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Fall is here, and it’s one of my favorite seasons. The trees begin to change their colors, the weather begins to cool, and the smell of holidays begins to fill the minds of everyone. It’s the busiest time of year for us interior designers, running around to help our clients get that perfect look for the holidays.

In addition to fluffy pillows, plush throw blankets and fall colored candles, the wonderful thing about fall decorating is that Mother Nature has done the work for you. The best fall looks come from the natural colors of the season: pumpkins, leaves, tree branches, gourds, and autumn-colored flowers.

Photo courtesy Ellis-Ninny House Fall Foliage Wreath

Because fall colors tend to be neutral, beautiful fall decor tends to enhance most homes’ interior design with little effort. I love to collect branches and display them in clear vases. Consider covering tabletops with quilts or heavy bed linens. Silk or dried leaves and various sized pumpkins expertly piled together quickly transform a room. Carved out pumpkins and gourds make great containers for flowers.

Don’t forget the smell of fall baking. Group together red, orange and yellow cinnamon and spice scented candles in footed hurricanes on entry tables and dining tables.

To create a cohesive decorating plan, be sure to spread the color around your home: front door wreaths, mantels and tabletops.

Under-scale decor falls short, so be sure to “go big” with your decor. Don’t be afraid to make an impact with your branches, pumpkin collections, leaves and lush, abundant florals.

And when I want the tabletop absolutely perfect, I ask my florist to make “pumpkin vase arrangements,” the perfect nature-expert fall combination.

What are your favorite fall decorations?