7 Ways to Cozy up your Home for Fall

Bridget & CaseyNovember 1, 2016 Comments

October is officially over (say what?!) and we’re now onto November. It’s crazy how this time of year just flies by! Here in Chicago, we’ve had an unseasonably warm fall so far. We’re talking temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s for a large chunk of September & October. Soooo weird.

pumpkins-bengstonsWhile we’re certainly not ready for subzero temps and snow filled days, we are very happy that the temperatures are turning brisk. There’s nothing like a nice chilly walk outside on a fall day, and who doesn’t love being able to open your windows to get some fresh cool air in your home? The best.

We’re ready to embrace the fall season, especially before the holiday kicks into high gear. So today we thought it would be fun to share 9 ways that we both cozy up our homes for fall.

7 Ways to Cozy up your Home for Fall

1. Add Textureliving-room-couch-pillow-blanket

Cable-knit may be our favorite texture for fall but any and all texture works! We also love a hint of flannel or buffalo check, which can easily be incorporated into decor with a throw blanket, pillow, or even mini rug.

Here are some of our favorites (*affiliate links used)

Rookie Tip Secret: Sometimes I’m too cheap to buy a whole new throw blanket for that particular season, so I use one of my oversized scarves and drape it over the couch just like a blanket would be. I’ve done this for quite a few seasons now and no one has ever noticed the difference! Heck, I’m currently using this secret trick. Check out this picture, can you spot the scarf?bridget-home-tour-wide-shots-family-room-kitchen-dining-4The grey “blanket” draped on the basket is actually one of my fall scarves! It instantly layers in texture without breaking the bank.

2. Make it Fragranttarget-marble-candle

There’s just something “so fall” about the smell of pumpkin, apple, or anything outdoorsy/woodsy. Trying to incorporate these delicious smells indoors is an easy and authentic way to instantly inject a sense of coziness. We are currently obsessed with this candle, but baking something seasonal, or even trying this stovetop recipe could all work too. <— Casey & Finn gave this potpourri a try and it was amazing!
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And speaking of candles, fall is the perfect time to light up ALL the candles. I swear we both feel so much calmer when we end our busy days with the ambiance from a candle. Whether we’re still on the computer or finally relaxing, candles make both of our homes feel a lot calmer, cozier, and so much more fall.

3. Upgrade Lighting

nightstand-flowers-bedroom-lampNow that it’s getting darker so much earlier (hate when that happens!), it’s a great idea to utilize all of the lighting throughout your home. Upgrade your table lamps, add floor lamps, and even consider adding dimmers to over head lighting. We’re big fans of turning on all of the lamps in our homes when relaxing in the evening. It’s better than harsh overhead light and makes for a nice cozy evening in.

And when the temps dip even further, consider utilizing your fireplace! Casey is currently doing a few DIY projects to get hers ready for the season (more on that real soon!)

4. Simplify your Decor

living-room-couch-pillow-computer-fall-2We love using this time of year to pare down and simplify our homes right before the holidays. Usually during this time we transition our closets, get rid of all of the planters, pack up any bright/summery decor, and simplify things indoors. As we pack up some of our summer accent decor, we love the neutral foundation that we’re left with because it feels calmer and it’s perfect to transition us into the holidays.

5. Bring in Live Elements

fall-leaves-foliageAnd when things are more neutral indoors, the plants in our homes really take over the spotlight. We usually pick up a new indoor plant at the hardware store during this time and hit up the grocery store to buy super cheap greenery for some of our vases. We’re not sure if it’s because everything is slowly dying outside, but there’s something about this life indoors that we really appreciate during the fall.

6. Add a New Doormat

Anyone else feel like their summer doormats are OVERDUE to be replaced at this point? We love using the change of season as an excuse to switch up our doormats and usually pick up a Target doormat because they’re so darn cheap and usually adorable. And heck… for $9, we don’t feel bad if our doormats get dirty throughout the season!

Here are a few of our favorites

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Image and Inspiration via Chris Loves Julia

We’ve seen a trend throughout the blogosphere this year that people have started layering their doormat with another, slightly larger rug underneath and we LOVE this idea! Has anyone tried this? How do the double rugs hold us?

7. Simple “fall decor” can go a long way bridget_fall_built-in_family_room_hallway

Throughout this post we’re pretty confident you picked up on the fact that we’re all about “simple” in the fall, and we feel the exact same way when it comes to traditional fall decor. We both live in small spaces and don’t have extra room to be storing a ton of decor that is designated only for fall.

So instead of buying items that can only be displayed during this time of year, we each have a few items and display those items alongside our typical decor. These minor touches are a fun way to mix it up without investing a ton of time, money, or storage to fall decorating.  For Bridget, one white pumpkin and a couple of bundles of wheat are the only subtle changes she needs to make her space instantly feel more fall.

It’s no secret that we LOVE fall and so we’d love to hear what you do to make this time special in your home. Any fun tips or tricks that we missed?!

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  • shawnna griffin

    hey girls great post! Love the ideas! It has been in the 70’s and 80’s here in Oklahoma to! Can’t wait for it to really start cooling off!

    • It’s 75 today here in Chicago…which is unheard of! Craziness. Bring on those chilly days.

  • lisa

    Same here in AZ…crazy unseasonably warm…we are always warmer than the rest but we were in the mid 90s through Halloween. Bummer! Made it feel less like autumn/Halloween. Love this post! I am curious to know about the layered rug as I would now love to do this for my front area….but your question is a good one- how durable is this layering. 🙂 thanks girls, for a lovely blog. it’s the first one I check when I get to work (sipping my tea).

    • You made our day, Lisa! Thank you for your support, we are so grateful that you’re part of the DIY Playbook team!

      If we try the layered rugs, we will be sure to check in with an update. Have a great day (stay cool)!!

    • lisa

      i look forward to that post. 🙂 and I should have added your blog is the first one I check since I love everything you both are doing, your sophisticated simplicity—-gorgeous! keep up the good work–wishing you both chilly days ahead!

  • I love this! Never would have thought about the scarf idea…off to go through mine to see which wants to be “donated” to the couch for the season…