Decorating Your House for Fall

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Summer is officially over. And you know what that means. Pumpkins, falling leaves, crisper air, the holidays will be here before we know it. And while there are so many things to love about this time of year, one of our favorites is decorating around the house! There are so many ways to “Autumn-ize” your home; here are a few ideas we really love.

Pumpkin Everything

When decorating for fall, you can’t go wrong with pumpkins and gourds. And there’s almost no such thing as too many pumpkins when creating your look. Pumpkin decor has come a long way since someone first carved one and stuck a candle in it hundreds of years ago. Today, pumpkins can be incorporated into really any design aesthetic. There is almost no limit to what you can do with pumpkins, this is just a short sampling with some of our current favorites.

Wrapping white pumpkins with bittersweet is an easy way to make a big statement as a centerpiece or on a mantle. Some people are hesitant to use bittersweet inside, and while they’re not wrong, we think it’s impact far outweighs its potential for messiness.white-pumpkins-386x580Photo: Your Cozy Home
Stacking smaller gourds in glass cylinders of varying heights is another way to modernize your fall decor. You can use gourds of all shapes and colors. Putting a little water in the bottom and placing a short length of live pumpkin vine (pulled out and the root and then cleaned of dirt) really gives this display something extra.BHG155276.jpg.rendition.largestPhoto: Better Homes & Gardens
Glitter is a really fun way to mix up your pumpkin decor. If you like the natural tones or want to go more outrageous with your design, it’s all up to you with this DIY project. It is important to note that the glitter and glue shorten the shelf life of a real pumpkin, so this may be one instance where faux pumpkins are better suited. 4400856_284854_GlitterPump2Photo: Sweet Paul
 Gold paint fancies up any size pumpkin. You can paint the gold directly onto the pumpkin, or paint it another color and and put gold on top of that. Either looks absolutely beautiful. Click on the link below the photo for step-by-step instructions on how to gild your own pumpkins.dekoraciya-kratunka-tikva-(11)-27122-500x0Photo: Country Living

Fall Foilage

Colorful leaves and fall flowers look beautiful in any home. These elements also add a fun textural element to your fall decor. Rich yellows, oranges, golds reds and browns dominate and are what you want to look for here. Whether you choose to use the real stuff or go for faux, it’s all about bringing the outdoors in.

These simple arrangements pack a huge punch in this kitchen. The tall branches also create a lot of impact with their height, ensuring the countertops underneath aren’t cluttered and still available to be used. The candles and gourds finish the look nicely.
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Faux fall leaves are used here to make these amazing wreaths and as the base of the mantle decorations. The pinecones and pumpkins complement the look perfectly. Putting the small twig pumpkins on the shorter candle bases is a lovely touch.
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Faux leaves are used here in conjunction with corn and small acorns to create a great windowsill focal point. This is a great example of the different textures you can achieve using multiple fall elements. Even though every cylinder is filled with something unique, they still create a cohesive look.
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Indian Corn can be used in a myriad of ways. You can hang it in bunches, or decorate a wreath with it. It also looks beautiful in a vase or incorporated into your mantle or centerpiece.decorating11Photo: Ten Thousand Villages

Regardless of how you choose to decorate your home for fall,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

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Creating More Counter Space In A Small Kitchen

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The kitchen is often called the heart of the home. It’s where family and friends gather, where memories are made. It’s where food is prepared, and often consumed. The kitchen is imperative to the operation and running of the household. While huge spaces are great, a small kitchen can easily meet the needs of a busy family. One way to help achieve this is to create as much counter space as possible. There are several different ways to go about doing this.

Make Your Backsplash Do Double Duty

The backsplash in your small kitchen can be utilized in a number of ways to help free up extra counter space.

You don’t have to sacrifice style with your backsplash to create storage. This kitchen beautifully utilizes a single shelf at a level that doesn’t impede use of the counter underneath it. It also incorporates under cabinet lighting that makes reading labels easy and helps highlight a beautiful spice collection.spicesPhoto: Oceanic Realty
A pegboard can be used to create storage in multiple ways. You can hang your most used utensils on hooks. Shelves are easily put in and moved around. One of the bonuses of pegboard is how easy it is to move or change the way you use it. It also creates a really interesting design element in any size space.pegboard.jpgPhoto: HGTV
Get Creative With Your Cutting Board

A cutting board is a must in any kitchen to ensure the protection and long life of your counter tops. But keeping them on the counter top at all times takes up valuable space in your small kitchen. There are several different ways to get around this.

Custom stovetop covers that double as cutting boards is an easy and beautiful way to keep your cutting board off the counter. This idea also creates additional workspace in a small kitchen. You can go to The Kitchn to learn how to build the one shown below.
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An under counter pull-out cutting board is a great way to declutter your counter tops.a617d18e679179dfccd96a23e49867f8.jpgPhoto: Pinterest
Utilize Corners and Gaps

Placement of kitchen appliances can create some awkward spaces in smaller kitchens. And corners are generally ignored in a lot of kitchen designs. But there are ways to use these spaces to either provide additional counter space or as a place to store what you’d usually keep on the counter.

This small apartment kitchen perfectly takes advantage of what could be completely wasted space by mounting butcher block in a previously ignored corner. Bonus points for creating the perfect spot to hide the kitchen garbage or a bar stool.e7258ad75d31f31ee952724ed420ed6fddbdb0b5.jpgPhoto: Door Sixteen
This tiny kitchen uses the large corners surrounding the sink to store and display a wide array of objects. Mounting your paper towel holder under cabinets or a shelf is another easy way to keep a necessary kitchen item off your counters. small-kitchen-with-corner-shelves.jpgPhoto: Decoist
You don’t need deep corners, as shown above, to install corner shelves. Regardless of their size, corner shelves are perfect for helping keep your counters clear.
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Regardless of the size of your kitchen,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

The New Rustic: Tips for Creating a Modern Country Kitchen

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Few design themes create the cozy warmth associated with the country kitchen. The very idea evokes the memories of baking cookies with grandma or enjoying large Sunday dinners with the entire family. It’s a classic aesthetic that will never go out of style, especially here in the South. One of the fun aspects of country design is how many different ways it can be achieved. Whether you want to go all-out country, or just want to flirt with a few rustic touches, we’ve got some great tips on how you can achieve your dream modern country kitchen.

Texture

Your kitchen is the room in your home where your senses most come alive. Adding visual and tactile sensory experiences to the smells and tastes that naturally occur in your kitchen really help make it the heart of your home. Texture adds depth and different levels of interest to any space. An easy way to add impact to your country kitchen is through the use and mixing of different textures. Elements like wood and stone are obvious choices when trying to create a rustic feel, but there really are so many different options. You can go as simple or as big as you want with texture, it’s really all about the juxtaposition.

The rough, simple wooden shelving is a stark contrast to the polish of the clean white marble with gray veining. The copper and wood accents create additional textural elements in this kitchen.bethkirby.jpgPhoto: Beth Kirby
The abundance of textural features really makes a huge impact in this updated take on the classic country kitchen. A painted pine ceiling, exposed brick fireplace with wooden mantle, polished marble, white subway tiles, copper accents, and timeworn, rough soda shop stools all play with texture in a bold way. Additionally, the use of matte black paint really allows the textural elements to pop.
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Color

While you can never go wrong with white in the kitchen, color is a fun way to lend a country feeling to your space. If you are going to use whites for your rustic kitchen, you definitely want to go with the creamy, warmer tones that will help create the feeling of coziness reminiscent of the style. Softer, muted versions of almost any color are appropriate when creating a country feel for your home. The boldness of the colors you use will help determine how modern your space feels, with lighter, warm tones creating a more rustic feeling and bright, intense colors lending a more modern air to the room.

Red and yellow are a classic country color combination. They make an an even bigger impact when paired with the neutral wall color, backsplash, light wood floors and marble counter tops. The large, brightly colored chicken tile really pulls all the different colors together and creates a fun focal point.betterhomesPhoto: Better Homes & Gardens
The calming effects of lighter shades of blue make them the perfect choice for a country kitchen. This painted kitchen island really adds a touch of lightness to a space that is otherwise dominated by wood. Glamorous Rustic Country Kitchen Paint Colors Blue Island Inside Country Kitchen Color Ideas On HomePhoto: SHDECOR

The Farmhouse Sink

Little evokes the image of the classic country kitchen like the farmhouse sink. It harkens back to a time when there was no indoor plumbing. When water had to be physically hauled in to the home and sinks had to be drained manually. Today they are popular because their combination of form and function makes them the ultimate utilitarian kitchen focal point.

This sink’s double basins are a unique feature. Traditionally the farmhouse sink has just one extra large basin.627f13586026ff3c8ac41d0650c444be1c445cd2Photo: Apartment Therapy

A Dutch Door

Dutch Doors are divided horizontally, so that the bottom half can be left closed while the top half is open. This design originated from a need to keep farm animals out of the home while keeping small children in. Additionally, it allows for extra light and air flow throughout the space. Dutch doors are also extremely versatile, their multi-door design allows for a plethora of window, screen, and decorative options.

While not practical for every space, a dutch door is a really charming way to add a decidedly country flair to your kitchen.mycountryliving  Photo: My Country Living

 Cotton Boll Bouquets

Nothing says classic southern country decor like an arrangement of cotton boll stems. It’s a small detail that can’t help but feel both stark and lush at the same time, not an easy look to achieve. Bringing the outdoors in is a huge part of designing the country kitchen, and this is such a whimsical way to do it.

A tall cylinder glass vase modernizes the look. A bouquet like this is a standout on its own and also a perfect complement to any rustic collection.
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Galvanized metal accessories

Using repurposed antique farm implements as wall storage is both functional and decorative.
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A three tier metal caddy is a great way to organize and display your smaller kitchen essentials.industrial-hardware-spinner-displayPhoto: Kelly Elko
We hope you have enjoyed these ideas for creating your perfect modern country kitchen. For more kitchen design inspiration, check us out on Pinterest.
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