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I’ll admit I love this time of year; one of my favorite seasons for outdoor activities and indoor decorating!

Crisp air, sunny days and the smell of falling leaves put me in the mood for all things Fall.  From hayrides to corn mazes, from changing leaves to gourds and pumpkins, from sitting around fire pits with friends to enjoying soups and stews, everything about this time of year screams hearth and home.



Here in the Chicago area, we’re seeing the leaves turn, the harvest mums are in full bloom and the thistle and grasses have gone to seed.   All are sure signs that snow will be flying before we’re ready for it.

Fall accents blend with every design style. And those same fall touches, with just a few tweaks, are easily updated over the next several months for the fall holidays.  With fall leaves, dried grasses, harvest fruits and veggies as a base, it’s easy to add accents for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Harvest time coincides perfectly with bringing the outdoors inside in your decor.   Inspiration for your fall decor is as close as your back yard.  Take a look around at all the things mother nature has to offer this time of year and incorporate some of them into your decor.  Warm colors and natural, organic abundance are the perfect backdrop for your fall decor.

And the best part of all, by adding seasonal accents, you get a whole new look for your home without breaking a summer sweat.

Happy Fall Decorating from Decor Designs!


It's always ugly before it's pretty!

It’s always ugly before it’s pretty!

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Another day with hit or miss weather… but nothing could dampen the spirit of a marriage celebration! Being chosen to craft florals and decorate for one of life’s most memorable events is a great honor! Best wishes for a happy and long union for this wonderful, young couple. Congratulations!!!


Floral columns
Decorating for a wedding is both exciting and nerve racking! It’s great to be able to help a couple bring the vision of their special day to life! You hope that the results will be even better than they imagined. The stress arrives when you realize you only have one chance to get it right! I recently had the opportunity to do just that for a wedding in Sugar Grove, IL.

The grooms gave me a great deal of latitude when it came to designing the “look” for their event. Favorite colors and flowers were tossed around. The number of boutonnieres, corsages and bouquets was determined. An overall theme of ‘casual but elegant’ seemed to fit the ceremony, location and couple.

I decided to ground the arrangements with “wedding” white by including white gerbera daisies, white dendrobium orchids and white roses. For the needed punch colors, I chose yellow roses, dark purple statice. For texture, I added purple limonium. The grooms chose pastels as an overall theme for the wedding party’s attire so I wanted to add a light teal element to compliment the purple and yellow. Try finding real flowers in light teal! But I found a solution!

Since it was an outdoor event, I was responsible for decorating the dance & bar tents, wedding gazebo, pub tables, fence gates and a few other accents. I was also in charge of the wedding party’s flowers.

Gazebo florals
To create a solemn space for the ceremony, I wove faux “real-touch” stems into grapevine balls that were zip-tied into place in the corners of the gazebo and dance tents. Dried grapevine garland was added as needed to anchor the floral clusters. The clusters contained white gerberas, yellow and white roses, white and teal sprays of orchids along with green willow branches. After installation, hand-tied burlap and purple ribbons finished the look.
tent corners

Creating a focal point for the ceremony was key. Columns were placed on either side of the space. On top, we crafted large, live arrangements of white gerberas, dendrobiums, purple statice, limonium with yellow and white roses. Each arrangement was perched on tall square vase containing clear and teal gems and a spiraled banana leaf.
top down view

Hand tied bouquets
The maids of honor carried hand tied bouquets of live white roses, gerbera daisies and dendrobiums accented with purple limonium. The mens’ boutonnieres featured live white roses with the grooms having an additional spray of dendrobium.

Tabletop “bud” arrangements were made for the pub tables using short square vases wrapped with banana leaf. Each contained a single white gerbera daisy, dendrobium orchid spray and a sprig of limonium.
Tabletop bud vases

The end result seemed to exceed everyone’s expectations and added to the joy and celebration of their special day. And while it rained cats and dogs during the ceremony, abundant love and beautiful flowers proved nothing could dampen their wedded bliss.


Floral SuppliesWhether fresh or faux….florals add an organic element to all the angular man-made elements in your home. Just like other plant materials, sea shells, driftwood and such, florals help soften the edges of tables, bookcases and cabinetry and are a great way to add a punch of color and visual interest that can be changed seasonally or when the mood strikes.
Take a look at today’s creation for an upcoming install in south suburban Chicago.
Spider Mum
I love creating informal arrangements that feel garden-gathered rather than perfectly symmetrical. And, while more expensive than standard faux flowers, these “real touch” yellow Spider Mums and cream-colored, giant Peonies are very deceiving both in look and feel and worth every penny. Mixing in dried Eucalyptus adds another “real” layer to the arrangement. Finally, a couple of drops of an appropriately scented essential oil and this arrangement rivals the look, feel and smell of the real deal. Best of all, you have a beautiful centerpiece that will last for an entire season and can be rotated out with another later on.