Entry #2839, September 17, 2013
Today we continue Stagetecture’s feature ‘Olioboard Inspiration‘. Last week you enjoyed – ‘Simplified Laundry Room Organization‘ from Nora Noorsirrat and this week we create a welcoming Autumnal entryway in your home. Shelley Harcas who is a member of the Facebook Olioboard Fan Room gives you ideas for using fall colors, textures and decor to brighten your foyer or entryway.
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Olioboard Inspiration #34
‘A Welcoming Autumnal Entryway ’ – Shelley Harcar
Autumn is a season which signals glorious change, shorter days and chilly nights. Mother Nature’s extravagant adornments showcased against the brilliant sunlight and framed by a deep blue sky are some of my favorite things about autumn.
Autumn is an ideal time to incorporate some of Mother Nature’s glorious changes into your home décor. Since you never get a second chance to make a first impression, the entryway of your home is a great place to start your autumn decorating.
Refreshing your entryway need not be costly or difficult. Much of the beauty found in autumn décor comes from natural or nature inspired pieces.
Autumnal themed ideas
Pumpkins, gourds, nuts, and berries blend seamlessly with vivid leaves and flowers, creating a large impact that is still budget- friendly.
The wood tones already present in the entryway, are a wonderful background for an autumn extravaganza. The hall tree, bench, stairway, and French doors all take on fresh life with the addition of some key pieces.
For this entryway I added a bit of whimsy including the scarecrow family, squirrel, and autumn themed pillows on the bench. Two large pots of colorful flowers placed in baskets create a dramatic topiary for the corner. Vibrant garlands of leaves and flowers, as well as a brilliantly colored floral wreath continue the autumn theme in a natural way.
Decorating with natural autumn elements
The natural beauty of the tree root table is enhanced by a simple basket filled with gourds. Colorful mums highlighting the rich plump pumpkins which also double as planters.
The existing mirror gets update with the application of an autumnal themed decal. Smaller touches such as gourds, pumpkins, and other coordinating pieces dotted throughout the entryway give a finished, yet still casual look.
In addition to beauty and affordability, the items I chose also possess longevity.
I begin my own autumn decorating immediately after Labor Day, and I have found the autumn décor I place in September combines effortlessly with the Halloween and Thanksgiving items which will be placed and then removed accordingly.
A multitude of autumn themed pieces are readily available in specialty shops, craft stores and large retailers, to help make your entry way a brilliant testimony to the beauty of the season of change and to give your guests the warmest of welcomes.
About Shelley Harcar
I am a lifelong Ohioan and presently live in Stow with my family. I am a graduate of Youngstown State University, where I studied Social Work and Psychology. I am currently employed as a substitute teacher within my local school district. I also do freelance writing. My designing interest began over 20 years ago when I became a floral designer. In addition to making floral designs, we were invited into customer’s homes to assist with holiday and seasonal decorating.
I discovered Olio Board through a friend, and I quickly became caught up in the fun of the Olioboard Fan Room. It is a great escape from everyday life and I find a great deal of satisfaction in taking a blank screen and turning it into something lovely. When I’m not designing, I enjoy watching sports with my son, shopping, writing, and spending time with friends & family.