ReDESIGNS by Ava Fall into fall…..bring the season inside.

“Fall is one of my favorite times of year for home decorating. The season emphasizes warmth and comfort and brings us closer to simple things…and shouldn’t that be what our homes are all about?” ~ Kathy Woodard

After a long hot summer, I welcome autumn: with its cool, crisp air, the change in nature’s colors, the opportunity to change out my wardrobe and transform our home’s décor to reflect the season.

Ideas to help you bring the season inside:

  • Bring textures into your home’s décor with beautiful throws and pillows.
  • Colors of the season used inside your home will help bring the outside inside. Add a bowl of apples, an arrangement of sunflowers, a display of pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn.
  • As the days get shorter, lighting will help set the mood in your home. In my opinion, the only need for overhead lighting is cooking in the kitchen or finding a needle elsewhere in the house. Lamps and candlelight create a cozy, welcoming feeling. Remember to have at least three lamps in a room placed to form a triangle and this will help distribute light around a room. The battery powered candles available now are a safe way to add ambiance to a room. If you use traditional candles, please use caution.
  • Add seasonal fragrance with soaps, diffusers, potpourri, and candles. Stick to a single scent (or similar ones) throughout your home.
  • Find a decorative candy dish, place on your coffee table and add seasonal candies for your family and guests to enjoy.
  • Make a pot of soup or chili when the weather starts to cool. A cup of spiced cider or hot chocolate can be soothing after a long day. Nothing says fall like the smell of a pumpkin or apple dessert.
  • Set the mood by lighting your fireplace on a cool night.

“Designers secret: Save money by focusing your fall décor. Instead of spreading a few items here or there around the room only to have them visually lost, concentrate your fall decorating on the natural focal point of the room. If you have a fireplace mantel, an entry table, or a built-in bookcase, these would be great areas to generate some fall ‘feel’.” ~ Kathy Woodard


Upcoming class:

Let’s Decorate

Learn the basics of decorating and be inspired to breathe new life into your décor. Gain confidence to decorate without fear.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Etc. Home  
690 Jonestown Road
Winston-Salem, NC

Seating is limited

To reserve your spot call Ava @336-712-0515 or email

Cost $40

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Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Yield: 16 servings


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (I used 1 tsp. cinnamon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup melted butter (I used only ½ cup or 1 stick of butter and it was enough)
  • whipped topping


Preheat oven to 350F.

Grease bottom of 9” X 13” pan.

Whisk pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt in bowl, then pour it into a greased pan.

You might want to sift the cake mix to get lumps out. Sprinkle your dry yellow cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture.

Sprinkle chopped pecans and walnuts over the cake mix.

Drizzle melted butter evenly over everything.

Bake your pumpkin crunch cake for 55 minutes or until top is turning golden brown. Cool completely, cut and serve with whipped topping. Refrigerate leftovers.