How to Transition Your Patio to Fall

Fall weather is unpredictable, with the occasional warm afternoon followed by a chilly night’s air. While it can feel like the days of relaxing in the back yard are numbered, there is still plenty of time to enjoy your patio or deck if you transition it to fall. Here are five ways to create the ideal fall patio.

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Add Some Heat

The quickest way to take the chill out of the air is to build a fire, and fire pits offer the perfect solution. Choose one that allows you to burn wood, or check out easy-to-use gas fire pits that light with the push of a button. Fire pits can be freestanding or as the centerpiece of an outdoor table. Either will create a cozy atmosphere and the perfect spot to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate – or a hot toddy.

 

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Warm Up Your Colors

Bright colors like yellow and marine blue are perfect for creating a summery scene, but you can instantly update your fall patio by swapping out cushions or umbrellas. Choose deeper, richer tones such as orange, red, dark green and brown. The shades will complement the changing colors of the foliage in your yard.

 

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Add Lights

Shorter days mean longer nights, but you can easily add hours to your outdoor space by incorporating lights. From tabletop lanterns to twinkling strings of mini-lights, you’ll create a magical fall patio when you light up the area. Also consider highlighting walkways and stairs with spot and floodlights to create a safe path to nighttime entertaining.

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Use An Outdoor Rug

Warm up your feet by covering cold patio and deck surfaces with an outdoor rug. Made to withstand the elements, outdoor rugs add texture to a space. They also offer a great opportunity to add color or pattern. And cleaning is a breeze – just hose them off!

 

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Change to Fall Decor

Finally, let your décor set the mood by adding fall flowers and accents. Fill pots with planted mums. Add blankets, ottomans and throw pillows to seating arrangements to warm up your guests when the temperature starts to dip. A warm and cozy atmosphere will help you enjoy your fall patio as long as possible.

 

Add Whitewashed Wood Furniture to Your Room

Whether your style is casual, traditional or farmhouse, adding a piece of whitewashed furniture will add interest and charm. The classic look will never go out of style, and whitewashed wood is a nice complement to other wood finishes, providing a curated feel and a sense of contrast. Whitewashed cocktail tables are a great place to start. Here are five we think you’ll love:

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Classic Farmhouse

The timeless Bobbin Rectangular Cocktail Table will look great in your family room, with carved legs and vintage-inspired drawer pulls to provide just enough detail to catch the eye. This piece offers the on-trend look of shiplap and would be beautifully paired with a slipcovered sofa or rustic leather chair.

Whitewashed furniture
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Elegant Lines

The whitewashed top of the Camryn Cocktail Table provides a subtle contrast to its grey base, adding a touch of elegance and class to your living room seating group. The curves of the base catch the eye, while the soft palette pleases it.

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Modern Farmhouse

A glass insert gives a whitewashed table a contemporary twist, and the Delphi Coffee Table is a great example. The shelf provides a nice place to display accessories, while the glass top makes sure they’re noticed from all angles.

whitewashed furniture
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Traditional

The traditional style of the Pie Crust Coffee Table would be beautiful in a formal living room as well as a seating area of a master suite. The classic style is timeless, and adds an heirloom feel to your space.

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Cottage Style

Whitewashed furniture gets a cottage feel when the piece features a contrasting tabletop. The Chadsworth Cocktail Table offers style and storage with two drawers and a lower shelf. It would be a perfect addition to a laidback family room that features an oversized sectional.

Which whitewashed furniture piece is your favorite?

How to Care For Your Wicker Furniture

If you love the look of outdoor wicker furniture but thought it was too high maintenance, you need to learn about today’s resin wicker furniture. Offering the beauty of the old-fashioned material with the advancements of modern technology, modern wicker is designed to hold up to the elements without fading, peeling, chipping or splintering. Today’s wicker turns your patio into a wonderful gathering spot, and the best part is that it requires minimal maintenance. These steps will show you how to care for wicker to keep it looking fresh and new:

How to care for wicker
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Spot clean spills

Drinks or tree sap can quickly become sticky and attract dirt, so use water or a mixture of mild soap and water to clean it. Simply sponge clean or use a soft-bristled brush, then rinse with water, and dry with a cotton or microfiber cloth.

Vacuum the cushion covers

Dust and dirt can become problematic if left to build up. For spots, use water or mild soap and a sponge. Then rinse with water and allow to air dry for at least an hour before using.

How to care for wicker
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Do a thorough cleaning biweekly to monthly

If your furniture is exposed to the elements it will need regular care. Use a garden hose to remove dust, dirt and grime. You can also use a bucket of water with a mild detergent. A ratio is ¼ cup of mild dish soap to one gallon of warm water is a good solution for how to care for wicker.

Remove debris

Next, use a soft-bristle brush, making sure you get into the weave of the wicker. You’d be surprised how much dust can collect, so use a wide brush with long bristles to help get the job done quickly.

How to care for wicker
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Rinse

Once you clean the furniture, spray again with the garden hose or a bucket of clean water until the soap residue is gone. Then let it air dry for two to three hours before returning the cushions.

Create Your Summer Escape with Great Lakes Style

A summer escape to the lake is a treat, but you can easily bring that feeling home to enjoy by decorating with Great Lakes style. Inspired by Michigan beaches of Bay Harbor, Grand Haven and Harbor Springs, the look is laidback chic with effortless sophistication.

Go on a permanent Pure Michigan vacation by incorporating these five things into your home:

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1. Weathered Whites

When choosing paint colors and furnishings, keep things light and classic. Great Lakes Style uses varying shades of white and ivory on walls and furnishings. And weathered or distressed finishes, like this cocktail table, are favorites.

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2. Nautical Accents 

The feel of the lake becomes more literal when you collect nautical-themed art and accents for the room. Choose paintings of sailboats in a harbor or fish in the sea. Use accessories that are adorned with shells or rope, such as this lamp, and scatter sand dollars and coral around the room.

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3. Stripes 

Think brilliant colors and beaches lined with striped umbrellas and Adirondack chairs. Now bring that look indoors. Choose bold contrasting colors, like a blue and white rug, for that beachside feeling.

Great Lakes Style
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4. A Palette of Orange, White and Blue

Great Lakes style offers the feeling of Americana with navy, royal blue, dark orange and crisp white. Use the colors together or as accents. It’s a perfect look for the patio.

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5. Large-Scale Furnishings 

Finally, Great Lakes Style is meant to be relaxing, and that means furnishings in a large scale. Seating should feel inviting and generous, such as a sectional where you can curl up on a leisurely afternoon with a good book or special friend.

Celebrating Americana in Home Décor

Americana design celebrates our heritage by reflecting the lifestyle and values of the American family. It’s homegrown, casual and kid- and pet-friendly. It’s farmhouse, industrial, rustic, nautical and primitive. Sometimes it’s a combination of all five. The best part is that it’s versatile, classic and stylishly understated because it’s approachable.

Celebrate your patriotism by bringing home Americana style. Here are five characteristics to look for:

Americana decor
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1. Modern Farmhouse

First up is Modern Farmhouse, a design that is quite popular today thanks to Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper. The “modern” slant includes sophisticated details and chic accents. Kitschy pieces, like roosters, are replaced with sleek accessories, like white pitchers and window frames. And shiplap is a staple.

Americana decor
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2. Industrial

Next, is Industrial. This home design look gets a nod from America’s work ethic because it uses raw materials that include iron, steel and reclaimed wood. The look celebrates the industrial revolution, giving rooms lots of character and texture as well as a sense of history.

Americana decor
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3. Rustic

Another design is Rustic, which gets a fresh twist with weathered wood and metal details. The look is inspired by nature because it uses materials in the great outdoors. Rooms also feature comfortable furnishings and minimal fuss. Rustic Americana meshes the indoors with the outdoors, inviting you to kick back and relax.

Americana decor
Nautical Oar Décor is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.

 

4. Nautical

Celebrate a spirit of American adventure with nautical-inspired décor. Crisp white and royal blue set the tone, while accents include everything from the sea, such as decorative oars, lighthouses and shells.

Americana Decor
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Primitive 

Finally, Primitive Americana features handcrafted objects, such as Shaker-style furniture, pottery, and woven rugs. The design looks cozy and well-loved, with distressed finishes and crafted designs.

Which Americana design is your favorite? The great news is that they work well together, and you can love and use them all!