I don’t get excited about spring and summer decorations, but when fall and Christmas roll around, I’m totally on board. I love the colors and textures of the season and the cozy feeling of wrapping up in a blanket with a candle burning after I come inside from a crisp evening. Growing up my dad worked from home one day a week, and on those Tuesdays in the fall I always looked forward to the smell of mulling spices and a mug of hot apple cider when I came home from school. Those warm, spiced scents are an integral part of fall to me, and are easy and inexpensive to keep on hand. Below are 7 ways to update your home for fall, without spending a lot of money.
1. Add a vase of birch branches, branches with changing leaves, or branches covered in berries to your coffee table or dining table. You can often get these at Trader Joe’s, Pottery Barn, Michaels, or right outside!
2. Fill a small bowl with mini pumpkins (white, orange, grey, a combo, whatever you like!) or add a few mini pumpkins around your bookshelves and side tables.
3. Swap some of your regular pillows for some fall-colored pillows or more textured pillows. I added burnt orange velvet pillows to the mix on my sofa and the whole room instantly felt more seasonal! It is crazy how color and texture really makes a difference in the room.
4. Add a blanket or a blanket scarf to the sofa and the foot of your bed. I love chunky knit blankets for fall and the texture of a luxe “fur” blanket for really cozy days, but I have also found that in a pinch those fall blanket scarves work well too – and are probably something you already have!
5. Decorate with nature. Fill a large bowl with pinecones and acorns and bring the outdoor fall scenes inside! My mom used to sprinkle cinnamon all over the pinecones, which always made me want to sit next to the decorations :).
6. Add some gold, copper or brass to your coffee table, kitchen or bar cart to bring some warmth to the area. The gold and copper tones mimic the colors of the leaves outside and are an easy way to incorporate fall tones into your kitchen or living area.
7. Burn a candle, essential oil, or some mulling spices and apple cider on the stove. Even if you don’t do anything else to your decor, the whole house will smell like fall and can trick everyone into thinking you made fall updates. For a really inexpensive home scent, keep your orange peels, apple cores (or overripe apples), throw them in a pot of water with cloves, cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger and boil. You can also use a crockpot for this and leave it on low with the top off!
How do you decorate for fall?