Autumn has officially arrived. While we still have those pops of warm days here and there, most of us have swapped out our airy, barely-there summer wardrobe for a cozier look filled with silky cashmere and chunky cable knits. Just as your wardrobe shifts for the season, your home should also take on a more layered look that evokes a sense of coziness for the crisp days ahead… Introduce Earthy Hues || Burnt orange, mossy green, golden yellow… foliage-inspired tones that emulate the season will create a warming aura in your home. A new piece of artwork is a great way to incorporate these colors without negatively impacting your existing palette. Layer on Texture || Chunky cable knit blankets are having a moment right now and for good reason – it’s like wrapping yourself in a giant cozy sweater! Swap out those linen toss pillows on your sofa or bed for richer textures like velvet and chenille for a luxe look that won’t break the bank. Soften hard surfaces like dining chairs or entryway benches by draping a plush, sheepskin throw over them or place it on the floor beside your bed! Autumn Accents || Get creative with your autumnal décor this year. Adorn your home with “undone” floral arrangements in dark, moody hues that look as if they were freshly foraged from the wild. Give a subtle, classy nod to Halloween by creating a vignette of mini sugar pumpkins. These creamy white pumpkins are perfect for painting too so if you’re feeling crafty paint some black for a witchy touch!
Being in New England there is nothing more nourishing than dining al fresco for the first time after a long winter. With just a few key pieces you can create a magical ambiance regardless of the size of your space… Seating || The traditional outdoor table with chairs is a great standard, however if you are short on space consider an outdoor sectional or loveseat and chair paired with a table! Adding plush textures to your outdoor space will create a cozy atmosphere with a touch of indoor luxury. With endless configurations from long farm tables with benches to high top tables with barstools, you can create multiple conversation spots by mixing and matching these pieces if your space allows. Don’t forget the chaise lounge for those afternoon naps in the sun!   Rug || An outdoor rug is a great way to soften the patio or define a dining space in your backyard if you don’t have a patio. Whether you choose a vibrant print or a laid-back solid, a rug will warm the space making shoes optional. And in fabrics that are stain resistant and fast-drying you won’t have to worry about New England’s unpredictable weather. Ambiance || Create an ethereal vibe by stringing twinkling lights or hanging Moroccan lanterns from your house or trees above. Keep those pesky insects at bay in style by placing pillar-style citronella candles in tall glass hurricanes. Complete the setting with a fire pit. Not only will it aid in keeping insects away, it will also provide warmth for those chillier nights. Campfire reimagined.
Whether you’re in need of additional storage or you fell in love with a piece of furniture you don’t think you have room for, the end of the bed is your sweet spot! This often forgotten space can serve for fun or function… Functional || If you are in need of more storage whether it’s for linens or clothes try out a storage ottoman or bench. Top it off with a tray decorated with a vase of flowers, a stack of oversized books, or some pillar candles and no one will ever know that space serves two purposes. Or if your book collection has outgrown the bookcase in your living room add another in your bedroom. Create privacy with a tall bookcase or keep it open & airy with one that works like a footboard. Do you lack space on either side of the bed for a nightstand? Put it at the foot of the bed instead!   Decorative || Create the perfect little reading nook by adding a comfy bench, cozy chaise lounge or a pair of armchairs to the end of your bed! Whether you go luxe with buttery soft leather or plush velvet or fun with a bold color or print this look is sure to infuse your bedroom with personality. Are you a botanical lover? Line the end of your bed with oversized potted plants and you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical vacation every night. You can achieve a similar look with smaller plants too – just add a table!   Unique || Love the idea of breakfast in bed, but not the mess it can make? Design a private breakfast nook by adding a small café table & chairs to the end of your bed. Make it cozy by draping textured throws over each chair. If you lack the space for a home office, utilize this space in your bedroom for a writing desk. Give it a plush look by opting for a tufted armchair rather than an office chair!
Man Cave, meet the Haute Haven. Transform your walk-in closet into a style savvy sanctuary where you can sip libations and discuss the latest trends with your fellow fashionistas… The Layout || Maximize the space you have by utilizing your wall space from top to bottom. Line your walls with a mix of angled shelving for shoes, rods for hanging garments, and cubbies for your folded wardrobe. You can even utilize the wall space surrounding your doorway by adding shelving above the door; this is a great spot to store your handbags! The Furniture || Keep your lingerie and jewelry organized by adding a small armoire into the mix. This little organizational gem will fit snug beside your doorway leaving the middle of the room open for seating. Make a statement with a pair of brightly colored accent chairs, a luxe velvet settee, or even just a fun printed bench depending on what your space allows. You’ll appreciate having a place to sit while you sip your morning coffee and decide what to wear. Don’t forget a little side table! The Accents || No walk-in closet is complete without a mirror. Whether you choose a free-standing looking glass or carve out wall space to design your own three-way mirror, this is a must-have for any closet! Cozy up the space by adding a plush area rug and finish it off with a chic chandelier.
With winter fast approaching, you're likely spending more time indoors and finding ways to keep your home warm and cozy. Now is the time to drape a plush throw over your sofa, pile on some soft pillows, and curl up with a steaming hot cocoa and a good book by the fireplace. Don't have a built-in fireplace? Try an electric fireplace to create the illusion of a natural fire. It's really all about layering on comfort and setting a mood. Ambiance || There are many decorating strategies for building your unique comfort zone. Ultimately, you want it to be a peaceful, inviting sanctuary you can't wait to return to at the end of a long day. Try dark, saturated wall hues if you want the space to feel more enclosed – this works especially well in a small den or media room. Warm, natural wood tones and neutral-hued upholstery reinforce that calm, cozy ambiance. Add personal photos, artwork and antiques to make the space truly yours. Soft Fabrics || The simplest way to establish instant comfort is by layering on pillows and throws in sumptuous fabrics like velvet, chenille or faux fur. In a bedroom, try a tufted headboard for your bed, an upholstered chair or bench, and include curtains and bed skirts for added warmth. The more fabrics and textures you have in a room, the cozier it will feel. Layering higher pile rugs on your floor keeps things toasty underfoot. You can even layer throw rugs over sisal or carpeting to up the cozy factor. Lighting || One of the most important elements of any room is lighting. Think of how the inside of a rustic pine lodge or traditional Swiss chalet looks. If natural light is limited, candles, task lighting - or the previously mentioned electric fireplace - create a warm glow and raise spirits on a super cold winter day. Putting overhead lighting on dimmer switches also helps to create a cozy mood, especially in a dining room.
Trends from fashion’s runway are making their way into the home, one furry piece at a time. Mongolian fur is the latest interior design craze and for touchably good reason. Incorporating fur into your home décor will create a cozy, inviting ambiance while adding a touch of opulence to the space. Trend lightly though too many fur elements will make it look as though you’re styling an igloo instead of a home. Try adding it to a room that needs texture. Clean lines can be softened with a fur rug, throw, or pillow. While fur elements are great way to warm a modern space, it doesn’t mean that they won’t pair well with other sumptuous textures too. Elevate your bedroom by adding a fur bench to the end of the bed or creating a little reading nook with a fur director’s chair. Aim for lighter hued fur so when summer rolls around it will still feel luxurious, rather than seasonal.
The most personal space in your home deserves the most personality and most thoughtful design. Transform your bedroom into a relaxation haven that is unique to you in three easy steps. Curated Color || Decide on a color palette that speaks to you. Creating a tranquil aura can be achieved with hues of blue, purple, and teal as they are known for encouraging sleep and relaxation. While warmer hues promote a lively environment and aren’t recommended for the bedroom, the colors that make you happy are best for your space. If you are uneasy about deciding on wall color entirely, give yourself a blank canvas to work with and choose white. Then you can add in pops of whatever colors you love with décor, furniture, and textiles and maybe even an accent wall! Just be sure the colors you choose harmonize into a calming overall look; cohesiveness is key. Optimized Organization || It is no secret that our surrounding environment has a direct impact on our moods. Keep your bedroom neat and organized with storage solutions that go beyond the norm. Many beds, including those with the super cozy tufted headboards, have side drawers under the bed or at the foot of the bed making them a perfect solution for small spaces. Have room to spare? Add a bench to the end of your bed that features hidden storage. Many ottomans have the same feature and come in great textures and colors that will truly elevate your space!   Thoughtful Details || Love to travel? Seek out some vintage suitcases, stack them beside your bed and voila! You have a nightstand and extra storage. Are you a bookworm? You can achieve the same look and functionality (minus the storage) by piling up some of your favorite oversized books. Spend your free time gardening? Create a garden wall by mounting a wooden pallet and decorating it with greenery and votive candles! Take time to curate a collection of décor that is truly unique to you and what you love.
Dining areas come in all shapes and sizes so it is important to let your space dictate what furniture you need to fill it. Is it a high traffic area because it is part of an open floor plan? Is it a multi-purpose room? Or maybe it's a formal room that is only used on special occasions. Either way it will be an area where people will gather, so make it fun, functional, and most importantly make it you! Size Matters || Be mindful of the size of the dining table that you choose; measure twice, buy once. In an area where you will be entertaining, you want the ease of movement. The shape of the table will be unique to your space and design aesthetic, just remember to keep it consistent with the rest of your home so it flows. Choose Your Chairs || They don't need to match; they just need to look good next to each other. Try mixing hard and soft materials like tufted with wood. Another fun way to mix it up is with the style of the chair. Incorporating a bench into your table design is a great way to create a sense of intimacy. On the flip side, barstools can be a stylish space saver and great to have on hand when you have more guests than expected. Set the Mood || Lighting is an art form of its own and will set the tone of your dining area. Choose a light fixture that fits the style of your space so it doesn't compete with your overall design. Add ambiance with a dimmer function. Make it Yours || This is the space where stories are told and memories are made. Create intrigue with wall décor or another piece of furniture. Unique artwork can be a great conversation starter and bar carts are a stylish way to keep the good times flowing!
Just as an invitation sets the vibe for an event, your entryway sets the vibe for your home. Make it a fun and functional space whether it’s a small nook carved out of a larger room or an entire room on its own… Form || Decide what you want/need from the space. Surely you can blend fun with functionality, but if space is limited then you may want to focus on functionality and sprinkle in decorative accents to personalize it. Entryways have a tendency to turn into a catchall. Having the right furniture or fixtures in place will prevent it from looking cluttered. Function || Are you that person that kicks off their shoes and tosses their coat on the nearest surface? Invest in a credenza and some decorative hooks so you can hide those shoes and hang those coats in style! Not enough room for a credenza? Utilize your wall space from the ground up by making a small storage ladder. While your shoes will be visible, this looks more purposeful than just leaving them on the floor. Plus you can add a decorative accent like a small vase of flowers! For a warmer look opt for a bench you can tuck your shoes below while still maintaining an inviting look. Fun || Personalize it! Hang a mirror so you can check yourself before walking out the door. Add a fresh pop of color with plants or pillows. Play around with the lighting by swapping out your fixtures or adding a floor lamp. Given the generally small scale of entryways, you can easily switch up the décor every season so you always feel like you’re walking into a freshly designed space!
Good things come in small packages, right? Well think of your little living room as a diamond – with thoughtful and purposeful decorating it will transform into a stylish hub of coziness fit for dazzling guests. Double Duty Décor || Just about any surface can be used as a cocktail table, however by opting for an ottoman or bench you’ll also be getting additional seating. Bonus if they have hidden storage! Power of Transparency || Decorating with glass or acrylic furniture or pieces that feature tall legs will create an airy vibe in the room making it feel more open and less cluttered. Bring the Drama || Floor-to-ceiling décor such as a tall bookcase, gallery wall, or one oversized piece of artwork will create the illusion of taller ceilings while making a dramatic style statement. Cozy Corner || Bring on the SECTIONAL! While this sounds counterintuitive, it can actually work well in small spaces since it hugs the contours of the space. Just be sure it is the right proportion for your space. Get it in the same color as your wall and it will blend seamlessly! Optical Illusions || Perception is everything; give the impression of an infinite amount of space by decorating with mirrors. Round mirrors provide the most continuity with their “tunnel” effect while the shape is a great way to break up square spaces. The Traveling Table || Nesting tables are undoubtedly one of the most useful and versatile pieces of furniture. Coming in twos or threes these little guys are easy to move from room to room and their airy construction enable them to be tucked away!
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