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30 August, 2019

5 Easy, Inexpensive Ways To Refresh Your Home For Fall

Fall is just around the corner, and it’s time to trade your summer decorations in for something a little cozier. Want to figure out how to transform your home on a budget? Try out these five easy tips!

1. Use Materials From Your Own Backyard

If your yard is adorned with trees, you might dread the cooler weather because it means a lot of raking. However, you can use the fallen leaves and pinecones to make beautiful crafts to decorate your home. Pick a few colorful leaves, coat them with Mod Podge, and after they’re dry, frame them, use them as centerpieces, or create a rustic banner for your mantel. 

You can also use your trees’ vibrant bounty as a vase filler. Find a small branch with a plethora of beautiful leaves to put in your vase-- just be sure to coat the leaves with Modge Podge so they don’t dry out and fall off. vase-with-leaves

Coat a branch of vibrant leaves and place in your favorite vase for an eye-catching and rustic decoration.

Pinecones are one of nature’s genuinely beautiful decorations. Simply scatter pinecones around your table for an effortless centerpiece, or place them on your mantel for simple fall decor. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can find a plethora of pinecone crafts to create either by yourself or with your grandchildren.

Although most don’t have the time or land to grow a pumpkin patch, it’s not hard to find a local farmer’s market or grocery store that sells various gourds of all sizes. Pumpkins are gorgeous on their own, but if you’re feeling especially crafty, you can decoupage leaves onto the base of the pumpkin, which will create an eye-catching effect that’s easy on your wallet.

You can find a lot of other decorating ideas for your leaves here.


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2. Make Your Home Smell Like Fall -- Without Unnatural Ingredients

It’s so tempting to buy outrageously priced candles with names like Cinnamon Frosted Pumpkin Cupcake or Pumpkin Spice Latte, but nothing beats the natural smells of the season. Boiling cinnamon sticks, apple peels, orange rinds, and cloves together for 30 minutes will make your home smell heavenly without the harsh chemicals some candles breathe into the air. You can use your imagination for the perfect simmer pot for your home, or you can use these recipes to spark your creativity.

3. Get Inspired By Your Local Farmer’s Market

No matter where you live, chances are there’s a farmer’s market near you. Take advantage of fresh flowers, gourds, and apples, which all make lovely centerpieces. Remember to keep an open mind when perusing the aisles of the market -- even the ugliest gourds can make a beautiful rustic display with little to no effort. 

By using clear vases, jars, and other various containers from the thrift store, you can easily make a mantel display by stacking apples and gourds within the containers. 


Displaying popular fall fruits like apples will not only encourage you to get more fruit in your diet, but it also makes a beautiful centerpiece.


4. Shop Your Local Thrift Store For Fall Inspiration

As mentioned above, your local thrift store is a great resource for your decorating needs. There’s no shortage of old glassware that can be transformed into vases or containers for your gourds, apples, or other decorations. Don’t be afraid to take a chance on a not-so-pretty glass container-- coating it with gold or silver spray paint will gloss it up, making it a perfect addition to your fall decor. 

Don’t just focus on the glassware section; you can find inspiration in all areas of the store. Old frames can look brand-new again by adding a fresh coat of spray paint. If you’re especially crafty and know how to sew, you can use old costumes or denim to create garlands, tablecloths, and even blankets.

5. Utilize Free Fall Printables

If you’re a fan of Pinterest, you know there’s no shortage of free printables for anyone to use. Print your favorite quote or work of art, frame it in one of your thrift store frames, and voila - you’ve got the beginnings of a stunning gallery wall. 


Has your space become a little too hard to manage? Find out the right time to start downsizing >>


Decorating In A New Space

Through your decorating adventures, you may find you need more than just a refresh; it may be time to downsize. If you love spending the autumn season surrounded by lush forests, majestic mountains, and calm lakes, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, may be the place for you.

The jewel of New England, Wolfeboro is home to Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in New Hampshire, along with White Mountains, Presidential Range, and national glacier formations.

Wolfeboro is also home to the area’s only cooperative retirement community, Sugar Hill. The list of things to see and do in Wolfeboro is expansive. Don’t believe us? Click the button below to find out why Wolfeboro is the perfect place to spend your retirement.

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