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.

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Daily Covet: Kate Spade Tayla

Since we’re talking outerwear, let me just add this awesome Kate Spade “Tayla” topper to my list of needs wants.

The adorable pyramid-style buttons and patch pockets make this coat detail rich.  And it’s a versatile coat, which comes in two of the most rockin’ colors:  Loden and Gold.

So one in each color then?  Yes, please.

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Daily Covet: Vince Draped Sweater

I’ve been purging sweaters, jeans, shorts, dresses and that just weren’t adding much to my closet.

But that means I’m trying to replace some of my formerly versatile pieces.

I love this Vince draped sweater.  I can picture the cowl-neck sweater with virtually everything I own.  It’s also such a classic sweater, which will be wearable forever.

Seriously, what can’t you do with this sweater?

Daily Covet: Athleta Fall Dressing

Seriously, is it fall yet?

I’m ready.  My wardrobe is in limbo.  I wear a ton of linen, and it’s much too late (early?) to be wearing linen.  I have wool trousers, my favorite denim shirt and a velvet hacking jacket just screaming my name.

So, it’s no wonder that I am falling in love with this trés adorable dress from Athleta.  The material is presumably comfy and cozy.  The off-center and exposed zipper is trés chic.  And the draped collar/hood is trés unique.  That means I am wanting it trés beaucoup!

What can I say?  I’m in a dress-loving daze!

Wear it with leggings, knee high boots or tights…  I’m not picky, I just want to wear it!

Daily Covet: Missoni Umbrellas

What better way to welcome fall showers than with an iconic Missoni-print umbrella.

Missoni’s Tiffany compact umbrella has the exact print that comes to mind whenever I think Missoni.

It’s vivid.  It’s chic.  And it matches everything!

Missoni’s umbrella goes from a compact 11″ to a 42″ arc with an auto open and close button too.

Stylish and easy — rarely do you come by that combination!

Daily Covet: Leopard Calf Hair Pump

I adore calf hair pumps.  I especially adore calf hair pumps when they have a chic leopard print and coordinating piping.

The classic lines of these J. Crew calf hair pumps are my absolute favorites for a number of reasons.

  1. The block-ish heel will be in style for-EVER!  Don’t believe me?  Go back an look at Prada’s shoes from past decades.
  2. The rounded toe means the toe box offers a little more rooms for those of us, who have wider feet or are out of the practice of  wearing high and pointy heels.
  3. With a heel of 3 3/4″, they are still manageable for us girls, who used to wear heels often, but have given them up with our day jobs.

Again, these shoes are cute with pencil or pleated skirts.  Denim and schoolboy blazers (like my previous Daily Covet.)  Ankle-skimming pants in bright hues or wide-legged trousers that need a heel for a long and lean look.

It’s a no-brainer, really, that these J.Crew calf hair pumps are a must-have this season and the many that follow it!

Daily Covet: LOFT Striped Trench

Sorry bloggy friends.  I’m running late today, but couldn’t let you go without the Daily Covet!

I’m thinking fall again.  Fall means outerwear (at least maybe it will this year!)

I saw this striped trench first in the LOFT Store here in town.  It looked pretty cute hanging on the wall, and figured I’d better go back and check on this cute trench online.

Loved it even more styled with bright pants and a neutral top.  It’s really such a great neutral, but the corded stripes give it dimension and cool-weather weight.

This trench coat would be great layered over hot pink, red, bright blue and more.  Or try it over other prints.  Need help with that?  Read more here.