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.
Virtually every day of my life before I leave the house, I put in simple diamond studs. I’m usually wearing my workout clothes when I leave in the morning – just in case I get (make) a chance to work out so my earrings are usually the one little sparkle I incorporate into my appearance.
I recently went through my jewelry looking for something else when I ran across a single baby hoop earring wtih graduated diamonds running channel-set down the middle. I’m missing one, which is sad, but not catastrophic. I guess you’d just call them fashion jewelry – nothing expensive and definitely not genuine.
I did love them though and have often wanted to wear them as a change from my normal studs. Recently, I went looking for a more grown up – read REAL – pair and found these Roberto Coin baby hoops.
The thing I love the most about Roberto Coin is that he always incorporates a signature ruby into his jewelry and generally it’s on the clasp or closure . The reason this is so appealing is because my birthstone also happens to be a Ruby. Supposedly the ancient Egyptians believed that wearing a Ruby against the skin brought love, happiness, good health and prosperity.
Who couldn’t use a little side of all that along with a splash of sparkle every day?
After months of searching (years really), we finally decided that while there are bigger houses in our neighborhood, there are none to be found that we love nearly as much as our little Tudor.
We’ve put off investing any real time, effort and money into updates on our house that weren’t absolutely necessary because we thought we’d have moved into more space by now.
However, I’m happy to report that we have officially dug in and started renovating our kitchen to make it better accommodate our growing boys. We’ve finished most of it (more on that later) but here were the plans for our new space.
It was important to us to maintain some of the traditional character that runs through the rest of our house while incorporating some more modern elements for aesthetics and convenience.
I am totally obsessed with these Givenchy slip-on Derby shoes. There are few things sexier than baring a little ankle when wearing menswear-inspired shoes. Pair them with sleek black ankle-length pants or boyfriend jeans for the most obvious ensembles. But slip them on with a full-skirted, feminine dress for an altogether eccentric combination that still works!