by guest blogger, Wendy Monaghan
Stepping out into the crisp air on the way to the bus stop in the mornings, there's no denying it anymore – full on fall is here. I've officially retired the flip flops for the season and I'm trading in some of my summer décor for some cozy fall accents too. You don't need to add pumpkins and shades of orange everywhere, but take the more subtle approach and make your home warm and inviting as fall settles in. That's the way I think of fall décor. Try these tricks in your home.
Add your area rug back – a lot of people remove their rugs in the summer; maybe for a more breezy feeling or maybe for easier cleanability with the kids running thought the house with sand on their shoes. Either way, adding your rug back, or adding a new rug, will make your room feel warm and inviting.
Pull out the knits – this is not only a material you can snuggle with this fall, but you could get used to it for the next couple of years. Knits, in many ways, are predicted by style and design trendsetters to be a trend for 2013 and 2014. So get in on this cozy trend early and just in time for fall. If you're a knitter, try making your own toss cushion or blanket.
Bring fall into the kitchen, not just through displaying the bounty of those beautiful gourds that are in plenty, but by switching out your crisp white display bowls and table linens for some baskets and earth-tones. All summer I've had a big white pedestal bowl full of fruit for snacking on my counter. It'll get swapped for the basket bowl instead. Just that small touch will cozy up the kitchen.
Make a couple of changes in the bedroom to create a little hibernation haven. Everyone is going to be adding back the duvet in the near future, but think about making a few other small changes to the room in the colder seasons to bring the warm feeling in. Switch out your toss cushions for some with more texture – adding different textures in one space makes it more inviting. Add a heavier throw than you would use in the summer and in a deeper shade of the colour in your décor scheme. If you have a collection of artwork that you rotate throughout the year, choose pieces with deeper shades for the fall and winter months. My mother-in-law does this and I love it! One last trick, switch your white lamp shades for some darker ones. It will immediately create a cozy mood in the room.
Wendy Monaghan, Interior Decorator and owner of Link Interiors, creates homes where life and style co-exist with flair. She believes that a functional space allows families to have more quality time together and that children and all of their stuff can live in a beautiful home. She is the mother of 2 fabulous HRM girls, aged 7 & 5. For more information or to contact Wendy, visit her website, www.linkinteriors.ca