I’m teaming up with Wayfair to bring you The Fall Edit, a collection of advice, inspiration, and trends for the upcoming season, starting with a Q & A between Wayfair and Donlena Design:
Fall Decorating and Renovation Q & A with Donlena Design
Wayfair: What are some of the most common fall home decor challenges clients come to you with?
Donlena Design: Clients come to me inquiring about how to incorporate fall decor into their current color scheme of their homes. The solution for many is to get neutral fall decor instead of the traditional orange and red colors you see in most fall decor.
Wayfair: Are there any design trends you are loving right now?
Donlena Design: I’m loving what I call high contrast design accented with warm tones. This trend consists of white walls contrasted with black decor or accent pieces and softened with organic wood textures and camel tones to keep the space from appearing too stark.
Wayfair: What are a few ways people can spruce up their homes with fall decor while on a budget?
Donlena Design: Sprucing up your home on a budget has never been easier. Just going on a walk you can grab a handful of tree branches and style them in a glass vase or lay them flat in a wooden bowl to add texture in your space. You can also always rely on seasonal fruits and vegetables. A bag of apples can be placed in a bowl and displayed on your kitchen or dining table. Pumpkins and squash can be purchased in multiples and displayed on the front porch. Another favorite, is using mums to line each side of your steps to your front door.
Donlena Design’s Wayfair Picks for Fall
My top picks for fall are:
Love that this wreath can be used in multiple ways in your home. It can be hung on the front door or used as decor around the house.
Love that this fall pillow is neutral and can be used with any color scheme!
Love these on trend white velvet pumpkins! They come in multiple sizes and can be used in any home no matter what the homeowners color scheme. Design Tip: get at least three in different sizes to create a festive fall vignette.
Donlena Design’s Project Highlight:
Currently, I'm working on an eclectic themed guest bedroom. Follow my design journey transforming this space.
This bedroom was used as storage for far too long! I'm transforming it over the next couple of weeks to a comfortable hotel inspired guest bedroom where guests will want to stay for more than one night!
Some of the furniture featured in this design:
1.The console table
2. The nightstands
3.The table lamps
4. The JuJu hat
5.The arched floor lamp
Where Design Meets Function: Major Appliances
For those working on home renovations this fall, you know how important it is to find the right appliances to go with your design scheme.
Donlena Design’s Advice on Selecting Appliances:
A Home full of Character: It’s All in the Details
Small home improvement changes can make a big impact. Try character-building home improvement updates like striking chandeliers, vintage-inspired ceiling medallions, upgraded lightswitch plates, ornate vent covers, and wallpaper.
Donlena Design’s Chandelier Picks for Different Styles:
My top picks for chandeliers:
2.For my mid century modern clients I love the Offut Chandelier. I love to use it as a statement piece in a space where all the other elements remain in the background and it proudly stands out.
3. For my glam clients I love the Birchley chandelier. It's reasonably priced and adds glitz and glam to any space. It is extremely versatile and can be used in foyers, dining rooms, master bedroom closets,offices and more.
Thinking Ahead: Holiday Decor
While you may be finishing up your indoor or outdoor halloween decorating game, if you’re hosting for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah this year, you'll probably want to start checking all the boxes on your holiday prep checklist before friends and family arrive.
Donlena Design’s Tips for On-Point Holiday Decor:
Some top holiday decorating categories to check out on Wayfair (it’s never too early to be prepared!):