That Fall Feeling | Fall Living Room Decor (Tour 2022)

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That fact that it's mid-October is blowing my mind right now. I had a thought come to me the other roughly two weeks Christmas decor will be everywhere, and may even be up in my house. Now this is a hard thing to swallow for me, since it's still like July in my world. This year has gotten away from me and I'm still making summer plans! ha! It's going to be a rude awakening when I wake up to snow soon. For reals. We have actually had decent weather all fall so far, so it's not helping the fact that I still feel like it's July. I'm not complaining, I love it. I just know that one day I will wonder where the heck fall went and why do I suddenly have hot cocoa in my hand, Christmas trees up, and a snowman in my yard. (it actually pains me to even type that,...I'm not ready!).

As it seems that Christmas will be up in my house in roughly 2 weeks now, I find it fitting to finally share my fall living room decor with you. It's not my typical fall decor. I've shared in past posts that I'm not feeling in the "pumpkin-fall" this year. Like seeing pumpkins and hearing about pumpkins just sends shudders down my spine. Yes, I know. What the heck happened to me. You see, last year, I used like 200 pumpkins in my fall decor....actually, maybe that's what happened to me. I went overboard last year, and need to do a deficit this year to become even. Also, the fact that it is still "July" doesn't help the matter. So, this year, my transition into fall decor has been that...a transition. I found that fall decorating doesn't have to be centered around the pumpkin, but can be so much more than just that. 

Here are the tips I've been using to create the feeling of fall in my house:
  • Add colors that emulate what is happening outside: rust, deep oranges, yellows, tans/browns.
  • Add texture: woven baskets, textured throws, tassels, woods, rugs, dried stems, and even faux stems
  • Add layers not only with pillows and throws, but with rugs, vignettes, or extra pieces to sit next to a larger item. 
  • Bring the outdoors in: bring in the dried stems, the fall leaves, and the bare branches 
  • Bake something! Make your house smell welcoming, warm and cozy by baking! If you don't bake, try this fancy little favorite fragrance is Serendipity, but there are a few fall fragrances that are yummy too! 
  • Bring in warmth with layers and lighting like candles and fires. 
  • Tell a story : add things that bring you joy! Like your family pictures, heirlooms and that funny little thing you found at the store. This is your house, make it a place you love and are comfortable to be in.
Now on to the tour!
As you go through my house, you'll notice that my neutrals are still here, but I'm using them to play off the colors of fall. Bringing in the yellows, tans, browns, and rust colors of what is going on outside (for the most part) helps achieve this fall look. 
Shiplap: Tutorial     Media Console: Tutorial      Builtin shelves: Tutorial

Adding lots of textures and layers brings the cozy factor up...which of course, helps with that "fall" feeling. I added these faux sheepskin rugs to my armchair and couches and love warmth it brought. Warmth doesn't always have to be in color!...although that helps too :)

I guess it's been a while since I've shared this space with you all. I changed out the complete wall of wood for a partial wall of wood earlier this year. I just wanted to break it up a bit. But the wood alone helps bring in warmth and adds that beautiful fall color that is out in the fields this time of year.
For my mantel, I used the outdoors along with the dark amber vases and empty frames. These collection of amber vases brings interest and age along with fall color. I added candles for warmth and dried grasses and tree branches from outside for texture.

On my coffee table, I added another faux sheepskin rug as a runner for layering, and more amber vases with pampas grass from a field near our house. Had to top it off with a candle to give that warm glow :)
My couches got more doses of fall with plaid pillows, plaid throws, sheepskin, and tons of layers! 

Ruffle Pillows: Link      Rug: Link  Floor Cushions: Link       plaid pillow covers: link 

Not all the stems in this room are real, I added the faux stems in this terracotta pot since they were the same color as the amber bottles/vases throughout the room. As you decorate a space, it's important to create rhythm, and that's repeating a design element throughout the room. In this case, I like to think it's the amber color :) 
I'm becoming more and more of a sucker for old books. A book in this pile dates to the 18th century and the others the 19th century. When I look back on my house from a decade ago, I realized that nothing really told a story. Everything was brand new, mass market, etc. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But as I grew into my design style, I found that what I really love are items that tell a story or hold a story that you may not know. This old pie cabinet is of those finds. It's from a dormitory at a university in the next state that was being remodeled, and the lady that sold it to me, told me her grandmother saved it from that remodel when she was in school there. She called it a butter cabinet. I call it a blanket cabinet :)  

Adding to the fall feeling is this dough bowl. I love filling it during the different seasons. I added faux dried wheat stems, old book pages, antique spindles, and 200 year old books about England. 
The fact that no pumpkins are in my house right now for decor is so refreshing. Sometimes, you get used to do the same thing over and over again, year after year and you don't realized you may just need a reset. Some don't, but I did. I love this new feeling of fall I have going on in my home right now. I love that it feels different, yet is exactly what I needed this year. It's okay to not conform and do everything that everyone else is doing. You do you, and love it! ...because more that likely you'll love it more than what someone else told you you should do :) 

Happy October! 

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happy DIYing! Alicia