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Simple and Easy Fall Front Doors

Lorri Dyner shares her favorite fall door décor.

I love it when my neighbors decorate their front doors for fall. When I run (okay, more like walk) through the ‘hood every morning, all the wreaths and pumpkins make me feel grateful that a new, beautiful fall season is here.

But I also know how intimidating it can be to decorate your front door for fall. Who has time, right? And where do you get all that stuff, anyway?

I totally get it. But I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. There’s a simple formula for getting your front door fall-ready in a snap: All you need to do is choose from three elements.

1) Pumpkins and Mums

Let’s start with the easiest idea. (I’m lumping these guys together because they go hand-in-hand.)  Here are places where you can find pumpkins and mums: Your local grocery store, Trader Joe’s (for the best prices), Costco, and Home Depot.

Here are the instructions. Bring pumpkins and mums home. Pile them along the sides of your front door. Done! Seriously, does it get easier than that? And look how pretty it is.

Via Designs of Home

2) The Wreath

If you want to take it slightly up a notch, I suggest adding in element number two, the wreath.

In the photo below, what really makes the scene say “fall” is the wreath (okay, and the pumpkins). But doesn’t that wreath really make the scene?

Via Anika Mari

Of course, online shopping makes all of this easier. Here’s a great one – reasonably priced – that has that fall look:

And it's actually on sale right now

3) Corn Stalks

This is one of my go-to fall decorating tricks! Buy some dried out corn stalks, prop them up, and call it a day. Here’s a beautiful example:

Via The Yellow Cape Cod

I did it on my own front door a few years ago and got a great response from passers-by:

I found my corn stalks at the Home Depot! They are so inexpensive!  You can also try a local nursery.

So there you have it:

1. Pumpkins and Mums
2. A Wreath
3. Corn Stalks

Pick one or two from this list and you are in business. I’ll make sure to post a photo of my own front door this year when I finally get my act together.  Expect to see some corn stalks! Happy fall decorating, everyone!

Lorri Dyner is an interior designer and blogger who believes in the power of "decorating for the rest of us." Using clever, accessible, and affordable ideas, she brings us insider tips and tricks that make our living spaces feel pulled together. Lorri resides in Westchester with her husband and two small children. Visit her at


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Save the Date

Along the Hudson 

Please join us for a day of exploration just 40 minutes north of the city. In partnership with Houlihan Lawrence and the EILEEN FISHER Leadership Institute, we invite you to explore the river towns. After taking the train up the Hudson, we'll greet you trackside with a curated map to send you on a self-guided tour through the beautiful village of Irvington. Later, we'll reconvene with a toast overlooking the Hudson after your day of adventures. 

-Event Details-

Spend the day sampling local producers from Irvington's farmer's market, visiting some of our favorite shops, and walks along the aqueduct to Washington Irving's historic estate. You may also sign up with Houlihan Lawrence to tour properties nearby. 

At 3pm, we will gather at the EILEEN FISHER Learning LAb in the historic Cosmopolitan Building designed by Standford White. As we share stories from the day, we will indulge in local liberations and small bites on the terrace overlooking the Hudson River. 

Follow us on Instagram in the weeks leading up to the event as we highlight some of the spots we will visit on the 31st. We look forward to spending the day with you! 

DATE: Sunday, May 31st, 2015

TIME: 11am-5 pm

LOCATION: Irvington, New York

Start: 11 am, Brrzaar, 7 N. Astor Street

Gather: 3pm, EILEEN FISHER Learning Lab, 50 S. Buckhout Street 

Planting Art as Inspiration for Breast Cancer Patients

Planting Art as Inspiration

New Arrivals in the Marian and Hans Kretsch Meditation Gardens

During the construction of Ann’s Place, one of oncologist Dr. Marc Rappaport’s patients, a realtor who was fighting breast cancer, spoke to him about a property she was brokering in Greenburg, New York.  An estate was being liquidated in advance of a new subdivision.  Debra Tricarico (pictured left), who was with Houlihan Lawrance in Westchester County, was being treated at Danbury Hospital.  Today she also represents Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in Brookfield, CT.   “Dr. Rappaport was awesome; I could not have survived without him,” Debra says today.  

Debra also credits being a client of Ann's Place as an invaluable part of her cancer care, the services Ann's Place provided to her pulled her though her treatment phase, throughout her treatment she didn't miss a single day of work. 


Dr. Rappaport is a cancer survivor himself and has helped facilitate the Young Adults Group and make scientific presentations at Ann’s Place, including the upcoming Head and Neck Cancer Panel.  What Debra was describing to her oncologist was not simply an estate.  It was an estate with a sculpture garden, amassed over the last 50 years by Edward and Doris Rosenthal.  On the grounds was a cottage that served as a studio for Masami Kodama, a sculptor who had immigrated to America from Hiroshima, Japan in 1964.  Kodama found a patron in the Rosenthal family and produced many abstract works, which have found homes in museums, public, private and corporate collections, while others remained on the estate.  Professor Kodama also taught sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. 

With Dr. Rappaport’s encouragement, Debra approached the Rosenthal family with a recommendation.  As they were donating the remaining sculptures to cities and museums to clear the estate, Debra spoke passionately about Ann’s Place and the inspiration she and other survivors have found there.  Wouldn’t a meditative sculpture add timeless inspiration to the grounds where clients come for peace and solace on their cancer journey?  

The family was receptive to the idea and vetted the agency over the next several months to ensure that Ann’s Place was soundly run.  Debra connected the estate heirs to then agency President Wilda Hayes and Chairman Paul Dinto and site visits and discussions began, with Debra, still in chemo and actively working, as the go-between.  In the end, it was decided that two pieces would come to Ann’s Place as a gift from Jason and Nancy Rosenthal.

On Friday, June 13th, 2014, during a monsoon rainstorm, Mariano Brothers of Bethel arrived with giant rigs to plant the two granite pieces on the grounds.  Staff and clients watched in fascination as thousand of pounds of stone were lowered to the ground.  With cancer not being a stranger to their families, the company donated their services and crew for hours of careful work.  Earlier, another mover who lost his mother to cancer had donated moving and storing the pieces until the right time for installation.

It comes full circle: a caring community gives back and allows the next generation of people whose lives are interrupted by cancer to take advantage of all the resources for their journey.  Debra Tricarico and all the others involved became part of that circle of paying it forward.  The circle concept is appropriately echoed in both of the Kodama sculptures that now grace the grounds at Ann’s Place.

Harbor Square - Ossining

OSSINING – Ginsburg Development begins construction this week of the long-planned Harbor Square, a 188-unit luxury waterfront rental building.

Local officials and the developer consider the project a key part of the revitalization at the Hudson River and the village's historic downtown.

"It is a huge economic boon to the village," said Mayor William Hanauer. "It will bring new people with disposable income to the village. It will bring new commerce into the village. And it will open the riverfront as our front door — as it once was in the early days of Ossining."

The apartments on Westerly Road, off Main Street and Route 9, will feature high-end amenities such as a rooftop swimming pool, a spa and concierge services. There will also be public sections — a restaurant with outdoor seating, a waterfront park with sculptures and a walking promenade, Ginsburg noted.

"I have a particular passion for the Hudson River, which is historically significant to the state and the city, and I have always felt that the Ossining waterfront is a major spot," said Martin Ginsburg, president of Ginsburg Development Corp., which built Ichabod's Landing in Tarrytown, River Bend in Peekskill and Harbors at Haverstraw.

For Ginsburg, Harbor Square is the perfect project in the perfect spot. He emphasized that rental apartments are on the rise in the local construction scene because so many young professionals and adults in transition are seeking this type of housing, including the newly opened Avalon apartments in the Town of Ossining.

"We are excited about doing something that will have an impact on Hudson River communities and I think it could act as a catalyst (for) more aggressive movement," the developer said.

Ginsburg said a final decision has not been made on the roughly 5,000-square-foot restaurant at the waterfront, but he hopes it will have a diverse enough menu to attract tourists and families living nearby, and offer a large terrace for parties and events.

The apartments will offer river views, covered garage spaces, a two-story lobby and units with many luxury finishes such as stone countertops and wood floors. Occupancy is expected in March 2016, and 10 percent will be "affordable housing" units.

Hanauer said the village is moving forward on a plan to extend the pier and has applied for a state grant. He said that construction is also underway on a new 31-unit apartment building on Main Street near the farmers market location.

"There is a lot going on and it is all good for Ossining residents and businesses," he said.



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