Living in Florida, there really isn’t a need for a fireplace and they are always the perfect place for seasonal decorating. What I do have is a big plate glass window with a long windowsill that I use in place of a mantel for my fall decorating. I change my window décor seasonally to create the atmosphere that fits the season. The same principles apply to both, it’s just linear decorating. Let’s explore some ways to feel the spirit of the season through decorating your mantel and windowsills through linear fall decorating.

Fall Decorating Linearly 

My large kitchen window is where I can express myself through décor. Because I live in a tropical environment I always throw in a few elements of the coast, which adds a  twist to the seasonal fall-theme. I always like to use natural décor as oppose to fake things like plastic decorations. Fresh flowers are a must for me and the fall season produces wonderful color in its harvest that I can simply pick up at the local grocery store.

Balance and Rhythm

It is important when decorating linearly to find balance and a rhythm like high and low, this allows the eye to follow across your linear surface without confusion, it just works!

You first want to find your center and work out from there. I used a layered method here which I think made it special. My wrought iron lanterns had glass globes for tea candles which bring in the scent of the season. I believe in the power of aromatherapy to create a mood and I decorate with fragrance throughout my home. So, then, I placed gold painted starfish, one directly behind each globe creating a wonderful illusion through the globe, reminding us of the elements that live outside my window, I love that! Finally, I used bigger, taller, starfish layered together to start my up-down rhythm across my windowsill.

Use Fresh Flowers for Pops of Color

There is nothing more beautiful than fresh flowers for adding pops of color. I found round clear glass vases at my local TJMaxx store. Round vases with a small neck opening work great for easy flower arrangements. You simply arrange your bouquet in your hand. Then, find the length to cut them by holding it up to the vase. After you cut them you simply drop them into the vase for a nice round bouquet. It’s so nice to have vases of colorful flowers so you can move them around your house.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.