Well, it’s finally here! I for one thought Fall would never happen. That’s the funny thing about Texas; our seasons last just long enough that when you’re finally sick of one, the other comes around! But now the weather is cooling down, and the decor on our suburban porches is changing from sunflowers to pumpkins. If you’re like me, as soon as the weather dropped below 80° you broke out the colorful wreath and “pumpkin spice” candles. But what about the rest of the house? Here are our R+S tips on “cozying” up your home to celebrate the changing seasons!




If you’re wondering where to begin, a good idea is to always start with neutral colors and build your accents from there. Fall is such a beautiful season – your accent colors will likely be pops of red and cranberry, burnt oranges, and browns. Adding a neutral base such as a creamy-white or soft gray will allow your design to look sharp and feel warm for the Autumn months. This eclectic mix of rustic and modern finishes, based on a foundation of soft neutral colors, allow this kitchen to be inviting and festive – all at the same time.

Don’t be afraid to mix different genres of decor to come up with your own, unique style. Often the most interesting and warm design is an artful blend of modern, rustic, and traditional accents.

Photographer: Angus Fergusson
Source: House & Home October 2014
Designer: James Davie





In addition to my own experience, I recently spoke to Karen Otto of Home Star Staging. Karen happens to be one of the foremost staging professionals in the greater Dallas area, and to someone I’m proud to call a friend. She understands the importance of little details and has some pointers if you’re unsure on how to implement them in your own home.

Photographer: Lance Selgo
Source: Home Star Staging
Designer: Karen Otto




Nothing says “home” quite like an inviting wreath on the front door. The wreath should complement the season, but have fun with it! Your wreath doesn’t have to be all plastic leaves and pinecones. Feel free to add your own flair to this timeless decoration. In addition to the wreath, there are adorable Rosemary topiaries for sale everywhere these days and they smell wonderful. They’ll last through the winter months, but be sure to keep them watered (and put them in full sun once in a while!)

Similar unique wreaths to the one shown is available from AdorabellaWreaths on Etsy, for about $145.





eb51dcb505c9724b19c685e2a1a669d42. MAKE SURE THE FIRE IS CRACKLING

If you’re selling during the Autumn and Winter months, it’s a good idea to light your fireplace during open houses and estate tours. Not only is it warm and inviting, but it also shows potential buyers that your fireplace is in working order.

This warm fireplace was featured on The Room Edit. That post is a great resource to find accents to warm up your living room.










The worst thing you can do is clutter up your home with nicknacks and plastic pumpkins on every flat surface. When referring to holiday design, moderation is key. Focus the attention on the details instilled through your accent decor, instead of dropping hundreds of pumpkins in your living room just because you have the space to do so.

This fantastic DIY Fall decor idea is from The Crafting Network, and can be found along with many other great Autumn projects.






The rest of Karen’s tips for holiday decorating can be found here! As always when you list your home with RUECKERT + STEWART, you will get first-hand assistance on your staging and decor, both from us and through our extensive referral network of competent professionals like Karen. Ready to start decorating for the holidays in your new home? Let’s get started.