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’d pair it with knee boots and jeans or or a wool mini skirt. I’d totally wear it to the pumpkin patch with my kiddos or to run errands in high style. It’s such an easy piece, I could throw it on to get the mail or pick the kids up from school. And it comes in gray and olive – the first I have loved always and the second is my new favorite neutral.
Last fall/winter, I searched high and low for rain boots that I loved.
And more importantly rain boots that actually fit my calves.
I found some equestrian-style boots that I adore, and have to laugh at the fact that I have been looking for rain boots when this is the dryest summer on record.
But you know how I love to start early. So, I’ve located cute rain boots with a 16 1/4″ circumference around the calf area. Not only will these Hunter boots fit, but I will also have extra room to tuck in my skinny jeans, which has been problem #2 with most boots.
While I’ve ordered Sporto boots, Sperry boots and have tried on others, I have yet to find the “right” pair.
Hopefully, these cute Hunter Bessy Boots will be my ticket to puddle jumping this fall…. That, and some rain in the midwest.
If you are a regular follower of this blog, you know full well that I love myself some outerwear!
Pair outerwear and quilted fabrics, and I’ve got heaven on earth. This adorable jacket from Zara’s fall collection has a round neck that I UH-DORE. The almost bomber feel of this cute quilted jacket from Zara mixes classic and biker perfectly.
For a girl that lives in jeans (when I’m not in my little black sweats, that is) and knit dresses and knit skirts, this jacket pulls everything together with chic sophistication.
I could live in dresses. In fact, in the spring, summer and fall, I usually do.
Dresses are easy. They always fit, and if you buy the empire waisted ones that are so popular – and plentiful – in the marketplace they provide great coverage on those not so sleek days.
I love that I don’t have a waistband to get hot and sweaty in our middle America humidity. I love that I’ve was able to wear non-maternity dresses a lot longer, even when I was pregnant. And I love that I don’t have to find dresses to fit both my waist and my hips at the same time… a super irritating task when it comes to pants.
Here is a small collection of fun dresses (find shopping info on Polyvore.com) that are also very inexpensive, which is how I like my summer clothes because they are usually having picnics in the grass, drenched in sunscreen or semi-damp from being layered over my bathing suits.
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.