Falling for Seasonal Décor

It’s suddenly turned cold here in Middle America and it has me considering how I might mix things up when it comes to my home décor. My color scheme is pretty light with pale blues, greens and a creamy white the rest of the year. However, overcast skies, cool rains and dropping temperatures make me want to make things a little cozier inside.

So how do I do this without trading in all my light-colored furniture and accessories for deep, rich colors and plush fabrics? Luckily, I have a few ideas that won’t break the bank or force me into redecorating my entire home.

  1. Throw pillows. Why not pull all my polished cotton and linen-covered throw pillows in turquoise and green, and swap them out for plush velvet or even silk with some embellishments?
  2. Fall tablescapes. Green sprigs, Satin ribbons, brilliant fall fruits and plenty of candles are all good ways to transform your home for the season. If you’ve got a set (or two or three!) of inherited dishes packed away like I do, pull out the ones with the gold bands or festive apples on them to use for the season.
  3. Welcome mat. Welcome friends and family with a fall or holiday-inspired mat at your front door.
  4. Faux fur throws. Make sure there is the plushest of covers draped across your favorite reading chair or a sofa you love to stretch out on. It should be convenient enough to grab if a chill suddenly comes on.
  5. Blooms. Mums or any other fall flowers in deep reds, oranges and gold are perfect for your front porch or your dining table. You can always create a really dramatic arrangement for your mantle too. Combine them with gourds, pumpkins and apples for even more color and texture.
  6. Candles. Choose tons of white pillars in multiple heights or light a single holiday-smelling candle in your kitchen. You can also put a bunch of tea lights out in a variety of candle holders – notice the cored out apples!
  7. Indoor rugs. Your everyday rugs might be very expensive or hard to move, but if they aren’t or you just want to swap out some of the smaller rugs around, this is an easy way to add fall shades to your home. Places like HomeGoods have rugs of all shapes and sizes at affordable prices. You may even want to keep them out all year  ’round.
  8. Outdoor spaces. Use your porch or a sunroom as an extension of your home’s square footage. You can always add throws, pillows and rugs to those areas, as well as pretty potted plants in seasonal containers. Plus you can show them off to all the neighbors too!

Hopefully, I’ll tackle some of these in the next few weeks. How about you? What do you do to get your home ready for colder weather? Share some of your favorite ways to welcome the new season into your home in the comments.

Valentine’s Day: the holiday most people hate

Most people I know absolutely detest Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s the ridiculous excuse to demand another gift from your SO or the fact that you seem to be uncannily S-O-less every time Valentine’s Day rolls around, this holiday ranks right up there with a root canal or digging sharpened pencils into your palms.

BUT, why not love the colors of love?

Red, fuchsia, pink, merlot…. there are so many gorgeous shades of Valentine-worthy dresses out there to choose from.

Wear them with your Valentine. Wear them to find a Valentine. Or wear them to swear off any more Valentines with your best gal pals instead.

But don’t skip an opportunity to show off your bad self in one of these AB FAB colors for a night!

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JOSEPH Milano Skater Dress

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Amanda Uprichard Elle Dress

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Missguided Dayana Ball Dress

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Catching Cap Sleeve Dress

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Tart Marine Gathered Mini

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Iris & Ink Olivia Leather Dress

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Zac Posen Crepe dress

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Love Moschino wrap-effect dress

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Halston Heritage stretch-jersey dress

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Matthew Williamson Crepe Dress

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Thakoon Silk Wrap Dress

Daily Covet: Tailored Dress

Having three little boys at home does wonders for your social life… and not in a good way. My husband and I no longer make big plans for NYE, but instead, stay home and play games or watch movies with our brood. Most years, I’m lucky to be up when the clock strikes midnight.

But if I were heading out to overindulge on delicious cocktails or mouth-watering steak frites with bernaise sauce – or more likely all of the above, a new dress I would surely need.

This tailored dress from & Other Stories would be perfect. While it’s not overtly sexy and it’s not covered in sequins like typical NYE ensembles, it wreaks of sophistication and reminds me a little bit of Sally Albright’s dress from the mother of all NYE parties in Harry Met Sally (a party of such proportions that it only happens in the movies!)

I adore the full skirt, the deep v-neck and of course, the stunning emerald color. How could you go wrong?

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Daily Covet: Anthropologie Willoughby Sofa

I need a new sofa.

Well, I need another sofa.

I love the sofa I have, but I am dying to add some bold color to my otherwise subdued living room.  And on a rainy day this week, I spent the day moving my furniture around and around to no avail.

This is the Willoughby sofa I have my eye on… in fact, Anthropologie has a whole gaggle of furniture I wouldn’t mind adding to my maison.

Take a good look at this lucious velvet sofa.  Isn’t it delish?

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Daily Covet: J.Crew Bikini

Bikinis?

My family is tossing around ideas about what to do for Spring Break.

My son asked if we could go on a Disney cruise, and followed that up with a trip to Mexico.

While I don’t see our expectant-baby budget taking us on an exotic excursion, we are trying to find someplace warm and inviting stateside.

This means I’ll be on the hunt for warm-weather clothes that will be pool (or beach) ready by March!

I found this J.Crew bikini today.  And while I’m not super thrilled about my baby bump in a bikini, a beige baby bump is better than a white one once summer rolls around, right?!

Plus, this bikini from J.Crew has a fabulous print in two of my fave colors… blue and more blue!

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Daily Covet: Cropped Fur Jacket

With a particularly busy holiday season on tap this year, dressy outerwear is a must.

An adorable cropped fur jacket from Badgley Mischka is just the ticket for fending off December’s chill (although quite tame again this year in Middle America!)

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While I’m not particularly against people wearing real fur, it’s not really my thing… but I do love a good faux fur jacket for it’s luxurious feel and chic style.

This fur jacket happens to be the real thing, but if you are vehemently against wearing real fur or would just prefer the low maintenance (and lower cost) of the faux persuasion, I’ve included a couple of cute alternatives.

Happy holidays bloggy friends — here’s to a well-dressed season!

DKNY Cropped Leopard Faux Fur Jacket, bloomingdales.com $295

DKNY Cropped Leopard Faux Fur Jacket, bloomingdales.com $295

Faux Fur Cropped Jacket, FOREVER21.com $27

Faux Fur Cropped Jacket, FOREVER21.com $27

Calvin Klein Faux Fur Jacket Silver, Zappos.com $148

Calvin Klein Faux Fur Jacket Silver, Zappos.com $148

Daily Covet: Kate Spade Champagne Flutes

Nothing says “cheers” better than champagne flutes.

And these Kate Spade “Say the Word” flutes literally say, Cheers.  And Pop.  And Fizz.  And Clink too!

To top them off — or more appropriately — finish them off, these champagne flutes have handpainted, multicolored bases.

With the holidays approaching, Kate Spade’s champagne flutes are both a great gift and a great way to entertain.

Cheers!