Pumpkins and Apples and Leaves-Oh My! 5 Warm and Cozy Autumn DIY Decorating Tips For Your Home

Any New Englander knows that autumn is hands down the best time of year. The air has turned crisp, cool, and comfortable, football season is in full swing, and the breeze always seems to carry the smell of warm apple pies. So whether you are new to the area, or a veteran of the quintessential New England autumn, embrace the season and have some fun by dressing up your house. Check out these awesome autumn DIY decorating tips for outside your home:

1. Pumpkin Wreath Chandelier

Who knows decorating better than Martha Stewart? This rustic decoration is a charming way to light your porch and welcome guests on a cool fall evening. The warm colors from fallen leaves and miniature pumpkins casts a cozy glow over your home. Make several and hang them from ceiling hooks in front of your windows for an inviting atmosphere. This project is fairly simple and uses easy-to-find materials like miniature pumpkins, leaves from your lawn, and a grapevine wreath. Get the simple directions here.

2. Repurposed Porch Decor

As those of us living in Connecticut know, the state is an antiques hot spot. If you love finding incredible old treasures and turning them into something new, check out the Connecticut Antiques Trail. You can find some of the materials to make a beautiful autumn porch display. A delightful old wagon filled with gourds, an antique frame turned chalkboard (with a welcoming message!), a rustic basket overflowing with mums, and a warm, fuzzy plaid blanket create a porch decoration that makes your home look warm and fuzzy.

3. Apples, Apples, Apples!

Don’t restrict your use of apples this autumn to pies and cider-in addition to being supremely tasty, they also make excellent decorations! This adorable rustic apple porch decor will make people want to stop in off the street for a seat at your charming home. Your porch will exude homespun warmth with a hand-painted, apple-green table adorned with a red and white plaid tablecloth. Top your table with mason jars full of cider and autumn tableware. Add large hay bales for seats, wooden crates topped with yellow mums, and a wooden wheelbarrow brimming with fresh apples.

4. Mailbox Magic

Why stop at the front door? Bring your autumn decorations all the way to the street by sprucing up your mailbox. Dried cornstalks are a perfect decoration for mailboxes because they are tall and eye-catching. In addition to your cornstalks, arrange some hay bales around your mailbox and top them with potted mums and pumpkins for a quick, easy, and colorful mailbox decoration.

5. Painted Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a versatile fall decoration. Carve them, paint them, leave them in all their orange glory-any way you look at it, they make beautiful decor. Try giving your pumpkins a magical look with a shimmery metallic silver paint, or create different patterns by wrapping rubber bands around your pumpkin before painting. Pair painted pumpkins with rustic lanterns-you could even put a miniature pumpkin inside some of your lanterns for a different effect!

Living in Connecticut is all about embracing the changing seasons. New England offers the chance to appreciate cool, brightly colored autumn days, and sparkling snowy winters. Dressing up your home for each season is all part of the fun of living here. Please contact us for more DIY tips for your home.

Connecticut town info–Hartford, CT

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Shortly before his death, Samuel Clemens (whom most know by his pen name Mark Twain) wrote “Of all the beautiful towns it has been my fortune to see this is the chief.”  He loved this beautiful town so much that he moved there in 1874.  That town:  Hartford, capital of Connecticut.

Two of the most influencial American writers found their home in Hartford.  As was just pointed out, Samuel Clemens was one, and the other, while a lot less prolific than Clemens, was no less important.  Indeed, upon meeting this author, legend says that President Abraham Lincoln said “so you are the little women who wrote the book that started this great war”; referring, of course, of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Today you can visit the homes of Clemens and Stowe, as both are museums; more conveniently, the Mark Twain House and Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center are neighbors, right next to each other.

Hartford itself is somewhat of an embodiment of the history of this great country.  It is the home to the country’s oldest public art museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum.  Hartford can also boast the oldest public park in the nation, Bushnell Park, and the Hartford Courant is the oldest continuously run newspaper in the U.S.

Written in this town was the “Fundamental Orders of Connecticut,” a document that would inspire the Connecticut Constitution, and in turn the Constitution of the United States.  No wonder Connecticut is known as “the Constitution State.”

The list of amazing sites to see in Hartford flows from that rich history and into a vibrant future.  Along with the historic Hartford Public Library (founded in 1774 and having over 500,000 holdings), you have the stunning new architecture of the Connecticut Science Center, which opened in 2009.  You have Trinity College, a liberal-arts institution that is second-oldest in the state (after Yale, of course), and the ever revitalized Constitution Plaza, home to the XL Center (go Whales!) and ever popular events like the holiday season’s Festival of Lights.

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We could go on and on, but you deserve to see for yourself.  Come down to our fine capital city, and if you’re looking to make a new home there, please feel free to contact us.

Connecticut Town Info–Middletown, CT

Middletown,CT City SealIn Middlesex County, located along the Connecticut River just 16 miles south of Hartford lies the beautiful city of Middletown.  A city with a rich and vibrant history, Middletown is an amazing blend of the urban, suburban and rural.

It’s a long history as well, incorporated as a town back in 1650.  A century later, it would become the largest settlement in the state, and a thriving port during the era of the American Revolution, comparable to Boston and New York in its importance.  Of course, things have calmed down somewhat since then.

Where once it was a maritime hub, it now finds itself revolving around much more academic pursuits, as the home of Wesleyan University.  Founded in 1831, Wesleyan has shaped the city of Middletown in rather interesting ways.middletown ct  For example, the thriving Cambodian community in Middlesex can thank a pair of professors who worked hard to bring in a group of refugees.  A similar tale can be told about the Tibetan community there.  What’s more, Middletown is the home of the first Hindu temple in the state.  This eclectic mix has made for an equally rich combination of restaurants in the area, for which Middletown is well known.

Visitors and residents of Middletown have no end of wonder and beauty to explore in this fine city.  For a taste of life in an old country mansion, there’s the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill.  It holds many events for the public throughout the year, tours every Wednesday, and the spacious grounds are open for lovers of nature.  (As they like to say: “Take only photographs, leave only footprints.”)middletown ct main st  Or you can explore the Connecticut River itself, either through public cruises or private charters.  And for those who want to stay connected as they tour through historic buildings, the whole of the downtown area has free WiFi.

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Connecticut town info–Bristol,CT


One of the more famous suburbs in the United States is the Connecticut town of Bristol. Indeed, when a major cable network reminds people that their world headquarters is in your city, people tend to remember, even if they couldn’t find it on a map.  So what can we tell you about Bristol?

Located in Hartford County, Bristol is a city of just over 60,000 people, southwest of Hartford.  As we alluded to before, it is the home of ESPN, one of the most successful cable networks on the air, and has been its home since its inception in the late 70s.  But along with “Home to ESPN,” Bristol has had its share of nicknames, illustrating its fascinating history.

For example, one nickname is “Mum City,” as at one time it was the leader in chrysanthemum production.  Though it no longer continues in that industry, it still commemorates it each year with the Bristol Mum Festival.  The 52nd Annual Chrystantemum Festival is set for September 20th, 2013, starting with the crowning of Miss Mum and Jr. Miss Mum, and will conclude on the 23rd with their annual parade.  The Bristol Mum Festival also includes a gala and a carnival, and marks a great way to head into the colorful autumn season.

Another nickname Bristol holds is “Bell City,” as it was once the home of an innovative industry creating spring-driven doorbells.  Now, if you want to see spring-driven craftsmanship, you can head to the American Clock and Watch Museum, commemorating Connecticut’s one-time standing as the clock capital of the U.S.  It’s a fascinating glimpse into America’s history, and well worth the visit.  Don’t ask, though, if anyone has the time; they’ve probably heard that too many times before.

Speaking of history, Bristol is also the home of nation’s oldest still-operating amusement park.  Lake Compounce has been open since 1846, which boggles the mind, at least a little bit.  When we think of the mid 1800s, we picture them finding amusement with indoor lighting, so them needing a park for amusement seems a little odd.  Anyway, Lake Compounce has over forty attractions, a water park, and three roller coasters, including “Wildcat” which still has the wooden boards from an original 1927 roller coaster, as well as “Boulder Dash,” which is the first wooden coaster to be built entirely into the side of a mountain!

On top of all this, you also have the New England Carousel Museum, the Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum, and in another “first in the nation” for Bristol, it has the tallest elevator test facility.  At thirty-eight stories, the Otis Quality Assurance Center, while not open to the public, does give the Bristol skyline a very distinct quality as you approach Lake Compounce.

As you can see, Bristol is a bit of an eclectic mix.  Not just for the sports enthusiast who wants to marvel “This is where it all happens!” it has attractions for the history buff and for the entire family.  Plus it tests elevators; what more could you want?

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