Autumn decor: Bring beauty of fall inside with simple decorations
BY BRAVETTA HASSELL World Scene Writer
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
10/02/12 at 5:13 AM
Autumn is so special because there is something a bit more to it.
More seasonal smells. Heavier comfort foods. Unexpectedly crisp mornings.
Tulsan Alyne Eiland notices fall is here as the cooler temperatures arrive with rainy nights.
"The air smells so good," she said, as long as you avoid the ragweed.
Bees swarm over the blooms on asters. Holly berries turn bright red, as do berries on the Washington Hawthorne trees, Eiland said. The Virginia Creeper vines are turning scarlet, and trees are starting to turn shades of copper, yellow and red.
Eiland has fall fever.
And with autumn comes other significant home events.
The light and airy-colored linens of spring and summer give way to the bright, robust and rich tones of fall.
Deck your home in pumpkins. Berries. Acorns. Pine cones. Colorful leaves. Wreaths and cornhusks. Burlap rag dolls with unblinking happy eyes. Woven objects and bright autumn colors.
Bringing fall indoors can be simple.
Take branch clippings you've collected, tie them with twine or ribbon in a rich fall color and set them in a decorative vase.
Fill small-to-medium sized baskets to the brim with decorative fall plants - think winter squash, pumpkin and gourd - that are distinctive and different from one another in their beautiful colors. Add acorns and dried berries, and place a few fall-colored maple leaves in the mix.
Find a red or deep, rich-color candle dish or other heat-safe plate. Center a neutral-colored candle on the dish and dress the plate's edges with miniature pinecones, branch clippings, walnut shells and other brown, earth-toned woodsy features. Finish with an oh-so brief dusting of glitter - in gold or another festive color - over the nature-themed trimmings.
Go simple with a brightly colored bowl filled with walnuts; a shallow, clear glass vase with Braeburn apples; or a rustic wooden dough bowl with a decorative cranberry filler, accented with a sprig of holly leaves.
Check out the Sonoma life + style pumpkin bowl in black metal at Kohl's that features leaf accents.
The handwoven Nito Weave Bowls from Williams-Sonoma are versatile enough to be used without accents, but they would look great decorated with natural features such as branch clippings, potpourri or fruit.
The Ceramic Foil Sphere from Pier 1 Imports, about the size of a grapefruit, creates a resplendent autumn appeal when used in multiples. Handmade and finished in gold and silver leaf, its colors in greens and bronze summon a walk through the woods in the fall.
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Fall table top decor ideas. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World
Deck your home in pumpkins, berries and colorful leaves for fall. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World
Burlap, foliage and a pinecone combine all the textures of fall in this table arrangement. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World