Bring the bounty of nature to your fall décor

By now, you’ve probably boxed up the black cats and spooky spider webs, so you might be wondering what to do for the upcoming holiday seasons … fall celebrations, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah.

We love table runners, so here are a few ideas to get your décor juices flowing using the colors and textures of autumn.

What else says fall like the outdoors?

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Bring the bounty of nature to your kitchen or dining room with autumn treasures! You likely have access to an abundance of multi-colored leaves around your yard or neighborhood, so choose a few that that strike your fancy. Then simply add pine cones, nuts, and a couple of richly hued candles to a rectangular metal holder. (Find one similar here.) Use a brocade cranberry runner underneath for an instant addition of scent and texture in your home.

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Late season sunflowers (live or silk) add a cheery note to your kitchen on the occasional dreary fall day. Dinner for two is even more cozy when you fold a runner in the vibrant colors of the Southwest for a side-by-side supper. Open the runner across the table when not in use for meals.

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What feels more like a celebration than velvet?

A jewel-toned color-block runner – gorgeous on wood or over a tablecloth – welcomes accents in gold and cranberry. Consider lavish napkin rings for more formal occasions, or a simple setting with candles for a late-season wine tasting.

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Crazy about Kwanzaa?

Kwanzaa – not a religious event, but rather a cultural celebration of African heritage – comes from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, which means “first fruits of the harvest.” Arrange your leaves, nuts, pine cones, and candles on earthy tones of red, black, and green for a true Kwanzaa feel.

Don’t forget about holiday-specific runners and decorative items.

Now is also a great time to also consider holiday-specific décor, such as pumpkin themes for Thanksgiving. Think ahead and look for a reindeer and lights runner during the Christmas season, and a blue-and-silver garland with a traditional menorah to celebrate Hanukkah.

What are your favorite table treatments for the holidays?

Share your tried-and-true favorites – or your newest creations! – in the comments below, or visit our Facebook page with your ideas. Photos, please!

P.S. Prefer the beach to the crunch of Autumn leaves? Take your guests to fall on the islands and bring the sights and sounds of the sea to your table. Consider layering large shells into a vase and showcasing a single spectacular specimen in a glass box on a plush azure runner that elevates even the most casual get-together. (Add an ocean-wave CD, audio steam, or playlist in the background for a soothing – if virtual – holiday trip to the shore!)