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Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Although you may not want to be that neighbor who decorates every available spot for every holiday, you can acknowledge seasonal changes in more subtle ways. Whether shifting from spring to summer, summer to fall or fall to winter, you can change accessories and switch some fabrics so your home's ambiance matches the weather.
"Homeowners who want to change the feel of their home with the seasons sometimes get stuck in the execution," said Sarah Willis, a design consultant with California Closets in Fairfax. "The trick is in figuring out how to make your home look and feel like the pages of Southern Living or Martha Stewart, versus it looking like a bad run-in at the craft store. Less is more. Remember that subtle changes to a room can have a big impact on the space instead of on your wallet."
Ms. Willis said she uses jasmine and vanilla incense sticks in spring and summer, and then brings out candles for fall and winter with scents such as pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and evergreen.