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Now is a great time to dress up your home for fall entertaining.
Sept. 9, 2013 11:12 a.m.

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Saying goodbye to summer doesn't have to be a sentimental ending when you consider it's also a beginning — the kick off to autumn and the holiday season. Now is a great time to dress up your home for fall entertaining.

"Colors that evoke a sense of nostalgia and family are a really big part of the visual design message for autumn 2013,” says visual merchandiser John Griffith. “Reds, golds and oranges are trending this fall. These hues are not only warm and comforting; they're reflective of the season."

Griffith and teammate Julie Robbins add their own unique spin on the latest trends to create seasonal design vignettes for Replacements, Ltd., the world's largest retailer of old and new china, crystal, silver and collectibles. Easy ways to mix in great fall colors include adding a charger plate or colorful serving pieces.

"I'm big on the pressed vintage patterns; depression glass, coin glass and sandwich glass are all very lovely and nostalgic,” Robbins says.

Metal serveware is another popular — and functional — trend this fall. Once heated, the alloy retains warmth to keep food warmer longer or cooler if you chill these pieces, Robbins says.

Using natural elements on the table also evoke a sense of Thanksgiving.

"I suggest filling vases, glasses or serving bowls with dried beans, acorns or even kernels of dried deer corn. Not only does this look pretty, you can also mix in candles or flowers and use these natural elements to hold those items in place,” Robbins says.

— Brandpoint

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