WWe are furniture mixers at home, especially in the fall when I start to crave cozy spaces. But with us, it’s not like TV when they can empty the room and just put back what they want in a day. We don’t have space to put the furniture away while we mix :). Some of you might not even have a place to mix the furniture together, it’s definitely not easy in a smaller space! It’s often Courtney and I who want to make a difference. If there are larger rooms that need to go up or down stairs, it can take weeks if we have to wait for help! But the good news is that we are slowly putting things into place the way we want them to.
If you’re in the mood to revamp or change your look this fall, here are some encouragement and tips:
Real life homes take a long time to come together! We’ve been living here for five years now and have had so many different arrangements in this room, often depending on what furniture we had to work with at the time, or how we needed to use the space in a given season.
This week, we turned our white sofa towards the fireplace. I actually wanted it to face the fireplace when I first got it (so cozy!) But I had to be patient for the right time for it to happen. With all of the changes in our home due to quarantine and the return of Courtney and our son Luke this year, the time to reorganize has never felt so far. (We’ve moved furniture downstairs as well, so stay tuned for updates on what’s going on there!)
Start with a cozy corner. If you want to jump into a more comfortable room for fall, or if you’re overwhelmed with the idea, just start with a corner! A few weeks ago, we talked about creating a cozy corner for personal care! It’s mine. I put a cozy blanket on my chair and a basket of throws nearby for those chilly nights! (See my roundup of cozy throws here.) I have my little wooden table to put my cup of coffee, my living journal, or a book. Here is a similar stool!
Rearrange what you have to get a whole new look. Getting all the new furniture is fun, but as I often say, it’s not always the best use of resources. When you invest in timeless classic pieces, you can often revamp a room or just get new accessories for a new look! We just bought this chair downstairs, our bedroom dresser, swapped our sisal rug for a cozy Persian rug that we had for years (it was previously downstairs). We also brought the downstairs mirror and replaced the art that was there for a new fall look. We love the look of the mirror with the battery operated candle sconces (more on that here).
I kept my drop-leaf table in this room (we used this practical table as an overflow dining room and as a puzzle table, it’s such a versatile piece!) I have this coral and linen colored pillow in patterns on the sofa, this is the only new “Fall Thing” I had a few weeks ago, other than the foliage.
We also moved the dresser around the room. It was actually in this room initially, then in the closet in the guest bedroom, then in my bedroom, now it’s back! Dressers are the most practical pieces and can work in almost any room! Here is a similar dresser.
We put the big blue glass lamp we got this spring and my diffuser on the dresser (we diffused Purification nonstop to help freshen the air of all the smoke from the fires and of course all of my diffuser mixes. fall favorites!).
The baskets have been on the wall for some time. We get our baskets from thrift stores and just hang them with a nail. You can also get a pre-made set of wall baskets like these.
Do what makes you happy. This is your home, let it bring you joy! There are no rules that you cannot break. Trust your own heart. Do what makes your family happy and comfortable in this season of life. You can have a lot of pillows or a few. Lots of pumpkins, if any. Lots of decor, or little.
I thought back to when I was a kid and how many memories I have of my mom decorating our home for fall. She made it so fun and memorable for us kids! In a world of social media, many moms these days feel the pressure to decorate for a photo or fear being judged by their style or how they have chosen to design their home. I say do what makes you and your family happy, whether the rest of the world like it or not.
This new arrangement is working for us this season, and it makes sense as we have fewer people visiting our house right now. When we had more people we liked to have more seats! Organizing your bedroom isn’t about following rules, it’s about making it happy, comfortable and welcoming to the people who live there.
If you want help with decorating or fitting out furniture, I’m here for you! I have written many books on the house, including a book called Where Should I Put the Couch? And answers to 100 other interior design questions! 🙂 You can find all of my books, including this one, here. I never like to give stifling or rigid rules, but there you will find a lot of inspiration, guidelines and very practical tips for decorating, organizing and planning your home.
I don’t feel the need to do a ton of seasonal decorations, but I like to make my room more comfortable and add a touch of fall foliage and even a few pumpkins for my own joy this time of year. It’s funny! I love to feel the warm atmosphere of fall. I’ll be bringing out my velvet pumpkins soon, but for now we have these simple eucalyptus and eucalyptus stems / berries that I got after posting my article on How to Decorate with Faux Fall Foliage.
While we don’t have little kids to look forward to with our fall decor, we do have dogs, HAHAH! As you can see from these photos, they are happy with the new arrangement. I worried for a while that if I didn’t have a sofa or daybed under the window, they would be sad. Well, they’re not sad. I’m just an over-thinking Enneagram 9 who wants everyone including dogs to feel safe, happy and comfortable, LOLOL. The dogs obviously stand on all the furniture and are very cozy on the cushions. They are happy as a clam as long as they have a comfortable place to take a nap. And of course, as long as Jack has his leather ottoman… he’s as happy as he can get.
My cushions may be broken or thrown on the floor forever, but as you can see our living room is truly a living room. It’s a cozy place to take a nap or gather around the fireplace to read a good book. You are welcome here whether you are young, old, human or furry child. This is not a designer showroom, it is our family’s sanctuary.
Who’s doing the fall nesting this week? What are you doing?
Share your personal care corners or fall decor in my free community group! It’s also a great place to get decorating tips and ask questions, it’s just the nicest community! Click here to join us!
We are very happy to have installed our fireplace insert last fall. I see many cozy days by the fire in my future! See the details of this project here.
Check out my cozy fall boutique for some of my favorite finds!
Catch up with the Fall Nesting 2020 posts:
14 ideas for a cozy fall kitchen
Make your home as comfortable as possible (3 tips to take away)
Fall Putter Playlist
The essentials of the cozy personal care corner
Four essential home practices for every season
Cozy fall blankets
Fall nesting and doormats
My favorite fall decor in my cozy fall boutique
How to live well this fall
How to decorate with faux fall foliage
Click here for inspiration from the Fall Nesting series from the previous year!