How To Prepare Your Home For Fall

With each new season comes change. With the approach of fall, the leaves turn colors, the air turns crisp, and flips flops are exchanged for boots and scarves. There are football games on Saturdays, pumpkin lattes in the morning, and bonfires at night. Our temperatures haven’t changed yet, but surely they will soon! Temperatures, activities, and wardrobes aren’t the only things that need to change a bit for fall. Our homes also need to adjust and be prepared for the new season. It’s that time to change up some decor items and gather all back to school supplies. It’s also the time to prepare your home’s exterior and front landscaping for the impending cooler temperatures! If you are eager to embrace the new season, here are a few ways you can prepare your home for fall.

Bring out the blankets.



You packed up your blankets and cozy throws for spring and summer, but it’s time to bring them back out. Keep a few blankets readily available for family and guests in a nearby basket or tuck them into a storage ottoman for quick access.

Heat up the hearth.



Fall is perfect for sitting around the fireplace with the family. So before you light your first fire, be sure to freshen your hearth. Throw away your old hearth tools you’ve had for a decade and bring in new ones along with a new fire screen to complement it. It’s also important to have your chimney inspected before you use it again for the first time. Creosote buildup could start a fire in your chimney and could pose a danger to you and your family. Find a reputable company to inspect your chimney!

Spruce up your bedding.



Those cool and crisp nights are around the corner, so it’s time to adjust your bedding. Add a duvet or a coverlet for extra warmth or a blanket to go over the sheets. A quilted coverlet is an excellent option because they have a cotton fill that provides the extra warmth needed on those cold nights. Additional accent pillows also offer something to snuggle up with.

Refresh your landscaping.



Before it gets too cold, be sure to trim up your outdoor landscaping. Trim those shrubs and bushes around your front porch and along your front walkways to create a more inviting entrance. Now is the time to also do your fall plantings. It’s always a good idea to plant new trees and shrubs to keep your yard interesting. The weather is cool, and the soil is still warm enough for roots to thrive. You can also plant certain flowers, like pansies, to add additional color to your landscaping. If you have a garden, it’s time to plant your cool season vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and spinach, so they have enough time to mature before winter comes.

Prepare your doors and windows.



With spring and part of summer, your windows and doors might have spent a good amount of time open letting the fresh warm air in. Before the cold sweeps in, be sure to check your doors and windows to make sure they are sealed properly to prevent cold air from creeping into your home. For windows, caulk and sealants are options for sealing and insulating. Weather-stripping your doors is a quick and easy way to prevent unnecessary drafts from entering.

We hope you found this helpful in order to prepare your home for the upcoming months! Stay cozy and stay warm!


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same day loans Take a step outside, like what you see?!

As we welcome the second week of May, here at A.Clore Interiors we notice it’s about that time of year where the sun is shining and the coals are hot! Cinco De Mayo is nothing but a memory now so we turn our focus to a summer filled with backyard BBQ’s!! Now we know the name says “Interiors” but it is important to remember that in 2013 blurring the line between indoors and outdoors is ideal. So here are a few design tips to keep in mind for the next time your walking around your local Lowe’s or Home Depot.



#1: Add Lighting

By adding light to your patio you increase the amount of time you are able to enjoy your new space.  You should keep in mind where guests will be after dark in order to illuminate key spots.  Below you can see that by just adding a little light you can change the feeling of your space drastically!!

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#2: Consider Privacy

This is important, everyone wants a place to retreat and relax without worrying about your neighbors sneaking a peek. This can be achieved with illuminated screens, wooden screens, tall bushes, or even draperies !

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#3: Use Color and Play with Patterns

Outdoors is a great place to have fun with colors and patterns without worrying about being “too loud or too bold”.  You can brighten any space with upholstery, pillows, accessories, or even flowers!!

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#4: Add Texture

By mixing textures like stone, wood, and concrete are pretty typical for many patio designs and is very important but by adding a rug and plants you can make your outdoors warm and inviting!

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#5: Add a Water Feature

Not only does this add visual interest to your backyard but, it can also be very soothing.

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#6: Add a Fan

Being in Florida, the sunshine state, people tend to gather in the shady areas. While the shade keeps the sun away it also blocks the summer breeze. A fan will circulate the air around so you and your guests can keep cool even when the sun goes down and that humidity rises. Take a look at a few different styles.

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#7: Add a Fire Pit

Fit pits are great because their are a variety of styles and layouts to chose from.  Also most of the fire pits pictured below are a weekend do it yourself projects!! Great for conversational seating, s’more making, and entertainment for all ages!

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What are your summer plans this year?! Wether you’re planning on reuniting with family, getting together with old friends, or looking to make some new ones, we hope you’re enjoying the great outdoors!! Test out some of these tips and send us the before and after photos of your patio.