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Fall Décor Ideas for Any Budget

Fall is here, and we absolutely LOVE this season at designQ. The colors, the fabrics, the smells – everything about it speaks to us. Our Visual Merchandiser & Interior Designer, Chelsi, is probably the biggest Fall lover of us all. So we drafted her to give us some Fall décor ideas that anyone could achieve in their own home. 

Chelsi hit up the local HomeSense and purchased a a few Fall inspired décor items to show you how easy and affordable it can be to get your home ready for the season. 

Keep Some of Your Existing Décor Pieces

Switching up your décor for the seasons doesn’t have to be expensive! Chelsi recommends to keep some of your existing décor pieces, such as large mirrors, vases, even neutral colored blankets or pillows.

You can easily incorporate them with smaller seasonal pieces, especially if they are neutral colors. If you do have a large art piece that is very “seasonal focused” in the same area you are decorating, then you may want to switch that out too. 

Add in Seasonal Flowers

Greenery is always in style, no matter the season. For Fall, you really want to bring in harvest inspired plants & flowers such as sunflowers, wheat, mums or fountain grass. Adding in texture with twigs or branches adds to the outdoor essence. And of course using leaves in the shades of orange, red and yellow will really help tie it all together. 

And speaking of “tying it all together”, if you are creating your own floral arrangement think about using natural materials such as burlap to finish it off. 

TIP: The flower arrangement Chelsi used for the fireplace mantle is actually meant to hang on the wall! So don’t limit yourself to only using items meant for specific purposes – get creative with your décor! 

Heat Things Up with Fall Scented Candles

The Autumn season is all about being cozy and warm. Think chunky knits, fuzzy blankets, hot coffee. To create that warm, cozy ambiance indoors try adding in some candles. They don’t have to be scented either, although being surrounded by the smell of apple cinnamon pie all day does sound nice! 

Chelsi suggests looking for candles that not only smell like Fall, but have the colors of Fall as well. Most of the time candles come in a container of some sort, so you can use that to bring in extra colors to your décor. Go for greens, oranges, yellows or even browns to really capture the feel of a forest walk during a crisp Fall day. 

Don’t Overwhelm with Themed Décor 

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When decorating for any season, you want to try to ease back a bit on really themed décor (except for maybe at Christmas.. snowmen & reindeers might be the exception!). What we mean by this is don’t go crazy with the pumpkins and turkeys. You don’t want to overwhelm the space with the season, you just want to lightly sprinkle Autumn into your home using Fall colors, smells and florals. 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t have any pumpkins! Grab a few that really speak to you, but then stop there, and let the rest of the décor items do the talking.

Snug as a Bug in a Rug (or a Blanket)

And lastly don’t forget about the blankets! It’s time to swap out the lighter fabric materials & colors, and bring in the rusts, greens, oranges and golds. And they must be fuzzy, cozy and comfy! 

You can bring in those same colors with accent pillows as well. If you have a neutral colored couch or pillows already, it would be easy to grab just a few fall colored pillows or blankets to keep the costs down. 

Adding in natural looking baskets to hold your blankets and extra pillows is a great addition too. The natural look and texture of the baskets will help to bring in the season too! 

Showhome: Pacesetter Homes Ellerston showhome in Jensen Lakes

To view all the furniture available for sale in this showhome, head to the ‘Shop the Showhome‘ page for this home. 

The décor products used in this post were all purchased from HomeSense. 

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The Ultimate Area Rug Size Guide

Finding the perfect area rug size for your home can be easy! When searching for an area rug for any room in your home, you should consider the furniture in the room and select an area rug that touches almost every piece. You never want the area rug to just ‘float’ in the middle of the room. 

Our Ultimate Area Rug Size Guide will help you determine just the right area rug size for every room in your home. 

Visualize & Plan 

Your area rug should be about the size of the main seating or living area to help ground the space. To avoid looking awkward, the area rug should be at least a foot wider than the furniture it’s placed under. Be sure to orient the rug with the shape of the room. 

Follow these steps to help you visualize how an area rug will look in your space before making your purchase. 

  1. Grab the masking tape to create a border!
  2. Maintain at least 18″ of bare floor all the way around the tape frame. For smaller rooms, you can go to 8″ of bare floor.
  3. Allow yourself about 2″ of wiggle room. That way if you do pick the wrong size rug it will still be ok
  4. Once you have the layout taped down, measure the inside space. Then find an area rug to fit!
The above steps are a general guideline to determining the correct area rug sizes, but keep reading below where we uncover some key things to remember for each room in your home, and tell you the perfect area rug size to fit!

The Great Room

Photo: Pacesetter Homes | Calypso Showhome | Jensen Lakes

The Great Room is where more of the formal gatherings are typically held, and as such this room demands a focal point to really ground the space. Typically, most floor plans today are open plan, meaning the main living space – great room, kitchen and nook – are all open to each other. The right size area rug can really help define the great room space, without overpowering it. 

Key things to remember:

  1. Maintain at least 18″ of bare floor all the way around the area rug to help frame the room’s layout and create pathways
  2. Make sure the area rug will touch all pieces of furniture in the room 
The Verdict:
The best sizes of area rug for a typical mid sized great room (13’11” x 13’9″) are an 8′ x 10′ or a 9′ x 12′. 
area rug sizes
area rug sizes

The Breakfast Nook

Photo: StreetSide Developments | Fremont | McLaughlin

Most homes have what’s called a nook, or breakfast nook, that is less formal than a dining room. It is typically found right beside the kitchen, and is open to the rest of the main living space. Finding the right size for this space can be tricky. 

Key things to remember:

  1. Make sure the area rug is big enough so when someone pulls a chair out, all legs are still touching the rug
  2. But don’t go to big so it touches the walls. For smaller rooms, such as a nook, try to maintain at least 8″ of bare floor all the way around the area rug 
  3. An area rug may just not fit in a nook space. Keep an open mind when searching for one and try to not cram one in just because
The Verdict:
The best sizes of area rug for a typical mid sized nook (10’2″ x 11’1″) is a 6′ x 9′

Bonus! For a kitchen space, a “runner” area rug works perfect! Runner’s are typically 2’7″ wide, and between 7′ and 12′ long. 
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The Office. The Den. The Flex Room. 

Photo: Pacesetter Homes | Cypress Showhome | Griesbach

Whatever you want to call that ‘extra’ room on the main floor that most new homes have, it deserves some love too! This room can be used for many different purposes, so choosing the right area rug is key to help give the room an identity. 

Key things to remember:

  1. This type of room may be an odd shaped size, so get creative with an area rug by placing it on an angle or more to the side of the room
  2. A round area rug may fit best in a space like this as well, to give some visual interest as you first walk into the home
  3. Keep in mind the 8 – 18″ inch rule! Make sure you have enough bare floor space between the walls to not overcrowd the room.
The Verdict:
The best sizes of area rug for a typical flex room (10′ x 9’9″) is a rectangular 5’3″ x 7’3″, or a 6′ x 6′ round rug. 
area rug sizes
area rug sizes

The Owners Suite 

area rug sizes

Photo: Pacesetter Homes | Calder Showhome | Walker Summit

Choosing an area rug for the owner’s suite can be a bit tricky. Typically these rooms will be on the large size, and so getting an area rug to touch all pieces of furniture may not be possible. But that’s ok! 

Key things to remember:

  1. Place the area rug mostly under the bed, and sticking out the sides & front
  2. Don’t put an area rug “floating” in the middle of the room so it touches the dresser and bed
  3. Get creative with patterns and textures here! Most bedrooms will be carpeted, so adding a fun area rug will help it not get lost
The Verdict:
The best sizes of area rug for a typical owners suite (12’6″ x 14’3″) is a 8′ x 10′ or 9′ x 12′ area rug. 
area rug sizes
area rug sizes

The Bonus Room 

Photo: Pacesetter Homes | Madeline Showhome | Cy Becker

The bonus room is another room that may be an odd shape, but that doesn’t mean choosing an area rug for it should be hard.

Key things to remember:

  1. Stick to finding an area rug for the main portion of the bonus room, typically the larger area
  2. Again, keep in mind the 18″ rule!
  3. Get creative with patterns and textures here! Most bedrooms will be carpeted, so adding a fun area rug will help it not get lost in the carpet
The Verdict:
The best sizes of area rug for a typical bonus room (11’9″ x 13’2″) is a 7’10” x 10’2″ or 9′ x 12′ area rug. 

Hopefully the information in this area rug size guide helps you to find the right fit for your home! As always, if you have any questions please leave us a comment below or send us an email! Happy area rug placing!

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3 Easy Steps to Making your Own Gallery Wall

One design trend that seems to always be in style is the good ol’ fashioned gallery wall. But… how do you even go about making a gallery wall? If you aren’t necessarily “design savvy”, then making your own gallery wall can be a bit tricky and scary! 

We wanted to make it easy for anyone to create their own gallery wall that will bring your character and personality to life. Follow along with 3 easy steps on how to make a gallery wall, and then get inspiration from walls our designers have done in recent showhomes in our gallery wall round up!

But First .. Why Make a Gallery Wall at All? 

photo gallery wall

Gallery Walls have so many great benefits to achieve an easy, low maintenance statement in your home! 

  1. They are super easy to switch up! Change out the artwork or decor pieces with the Seasons, design trends or even new family members! 
  2. It’s a great way to transform bland, large walls in almost any room of your home
  3. Creates a focal point and a conversation piece
  4. Allows you to bring character and personality into the room
  5. They can be placed almost anywhere in your home – stairwells, nooks, bedrooms and living spaces. Even half bathrooms! 

Step 1: Decision Time

Before you even get started on hanging things, come up with a plan. Think of these 3 things:

What do you want to display?

Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box either! Some great ideas are pictures, decor items, wall planters, clocks, mirrors, etc. If you find yourself stuck, try wandering around your house and finding forgotten pieces of art or decor tucked away. Sometimes we have everything we need already, we just didn’t have the courage (or time!) to display it! 

Designer Tip! If you need a few filler pieces, hit up an antique mall! You can always find unique one of a kind items for a great price!

What color palette and style are you going for?

This can be a crucial step in even determining what items you want to display. If your color palette is more modern, you may want to keep it simple with all framed pieces in a monochromatic color. But if you have more earthy tones in the space, perhaps you want to incorporate natural wood pieces, along with wall planters to create more depth. Whatever you choose, just remember to keep it consistent! 

how to make a gallery wall

Where is the gallery wall going? 

Deciding where you want the gallery wall to be can help you decide what items you want to be on display too, and what color palette you want. It may seem an obvious step but be sure to figure it out before you start picking out colors! 

Step 2: Lay it Out

Once you have decided what will be going on your gallery wall, you need to plan the space out! 

A great tip from our designers is masking tape! 

Find a large space on the floor and tape out the same size dimensions as your future gallery wall will be. So if you have a 4′ x 4′ space to work with on the wall, then tape the same size box on the floor. That way you can place all of your chosen items into the area, and move about as required until you get the perfect look! 

Things to consider when placing your items:

  1. Start by placing the largest items, then the second largest, and so on. It will be easier to fill in the gaps with the smaller pieces at the end
  2. Keep 2 – 3″ between all of your pieces
  3. Be aware of what’s below the gallery wall in case you need to plan around anything
  4. Balance your items. You don’t want one side with all black & white art, and the other with colored photos. Try to intertwine them
  5. Mix vertical and horizontal photos for some extra dimension
  6. If you want more of a clean look to your gallery wall, try aligning the bottom edge of the lower pieces, and then build up from there. This will keep a clean line, and help stabilize the space. 
  7. If you want a more eclectic look though, have fun with it! Randomly place pieces and just keep at it until you feel satisfied with the look!

Step 3: Grab the Hammer!

Once you are satisfied with the look and feel of the gallery wall on the floor, you can get the nails & hammer and get to hanging! 

Pay close attention to how each item needs to be hung before you start making holes. Some frames are side hung, and some are not. 

The most important thing to remember when hanging a gallery wall though is … if you make a mistake just cover it up with another piece! 

Overall all you really need to get started is a rainy day and some inspiration. By laying it out first on the floor, you can switch things around until they are just right. But most importantly – have some fun with it! Remember to bring in your personality and character, and switch up as often as needed!

For some gallery wall inspiration so you can make your own gallery wall, check out our Gallery Wall Round up post

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Gallery Wall Round Up

Our designers love to create unique photo gallery walls in the Edmonton showhomes they design. They are never the same, and always reflect a different style and inspiration. 

Scroll below to see a few of the best photo gallery walls our designers have done, and learn about the inspiration behind them! 

Modern Mountain Lodge

Using warm, natural colors and rustic lodge decor elements, this gallery wall creates a comforting & cozy environment. With nods to the Albertan landscape, this wall offers organic details and textures. 

As shown in the Sterling Homes Allure showhome in The Uplands. Click here to purchase some of the pieces used in this home. 

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Industrial English Pub

Inspired by an old English pub, the designer used warm colors and nostalgic touches to bring the pub feel to life! Nestled in the breakfast nook, this photo gallery wall creates an ambience that we for sure want to be a part of. 

As shown in the Sterling Homes Reveal showhome in Cavanagh. Click here to purchase some of the pieces used in this home. 

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Family Comes First

This breakfast nook in this home showcases what a true photo gallery wall is. Keeping with clean simple lines and mono chromatic colors, the designer showcased family memories in a beautiful way. With the addition of a few neutral elements, this wall has us reminiscing of life’s treasured moments. 

As shown in the Pacesetter Homes Bristol showhome in Walker Summit. 

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Flirty & Fun

Breakfast has never been so fun with this adorable gallery wall tucked into a cozy nook. The designer was inspired by brunch with the girls, and added in fun pops of décor and quirky art pieces. Paired with pink chairs and leopard print pillows, we for sure want to come over to this house!  

As shown in the Sterling Homes Milan showhome in Langdale. Click here to purchase some of the pieces used in this home. 

Green with Envy

Break away from the traditional photo gallery wall and do something unique. We are in love with this planter gallery wall our designer did in this Scandinavian inspired home. Let your imagination go wild and add in some colored pots, or even a picture or two.  

As shown in the Pacesetter Homes Lusitano showhome in Jensen Lakes. ** Showhome now closed **

Beachy Boho Vibes

Who doesn’t want to feel like they are at a beach house? With this Californian boho inspired photo gallery wall, you can do just that. The designer even added white shiplap behind the wall to really bring in that coastal vibe. Add in beachy pictures, and you got yourself a beach cabana. Surf’s up!

As shown in the StreetSide Developments Eclipse showhome in Tamark Common. 

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Neat & Tidy

Not all photo gallery walls need to be askew! If you prefer clean, straight lines then try mimicking this gallery wall our designer showcased in a transitional style home. Set in a perfect square with matching frames, you could put just about anything inside from family pictures to unique artwork. The simplicity in the layout gives you the freedom to spice it up on the inside. 

As shown in the Sterling Homes Sansa showhome in McConachie Heights. 

Modern Industrial

Bold and striking, these gallery walls pack a punch. Whether you go big or small, with industrial inspired elements and modern styling these photo gallery walls make a statement.

Left Photo: As shown in the StreetSide Developments Harley showhome in The Uplands
Right Photo: As shown in the Sterling Homes Maroon showhome in Langdale 

Which photo gallery wall is your favorite? Leave a note in the comments to let us know! If you want to see any of these in person you can check out the showhomes during regular showhome hours. 

Want to learn how to create your own gallery wall? Click here to read how to go about it just 3 easy steps! 

Happy Hanging!

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