Cozy season is upon us! Even if you live in Southern California, like us, where the weather changes are subtle, there are still many ways to bring fall touches into your home. For seasonal styling, we like to focus on interchangeable and budget-friendly elements that complement the more permanent features of a home. Switching out accessories and making intentional adjustments to decor are simple ways to make your home look and feel special for the season. Check out our team’s top ten tips for practical ways to celebrate autumn.
1. FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Refresh your front door and porch with tasteful fall items. Real or faux pumpkins, a wreath, seasonal fall potted plants, and outdoor lanterns offer festive style for a warm welcome to you and your guests. Switch out the entry door mat for a fun seasonal greeting and layer it with a plaid or patterned rug.
2. THE TEXTURED TOUCH
Bring on the boucle, fur, wool, leather and flannel! Selecting textured materials is best for fall, they are warmer and softer. Comfortable materials create a welcoming environment encouraging people to come together. Adding a chunky knit throw or introducing pillows with rich tones (maroons, oranges, greens, reds) to coordinate with your existing pillows can add that perfect fall touch. Throw in a plaid to give it the final touch!
3. CANDLES IN THE WIND
Every room can always use more candles and candlelight. We love how softer lighting and candlelight adds warmth to any room. Consider changing out your summer scents to sandalwood or fig. Candles can highlight different areas in your home. Remember, smell is one of our strongest senses so go easy on the scented candles, adding a few unscented will make everyone happy. Placing candles in front of mirrors or glass adds a little glam and romance too.
4. ENSCONCED IN VELVET
Drapery in your home can really make a big difference — this is the perfect chance to bring in more neutral, earthy, or rusty tones, plus extra volume of fabric softens any space. Drapery gives added depth to a room and can help keep your interiors warmer in the cooler seasons. Drapery frames your windows and highlights the view of fallen leaves and autumn colors.
5. FIRE IT UP
As the weather cools we can start using those fireplaces we all love! Nothing speaks of home more than a glowing, warm fire. If your fireplace has a mantel, all the more space to have fun with additional fall accessories.
6. FALL FOLIAGE
Update your greenery and florals for fall. Placing vases around the home with eucalyptus, magnolia leaves, sunflowers, dianthus, sweet asylum, dried flowers and greens, will add life to your space while also bringing nature indoors. Display seasonal fruits and vegetables on the kitchen island to incorporate fall in the kitchen. Our favorites include apples, pomegranates, pears, cranberries, pumpkins, squash, beets, and carrots. Keep it simple and earthy with branches or add color with oranges and leaves.
7. RUSTLING RUGS + RUNNERS
Add more rugs to your home to spice it up. Layering existing rugs with a hide, fur or a neutral color adds dimension and warmth into your home. Woven wool rugs add coziness to the space as well as warmth for your frosty feet! Add a runner, or two, to your hallways, bath or kitchen.
8. MOOD SWINGS
Set the seasonal mood by dimming the interior lights. Changing lighting in a room is a great way to create a softer, cozier tone for the changing seasons.
9. FOREST THROUGH THE TREES
Creating a “grateful” tree for an entry piece or a selection of branches in a tall vase. This is an affordable way to be creative and intentional! Family and guests can write a short note about a funny holiday experience, a special memory, or why they are grateful for the season. It can be lighthearted or inspirational! Read the responses at your next get together.
10. FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
For the holidays specifically, we like to add colored landscape lighting in purples, greens, oranges and reds, greens, blues. You can add colored transparent film over existing garden spotlights or just change out the bulbs.
Additional thoughtful tip… as the holidays get nearer don’t forget to reach out to elderly neighbors to see if they could use a helping hand with decorations, blankets, food or if they just need a friend or a shoulder to lean on.