Creating a cozy home doesn’t have to be hard. Throw blankets and pillows are always a great jumping off point for adding cozy vibes to any space. Start with the colors you love most then build from there. I typically keep a neutral base with my throw blankets and pillows then splash in seasonal colors to change the look. This not only cuts down on having a lot of excess items that need stored, but it really makes it effortless to add the seasonal, cozy touches. The pumpkin pillow pictured above is the only true seasonal pillow I have on my couch, but it easily makes a statement of the season. I love shopping at places like Homegoods and TJMaxx for pillows. They are very affordable which makes it easier on the budget to switch them out each season.
A yummy smelling candle instantly makes a space feel cozy & inviting. My favorite candles are from Antique Candle Co. They are clean burning, last forever, (16oz. size has an average 80 hour burn life…woohoo!) and the scents are truly heavenly. I have never smelled a scent of theirs that I haven’t fallen in love with. My fave fall scents are Pumpkin Spice, Apple Butter, Vanilla Bean, Fall Harvest, and Warm Caramel Crumble.
If you’re worried about open flames, battery operated candles are a great option too. I love the warm cozy feel in the evening when the candles I have set on timers pop on and fill the room with soft glow of candlelight.
I know decorating for the season in a bedroom isn’t necessary, but boy is it fun! I added a few pumpkins and seasonal picks and stems to create an inviting fall look, without going overboard. The pillow and blanket on the bench are an easy switch each season to pull in the colors I’m using in my decor.
I hope this was helpful and inspired you to cozy up your home for fall. Thanks so much for stopping by today! See more fall inspiration in my post HERE and follow along on Instagram for more decor inspiration.
When it comes to fall decor there are so many ways to cozy up your home. The beauty outdoors from the changing colors of the season is great inspiration for colors & elements you can bring inside. I chat about how to add cozy touches to your home with throw pillows, blankets & more here. For now, let’s focus on bringing in natural elements like pumpkins and greenery to take that coziness up a notch.
Of course the main natural element of the season in my opinion is pumpkins. With so many sizes and colors it’s easy to incorporate them into your decor. Even if you’re not a big fan of seasonal decor you can implement touches just by adding a couple of simple pumpkins to a shelf or table. There is a plethora of faux pumpkin options out there…fabric, wood, ceramic, foam, etcetera. They all make my heart go pitter-patter. Today though, I want to focus on the real deal grown on a vine cuties that I just can’t get enough of.
Just like us, pumpkins come in every shape, size and color you could dream of. The natural beauty of each ones imperfect perfection has me swooning every year around this time. When I enter the local grocery store, farm store or Lord help me, the pumpkin patch, it’s full on blackout mode. I can’t resist bringing ALL of those cuties home and finding a spot to let them shine.
I tend to use a lot of neutral colors in my home decor, so I am mostly drawn to the white, pale blue and peach colored pumpkins. If you prefer a bit more traditional fall color go for yellow, orange or striped pumpkins. In the tablescape I created a couple years ago I mixed neutrals with the more traditional colors.
In both floral arrangements and vignettes I like to mix real with faux to create interest and give a more realistic look. In many of my floral arrangements I use faux florals and real greenery to add more natural movement to the look. I do the same with my pumpkins. In areas where I use multiple pumpkins I mix real with faux because it adds more texture and realness.
There you have it!! I hope this inspired you to think of real pumpkins as more than just outdoor decor. Bringing them inside to decorate with truly adds such beauty and texture to any space inside or out.
Happy Fall, friend!!
I love adding seasonal touches to my home for every holiday. When it comes to summer decor I keep things pretty simple and let my plants and flowers be the stars of the show. As Fourth of July draws nearer though, I love pulling out pops of red white & blue! The shelves in my kitchen are my favorite area to decorate for each season, so they get a full transformation.
In the main living area things are kept easy by simply adding flags to my existing greenery & switching out the throw pillows and blankets. Of course decor bead strands always play a part in my decor, so those get changed out to some festive strands with pops of patriotic colors.
The number one tip I give when it comes to adding an instant festive touch to your home decor for the Fourth of July…flags!!! My motto is the more flags the better!! I typically buy my mini flags in a pack of 3 in the Target dollar spot. The larger size are very inexpensive as well. I pay $1-$3 for the larger size depending on where I’m shopping. The great thing about flags is they are the symbol for our country, so right away you associate them with Independence Day. Pop those bad boys in every plant, floral arrangement or vase you can find and show pride for the USA!
Another way to add some seasonal color is through dishes and accent pieces. I try to keep most of my home decor accents neutral so they can be versatile. When the base is neutral it’s easy to add pops of seasonal color. The red cake stand I used on my table can be used for 4th of July, Christmas or even Valentine’s Day. That pop of color draws the eye and can really make an impact among an otherwise neutral blend of items.
Milk glass, and antique pitchers & creamers are some of my favorite items to use year-round in my kitchen decor. They add interest while at the same time being versatile due to the neutral color. On my table I grounded the centerpiece with one of our handcrafted trays and layered red & white accents with some pops of greenery and a few flags. I love incorporating my antique dishes into vignettes in the kitchen, so I added a stack of antique plates to add some height. The touch of gold on the rim ties in with the gold on the flags.
Over the years I’ve gathered a few small signs to add into my decor for the Fourth of July. I love shopping at Hobby Lobby after the holiday is over and snagging items like signs and small accent pieces at great sale prices. Etsy has some unique and beautiful patriotic signs as well.
You don’t have to get super fancy or spend a lot of money. Using what you already have on hand and adding in just a few seasonal pieces and flags can totally transform your space. Have fun adding mini flags to your outdoor space to pull the festivities outdoors! I love adding mini flags to all my planters and a bunting above our garage too.
Shelf styling is a common struggle when it comes to home decorating. A blank, flat surface with a million possibilities…where do you start?? Let me bring you inside my decor brain. (You’ll have to push aside the faux florals and bead strands to find a seat.😉) An empty shelf is a canvas ready to be brought to life by your creativity and personal style. Have fun with it! To get started choose a theme or color scheme. Are these shelves going to be left the same for awhile or changed out seasonally? Either way, start by getting a plan together for the elements and the colors you want to feature.
The first thing I do after determining the look I’m going for on my shelves is give myself a blank slate. Previously I had my shelves styled for Valentine’s Day, so first I clear off the existing decor. There are some neutral items I use as a base layer on my shelves quite a bit, so those items stay close at hand. Give the shelves a good dusting, then we’re ready to create or masterpiece!!
The shelves in my kitchen are not very wide, but that doesn’t stop me from adding layers of decor to create visual interest and texture. I start by placing the base layer, which I’d say are the anchor pieces for the shelves. I tend to stick with a pretty similar base with my shelf decor. Cutting boards, antique Ironstone pieces I pick up from the thrift store or antique mall, corbels, etc… To get started I place the anchor pieces where I think they’ll look best, like pictured below, but let’s face it… they will probably be shifted quite a bit as I continue to add elements to the shelves.
The second layer I add is the seasonal or themed elements. I’m styling the shelves for the upcoming spring & Easter season, so I’m bringing in bunnies and blooms. When I looked through my spring decor I knew my bunny plates would be the key pieces that I’d be working around. I have the matching dinner plates so I decided to try to tie those in as well.
Now that we have our anchors and themed layers in place let’s bring in a bit of texture with greenery and florals. These real touch faux tulips (pictured above) are one of my favorite florals to use in my spring decor. I placed some in a few white creamers I’ve collected over time and as you see they become an added layer to our shelves.
To finish things off add in the small details. Since I’m decorating the shelves for Easter of course I decided to bring in some eggs. Find little pockets of space and layer the small detail items in. Add in other details for texture. For this shelf style I added decor bead strands and nests.
Don’t worry if after you finish your space you aren’t in love. Look it over and see if there are pieces that need to be removed or switched around. It usually takes a few tries before I have things just how I want them. There’s also a mess to be made when it comes to decorating. Let it happen… there’s beauty in the chaos, and you can clean it up after you have the project complete.
Something I didn’t touch on was tying in areas that are close by. For example, I have a cake stand beside my coffee maker. Take elements used on your shelves and tie them into nearby areas as well.
Okay, now tell me, did this help you gain confidence in styling your shelves? I hope you have pulled some inspiration to use these tips for styling shelves or a table top in your home. The key is to have fun and not let it get overwhelming. Start with your theme and build from your anchor pieces. You’ve got this!!