The Feeling Of Fall | Front Living Room Tour 2022

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I have to admit, this year welcoming fall has been hard for me. I know a lot of people look forward to it, but I really hate seeing summer go. I felt like our family didn't get to do as much this summer as others, so I've been trying to hang on to it as long as possible. It definitely makes it harder to let go when the temps are still in the mid 70s mid-October :) 

Last year when I started to decorate for fall and bringing out all the pumpkins, I wondered why fall decor was always centered around pumpkins...for the most part. I understand it's harvest time etc but there's so much more to harvest than pumpkins :) So, when this year came around, I felt the same way....and it didn't help that I still want summer. So I transitioned my decor into fall decor without using a single pumpkin. And it feels so good. In decorating, I realized that fall is a feeling. Of course there's changes that come as summer says goodbye, but in the home it's more of a feeling. The feeling of fall to me is cozy, warmth, textures, color, baking, and yummy smells.

I shared with you my fall dining room a few weeks ago, and can't believe I've waited this long to share with you my other rooms in my house. Today I'm sharing tips on how I made my front living room "feel" like fall.

Adding a few key things into this spaced helped transition it into fall, like color. It's funny to say color in here when there's not much! But just the small additions of rusts and deep oranges throughout the space helped this transition easily from summer to fall. That's one thing I learned, the look doesn't have to be adding a hoard of pumpkins (see last year's front room). It can be very subtle. Like the addition of these antique terracotta pots. They bring the rust color, and the texture. 

I also changed out the vase for stems without green or flowers, and brought out some books to help the rust color carry through. On my according hanger, I left the wood tones, and added some faux deep orange/rust stems into the market bag.

Keeping my the rest of the space white, brings out the deep tones of the woods and deeper colors. I added the plaid pillows here on the couch since that reminds me of fall, along with the tasseled pillows for texture, and the thick chunky blanket for the cozy factor.
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Adding layers achieves the cozy and warmth feeling of fall. I added this woven rug onto the top of my white rug to bring in texture and interest. Including a throw and a pillow on the chair help with the cozy factor. Adding layers also includes adding addition things to room, like this cute little stool and vase. I added dried pampas grass to bring in some of the outdoors in. 

As for the mantel, I found these stems from Hobby Lobby and fell in love with the look and feel of them. They are the perfect rust and brown color and velvety to the touch.

This mirror is an family antique that survived a fire and passed down from my great grandmother. I added three candles in front of it, and at night when they are lit, it is magical. 
If you look around this room, you will notice it is full of books. This secretary hutch is one of three pieces of furniture that houses them. I used the books' natural textures and colors to help continue the fall feeling in here.

Throw blankets and pillows are a sure way to make any room seem more cozy. In this space, I have used quite a few. I softened the hard edges of this bench with one draped over it. 

For the top of the bench, I used this old crate and placed black lanterns on it along with deconstructed books. I used black accents throughout this room to create a rhythm and help tie the black in the apothecary cabinet in. 

The black carries through the mirror, the candle sticks on the secretary hutch into the sconce on the wall and the fan the cabinet below. 

In summary, adding subtle fall touches is sometimes all a room needs...and all you may need to transition out of summer. It doesn't have to be a big thing or drastic changes. Just follow some of these tips below:
  • 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 (you'll see more of this in my main living room tour soon)
  • 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. 
  • Tell a story : add things that bring you joy! Like your family pictures, heirlooms and that funny little thing you found at the story. This is your house, make it a place you love and are comfortable.

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happy DIYing! Alicia