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Give your home a fall refresh

By Tammy Smith

For those of us in south Mississippi, fall isn’t as much a sudden nip in the air as a state of mind. On the Coast, we may not see as many seasonal changes as other places, but we still can create that fall feeling we all look forward to. 

It’s easy to bring a hint of autumn into your home with a few decorative touches; think cozy, comforting, warm tones and scents that evoke freshly raked leaves, baking spices and fresh apples or herbs like rosemary. 

Here are some of the fall décor trends for 2021:


You might think of orange, red and yellow as “the” colors of autumn, but consider adding browns, blues and deep greens to the mix, according to Better Homes and Gardens. These unexpected but complementary colors add depth to your palette. Metallic fabrics or metal accent pieces also provide a bit of contrast and surprise. 


Here’s where the cozy comes in. How about trying a chunky knit throw paired with a couple of richly colored velvet pillows? Faux fur and cashmere are also ways to add some snuggly appeal to your favorite living space. With all of us experiencing more at-home time in the past year and a half, the need for a comfortable sanctuary has become universal. 


Or sophisticated, or minimalistic. Whatever your design style, there’s a door décor that fits you. Dried wheat, miniature pumpkins, seed pods, simple pinecones, pecans, corn husks, grapevines, dried berries and leaves, even driftwood – perfect for coastal Mississippi – are some of the features you can see on wreaths and swags. 


Woven baskets, shiny copper, ironstone, displays of cherished family dinnerware patterns such as Spode Woodland Turkey, feathers and shafts of wheat all evoke images of autumn, according to Country Living. 


How about creating your own fall décor on a budget? You Tube channels such as Chic on the Cheap; But First, Coffee; Do It on a Dime and KraftsbyKatelyn all post great ideas for using items from stores such as Dollar Tree and Dollar General to make expensive-looking seasonal accents on a budget. 

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