Fall-Inspired Decor to Add to Your Home

There is so much to love about the fall season, and now that Halloween and Thanksgiving are around the corner, there is even more reason to come up with ways to welcome fall into your home. For the most part, pumpkins are a sure way to excite you and your guests about the upcoming spooky holiday of Halloween. Who doesn’t love Halloween? Many kids and adults spend weeks, even months, deciding on their costumes and perfect haunted house party. For the adults, there are ways to take advantage of this fun holiday by inviting guests over for a dinner party, and incorporating your seasonal accessories, accents, and decor into your home. Read through our list of easy ways to give your home the fall makeover it deserves.

The How-to-Guide to spruce up your home with lovely fall-inspired decor:

Pumpkin Display

Everyone loves seeing pumpkins in fall
The key to a fall makeover is in the presentation

A little jar with mini pumpkins is adorable and festive. Who doesn’t love a little color of orange and green in their living room when fall hits? Now that the leaves are starting to change color, it’s important to keep your home up to date with the changing season. Adding mini pumpkins will keep your energy up and serve as a reminder of things to look forward to, i.e. Halloween and Thanksgiving! It will also give your guests a warm welcoming as they step into your home and see these festive touches. Everyone notices small things like this!

Fresh Smelling Plants 

window sill display
A beautiful bedroom window with a blooming plant and candle creates happiness in the most unexpected ways.

Spring may be special in all its color and glory, but fall is just as wonderful for growing plants at home. Buy a basil plant and keep it in your window sill where the sun shines, and remember to feed it daily. Soon, you will find it flourishing to be taller and stronger than you could imagine. Plus, the great thing about Basil plants is they smell wonderful, and you can always cut a little off to add to your pastas or salads. Decorate your window sill with plants, great reads, picture frames, and some of our high-end embroidered tissue box covers and curtains seen in the above photo.

Candle decorations, Cafe hygge and Fall apartment decor

Neutral or Beige Colored Bed Sheets

Bring out the high-end bed sheets with little touches of beige to highlight the fall theme

Our Jacaranda Living embroidered bed sheets with a Scroll embroidery are wonderful for a master or guest room, especially in the fall season. Put aside your brightly colored bed linens you had from spring and bring out some fresh beige and neutrals. It’s the perfect touch that will complement your new pumpkins, flourishing plant, and candle decorations you’ve placed around your home. Match your curtains to the scroll embroidered guest towels – either in your shower or around the main windows of your bedroom.

Cushions on the Sofa

Add some whimsy cushions to your sofa

Who says animals can’t live on couches? Our Whimsical wildlife designs in amusing settings are just what any home needs during the colder months. These pillows of animals lounging comfortably will certainly put smiles on your and your company’s faces. Choose from our selection of designs that best complement the colors in your living room.

Layer the cushions on your sofa or chair for an elegant look that requires minimal effort

 

Table Setting

table settings
Little touches of greenery and glistening gold acorns are easy ways to bring out the season’s colors

dinner napkins
Dine in high style with these beige fleur-de-lis embroidered cocktail and dinner napkins

Our Jacaranda Living leaf embroidered table and cocktail napkins are a wonderful way to make your dinner party that much more festive. Don’t be afraid to host that next dinner party when you have these table setting arrangements down. Order our matching cocktail and dinner napkins today.

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And one more thing, don’t forget to go apple picking! Apples are another great way to display your love for fall.

The little things count. Other additions and design trends for your home can be found on our Fall Season Pinterest board. Check it out!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

The Jacaranda Living team

Creating a Simple, Elegant Tablescape

Thanksgiving is almost here.  Families will be joining together around a table to share in a meal and that table will be the focal point for the entire day.  Here’s some tips on how to make your holiday table beautiful and functional:

1-Linens:
Fresh, clean linens create a beautiful canvas for your tablescape.  Keep it elegant by using white table cloths and beautifully embroidered napkins like the ones from Jacaranda Living.
White linens can be multi – use as you can use them over and over again throughout the year for other holidays and celebrations.napkins linen embroidered jacaranda living

2-Charger Plates
Use a Charger Plate instead of a place mat like this glittery orange one from Pier 1 Imports.  This will help to protect your white linen tablecloth, but also provides a pop of color.  The glimmer in this charger makes it look subtly elegance and reflects a bit of that table ambient lighting.charger plate from pier 1

3-Candles
Candle lit dinners aren’t just for romantics.  They make everyone at the table relax and who doesn’t look great in candle light!  Use these silver plated candle stick holders from Pottery Barn with simple, white candles to create an luxurious look that you can reuse throughout the year.  silver candle sticks

4-Centerpiece
Create a centerpiece with natural elements.  Seasonal flowers or even fruits and vegetables (like the persimmons in the photo below) or in our previous blog post about a DIY Centerpiece here.  
Make sure your centerpieces are kept away from flames and are low enough so that your guests can see each other from across the table.  season flowers and vegetables

4-Proper place settings
Nothing completes a table more than a proper place setting.  Can’t figure out which fork goes where?  Use Pure Wow’s guide to place setting here.

5-Napkin rings and place cards
Use natural elements like wheat stalks and a pendant to create pretty and reusable napkin right that can also help your guests find their seats.  pendant napkin rings and placecard

6-Leave room
Be sure to leave plenty of room on the table for platters of all that delicious food you slaved away making!

7-Use a Sideboard
There’s a reason why many dining room sets come with a sideboard.  This can be used as a buffet, to stow dirty plates, or display your desserts.  If you don’t have a sideboard, use a simple pop up banquet table and place a nice matching table cloth over it.

8-Have your cleaning kit nearby
Spills happen, but don’t fret!  When you set your table, create a bin full of fabric stain remover, carpet cleaner, and plenty of paper towels nearby.

cleaning kit

9-Use a Chalkboard for a Menu
Display your menu to guests by using a simple chalk board or vintage sign.  This will help them prepare by not over indulging on apps while they wait for the star of the show.  Check out this DIY Chalkboard Menu from House on the Way’s Blog.chalkboard menu diy for thanksgiving

10-Enjoy yourself!
As a host, you need to make sure you enjoy yourself as well.   Your guests aren’t there just for your catering, they want to enjoy some time with you as well.  The dishes can wait, relax and have fun!

Create a Centerpiece to Complete Your Fall Table!

Here at Jacaranda Living, we love Fall in New England. We thought it would be great to bring you some easy ideas for Fall centerpieces for your home. We searched and found the prettiest and easiest do it yourself centerpieces featured from weddings, home decor magazines and design blogs. We found the ten we thought were the best. Enjoy!

You don’t have to be having a wedding, event or dinner party to decorate your table for Fall. Get the same look as any professional florist but do it yourself with the many resources the Fall season has to offer.

1. Pumpkins gone wild…

use pumpkins for fall centerpeices and fall decor
Use pumpkins and goards for your fall centerpiece. Photo: Martha Stewart.com

How to create this look by Martha Stewart.

Find three matching pottery type plates of various sorts or sizes or find some  white plates. If you don’t have any, here are some gorgeous assorted Bellezza plates from  Cachet in Wellesley MA – assorted set of four designs ($24).

Find various sized real or faux pumpkins for your local farm or craft store.  Add nuts and any sort of dried orange flowers. Create multiple plates and place together or spread around your table, countertop, sideboard or entry table.

2. Vintage Romantic Victorian Fall Display

Vintage Fall with Flowers and Candles.
Vintage Fall with Flowers and Candles.

How to create this look:

It’s time to pull out that old silver or grandma’s china you never use along with that antique platter sitting on your sideboard or a silver tray from your serving drawer. If you don’t already have these items they are easy to find at a flea market, vintage or thrift store or online from one of our retailers such as Lavender Fields ($210.00 available online) or Cachet’s in Wellesley MA, Silver Demask Tray ($34, available online)

Arrange together orange and yellow Dahlias with fall berries and submerse with a bit of water in your silver or vintage china dishes. Add 3 – 4 white votives in white or other Fall colors.  Place this gorgeous peice anywhere around your house and your guests will be impressed.

3. Indoor Foliage

tree branches for Fall centerpeices
Bring the outdoors – indoors with tree branches Photo: Martha Stewart.com

How to create this look:

Bring the outdoors into your home! Trim one of your outdoor Fall trees branches off in any size and arrange into some sort of heavy vase. Here are some vase ideas from a few of our retailers such as this rustic garden vase from Cachet in Wellesley MA ($45) or these gray cup vases from Lavender Fields ($150).  Arrange pumpkins and ghords into wooden or Fall colored dishes around the branches. This arrangement makes a large statement!

5. Romantic Fall Candle Display

Romantic Fall Candles Centerpeice with acorns
Romantic Fall Candles Centerpiece with acorns. Photo: Wedding Colors and Themes

 

How to create this look:

Find vases of all shapes and sizes around your home. Send your children outside to collect acorns or use shelled nuts to fill the vases about 1/4 full. Insert white candles into 4 – 5 vases and arrange together. Add greenery or leaves around the candle vases. Be sure holders are heat resilient! Be safe!

6. Warm Pumpkin Pie Centerpiece

Pumpkin Candle Pie Centerpeice
Pumpkin Candle Pie Centerpiece. Photo: Wedding Colors and Themes

How to create this look:

Carve a fake or real pumpkin at the stem and place melted wax or a candle holder directly into the hole (try to carve the same time to avoid rotting). Place candle into the holder and decorate with faux berries. You can create this centerpiece in any size, mini-pumpkins, larger pumpkins, just have fun!

7. Mini-Centerpieces: Acorns and Dahlias and Votives with cranberries

Siimple and Easy Fall Centerpieces for around the home
Mini Fall Candle Centerpieces. Photo: http://blog.myweddingreceptionideas.com

How to create this look:

Acorns & Flowers: Fill glass jars, vases or candle holders with acorns and decorate with faux Fall Flowers or add a bit of water to the bottom and use real flowers.

Cranberries & Candles: Fill glass candle holders with cranberries (real or faux) and insert white candles into them.

8. Country Farm Mason Jar Arrangement

Fall centerpieces using mason jars, real or faux berries and candles.
Country Farm Mason Jar Arrangement. Photo: howtonestforless.com

How to create this look:

This is likely the easiest centerpiece of all of these to make. Three mason jars with votives, some beach rocks, faux or real berries. Simple as that. Be careful of hot mason jars if you leave candles burning too long, you could also use LED faux candles, available at Pier 1 imports and other retailers.

9. Fall Lantern Centerpiece

The Lantern Fall Centerpiece
The Lantern Fall Centerpiece. Photo: How to Nest For Less

How to create this look:

Purchase a candleholding lantern from Michael’s Craftstore or another store such as Pier 1 Imports. place faux leaves and mini pumpkin goards around the centerpiece.

10. Happy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Happy Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Happy Thanksgiving Centerpiece.

How to create this look:

Collect various sized white pumpkin goards and stencil the letters onto them in black. Scatter with various sized dessert dishes add candles and other goards. Here are some gorgeous beaded candleholders from Furbish Studios ($29) or these Beechwood Pine candles also from Furbish Studios ($14)  that would add some vintage romance to this look. For this white look, keep everything white. For a multicolored look add oranges and reds.

We hope you will add some Fall joy to your table and visit us or one of our many retailers mentioned above online for design ideas, products and inspiration!

Jacaranda Living Launches Its Spin on Ginger Jars

Ginger Jars, Blue and White Summer Design

Jacaranda Living Launches It Spin on Ginger Jars

Jacaranda Living, the high-end soft furnishings company, is launching a new collection of embroidered linens, featuring the classic blue Ginger Jar on natural and white palettes. The blue and white Ginger Jars are beautiful décor accents that Jacaranda Living is excited to have added to their collection of bed and bath linens.

Collection, Ginger Jars on Natural Linen

Why the Ginger jar?

Ginger Jars were first introduced by the Chinese as a storage canister for food staples (including ginger) in 221 BC. The different patterns decorating them had different significances. For example, many of the blue and white ones had the character for double happiness and were given as wedding gifts. “We chose the patterns with flowers for our embroidery designs because of our love for flowers at Jacaranda Living!” says founder, Cathy Deale.

The accent pieces add an unexpected and fresh complement to any room. A Tissue Box Cover and Guest Towel featuring the embroidered Ginger Jar can transform a bathroom. The throw pillows scatted on a white couch, or the boudoir on a bed. Choose from the blue and white collection for a crisp, timeless look, or the blue on natural linen that is so admired today.

Waffle Spa Bag with Embroidered Ginger Jar, Jacaranda Living

So, are Ginger Jars part of a trend or are they just one of those beautiful accent items that started out serving a purpose and became a classic and enduring decorating staple? “We think that like the candle, which started out to fill a need for light and now fills our need for ambiance, it’s here to stay!”

About Jacaranda Living

Jacaranda Living manufactures high quality bed, bath and table linens, ladies’ cotton sleepwear, children’s cotton leisurewear and baby clothing.

Cathy Deale founded the company in 2004 when she introduced the hand-embroidered waffle weave guest towels made in South Africa to retail gift and linen stores in Boston. Since those humble beginnings, Jacaranda Living has grown significantly to make a positive impact on the livelihood of those African women and many more who contribute to our collection. Jacaranda Living has expanded their line of products, so we have more items made in socially responsible environments from different parts of the world, too.