Fall feels like it's finally here! We've been longing for it for weeks, months... and now it's sprung itself on us. And it beckons refreshing, wearing different clothes, colors, enjoying different activities.
And while I would love to really adjust in my home, too, as a business owner, I just run out of time and feel like I don't have the inspiration when I'm tired at the end of the day. This aspect of self-care sometimes is the last thing.
I'm so grateful to Barbara Kaplan sharing these simple tips, and ideas for simple ways to help welcome the cooler weather into our homes. Embracing the seasons helps us slow down, appreciate what we have, and treat ourselves to delightful, refreshing changes.
Barbara shares her take on Fresh Home's article here for us, and inspires us to create 'visual moments' that bring harmony, connection, and inspiration of the season into our hearts and homes.
1. In the living room switch out decorative pillows, slipcovers or curtains.
A living room can easily transition from season to season. A couch and chair lend themselves to all the seasons with a quick change of the decorative pillows and possibly the addition of an orange blanket. Even the layering of a Zebra skin on top of another rug adds a dimension of texture that creates a feeling of warmth.
2. Make your bedroom cozier by removing the cool, crisp white duvets and linens for cozier fabrics and warmer textures.
Add autumn feel with colors and patterns in the bedding. Beds are perhaps the easiest thing in the home to change for the seasons. Sheets are relatively inexpensive these days and so why not have a few on hand to accompany the changing of the seasons. Perhaps flannel is what you are after for a warmer, cozier feel during the cooler days of fall. Toss on a few blankets, even a faux fur throw to really welcome the fall!
3. Place bowls of seasonal fruits, such as clementines, apples, and pears, all around the kitchen and the house.
A trip to the grocery store is all it takes. Load your cart up with fresh apples, pears, berries and nuts and you will have a healthy and environmentally pleasing display. Other ideas are to bring the outdoors inside. Bundle sticks and branches together and place them by the fireplace or in vases and jars. Pine cones of all shapes and sizes can look quite lovely in a large glass or ceramic bowls.
4. Create pretty displays with decorative pumpkins or gourds or pine cones if you are able.
Using natural resources, you can create warm and visually-appealing displays. Combine candles with fruit, pumpkins, gourds or nuts and arrange them in wooden boxes and crates, plates, platters or trays and place them around your home. The warm glow created by candlelight makes any home feel comfortable and warm.
5. Purchase some blooming plants in seasonal colors, and place them by your entryway or mantel.
Or purchase a few fall foliage branches to create a beautiful fall-like setting as in the picture above. Dried hydrangea in lovely glass jars, pitchers or baskets are the perfect transitional plant if you are not quite ready, this early in the season, to work with a darker palate.
6. Bundle candles together on a tray in assorted heights and sizes.
Light them when the sun starts to set, which is getting earlier and earlier now. Candles are the perfect accessory and can be easily switched up to change with the seasons. Here, displayed in wrought iron lanterns and coupled with fresh fall flowers a beautiful arrangement was created without much fuss. Change out the flowers and this look can be achieved year-round.
7. Don't forget the outside of your home.
Enjoy the amazing temperatures of the fall here in Phoenix. Entertain outside again. When the evening air begins to give your guests a chill, leave warm blankets available for everyone to use. Consider entertaining near a fire-pit or outdoor fireplace to generate some warmth and make your night that much more memorable.
8. In the kitchen or dining room switch out plates and table linens.
Set your tables with warmer colors. Add candles and fresh fruit, gourds or pumpkins in autumn hues. You can spray paint gourds and pumpkins in silver and gold tones, for a more formal look.
9. Layer rugs and bring out the warm throw blankets.
A quick way to add warmth to your room without changing out furniture or changing your color scheme is to simply add some warmth and texture with a few faux-fur throw blankets and layered area rugs. You can place an area rug angled to another area rug having two patterns on the floor. Especially if there is no pattern anywhere else in the room, the layered effect, with two rugs works beautifully.
10. Prep the fireplace for the cooler weather.
Nothing is as welcoming on a cool fall day as the inviting warmth and glow from a crackling fireplace. A working fireplace will pull the entire room together. It's perhaps the most perfect accessory offering a visual aesthetic, a personal touch and the ultimate in comfort. If it's still too warm to use your fireplace, a lovely arrangement inside with assorted pillar candles can achieve the same fall-like effect.
I hope inspires you to fully embrace the fall, which is such a lovely time of year. What will you do to your home to usher in the cooler season?