Add a Touch of Fall to Your Home

Field of ripe pumpkins amidst fallen leaves on a sunny day. Horizontal shot.

With the arrival of fall, it’s no wonder people think Southport is one of the best places to retire in MA. With the stunning color display of all of the changing leaves, along with the natural beauty of the area, Cape Cod is a visual gem. This fall, incorporate some of nature’s display into your own home décor. With these tips, you can turn your home into a warm, cozy, autumnal retreat.

Leaves and sticks are an easy way to add a sense of fall into your home décor. Bare branches, arranged in tall slender vases along the mantel or in front of the hearth of your fireplace create a simple, elegant arrangement. Leaves in all of the colors of autumn make an eye-catching display, whether in vases, scattered loosely among other decorations, or in garland form, draped along the mantel. Best of all, you can buy fabric leaves that will last for years and are easier to arrange, depending on your displays.

Pumpkins and gourds are one of the first items people turn to for fall decoration. You can’t go wrong with an arrangement of pumpkins on your front porch, carved or uncarved. You may also want to try painting pumpkins in colors that suit your interior. Muted, dusky colors turn pumpkins into stylish additions to your home, whether grouped in front of the fire or artfully arranged on a corner of your breakfast bar. An open-weave basket of small gourds also makes an elegant coffee table decoration or you can scatter them around candlesticks for an autumnal dining table centerpiece.

Finally, if you’re feeling creative and crafty, there are seemingly endless ways to use burlap in your fall décor. Create large bows or wreaths for your front door, adding in pops of color with flowers, leaves, berries, or pinecones. Small glass votive candle holders can be wrapped with strips of burlap and then wrapped with a few strands of orange twine. You could also stencil an image or phrase onto some burlap and even add some colorful autumn embroidery and frame it in an embroidery hoop.

Whether you choose some of these ideas or simply make the most of local apples to set out on display, you’ll be surrounded by beautifully landscaped autumn grounds and walking trails when you live at Southport, making it one of the best places to retire in MA. The Southport Garden Club is one of the most active homeowner groups in the community with nearly 200 members. Decorating their 32,000 square foot Village Center clubhouse with seasonal flowers is one of their favorite activites along with decorating the three designer model homes during the upcoming holiday season.