6 Simple Tips for Keeping Year Round Decor Seasonal & Simple whether you're Staging to Dwell or Sell

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Home Stager with Home Star Staging

I love Fall. The change in temperature and color sets the tone for sweater weather, cozy fires and early evenings with family and friends.  To me it’s the most beautiful time of the year.  As seasons change, so does my decor. I try to keep it simple yet showcase the colors and themes of the time of the year.

Here are my 6 simple tips for keeping your year round decor seasonal and simple whether you're staging to dwell or staging to sell:

    1. Keep a good base of  ”move-able” furniture in each room. These pieces can work well in many rooms and are easily relocated from space to space.  My move-able pieces include; book cases, sofa, side, entry and coffee tables, occasional chairs and small benches.
      Year round I keep the top of this book case adorned with the mirror and the rustic iron planters. I simply change the decor as the season or mood strikes.

      Simple Seasonal Fall Decor on top of my book case

    2. Invest in  ”staple” accessory pieces that work year round.  Think about serving trays, baskets, iron vessels, pots, big bowls, framed mirrors, chunky candles and candle sticks that can be decorated, moved and utilized for use in multiple  rooms.
    3. Keep “blend”able colors, styles and textures in mind when selecting accessory pieces. Varying hues of browns, golds, greens, blacks (include grey & white here) and reds seem to work best in most decor schemes. Wood, iron, natural reed, glass, bamboo and many other textures should be considered when selecting pieces. Mixing and matching eclectic styles is always in! You CAN mix your grandmother’s antique sewing table with a modern lamp!
    4. When you keep a staple pieces that can work double duty it’s simply a matter of removing the past season’s decor from these pieces and replacing and re purposing  with the current changing season’s versions.
    5. Don’t be tempted to go for the “cookie cutter” look you’ll find in your local major home furnishings and accessory stores. While they’re great for getting ideas & filling in what you already have, think outside the box and create a style that is all your own.
    6. Bring the outdoors in! From the changing leaves to bare branches, you can use what you find in your own garden or on your daily walk for decorating pieces. Osage Oranges, pine cones, beach sand, shells, seeds, tall grasses, leaves and dried berries (make sure they’re non-toxic to people & pets) make wonderful additions to your seasonal decor. Get creative but most of all enjoy yourself and have fun creating your seasonal landscape.

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Paula McDonald
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I love changing my home up for the different seasons.  Keeps things fresh and never boring.  Good tips that you have provided.

Oct 07, 2011 08:25 AM #1
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Karen Otto
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Same here Paula, I get bored about every 3 months!

Oct 07, 2011 09:12 AM #2
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Karen -- Great ideas for easy seasonal decorating tips.  Keeping good foundation pieces in different materials and textures that can be changed with seasonal accents keeps things looking interesting with little effort ... and who doesn't love the gorgeous Fall colors? Speaking of Fall, it's starting to get chilly here in Portland ... I'd better grab a sweater :-)

Oct 07, 2011 01:11 PM #3
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I wish it would truly cool down here in TX Maureen, we've been teased for few days off an on!

Oct 07, 2011 05:48 PM #4
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Ann Hayden
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Karen,

Great ideas to keep the costs down.

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Oct 07, 2011 11:29 PM #5
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Sandi Gerrard
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I love your ideas - we are definitely on the same page here.  Texture and natural elements make a room feel so warm and welcoming, and almost make decorating "foolproof".

Oct 08, 2011 08:06 AM #6
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Karen Otto
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Thanks Ann!

Thank you Sandi! It's so true that it is almost foolproof when you've got a good base to start with. Happy fall!

Oct 08, 2011 10:36 AM #7
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Great article, very useful information to have.

Oct 08, 2011 01:11 PM #8
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Karen Otto
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Thanks for reading Will!

Oct 08, 2011 06:21 PM #9
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Sharon Tara
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I love adding in natural elements from outdoors...Fall is my favorite - so much to choose from!

Oct 08, 2011 06:38 PM #10
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Karen Otto
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So true about selection Sharon, I'm a fall girl myself!

Oct 09, 2011 09:33 AM #11
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Wayne Johnson
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Karen-Good tips. I don't know how to set up an interior, I just recognize it when I see it. Use a great stager if you want to get a good result.

Oct 09, 2011 03:47 PM #12
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Karen Otto
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That always works too Wayne! =)

Oct 09, 2011 06:02 PM #13
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Janet Jones
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Hi Karen--something I do miss about not living in the Midwest anymore.  Love your fall concepts. We certainly can't and don't do that here but we don't have trouble bringing the outdoors in 365 days of year. 

Oct 10, 2011 12:01 AM #14
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Karen Otto
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Having lived in Miami, Florida most of my life prior to Texas I completely understand what you're saying Janet! I remember as a child seeing pictures in text books of the seasons and wishing I could experience them! Here in TX is much like Florida with the occassional tree changing and random snow storm but it's great for this southern FL girl! Sounds like you are the reverse =}

Oct 10, 2011 08:05 AM #15
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Karen:  I like the idea of to sell or dwell.  Some people are on tight budgets and want to be able to use the staging pieces in their next home.  Great tips!

Oct 10, 2011 05:01 PM #16
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Tessa Skeens
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Wonderful tips Karen! Yes its nice to have the change of season especially this year isn't it? A little cool down goes a long way to feeling in a more seasonal state of mind. I too remember FL just never felt like fall and it's fun to find all kinds of fall colors outside now.

I prefer a natural undone look and you can do that very inexpensively if you are ready to reuse those everyday pieces like you said. Love it!

Oct 10, 2011 08:38 PM #17
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Cathy Lee
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Fabulous tips here as always-I just got my porch done and I am ready for my favorite season!

Oct 10, 2011 10:13 PM #18
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So true Valerie!

I wish the cool weather would stay Tessa, we're only being teased!

We not only share birthdays Cathy but a love for fall =)

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