I have a confession to make. Are you ready to hear it? Here goes...I am not a seasonal decorator. Gasp! There. I said it.
While I love to bring you, my dear readers, the most exciting news about small space interiors and living, seasonal decor is something you won't see here on J'adore le Décor. No pumpkins and scarecrows, no bundles of hay on the front porch, no bowls filled with acorns. Nada. It's just not my jam. "Sooo boring!", you say?
Au contraire mes amis. You'll be surprised to hear that there are a number of interior bloggers and decor enthusiasts just like me. Does this mean we don't share the excitement of the changing seasons? Far from it. We just find other ways to express it. So after checking out Havenly, an online interior design service, and thinking of how I welcome the Fall season into my home, I jumped at the opportunity to illustrate how some of us non-traditionalists prepare our homes for the changing seasons.
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French author and journalist Albert Campus once said, "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
How true! Yes, like all other seasons, Fall has its own charm too. To capture it, I approach seasonal decor in the same way that a fashion guru might construct a wardrobe. Instead of filling the closet with clothing that literally announces the current season, I try to embrace elements that appropriately reflect it. Decorating in this way creates an allure that is insanely irresistible. Here are a few ways to do it in your home.
1. Add the Warmth of Wood
Falling leaves are a reminder of trees. And bare trees leave us gazing at their magnificent structures and textures. Fall is the perfect time to bring a bit of that warm woodsy feel into the home. Wooden trays, chargers bowls, and candle holders are easy ways to incorporate wood into any decor setting. The best part is that they don't take up a ton of valuable space.
2. Load Up On Textures
Just as linen conjures up thoughts of spring and summer, nothing says fall like thick cable knit throws, and furry textures. I love how the small patch of faux fur was added to a simple display of pottery below. Notice by the way, how they layered it atop a wooden table. Are you beginning to see how these elements can be strung together?
3. Make Your Home Glow With Candles
Candles are like the little black dresses of decor. They're fitting no matter what the occasion, and they look good in every season. The trick is to change the scent so it fits the time of year. What better time than the Fall to pull out those cinnamon, apple, and nutmeg spiced candles?
4. Layer Your Rugs
A good rug can command a pretty hefty investment. So if you find yourself with a rug that is more fitting for summer, how can you modify it to fit the fall season? Try layering smaller, fall-like rugs in unconventional angles on top of your existing rug. Think about something you'd like to wiggle your toes through on a chilly night in front of the fireplace. Then choose a pattern and texture that compliments your current rug. Layering over summer/spring rugs in this way, will also protect them from the fall/winter grunge that inevitably makes its way into the home.
Yes, non-traditional "seasonal" decor doesn't have to be unimaginative or flat. When done correctly, it's quite the opposite.
But suppose you've tried all of these things and your home still looks as if you've tried too hard? That's where the talented designers of Havenly.com can help. They cater to any budget, style and design dream to make home decor effortless. Simply visit their website and take the quiz to find out your unique design style. Then, connect with a designer who can help you to determine your design needs and wants - whatever they may be.
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Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Please make yourself comfortable, and let's get to know one another better.
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