5 Fall Decorating Ideas

Fall has arrived! Not only is it finally time to break out the flannels and the apple cider, but it’s also a great time to get creative with your home decor. Here are a few fall decorating ideas for you to try this season:

Table Decor:

A table centerpiece is a great way to transform a space! We have a great selection of artificial floral centerpieces to choose from. Place these on a dining room table or end table and let them bring a fall feel to any room.

Fall Table Decor

Fresh From the Garden:

One of the best parts of fall is the colors, and our garden centers are the place to go to lively colored fall plants! Our selection of pumpkins, hay bales, fall squash, mums and other natural fall decorations will make it easy for you to design your autumn theme.

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Wreaths and Garland:

Don’t think of wreaths and garland as Christmas specific decorations! Wreaths and garland are a great way to decorate your home for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Fall Wreaths

Get Cute With Your Halloween Decor:

While spooky Halloween decorations tend to only be brought out around Halloween time, cute Halloween decor can be used all season long! We have a great selection of cute Halloween decor available like these costumed dog figurines and pumpkin jars.

Halloween Decor

Autumn Lanterns:

A great decoration for autumn is to fill up a decorative lantern. Add in some mini-pumpkins or candles to complete the look. This simple and versatile fall decoration is perfect add some curb appeal outdoors or to be used as part of a table centerpiece!

Fall Lantern

Dave’s has everything you need for fall decor and more. Stop by one of our locations today!

6 Fall Activities in WNY

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The days may be getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stay inside. There are still plenty of great fall activities for you and your family to enjoy! Take a look below for a short list of fall activities available in Western New York.

Go Apple Picking:

Are you looking for a way to get your kids to eat healthy? Going apple picking could do the trick. A great family activity, apple picking let’s your kids see how apples grow, and select their own. Places like Baker Farm in Lockport and Becker Farms in Gasport are great apple picking stops.

Head To A Pumpkin Patch:

Similar to apple picking, a pumpkin patch is another great outdoor family experience for fall. Pumpkinville in Great Valley is a wonderful spot filled with family activities, as is Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm and The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence. Then, bring them home and have fun carve or color it for a creative activity.

Walk Through A Corn Maze:

There are a number of corn mazes available in the Western New York area, all with varying degrees of difficulty. Some can even be done at night! Your best bet is to call ahead to make sure the course won’t be too easy or too hard for you and your kids.

Check Out A Haunted House or Hayride:

Fall is the season of Halloween, so don’t forget to get spooky! See if you can survive going through Frightworld without chickening out or take one of the many haunted hayrides found around the Western NY area.

Check Out Becker Farms:

Becker Farms offers more than just apple picking. Looking for a haunted hayride, apple picking and a brewery all rolled into one? You can find all of this and more at Becker Farms. This farm and bakery also hosts a number of events during fall including Oktoberfest, The Pumpkin Fiesta and more.

Take A Hike:

With all of the changing colors of the leaves, even hikes that you’ve already walked over the summertime will look a whole lot different during the fall. Take a look at our previous blog for a short list of great hikes in Western NY.

Open Your Pool for Summer in 12 Easy Steps

The weather is getting warmer, the snow is melting, and the sun seems to shine brighter with each day. Pretty soon it will be time to open up the pool for summer! Whether you are “summer-izing” your pool for the first time or you’d like a reminder of all the necessary steps, we have you covered – no pun intended! Here’s how to successfully prepare your pool for summer:

1. Remove Debris & Drain Water from Pool Cover

The first step in preparing your pool for summer fun is removing all the water and debris from your winter pool cover. Use a submersible pool cover pump for easy water removal. Once your pool cover is completely dry, you can use a large broom or leaf blower to clear off leaves and other debris so they don’t fall into the pool during the next step.

2. Remove Pool Cover

Now that water and debris have been removed from your winter cover, grab a friend and carefully peel the cover back and off of your pool.

3. Clean & Store Away Pool Cover

Pool covers can be easily cleaned with soap, water, and a soft brush. Be careful not to use anything too abrasive, as this may tear the material. For protection against bugs, rodents, and mildew, wait until the pool cover is completely dry then store in a heavy-duty plastic bin.

4. Remove All Winterizing Plugs & Re-Attach Drain Plugs

Make sure all winter plugs are removed from your pool equipment, including the filter, pump, heater, pool cleaners, etc., and replace them with your normal drain plugs. Ensure all antifreeze has been discharged before removing winterizing plugs from your pool skimmers and return lines.

5. Reconnect Pool Equipment

Reconnect your pool filter, pump, heater, and anything else that was disconnected when closing the pool. Above-ground swimming pools will need to have flexible plumbing lines reconnected to the pool equipment and skimmer.

6. Refill Your Pool

Using a garden hose, refill your pool back to its normal level (about halfway up the skimmer).

7. Clean Your Pool

Use a leaf rake net, pool brush, and/or pool vacuum to remove any remaining debris in the water.

8. Set up Your Pump & Pool Filter

Make sure to properly replace drain plugs (and any other parts that have been removed) to your pool pump and filter. Check the pump’s O-ring for any cracks or damage and replace if such blemishes are present. If the O-ring is in good shape, apply an O-ring lubricant to maintain a tight seal and provide easy removal later on.

9. Start the System Back Up

Turn on your pool filter and pump; check and make sure the system is running properly with no leaks or drips. If the pump fails to pull any water, prime the pump by turning off the filter system, removing the lid, and filling the pump housing with water. Replace the pump and turn the system back on again.

10. Test & Adjust

It is crucial to test the quality of your pool water before swimming. Once your pump and filtration system has been up and running for several hours, you will want to test levels of pH (ideal: 7.4 – 7.6), alkalinity (ideal: 80 to 120 ppm), and chlorine (ideal: 2.0 to 4.0 ppm). Using a pool testing kit is an inexpensive and easy way to ensure the safety of your water. Once you’ve established your pool water chemistry, you may need to balance your water by adjusting pH, adding chlorine, or removing phosphate.

11. Filter Overnight

Run your filtration system overnight to get rid of any remaining dirt, bacteria, algae, and debris still present in your pool water. Use algaecide to help remove stubborn or excessive algae.

12. Shock & Awe

The final step to cleaning and preparing your pool for summer is to apply a shock treatment to the water. This will eliminate nearly all the remaining contaminants and bacteria, providing you with a fresh, clean start to the summer season. Once you are all set, you can kick back, relax, and enjoy your pool!

Autumn Holiday Decorating with DAVE’S

DAVE’S is so much more than just Christmas! We love every season, every holiday. Our autumn collection is absolutely amazing this year, and we need to talk about it. We need to talk about the gorgeous table top decor and artificial floral in our store. Of course, we can’t leave out the adorable yard art and porch decor! Get excited about this with us and take a peek at some of our favorite for Fall 2016!

Fall Silk Floral & Table Decorations

We carry a huge selection of picks, artificial flowers, and harvest themed accents for making arrangements. We grabbed a few items from the store and put them in a mason jar for an amazing, rustic look.

Artificial Pumpkins & Fall Floral

Then we took the centerpiece and placed them with white pumpkins and decorative artificial pumpkins and a burlap vase. We have all the beautiful colors of fall in one theme and this will look great in any home!

Autumn Table Decorations

Porch Decor

Again we grabbed some of our favorite items and decorated a front porch for fall/harvest. We used hay bales, burlap, artificial pumpkins, a candle lantern and craft ribbon. This is a charming, festive way to welcome guests to your home!

Outdoor Fall Decorations

We also carry a wonderful assortment of artificial autumn wreaths and garden accessories. You’ll just have to come in and see it all!

Pumpkin Gazing Ball

Indoor Halloween Decorations

Our Halloween collection features a great variety of items that are just perfect for parties. We paired glitter skulls with garland, skull candles, scary pumpkins and decorative plaques to create this spooky display!

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Pumpkins, Hay Bales, & Corn

Our garden centers are the place to BE. We have gorgeous orange and white pumpkins, Indian corn, hay bales and corn stalks to help you design your own autumn theme!

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DIY Supplies

For those who like to create a unique decoration, we have lanterns, ornaments, jars, vases and so much more. Before you get started on your next project, be sure to visit one of our stores!


Day of The Dead

We have stunning Dia De Los Muertos decorations including sugar skulls, sugar skull cats, ornaments, plates, and so much more!

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7 Chores To Do In Autumn

We have one week left until fall officially begins. Before we know it, the days will fly by and we’ll be busier than ever with autumn festivals, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can make life a lot easier during the holidays if you take care of a few tasks before the end of September. Use this post as a checklist to get organized and prepare the home for fall and winter events. Be sure to share any of your favorite fall tasks in the comments section too, we love to hear back from our readers.

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#1 Fridge & Pantry

Take an inventory of any expired or close-to-expire food in the fridge, freezer and pantry. Once you purge anything you haven’t used in a while, create a shopping list for non-perishable items you may need during the holidays. It will be wonderful when you realize you only have to get a few things for a recipe when the time comes.

#2 Clothes & Accessories

Similar to task one, take an account of clothes, shoes, hats, gloves and other accessories you haven’t worn in over a year. Set aside items that no longer fit as well, donate these items and create a shopping list of new items you’ll need for the cold season.

#3 Dust Everything!

Dust ceiling fans, mini blinds, and all high surfaces that you don’t get to frequently. This will make prepping the home for holiday parties quicker and easier.

#4 Flip Mattresses & Couch Cushions

You should flip mattresses and couch cushions(if applicable) 2-3 times per year. If your couch cushions aren’t the kind you can flip, see if you can remove the cover to wash it and try to fluff the cushions and pillows as much as possible.

#5 Deep Clean Carpets & Upholstery

Vacuum all upholstered items in the home, as well as every carpet. Once that’s finished, shampoo the carpets and let dry for a day. Vacuum the carpets one more time to get anything that might have been left behind after shampooing.

#6 Test All Smoke Detectors

Before the hours of cooking and candle season, make sure all smoke detectors are functioning and have full batteries… just in case.

#7 Winterize Outside (If Applicable)

While you don’t have to completely shut down the outdoors, you can prep it for the cold season. Remove non-essential items susceptible to harsh weather. If you have a pool, get the supplies ready for closing it in a few weeks. Stack and cover patio furniture when it’s not in use, as bad weather can hit at any time. If you’re in a warmer area, skip this step and enjoy fall!

Our Favorite Items of Spring

Happy Decorating!

Each of our stores has its own personality in charm, but one thing holds true for all of them. Every DAVE’S store has a great big collection of patio decor, garden statues, seasonal decorations and decorative accents. While the inventory may vary once in a while, you’ll always find things to love. Whenever I head to one of the stores to do some good ole’ fashion work, I ALWAYS fall in love with something new. Today’s post is centered on my favorite items over the last few months. The photos feature gorgeous statues, wall plaques, patio lights, and more. If you see something you love too, let us know in the comments section and we’ll help you find it!

Fire Pit Patio Tables

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These Adorable & Quirky Statues

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The Kids’ Gardening Supplies

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The Elegant Children Garden Statues

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Our Amazing Patriotic Displays & Decorations

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Our Jute Candle Holders Might Be My Favorite

Rustic Candle Holders

We Have So Many Cute Signs & Accents…
Choosing a Favorite Is Impossible…


Sherrie Carter