I count time by the passing seasons and holidays in a year! I love where I live because we experience all four seasons in their glorious best! One way that I keep StoneGable’s decor fresh and ever changing is to add a little touch of the season going on outside my door to the inside of my home. It’s a fabulous and festive way to celebrate everyday life! Here are 10 easy to incorporate tips to help you add the beauty of each season and holiday to your home and have it play nicely with your existing decor!
1. ADD SEASONAL ELEMENTS
This is the easiest way to show our love of the season in our home! A bowl full of shells, or a lantern filled with pumpkins, and even a nest on top of a footed cake plate. Nothing is prettier than a little bit of the season mixed with what you already have! The key is to be tasteful and edited. A little bit goes a long, long way!
Click HERE to see how to make your own bird’s nest like the one above.
2. ADD SEASONAL COLOR
Here’s such an easy-peasy way to hint about the season in your home! Not as obvious as adding seasonal elements but very effective! Add colors that represent a season. A nubby winter white throw when the weather is frosty, a robin egg blue bowl on your kitchen counter when spring is blooming or a red white and blue table runner when the fireflies are lighting up summer evenings!
3. BRING THE OUTSIDE IN
Each season has it’s own distinct beauty! I love to display organic elements in my home. It’s a charming way to extend the outdoors to the inside! Again, think of a sweet nest or forcing branches in spring, a bowl of pinecones during the winter or a big bouquet of hydrangeas from your yard in the summer. There is something so magical about natural elements inside!
4. USE SEASONAL PILLOWS
I am a hopeless pillow lover. Nestling seasonal pillows into your decor gives your furniture a continuing new and fresh look. I buy pillow covers in seasonal colors and motifs and change them out using the same down pillow forms as the season changes. Economical and space saving! I have 2 drawers in my living room chest assigned for pillow covers. A rabbit pillow for spring, a pretty and subtle fir tree during Christmas and a patriotic pillow for summer are all welcomed touches of the season! Add just one or maybe two per room. In the case of seasonal pillows… less is best!
See a very easy Bunny Pillow DIY HERE
To view a tutorial for this WOODLAND DEER PILLOW click HERE.
5. ADD A SEASONAL WREATH TO YOUR DOOR
Start a nod to the season at your front door! I think nothing says “welcome” like a beautiful, seasonal wreath! They are so easy to make and can be used from year to year! This will put a fresh face on your door all year long! Think about something abundant and full for autumn, mossy and twiggy for spring and what is better than a big evergreen wreath at Christmas.
Click HERE to for an EARLY FALL WREATH DIY
Click HERE for a SPRING FORSYTHIA WREATH DIY
6. USE SEASONAL TEXTURES
Lighten up in the summer! Go cozy in the winter! Texture is not only picked up by our sense of touch but with our eyes too! Texture tells our brain… rough, hot, cool, fuzzy, smooth, shiny, chunky. It’s almost a subliminal seasonal message!
For the post 5 NO FAIL TIPS FOR ARRANGING PILLOWS, click HERE.
7. PLANT SOMETHING SEASONAL
Forcing paperwhites for Christmas is just about the most perfect example of planting something indoors for Christmas! Or how about planting gorgeous rusty colored mums in a bowl or container. They need little attention, are cheaper than a bouquet of cut flowers and should last all season… or at least most of it! Very early spring, when I am itching to dig in the dirt, is my favorite time to plant an herb box indoors.
8. LAYER SEASONAL DECOR
Seasonal decor, like most decor, looks better if you do a little layering! Just look at the images above. Most seasonal pretties should not stand alone. Little pumpkins and a few pieces of “fluff” make the mums in a champagne bucket above into a VIGNETTE! It almost tells a little story! Much more interesting than something standing alone!
Click HERE for a post about layering decor for a beautiful look.
9. DON’T OVERDO IT!
This might be the most important tip of all! Gone are the days of seasonal chotchkies strewn in every room of the house! Now is the time to think carefully and thoughtfully about choosing seasonal items that will fit with the decor in your home. If you have to put away boxes of decor at the end of the season (except maybe Christmas) you are doing too much! Give yourself a break… it’s okay to give away seasonal decor that is tired or dated or worn! Go with bigger and nicer items and LESS of them!! One big beautiful jar of good faux spring blooms works so much better than lots of small, out-of-style, superfluous spring knick-knacks ! And who wouldn’t feel steeped in summer with a big blue bowl filled with red geraniums!
10. DO WHAT YOU LOVE
Now that you have read all these tips for decorating your home for the season and doing it easily and tastefully, I’m going to throw in one amendment! DO WHAT YOU LOVE!!! If you love lots of knick-knacks then… JUST DO IT! It’s your home and it should reflect YOU! I’m just hoping you will use these tips to make a beautifully decorated home that reflects your taste and style! After all you are ONE-OF-A-KIND and your decor should be too!
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