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Fall Décor and More – Getting Your Lake Home Ready for Autumn

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The leaves have begun to change, pumpkin spice lattes are back and its time to pull out your plaid and scarves.

Fall has arrived, which means lake season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your lake home in the autumn! And, you can start by updating your fall décor.

It’s often difficult to choose just how to decorate your lake home for any other season but summer, especially in a way that reflects your personality and the latest trends.

However, there are a few basic guidelines you can follow to help get you started decorating for fall on the lake.

Color Comes First!

To begin, consider what color pallet you want to work with.fall color pallet

Incorporate on statement color; this should be most prominent in your design. Popular statement colors include wine tones and emerald greens and burgundy. Also popular in the fall is navy and muted oranges.

Next you will want to choose accent colors. These will complement your statement color and add depth to your design.

Generally you will want to pick at least two accent colors, but be cautious of the amount of secondary tones you choose to incorporate.

An excess of secondary colors could result in loss of cohesion in your design, meaning your vision will no longer be clearly present.

Rather than having a cute, well-put together door decoration, the end result might start to resemble something along the lines of abstract expressionist art… or something a toddler threw together.

A base of three colors, one statement and two accent colors, is a good starting point for beginning designers. At the lake, a great combination would be a base of navy, accented with silver and perhaps orange.

Add in the Accents

Once you have decided on a color scheme, you should begin thinking about how you will accent these colors in your design.

One thing to consider is patterns. Plaid, gingham, houndstooth and paisley patterns not only add to the color in your design but also gives it texture and dimension.

A textured design has more impact, and is more aesthetically pleasing, than a flat one. Different materials, such a burlap and lace, also help with texture.

Additionally, think about what iconic autumn symbols you want to feature. Pine cones, pumpkins, acorns, hay bales and leaves are all common accents. If your lake home is located in wooded area, you could easily find a few items in nature to use for free!

A wreath of pinecones, pumpkins resting on hay bales and garlands of acorns can all add depth to your décor.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and accent pieces. Just because they don’t match doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t work well together.

Putting it all Together

After you have your accents, patterns and colors determined comes the task of putting them all together.

doorway decorated for fall

If you have no idea what you want the final product to look like, start by looking up ideas on Etsy, Google or Pinterest. Here you will find pictures of what other home decorators have done in the past, so you can see what works together and what best resembles your lake home’s style and personality.

For a log cabin-style lake home, you could choose to feature red, greens and black plaids, burlap and metal accents.

Additionally, you could incorporate twigs, pinecones and small logs into your outdoorsy design. Adding a pop of gold, with ribbon or beading, can give your decorations  a little extra pop, as well.

If your home is more modern, houndstooth, silvers and burnt orange might look best. Pumpkins would look good with this color scheme, as well as fall leaves, acorns and brushed metals.

Should you not find any leads worth pursuing online, you can always just find your style through trial and error.

Since you’ve already decided on colors, textures and accents, you can try a number or different design combinations until you find the right one.

Don’t get discouraged if your vision doesn’t come through on your first try. Your perfect fall décor design is in there somewhere.

Sometimes some distance will teach you to love your first try. And if it doesn’t, waiting a few days can often show you exactly where your problems with the designs lie.

Finishing Touches

In the future, you can think about adding extra features beyond that which you already have. This might include changing porch lights to different colored bulbs, adding a bench or bike to your porch. Or, incorporate string lights and colorful mums or other living decorations.

As years go by you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t, and you can add to your decoration cache over time. Eventually, you will you find the perfect balance.

And when in doubt, just keep it simple, as lake living should be.


For more tips and ideas, enjoy our other seasonal decorating articles here.


Lake Home Tips: Kitchen Upgrades to Make Your Space Feel Bigger

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To be honest, most of the time spent at your lake home is spent outdoors – as it should be. But the second-most popular place at your lake home is inside: It’s your kitchen, and when you’re entertaining your family and friends, a cramped space just won’t do.

Construction crews aside, there are many simple ways to make your kitchen feel bigger. Take a look at the few examples below to see how you can update your space this lake season!

White and Wood

Lightening up the color of your kitchen may sound simple, but it’s effective.

Lighter colors, such as creams and whites, are better at reflecting light, which helps create the illusion of a larger room.

kitchen with white walls, stainless appliances

To take your upgrade a step further, interior designers suggest putting up trim around the top of your space, painted an even lighter color than the walls.

Add texture to your kitchen by paneling your walls with whitewashed wooden planks, commonly known as shiplap.

Popularized by the HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” shiplap can not only help make your kitchen feel bigger, but it can also make your space feel warm and cozy, like a comfy lake cabin.

Or, when accented appropriately, can give your kitchen a coastal vibe.

Let the Light in

Another technique to making your space feel bigger, is increasing the amount of natural light that flows into it.

Do away with your dark colored window shams and thick, heat-blocking curtains, and spring for a set of indoor shutters that can be opened and closed at your leisure while still inviting in ample sunlight.

You can also incorporate reflective surfaces in your kitchen. Similar to how lighter colors can make a space feel roomier, so can reflective surfaces like stainless steel appliances and metallic backsplashes.

Eliminating low-hanging chandeliers and frosted light fixtures can also open up a room.

Redo Your Floors

Installing patterned flooring is another option to consider when attempting to make your space feel bigger.

One way to achieve this is to use over-sized tiles in your kitchen. The size of these will help to create a sense of wideness to the area.

In selecting these tiles, choose similar colors that are slightly different, such as a slate and a lighter grey. Dark floors will contrast well with your light walls.

If you want hardwood floors, install planks of alternating colors. As with your tile, be sure not to very the color drastically. Slight variations will achieve the look you desire without being visually jarring.

Another tip is to install your hardwood floors vertically, rather than horizontally. This will help make your space look as it longer.

Incorporate Open Shelving

Ditch your boxy ceiling-to-counter shelves and opt for several open shelving units.

This will help add depth to your kitchen by optimizing the amount of light in your space and help make better use of your wall space.

Often thick and dark, closed cabinetry can also have an oppressive effect on a space.

Open storage aides in functionality of your kitchen by eliminating the time you take hunting down that pot or pan, as well as makes the room more inviting.


So before you call the contractor, try out one of these simple upgrade suggestions for making your space feel bigger, and be sure to check out our other home improvement articles here and here!


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September 4, 2018

For the fourth consecutive year, Lake Homes Realty is one of Birmingham’s fastest growing companies. The Birmingham Business Journal’s 2018 FastTrack 30, published on August 31, 2018, ranked the brokerage No. 15 among its competition. Lake Homes Realty is also the fastest growing real estate company to make the list, also for the fourth year. “We started […]

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5 Beginner Yoga Poses for Lake Lovers

August 24, 2018

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How to Host the Perfect Dinner Party: Part I

August 17, 2018

At first glance, the concept of a dinner party seems exciting: good food and drinks, great friends and even better conversation. However, there’s a lot of behind the scenes work required to make those fabulous evenings a reality. It isn’t easy determining a budget, figuring out a guest list or designing invitations, all weeks in […]

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How to Host the Perfect Dinner Party: Part II

August 17, 2018

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How to Host the Perfect Dinner Party: Part III

August 17, 2018

Welcome to the last leg of the race! You’ve reached the final portion of our series on how to host a picture-perfect dinner party. So far, we’ve gone over how to prepare for a successful night and how to create the atmosphere that’s just right for you. In the last days before your big event, […]

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Lake Homes Realty Ranked on the Inc 5000… Again!

August 15, 2018

Inc. magazine today revealed that Lake Homes Realty is ranked number 1582 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This is the second year in a row for the company to be featured on this list. “We were thrilled to be in the Inc. 5000 in 2017, […]

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