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.
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?
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.
Welcome mat. Welcome friends and family with a fall or holiday-inspired mat at your front door.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
I just got the word, Mad Men’s latest season debuts with a 2 hour premier on March 25th. I almost hyperventilated when I got the AMC email telling me 30 seconds ago.
Jon Hamm as Mad Men's "Don Draper"
First, I cannot wait to see my favorite characters, Don Draper and Roger Sterling, seduce like one hundred women in the first episode alone… even though Don is engaged to his secretary/nanny-for-the-day.
And I’m anticipating even more great fashion from the costumer, and quite possibly the most talented woman on the planet, Janie Bryant.
Don’t count on Sunday blogs and covets starting March 25th. I’ll be curled up on my couch watching Mad Men on the small screen for the rest of the season. But do look for some seriously 60’s-inspired covets from me in the near future.
Or maybe I’ll just revisit some of my past favorites… we’ll just have to see!
I don’t know what my preoccupation is with red these days. I posted that cute cherry clutch the other day, and ever since the Talbots catalog showed up with their early fall line last year, I have been coveting red pants.
Then in a moment of weakness, I perused the sale selection online at J.Crew and there they were – the café trouser in wool, in the petite length, in my size….AND in maraschino cherry!
I had to have them! And they arrived today, but I have yet to unpack my cherry red beauties.
I hope to God that I love them, because as perfect as they are, they are also a final sale.