Fall Decorating – Bring the Outside In

Fall is my favorite time of year and decorating is always about bringing the outside in. So when I decided to Fall-up the lobby mantle here at the Uptown Regency, I chose to keep the colors and feel of the décor exactly that… organic and simple.

The most important tip for decorating a mantle is to keep it balanced.  Nothing to heavy or tall on one side if you aren’t balancing the other side.

Here I just started layering… first some green leaves and tree limbs… then the pumpkins, squash, lemons and other natural elements.  I positioned the lanterns and then decided I needed something tall on either side.  I chose the two tall vases with the sunflowers to tie in all the colors and textures.  And the finished project is perfect for fall right thru Thanksgiving.  Maybe you prefer Halloween décor instead… just remember if you do a mantle for that you will have to change it again once November 1 hits… and then again after Thanksgiving.  This mantle will get you through the end of November without much upkeep. Enjoy this wonderful time of year!


5 Tips to Make Your Space Feel Bigger

Recently, I moved from a three-bedroom home to a one-bedroom apartment.  I had to get rid of a lot of stuff… and it was hard!  Now, with a lighter load so to speak, I feel my apartment looks better than my house did and has the illusion of a bigger space.

Maybe you are moving into your first place or like myself, are downsizing.  How will you make this small apartment feel like a bigger space and still feel like home?  Here are five tips that worked for me…

  1. Plants add color and freshness to a home. I love having fresh flowers and a few green plants in my space.  (Farmer’s Market season!) The green color really pops with the lighter palette.
  2. Less is more. With my new space I didn’t feel the need to cover every wall with pictures. I wanted it to feel homey without being overdone.  I left space on the walls, on the tables, etc.  I picked my very favorites things to display and saved the rest or donated it.
  3. Lighten up the colors in your small space.  As you can see(photo below), I chose a white, beige, gray color scheme and it feels lighter and spacious because of it.  An accent wall in a darker color is great but lighter walls will give a more spacious illusion.
  4. Ceiling to floor curtains add height and make the room appear bigger. I just love my striped curtains and how they give height and pattern to my living room and bedroom.
  5. Furniture size is important in a small space. Choose furniture that is smaller scale, so you aren’t crowded by large, over-sized pieces that make it difficult to move around.  Have defined walkways.


bigger space tips

These are a few suggestions for making your new, smaller space work efficiently and give you the warm feeling of home.  I often find inspiration on blogs too. A couple of my favorites are Thistlewood Farm and Finding Home. Share your tips in the comments. Happy Decorating!


  • Amy France-Vena is not only a Horizon Realty Group property manager, she is also a resident! Amy is a certified stager and before joining Horizon, she had her own staging company. Her skills have certainly come in handy at the property she manages, The Uptown Regency. Looking for a new home with a built-in manager/decorator? Find Amy there!