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.

Green with Envy

Without selling out my beloved turquoise, I find myself drawn to all things green right now. Rich velvet couches, cute sneaks and emerald-colored clutches are all on my list of Daily Covets.

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I’m starting to notice a smattering of all shades green in couture collections, home decor sites and at most of my favorite retailers these days too. Is this the next big color?

Every season benefits from the freshest hue on earth. From Springy rebirth to the evergreen hue of a Christmas tree in Winter, there’s no shortage of green all year ’round.

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel
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 absolutely love what has transpired thus far!

O’Hara Living Room 2.0

O'Hara Living Room 2.0

Loomed rug
zgallerie.com

Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture brass accent table
$2,410 – sweetpeaandwillow.com

Nailhead furniture
zincdoor.com

Tufted footstool
bellemaisonfrancaise.com

Nailhead furniture
zincdoor.com

Sofa
overstock.com

Leather console table
$910 – alexanderandpearl.co.uk

Daily Covet: Interior Makeover

There are days – especially this time of year – when I get sick of looking at the same, old stuff every day.

These cold, gray days just make me want to toss everything in my house and start from scratch. Or maybe it’s the tent full of plastic balls, the BatBot or the stack of school papers…

It’s a good thing I have Polyvore, where money is no object and I can find virtually anything I need and want in my dream room. So here is what I’ve been working on.

Some favorites? Those Louis loveseats covered in Belgian linen and the glass console table with blue “X” stools tucked underneath.

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Like some of these items or want to see other rooms I’ve spent winter days “mocking” up? Check out my Polyvore page here.

Daily Covet: Organic Matelassé Duvet Cover

A white duvet cover?

So what, why is she telling us this?

Well, let me tell you why I’m telling you.

Have you tried to find a non-100-percent cotton duvet cover lately?

I googled “cotton blend” and “polyester blend” and came up with either cotton or polyester… not both. But several years ago, my mom turned me on to cotton percale sheets that she said wouldn’t wrinkle like my cotton sheets did. Cotton-percale is also incredibly soft without the price tag of their Egyptian-cotton sisters with one billion threadcounts.

To rewind, my current all cotton Tiffany-blue duvet cover has seen better days. I bought it when we moved into our house. It’s been just shy of nine years. It’s wrinkled, discolored, faded and generally looks like crap.

I decided to convert to white because then my duvet cover can’t fade and washing it in my go-to OXY will keep it nice and crisp.

Long story short, when I ran across this Matelassé duvet cover in cotton-percale at WestElm.com I was thrilled.

And although “organic” was not a stipulation of said duvet cover, it can’t hurt right? Also, I love that it’s in a traditionally-French quilted design called Matelassé because… well, because I love all things French.

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Daily Covet: Safavieh Logan X Side Chair

The Safavieh Logan X Side Chair is a modern-day replica of the most popular cafe chairs of Europe. Small-ish in size, these dining chairs were popularized by Thonet’s 19th Century Brentwood aesthetic. My favorite part of these chairs is where the curved metal “X” meets the seat of the chair.

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I currently have a farmhouse-style kitchen table set on casters that is slightly longer and slightly narrower than most dining tables. I would love to update the upholstered bench and two farmhouse chairs that surround my beloved table. The distressing makes them rustic, and the basket-weaved seats that are slightly more cush than a solid wood seat.

So while I’m replacing furniture, why not a makeover? I’m also loving these Philippe Starck sconces!

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