Fall mantel decorating ideas


by Administrator Posted in Homeowner resources /   September 29, 2014

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Decorated fall mantel

It's finally fall—the season of hearty soups, cozy mittens and pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING. What better way to celebrate than by bringing the natural beauty of autumn into your home? Here are a few ideas that may help inspire your fireplace mantel décor this year:

THEMES

Are you planning to decorate for each of the holidays, or will you stick with an overall fall theme until winter? If you want to acknowledge the holidays but don't have time for two or three mantel makeovers during the season, consider establishing a fall theme that can be embellished with holiday accents. A black cat amid a tumble of pumpkins can be easily swapped out for an arrangement of turkey feathers or a cornucopia. Making the decision now may help you avoid carrying a Halloween mantel through Thanksgiving (or even New Year's Eve).

PALETTES

Autumn reds, golds, browns and oranges are classic color choices, but they're not the only option when it comes to fall décor. Driftwood tones, white with metallic accents, floral colors and striking black and white can all be elegant color palettes for a fall mantel. In fact, if you choose traditional fall forms, like gourds or leaves, you could go with any color scheme that suits your fancy! Here are some of our favorite finds from the blogosphere:

MATERIALS

Traditional fall décor is a celebration of the harvest season, so natural materials are a natural fit. Here's just a sampling of the many items you could incorporate into your fall mantel:

Of course, you shouldn't feel limited to natural objects in your mantel décor. Items like these can be welcome accents to a fall display:

Are you inspired yet? Message us on Pinterest with a pin of your mantel décor. We'll repin our favorites!

Best places to live: American Fork, Utah


by melissa Posted in Local homebuying /   September 25, 2014

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Located just 15 miles northwest of Provo and 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, American Fork seamlessly blends small-town charm with big-city amenities. The steadily growing city, which is primarily situated east of I-15, was named one of the Top 100 places to live in the U.S. by Money Magazine. And we wholeheartedly agree. Read on to learn why A.F. (that's what the locals call it!) is the newest addition to our Best Places to Live Series.

Biking in American Fork

SHOPPING, DINING & COMMERCE
American Fork, which took its name from the American Fork River, is home to many restaurants and shops, including The Meadows and Alpine Valley Center, and two state-of–the-art business and technology parks can be found just minutes from downtown's historic Main Street.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Utah's 15th largest city is no slouch in the culture department either. The American Fork Arts Council presents numerous programs every year, and the American Fork Symphony has a large and loyal following. Residents can also take in a performance by the Utah Regional Ballet or visit the Museum of Art at nearby Brigham Young University.

RECREATION
Whether you're teeing off at the popular Fox Hollow golf course, cheering on your kiddo's rec league soccer team or hiking, biking or picnicking at one of 27 parks, there is no shortage of things to do in American Fork. Some other popular area attractions include:

  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument – An elaborate cave system, perfect for explorers of all ages 
  • The Alpine Loop Scenic Byway – A 20-mile winding drive through alpine canyons, offering breathtaking mountain views
  • Tibble Fork Reservoir/Silver Lake – Ideal for a host of outdoor activities, including camping and four-wheeling 

Because American Fork remains a small town at heart, residents will appreciate an abundance of community events and attractions, like Steel Days (a summer festival), free concerts in the park, the Happy Valley Farmers Market and The Haunted Forest (a popular Halloween attraction).

Thinking about buying a new home in American Fork? We don't blame you! Check out these exceptional Richmond American communities:

Joshua Court
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