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The air is crisp, leaves are changing and autumn is finally upon us. Nothing kicks off this time of the year better than preparing your home with some seasonal home décor. Now we all know about the traditional methods of decorating during the fall months, whether it be with spooky Halloween decorations or traditional fall harvest accents to bring some of the bright colors displayed outside into your home. But what if you are looking to go a different route this year? Maybe the motif of your home doesn’t exactly blend well with the typical autumn decorations. There are many ways to create a festive atmosphere in your home while still staying true to your style. Warm up your house with these beautiful and chic decorating projects that will incorporate your own unique take on autumn decor.
Pumpkins can be a mess to deal with this time of year. Forget carving, gutting, and scraping out your pumpkin and try glamorizing your pumpkins with these fun ideas. The best part is, the kids can still take part in these festive activities.
This form of pumpkin art can really work well, especially with younger participants that may not be able to handle sharp tools used to carve pumpkins. Take a look at these painted pumpkins for inspiration:
Another great method of pumpkin design while adding a bit of flare is by making those pumpkins sparkle. This may also be the easiest method as far as clean up goes. See some great use of rhinestones and pumpkins of all sizes here:
Similar to the rhinestone method, all you’ll need is some glue or other liquid adhesive and the glitter of your choice. You can also display your festive greeting by using a glue pen used specifically for easy writing and glitter application like this one:http://www.eksuccessbrands.com/marthastewartcrafts/Products/Glue_Writing_Pen_Fine_Tip_40-00020.htm
Nothing makes your home feel cozy and warm quite like candlelight.
Birch Candles give a fall look that you can carry on into the holidays. It provides a sophisticated yet rustic feel that can be used in many home decors. Here’s a peek:http://www.pinterest.com/pin/3940718393534637/
Make a lasting first impression with your beautiful door decorations.
From a fall wreath to pumpkins galore, work with the space you have and create a welcoming fall look. Get inspired by these chic fall greetings:http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=Fall%20Door%20D%C3%A9cor
Choosing the right flooring in your home can be the biggest stamp on the modern design you are reaching for, bringing the “wow” factor that establishes your style and tastes.
Flooring doesn’t have to always start and end with hardwood. Some of the hottest trends in flooring come from new technologies and unique materials that might surprise you:
One of the hottest modern flooring options is concrete, which can be altered in a variety of ways to create a variety of different feels. Concrete can be stained, painted or stamped to create a look unique to your home and style. Among the benefits of concrete are that it is inexpensive, virtually maintenance free, and great for high-traffic areas like kitchens. Here are some examples via Pinterest.
For many, leather is the ultimate splurge when it comes to modern flooring options. Leather flooring? Yes, and the options, colors and styles are almost endless, allowing you to go for any distinct look and feel you would like. Although, it is an expensive option. Think about leather options in an office, den or study for a high-end look. Check out some examples.
Pop some Cork
Cork is eco-friendly as a renewable resource and will provide a warm, durable and soft feel underfoot. Cork can be an elegant and modern pick because it comes in a variety of colors and textures. Not only is it easy to install, but it can dazzle in any room – and it is especially trending in kitchens. See Pinterest for examples.
Another chic look is to bring back something old and make it new. Reclaimed wood from barns, factories and fences is becoming very popular to bring in a natural element in an otherwise modern design. The worn-out look can be sleek because of the darker tones in aged wood, while imperfections and the distinct look of each slab bring an edge. Check here for some examples.
One of the newest products out there is antibacterial porcelain stoneware. You can achieve a sophisticated, high-end look that is also high-performance, inside or outside. They cause a dramatic reduction of the four main bacterial strains and are effective fighting mold, yeast and fungi. With a variety of colors, sizes (tiles or slabs) and finishes, the options are many.
It wasn't so long ago that the idea of an outdoor ice rink in Los Angeles would have seemed patently ridiculous, but the arrival of Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL changed that notion completely. Combine that with the need to get a little bit of that traditional winter vibe in the heart of California and you are left with a desire to strap on the skates and hit the ice. The good news for those that want to do a little leisurely skating in L.A. is that there are a number of outdoor options available.
While many of the outdoor rinks here will shut down after the holidays are over, Downtown on Ice in Pershing Square will continue to operate through late January of next year. This is another incredibly cool setting, and there are usually some fun events held at the rink, such as spirited rounds of broomball.
You can kill two birds with one stone by taking your skates to the Chill at The Queen Mary. The rink sits in front of the iconic ship and remains in operation through the early part of January. The tickets for this rink are a little pricier, but they also include admission to the ship. If you plan on skating more than once during the season, you also have the option of purchasing a season pass that gets you unlimited rink time.
If you want to mix a traditional L.A. style party with a seasonal skate, you really can’t do any better than a visit to Ice at Santa Monica. The outdoor rink here is absolutely massive, coming in at over 8,000 square feet. It’s the ideal place to plan a party, especially since you can also rent a private cabana where you can chill by the ice.
While not necessarily in L.A. proper, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the outdoor rink at Downtown Disney. You can celebrate the season, as well as the Disney movieFrozen by taking a spin around Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink. It’s a kid-friendly setting that the whole family is sure to enjoy, and it includes a 30-foot tree that adds a splash of color to the ice.
If you are looking for a fun place where you can interact with the exhibits, you need to take some time to visit the California Science Center. It’s a place the whole family will love. Before we get into what you can see and do there, let’s take a look at the history of this amazing building.
Located in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, the science center was first established back in 1951 as the California Museum of Science and Industry. The name change took place back in 1998, but plans to make the center something a lot more special began 5 years before that. It was in 1993 that a three-part transformation and upgrade was put into motion, with the first phase including the addition of the massive IMAX Theater that is now one of the most popular spots in the center. Phase II was more about the infrastructure, with parking added and some aesthetically pleasing changes made to the gardens and exterior of the building. The third and final phase – World’s Beyond – is still in the planning process.
Each of the exhibits are broken down into individual galleries, all of which present the information in an educational way, but also in a style that is fun and totally interactive. Best of all, the permanent exhibits in the California Science Center are always free to visit, although you will have to pay for parking, as well as for tickets to special exhibits and the IMAX Theater. One of the biggest exhibits, in more ways than one, is the Space Shuttle Endeavor, which is currently on display to the public. This is one that you will need to call ahead and make a reservation for, as it is incredibly popular and always very busy.
There are a number of special exhibits that travel into the science center for small periods of time. The majority of these are put together by other museums across the country. These change out regularly, which means there is always something new and exciting to see every time you visit. In fact, if you live in L.A. or the surrounding area, you might consider becoming a member so you can see all of the traveling exhibits for one low price.
There really is something fun for everyone in the family at the California Science Center. The center is open from 10am to 5pm every day, excluding holidays, which means you have plenty of time to go and take in the sights. You can visit their website or call them at (323) 724-3623 for more information. Why settle for a stuffy old museum where all the exhibits are stored behind glass cases when you can take a trip to the California Science Center and have a real hands-on experience?