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Bringing the Outside In

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The seasons seem to change so quickly; we aren’t sure if it has always been this way or if as we get older, it just feels this way. Nevertheless, summer has left us and fall is here with all of its gorgeous colors, smells, foliage, and moments. Most of us love a particular season and all it brings us; we are usually inspired by it. Our homes also seem to be changing with outdoor living space and indoor living space becoming one. This makes it harder to give up our patio time in the winter or reading by a warm fire in the spring.

Whatever season is your favorite here are a few tips on bringing the outside into your home.

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Take a Deep Breathe: Each season has a distinctive smell. Spring with its rain showers washing away the cold weather warrants a fresh, clean, calm aroma. Fall has a spice to it, cinnamon and pumpkin create a warm feeling of security or comfort. Select a scent that reminds you of your favorite season then lightly use it in your home. Try not to overdo it; you don’t want to overwhelm guests when they visit.

Use Nature as a Guide: Pay attention to your favorite outside space in each season. Do you love it more in the Spring or Summer? What is around that could be brought indoors safely? Seashells, rocks, and plants are all useable in decor regardless of how your home is designed. Be creative, think outside of your comfort zone a bit.

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Lighting: Natural lighting is the easiest way to feel closer to the outside world. Pull back those window treatments allowing the sunshine into your home. If natural light is a challenge then select the lighting within your space accordingly. Let the fresh air in when you can; it will help to air out closed spaces in the cold winter months.

Artwork: If you can imagine it you can create it. Artwork is the easiest way to bring the outdoors inside. Take the time to look for art that speaks to you, beach scenes, wild horses, florals, all of these are excellent options to transition your space from just a room to an experience.

Color: Each season has a distinct color scheme, but that doesn’t mean there is a hard fast rule on how to use those colors. Have fun with the pumpkin orange or the fern green. Adding color to your space not only makes a statement it allows you to feel connected to that time of year that means the most to you. If you enjoy the sunshine then, by all means, add that pop of yellow to your home, when the clouds come in January you will be ready!

Be creative; the possibilities are endless. Have fun making your home unique with the colors from nature that inspire you most don’t be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone, try new things with your space.

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