The air is a little crisper, the daylight recedes a bit each day, and leaves starting to melt from green into shades of amber and rust. In the fall, my family moves a bit slower, sleeps a bit later, and starts to settle into the rhythms of a new season. This is the season for slow cooker Sunday dinners, and movie nights in front of the fireplace, snuggled under blankets. We roll out brown craft paper and host our annual pumpkin painting party with our cousins.
Everyone wants to create a home that is warm and welcoming, especially during this season. There’s a line between fall decor that's cozy and warm, or that strays into the kitchy and cliché (or as my good friend put it “like fall threw up all over my house”).
So to help you celebrate this season of slowing down and taking it all in, below are my time-tested tips for creating a stylish but cozy autumn home:
1. Forage for décor
Some of the most striking décor is also the simplest (and free!). By now, your flower beds are probably showing their last blooms, but don’t limit yourself to cutting flowers from your garden! Instead, head outside to your yard, and clip some interesting branches from a nearby tree or shrub to bring inside. Choose your favorite vase and arrange, and viola! Instant impactful and chic fall décor.
2. Pop in some pumpkins
Adding little miniature white, striped and even green pumpkins in unexpected places gives a little nook some seasonal interest! They can be real (like these little cuties that make up a centerpiece perched atop a beautiful wooden serving tray):
.... or this velvet and twine bunch sitting atop a stack of books that is usually on my mantel.
Décor often looks best in odd numbers, so use groupings of three, five, seven (or more!) pumpkins. Stack them on top of each other for even more visual interest.
3. Let ‘em shine
Your light fixtures that is! One place that I love to add some unexpected seasonal décor is light fixtures. Dining room fixtures are a fun place to add some faux garland. Add some strings of fall-inspired foilage to fixture to evoke a glowing and welcoming table.
Visit your local crafts store (JoAnn Fabrics is my personal favorite for faux florals) and choose one with leaves, branches, pumpkins … whatever gives you all the fall feels! (Depending on the size of your fixture, you’ll likely need more than one string.) Weave it in and out of your fixture, dim the lights, and enjoy your creativity.
(And if you don’t have a dimmer on your fixture, add that to your to-do list for this weekend. Dimmers = instant ambiance.)
4. Freshen up your fauxs
Don’t get me wrong – I adore fresh flowers around the house. But when that’s not always practical, and when you want something more long lasting, faux is the way to go. In the fall, use a mix of dried grasses, berries, mini pumpkins and preserved leaves for beautiful combinations.
5. Bring on the layers!
For all of you pillow and throw lovers, THIS is your season! Layer on pillows and extra throws in sumptuous velvets, faux fur and cozy wool. And don’t forget your outdoor spaces – snuggling under a warm chunky knit throw on a cool Friday autumn night can be the perfect end to a busy week. The more layers you add, the more family and friends will want to stay awhile.
What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate the fall season? Do you have any family traditions? Comment below or drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org – I’d love to hear about them!