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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Leaves are Turning...

We've never been ones to go all out decorating our homes for fall.  We particularly dislike the fake fall leaves you see "scattered about" a table, or the horn of plenty full of fake fruit and nuts.  But, there are a few things we like to do to make our homes cozier for the cooler weather that is ahead.  Think swapping out seashells, rattan, and coral for antlers, leather, feathers, and wood.  Trading out the soft cotton throw for something cashmere (and monogrammed).  Replacing the fern in the fireplace with a pretty screen and adding a basket of firewood on the side. 

Here are some cozy rooms that make us want to curl up with a good book!

Country Living

Country Living

Domino May 2006

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Elle Decor- Temple St. Clair

Elle Decor

House Beautiful

House Beautiful October 2008

Elle Decor

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jennifer Spak for Southern Living

Kay Douglas for House Beautiful

Here are some easy ways to incorporate these cozy looks into your home!

This Anthro pillow is such a fun flashback to a vintage wool sweater.  And it comes in yellow and  brown!

Faux bois is so perfect for fall!  This mirror would be so gorgeous in an entryway.

We love a "bouquet" of elegant pheasant feathers displayed in a pretty silver mint julep cup.  You can find the feathers for next to nothing on ebay!

How pretty is this horn flatware?  You can always buy it new, but we have also spotted it at many a flea market before!

As much as we dislike fake fall leaves, we love these leafy candles from Z Gallerie!  And they are unscented, so they won't compete with any tasty smells coming from your kitchen!

There is something we love about the elegant lines of this wooden lamp with a linen shade.  Switch out the clear glass ball lamp you have in your den for this gorgeous turned wood lamp.  It adds instant coziness to your room!

For your fall table, how cute is this pewter pheasant gravy boat?  We find ourselves using gravy boats for all sorts of things when entertaining, from sauces to salad dressings, to even appetizer nuts. 

Is there any logic behind our scoffing at fake fall leaves but thinking these rattan and mercury glass pumpkins are so cute?! 

These pheasant feather hand towels are perfect for your powder room.  They also make a great fall hostess gift!

If the antler/ horn flatware above makes you a little uncomfy, how about this feathered flatware?! 

If my dad, an avid hunter, read MoS and saw that we included a chandelier from Cabelas, he would think he had died and gone to heaven.  We think antler chandeliers can be totally fab in the right setting, and we love that this one is a reproduction so all the little deer are still safe!

These painted pheasant salad plates are yet another reason why we love white dinnerware.  It is so easy to mix in seasonal accent pieces that work with your existing set! 

These feather-embroidered napkins will set the prettiest fall table.

What better way to hold your firewood than a big jute basket?!  Even if you have gas logs, we think a bin of firewood adds instant coziness and warmth to a room!

Sunflowers (no, not the gagworthy perfume we LOVED in the 4th grade) are such a bright spot in Fall's cooler weather.  We loved Eddie Ross's post about them here.  Wouldn't this sunflower mirror be pretty in an entryway or over your fireplace? 

Lutz and Patmos design such fabulous warm sweaters, and we are obsessed with their line of blankets and pillows for West Elm.  Isn't the gray just gorgeous?!

A soft and fluffy sheepskin pillow is the perfect cool weather addition to your sofa. 

We love brass apothecary lamps, and this table lamp version from Williams Sonoma Home fits the bill just perfectly!

Monogrammed throws are always in season!  These would also make a great gift- the price is right!

If you can afford to splurge, how about doing so on this fabulous cashmere throw from Leontine Linens.  At $1500 it certainly is not a bargain, but this is something you will have for years to come!  And we are loving the monogram inside the quatrefoil!

Are you doing anything special to make your home cozy for fall?  Tell us about it!


Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

A few things.
1. Brilliant post! I love the idea of switching out accessories to "season" a room.
2. I've been wanting the West Elm sheepskin pillow since I saw it in the store a few weeks ago. It feels heavenly in person.
3. Love the monogrammed throws.
4. How would you use the feathers?? (maybe a post idea on its own!)

Thanks for this! So many great ideas. Have a good one.

Anonymous said...

I usually toss the Cabella's catalog in the trash when it arrives for my husband, but I may have to take another look at their antler decor...I promise I will not match it with John Deere bedding though!

Haven and Home said...

Love a cozy room. I have never met a blanket or throw that I didn't like!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

I love the idea of the PB pheasant gravy boat and the decorative little squirrels my kitchen table for the Fall!

Deliciously Organized said...

Lots of great ideas here. I love the pumpkins from Pottery Barn and the blankets from West Elm!

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