How to decorate your home for fall with tips from two local Interior Designers


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Haylee’ Dodd (left) and Jessica Salinas Balentine (right), two Interior Designers with Harris Doyle. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Need some help deciding how to decorate your home for the fall and Thanksgiving season? You’ve come to the right place. We met with two local interior designers at The Simms Landing community to gather all the tips & tricks you need to make your home festive for the holidays 🍂

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Meet Jessica and Haylee’, two Interior Designers with Harris Doyle Homes

If you’re like me, you might have no idea how to get your home ready for the fall season. Which colors go well in my space? What are the best scented candles for the season? What even is a throw pillow? If you need as much help as I do, an Interior Designer can give you the help you need.

To learn more, we turned to two Interior Designers working at Harris Doyle Homes:

  • Jessica Salinas Balentine: Born in Hawaii and raised in Alabama, Jessica moved to Birmingham several years ago with her husband.
  • Haylee’ Dodd: Originally from Birmingham, Haylee’ recently graduated with a degree in interior design, which she gets to utilize every day with Harris Doyle Homes.

Jessica: “I joined the Harris Doyle team about two years ago as an Interior Designer and I absolutely love it. I actually found the position through social media, and when I interviewed with the Interior Design Manager we instantly clicked. It’s a wonderful work environment; they’re very family-oriented and encourage a healthy work/life balance.”

Haylee’: “I recently started working for Harris Doyle, about six months ago. I actually got the job three days after graduating from the University of North Alabama in Florence. I feel like I’m ‘adulting’ very fast! Plus, my name is Haylee’ Dodd and I work for Harris Doyle—two HD’s—so it feels like it was meant to be.”

How to get your home ready for fall

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Jessica and Haylee’ got to decorate the interior of the new Simms Landing Model Home, located in Pelham Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

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When you’re designing a space for the fall season, where do you start?

Jessica: “For me, I always like to start with the pumpkins. I like to support local, so I’ll visit local garden shops like Leaf & Petal to pick up pumpkins and gourds. They have so much color and texture, so it’s always fun to add them to tables or put them in corners of the room. Really, I recommend anything that adds color to a room, whether it’s a throw pillow, a blanket or anything else. Even small things help!”

Haylee’: “You can also think about special fall scents that you want around your house. We recommend something natural, like lavender, peppermint or eucalyptus. You can find those candles almost anywhere!”

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Even small changes, like new throw pillows and blankets can make a huge difference. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

What are some good Thanksgiving colors to look for in your decor?

Jessica: “Your fall colors are a great place to start; plum, burgundy, mustard yellow—basically, the beautiful colors of the leaves on the trees. They all complement each other really well, so that’s where I draw a lot of inspiration from!”

Haylee’: “When I think about interior design, whether it’s for Harris Doyle or myself, I like to get down to the basics. Texture, colors, patterns, lines and shapes. I always say don’t be afraid of color. Just have fun with it! With design, there are no right answers. You can make anything look good as long as you’re confident in your choices.”

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Jessica and Haylee utilized a floral centerpiece when designing a Thanksgiving table for Simms Landing. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If I’m having people over, how should I decorate the table?

Haylee’: If you ever need inspiration, Pinterest is your best friend. When we decorated our table for the model home at Simms Landing, we knew we wanted to play into the Thanksgiving vibe—so we have a really nice floral centerpiece with lots of greens and earth tones. And, of course we had to put a few small pumpkins and gourds on the table!”

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Little pumpkins and gourds add so much fun and life to your Thanksgiving table setup! Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Any final tips for our readers?

Jessica: “At the end of the day, your home is a reflection of your self. I love thrifting, so I decorate my space with one-of-a-kind pieces I find at thrift and antique stores. And you don’t have to find everything at once—you can always curate your collection of decorations, finding a few pieces at a time.”

Haylee’: “I agree. If you’re struggling to decorate your home, I always like to start with one piece that brings me joy and then work my design around that. Once you have something to start with, you can mix and match your throw pillows and blankets around that. And don’t be afraid of textures, patterns and materials!”

Click here to see available homes by Harris Doyle around Birmingham.

Ready to decorate your home for the fall season?

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Getting your home ready for fall? Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Have more questions about interior design, whether its for Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer? Reach out to the design team at Harris Doyle! Click here to learn more about how the Harris Doyle Design Studio team helps their clients design their dream home at The Simms Landing.

How will you decorate your home this fall? Tag us @bhamnow to let us know!

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