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October 04, 2011

Decorating Tips for Fall

Fall HGTV star and interior design guru Blanche Garcia sat down with Home Portfolio to give her take on how to transition our decor to reflect the warmth of the fall season.

Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights chillier, what can homeowners do to transition their decor to reflect the change of season?

Blanche: It is easy to change the mood of a home to one that’s more in keeping with the fall season. Here are a few inexpensive, easy-to-execute ideas that will have a big impact:

  • Switch out your bedspread for a poufy down comforter, and change your sheets to ones with a heavier weight/higher thread count.
  • Protect your outdoor furniture with fitted covers. Several online retailers sell great covers that fit all sizes of outdoor furniture.
  • Change out your pillows, throws, smaller rugs, and even your bath towels to ones with warmer colors, such as aubergine and burnt orange.
  • Create a mudroom area. Most of us don’t have the luxury of a dedicated mudroom, but you can create one by dedicating a space right next to the front door for boots and coats. The last thing you want in fall and winter is to track damp and debris throughout the house. It’s messy, not to mention unsanitary. This is one instance where it is worthwhile making an investment in a piece of furniture such as a wooden coat rack, a bench, or an antique storage chest that can act as an instant mudroom.
  • Bring the outdoors inside with branches, seasonal produce such as apples and gourds, and beautiful fall flowers. Go for simple arrangements, such as a wooden bowl filled with apples as a table centerpiece or a vase filled with interesting branches on the mantelpiece. A concentrated arrangement in one place makes more of a visual impact than several smaller, scattered arrangements. Think 20 oranges in a bowl, versus one on a mantelpiece.

Any words of caution for homeowners eager to decorate for fall?

Blanche: Be careful not to get too “stagy.” Shy away from draping fake garlands of leaves above the window frames. It comes off as inauthentic. When you think of your grandmother’s house in fall, what likely comes to mind are the brilliant colors of the trees and the smell of cinnamon and baked apples and pine cones.

Each season offers an abundance of natural products just waiting to be used. Pull out the crystal bowl you received as a wedding gift and load it up with pinecones. Fill the vitrine with gourds and pottery in colors of the season. It’s almost unlimited what you can do with what you already have and with what’s right outside your front door.

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September 22, 2011

Broken Glass

If you are not a fan of dividers and want a cheeky way to spice up your space management needs, these decorative glass partitions may be something neat. Made by Poesia, the glass partitions should be a great way to divide space in any part of your home, including your bedroom. The decorative glass partitions are scratch-resistant and the glass used is even 100% recyclable. They are very easy to maintain and their artistic and design work are just some of the aspects that should make your home into one fine looking kingdom to be in. 


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August 09, 2011

Shelving outside the box

Storage Shelving does not always have to consist of a series of right angles forming a rectilinear piece of furniture.  Shelving can be fun; shelving can be exciting!  Who doesn’t love (and need) extra storage?  Marco Fumagalli has designed a wonderful alternative to traditional shelving.  Extreme from Martex is a whimsical modular shelving system for the office full of organic cutouts to store any collection of items.


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July 23, 2011

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July 06, 2011

A new pendant

Lily-pendant Pendant lamps have been all the rage for the past few years -- and I have grown very, very tired of them. Here, is a slightly different pendant -- inspired by lily pads floating in water. The Lily Pendant Chandelier.


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A new use for plexiglass

Plexiglass-chair About ten years ago, designer Manfred Kielnhofer jumped ahead of the sustainable curve with his Paper Tube Chair. Taking its cue, perhaps, from Frank Gehry’s iconic Wiggle Chair, Kielnhofer used the eminently-recyclable and oft-discarded form of newspapers—rolled into tight tubes, pressure-molded, and stacked just so. In addition to being a noteworthy shot across the bow of waste and energy-intensive manufacture, Paper Tube boasted a distinctive silhouette and compelling aesthetic. Now, Kielnhofer has parlayed that look into a decidedly different creature: the Interlux Plexiglas Chair.  

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June 08, 2011

It's a table, it's a vase, it's a table


The Kantro Coffee Table is perfect for the urban folk craving some outdoor time -- like cool, functional planters.


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June 06, 2011



Is anyone else instantly transported back in time to their elementary school library? Wonderful, isn't it?

The Oblique bookshelf for Moooi.

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June 01, 2011

A room divided

Coil-room-divider Whether your space is large or small, the right room divider can serve as striking art and a functional unit. Check out the Coil Room Divider from Chiasso.

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May 27, 2011

Street sense

Indoor-lamp-post Avant garde and grande, the La Lumiere Indoor Lamp Posts by Zin Gianluca and DDS standing over 83 inches tall and weigh 100 pounds each.

Available in glossy black or white, the diffuser is made of hand blown glass.

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