Carving pumpkins and hanging bats and skulls in and around your home can get old really fast, especially if it’s something you do each year. Halloween may be fun and eventful for the young ones, but it can also be the perfect opportunity for you to redecorate your home in a not-so-scary theme. Overblown haunted house and cemetery themes are so passé; this year, “un-decorate” your home for the scariest holiday of the year with these understated décor themes. There’s no need to go over the top to create Halloween décor that the kids—and adults—will definitely remember.

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If your autumn home décor is looking a little drab and a bit uninspired, look no further than the chic city of Milan for some hot, stylish hues and ensembles that you can apply to your seasonal tree. The fine line that divides fashion and design has always been a subject of debate. In the translation from the runway to your home, this ambiguity helps to add interest to your interior design. The jury’s still out on whether haute couture borrows from interior design or vice versa, and this post aims to show that it could go both ways. While the latest fall fashion can provide some design inspiration for your home, creative home décor can also provide some design cues for haute couture.

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Welcome to the second half of our series on home decorating and design based on fashion. Just like in our previous article, we’ll discuss how you can translate the hottest trends of Fall Fashion Week 2014 into fresh and fabulous looks for your rooms this fall season.

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The month of September was abuzz with activity as New York, Paris, Milan, and London pulled out all the stops at their respective Fashion Weeks. In honor of this prestigious industry event, we present a two-part series focusing on how you can incorporate the hottest 2014 fall fashion trends into your home decorating. Look to the catwalk for a wealth of colors, fabrics, patterns, and accessories that you can use as a source of inspiration for adding style and excitement to your interiors.

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Creating a vignette is a wonderful way to make your home more attractive and inviting this fall. A small, endearing display helps create an atmosphere of calm and comfort, which paves the way for more happy moments with family and friends.

A number of decorating magazines and websites feature fall vignettes overflowing with foliage, produce, or other rustic items. Keep in mind that a vignette doesn’t have to be elaborate to be beautiful, and putting one together shouldn’t take up all your time.

Be inspired to fashion your own vignette with these simple and easy arrangements that capture the glorious essence of the season.

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Color is a powerful tool, especially when it comes to interior decorating. It sets the theme, establishes the mood you’re aiming for, and ties a room’s design elements together. A monochromatic palette is the easiest and simplest way to pull off; it’s when the number of colors increase that’s challenging.

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Autumn Decorating

Autumn’s striking colors and muted tones bring with it a melancholic appeal, which can inspire creative seasonal home décor ideas. This post presents some quick and easy tips and ideas using the season’s elements and colors, and the occasions that call for these types of décor.

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If you’re decorating a room from scratch, many designers will tell you to start with the rug. This is great advice because rugs serve a dual purpose: an anchor that will pull together the theme you have in mind and protect your hardwood floors. Below are a few tips on how to select the right rug your home.

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Home Decorating with Sand & Shells

With autumn just around the corner, you might be feeling the post-vacation blues. Even if your last beach getaway was weeks – or even months – ago, fret not because we have a few ideas that will help brighten those blues. With items lying around the home, you can decorate your space to recall fun times spent lounging at the beach.

The colors of summer are hard to forget and perfect for breathing new life into drab spaces. Now’s the time to bring out those sea shells you’ve been collecting, and the beach sand you’ve been keeping in jars as keepsakes. Put them to good use by following some of the decorating ideas suggested below.

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For people with home-based jobs, work is just as demanding as that in an office. Just like regular offices, a home-based one needs to be conducive to productivity. But unlike traditional offices, a home office gives you the opportunity to customize the space according to your specifications and work habits.

An ideal life includes striking a balance between work and home life. For people working from home, defining work and living spaces is a major factor in finding that balance. Separate one from the other, and you have the makings of a home that can be both comfy and work-friendly.

Below are a few ideas to help you define your home work space while keeping it stylish and practical. (more…)