THE FALL HOME SPIRIT
Inexpensive ways to tap into the spirit of fall.
Fall signifies new beginnings. It’s falling leaves symbolizes the shedding away of old things to make way for new life in the spring. Likewise, our homes are shock full of old items and décor that can finally be shared with others, or changed into something new and exciting, with just a little effort.
Repurpose & Redesign
At Drapery Affair we believe that repurposing your furniture is a wonderfully creative way to tweak something you no longer need, to fit into another category. For example, turning an old cedar chest as a trendy coffee table. Or instead of throwing out that old exterior door, how about transforming it into a headboard?
Techniques to take worn items and make them beautiful again by painting, staining, stenciling, etc., is only limited by your imagination.
Do you have an arm chair that you love, but it has seen better days? Don’t give up on it. Have you ever thought about taking an upholstering class? You may learn how to make that chair just like new, and increase your social circle by meeting new friends.
Repurposing and refinishing are great ways to turn the old into the new and enliven your long forgotten artistic side.
Give It Away
We believe in traditions at Drapery Affair, especially as the holiday’s come upon us. With this time of year comes holiday traditions, shared across religious and cultural lines; the act of gift giving. Research shows that a true sense of happiness is much more heightened when we give rather than receive. Unfortunately, many families are unable to give and are in great need to receive, therefore this fall may be a great time to give your home a thorough once-over and give away items you no longer need like furniture, bedding, etc. A local church, or a woman’s center or other charity are great choices. There are any number of people whose lives can be made new by your generosity.
More times than not when we think of purchasing items for home decorating, we opt for the convenience of purchasing online. Or course it’s easy to click onto the Pottery Barn, or Restoration Hardware website, but doing that won’t get you in touch with the splendor that is Fall. Colorful fall leaves, cheery people, dressing in layers (which means wearing all your cools hats and gloves that have been lying dormant all summer). It’s beautiful out there!
Why not actually step outside to go shopping? Better yet, take that shopping excursion to a completely different location (i.e. a quaint coastal town, or wine country). There are any number of thrift shops, antique stores and boutiques with rare and unique items to find if you look. In addition to finding unexpected treasures you’ll be creating brand new memories.