“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I was a bird I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns.” – George Eliot
Even though it doesn’t usually feel like it outside, Labor Day always signals the start of fall to me. I know that soon enough the temperatures will start to fall and nights will creep in a little sooner. This is the time of year when I look forward to lighting candles, snuggling inside with a great book or a pile of magazines, and warming my kitchen with the smell of all things apple and pumpkin baking in the oven. To me, fall epitomizes one word: cozy. So it’s probably no surprise that I look forward to fall decorating all year long.
I love to incorporate pumpkins, gourds, and all that fall goodness into my décor, but with temperatures reaching into the 90’s here last weekend, I wasn’t feeling quite ready for that kind of fall fun yet. Instead, I decided to make simple swaps around the house – bringing in a nice, neutral color scheme and lots of texture. Things that would evoke the feeling of fall – the feeling of being cozy. 🙂
I started with the sofa and swapped out all the blue pillows for those featuring ivory, brown, gold and rust. I really love the textures of fall, so I tried to vary knits, tweeds, velvet, and a couple of prints to really accentuate the warmth and coziness that comes with this time of year. The easiest and quickest way to give a new look and feel to your living room? Swap out your pillows. Even just changing one or two can have big impact.
A simple glass vase filled with leaves and pine cones, and a candle surrounded by gold painted acorns sit aside a leather box (perfect for holding remotes) in a rustic wood tray on top of the coffee table.
There is something about warm, worn wood tones that really speaks of fall to me, so I couldn’t resist bringing the wooden spools back out.
These wood bowls moved from the dining room into the living room – an extra dose of worn warmth…
I didn’t do much as far as the walls, but one of my most favorite things is this large primitive rake…
I found it on the clearance shelf at the Pottery Barn Outlet years ago, and I look forward to bringing it out every year. It just makes me smile. 🙂
Wheat bundles carry so much fall color and texture, and I used two of them to accent the fireplace.
I made a simple swap for lighter candlesticks on the mantel, and added a small architectural piece, but otherwise it stayed the same…
Over on the apothecary cabinet, I brought up an oversized amber-colored glass vase from the basement to hold a few fall leaf branches…
And then filled one of my dough bowls with leaves and pine cones, and nestled a book off to the side.
The book was a find from our most recent flea market trip – I fell in love with the cover and thought it would be perfect for fall decorating. 🙂
A plaid throw and fall colored pillows change up the entry way bench…
And a simple branch wreath adorns the front door for the time being
I enjoyed the blue summer accents I used this year, but there is something about being surrounded by neutrals that soothes my soul. I’ll be back next week with the rest – there is still more to share!
Have a beautiful weekend! 🙂