue? Red, white, and blue are fun color combinations to mix together and it is perfect for the labor day weekend coming up. Plus, it’s nice to contrast colors such as white, beige, or grey against such bold colors such as red and blue. If you aren’t sure how you feel about the colors, there are various shades of red and blue that you can play with instead of a turquoise blue or a bright cherry red. You can start small with red, white, and blue accent pillows, painted side tables, striped rugs, table lamps, or colorful mirrors. Before you update your home decor for the fall season, celebrate labor day by incorporating small accessories in red, white, and blue. Check out some design and product inspirations for you to honor labor day home decor.
Fall is just around the corner and homeowners are getting ready to give their home a refresh for the autumn season this year. So, where to start? First, browse images for inspiration through sites like Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Second, read about what home decor trends will be popular this fall to see if you want to incorporate any of the trends into your home makeover. Whether it’s creating intimate spaces with darker colors, adding texture through plush fabrics and woven accents, or creating a more homey and cozy space through quilts, there are ideas to inspire you to make a few changes to one room or several rooms. Regardless of what’s trending or what’s popular right now, the most important thing to remember is to go with what you love. Below are some fall home decor trends to consider.
Open spaces have become the norm as more architects, interior designers, and contractors incorporate the concept of an open layout in residential and commercial designs. Open floor plans actually began as an economical option and have morphed into a preferred way of living in today’s fast-paced world, becoming a favorite layout among many homeowners and corporations. There are benefits to an open space such as creating a connection between 2 spaces, increased social interaction, easier entertaining, more natural light, safety (keeping an eye on kids if you have children), and a link to nature through views to the outdoors.
An open floor plan is great for small spaces making them feel larger, airier, and brighter. But what if you want to open up your space without tearing down walls? If the wall is a partition wall that doesn’t support the roof and upper floors, it is much easier to create an open layout. Partition walls provide no structural support and are used simply to divide a large space into smaller spaces so the entire wall can be taken down. If the wall is a load bearing wall, it is a bit trickier and you will need to consult a structural engineer. A load bearing wall is a structural wall that carries the weight of your house from the roof and upper floors all the way to the foundation so it’s something you wouldn’t want to tackle modifying yourself.
If you don’t have the option of tearing down an entire wall, you can create a pass-through which is essentially a small or large opening in the existing wall. If you have a wall separating the kitchen from the dining room and you want to allow light to flow between the rooms or you want more social interaction making it easier to entertain guests, you can create an opening in the wall that allows you to see into the dining room or into the next room from the kitchen. You can add a peninsula or counter in the kitchen leading into the other room with bar stools or custom cabinetry on the other side of the pass-through. Or, you can create a pass-through from your kitchen leading to the outside patio. The most common pass-through is an opening from the kitchen into the next room which could be a living room or dining room.
I highly recommend hiring a contractor or handyman to help you create a pass-through, especially if it is a load bearing wall. Again, please consult a structural engineer if you plan on modifying a structural wall.
If you are ready to start opening up your space, then check out some images of pass-through’s to inspire and motivate you!