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Fall décor

Want to perk up your home for autumn, but don’t have the time or inclination for a full fall makeover? Here are three quick looks you can create in a jiff using my favorite fall decorating tools.

Pumpkins. What is fall decorating without a pumpkin or two? Not only do these chubby little guys scream fall, they are easy to work into lots of different kinds of fall and year-round displays.

Start with a lovely bowl and fill it with a jumble of faux pumpkins and gourds. Somehow this minimalist presentation gives you the feel of a fall bouquet without the challenge of floral arranging. The display is low-profile enough to work perfectly on a coffee table, yet dramatic enough to hold its own at the center of your dining table.

Dough bowls. I frequently place dough bowls on top of tall furniture, then fill them with pumpkins and gourds. Stop there, or take your display to the next level by filling in the space around with a stack of wicker boxes and branches. What an eye-catching display.

Looking for a simple-yet-striking centerpiece? They are easy to build in a dough bowl. First, make a foundation out of faux fall foliage. Then, place pumpkins and gourds among the sticks and leaves.

Orbs. Orbs are just the tool for fall decorating because they allow you to build a bigger, bolder display that still allows the colors of your seasonal décor to shine through.

A sophisticated display starts with a silver punch bowl perched on top of a hand-carved pedestal. Then roll in an assortment of chrome silver orbs, letting them fall where they may. If you want a year-round display that transcends the seasons, you could stop here. To tweak it for the season, simply insert some seasonal foliage.

– Mary Carol Garrity, Scripps Howard News Service