Want the easiest way to make your home look cozy? Learn why vintage finds are a great way to add warmth to your home and family room for fall.
It may not feel like fall around here in North Carolina, but that doesn’t mean my house doesn’t look all cozy.
If I waited around for it to feel like fall, I’d be putting out pumpkins with my Christmas trees!
Sometimes autumn just needs to be a state of mind.
We’ve had a few days when we’ve had a tiny taste of cooler weather, but it’s currently third summer around here…
I’m over here fooling myself into thinking it’s cooler outside by making things look all cozy.
My favorite way to get a cozy vibe is with a variety of textures including soft textiles, chunky throws, baskets, and warm woods.
I’ll be sharing a closer look at all the details, how to style them, and why I chose each item.
- Welcome to the Blogger’s Best Fall 2022 Home Tour!
- Simple Ideas for Decorating Built-In Shelves for Fall
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Welcome to the Blogger’s Best Fall 2022 Home Tour!
We want to give a huge shout out to our sweet friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew for coordinating this home tour!
She’s organized 30 amazing bloggers who will be opening up their homes to share fall home tours over this week.
You can find all the links at the end of this post.
The bloggers who are sharing on the days after ours will publish their posts on the days listed, so be sure to check back all week long!
If you’re visiting us from Kim at Cottage in the Mitten, hey there! Wasn’t her home just perfect for fall?
If you’re new around here, we’re Anne and AnnMarie, two moms who are lucky enough to be besties and neighbors.
That’s AnnMarie wearing black (her favorite color…), and I’m Anne, and wearing white. You’ll be taking a peek at my home today.
We work together to share simple and budget-friendly ideas for decorating, recipes, DIY projects, and tips for life with older teens (and beyond!).
You can read more about us and our families over here.
And we would love to learn more about you! Be sure to say “hi” in the comments below and tell us where you’re visiting from.
But that’s enough about us!
Let’s take a look at how I got my home cozy for fall.
Simple Ideas for Decorating Built-In Shelves for Fall
These shelves are a focal point in my home, and I love decorating them each season.
My husband and I designed and built them a few years ago and they really transformed this space!
One of these days I’ll remember to put an art channel on the TV when I’m taking pictures…
For now, let’s just ignore the big black box and take a look at all the warm colors that fill the shelves.
For fall, I pull out baskets, and antique wood and copper containers.
Their rich warm colors naturally set the stage for making this space a little more cozy.
Then it’s time to accessorize them with some more fall color.
This antique copper bucket pairs so nicely with these faux brown fig berries.
I like to make each shelf into its own little fall vignette.
Then, I space out similar items to make visual triangles.
If you look closely, you’ll see that the white pumpkins are spread out so that each one is a point in a visual triangle.
This trick helps to keep your eye moving throughout the shelves.
The wood items, baskets, copper, florals, and preserved gourds are all arranged in these visual triangles.
It takes a little playing to get each vignette in the perfect spot!
In fact, I tend to decorate and live with it for a day or two and see which things look out of balance and tweak the shelves over that time to get them just right.
A Few of My Favorite Fall Vignettes in the Family Room
I found this fun copper organizer a few years ago at a Vintage Market Days show.
When I finally get my office done it’ll be living on my desk!
But first I need to finish up my hallway project…
This antique wood box is something I discovered in Madison, Indiana when AnnMarie and I helped at a blogging retreat.
Isn’t the workmanship impressive?
That dovetailing on the joints is so pretty, and it’s hard to believe so much work went into making a box used for shipping.
The label on the front adds a little something special.
The box is the perfect container for these faux cream-colored stems.
Easy Vintage Decorating Ideas for a Fireplace Mantel
To the left of the shelves is another spot I love decorating each season.
My fireplace got an update almost four years ago when I painted the cream marble surround with black chalk paint.
Now the surround resembles slate and the neutral combination is so easy to decorate each season.
I went a little extra decorating the mantel for fall a few years ago when I learned to make sweater pumpkins!
But lately, I’ve preferred a more pared down look.
Some vintage amber glass bottles and jars add some warm color and a little shine.
An industrial spring became a vase for some faux floral stems.
I’ve had these flowers for years and can’t find anything similar anywhere this year to source for you.
I really wish I could find them again because one of my cats has been nibbling on the grassy bits so they’re looking a little ragged recently…
Speaking of kitties, it’s because of them that I have a big leather couch!
They shredded the arm of one fabric couch we got when we moved in here, so we switched back to leather.
Lots of throw pillows like this floral one and this green suede one help to soften the look of the leather.
I also like using cozy throws like this green herringbone one to break up all the brown.
How to Add Seasonal Decor with an Open Floor Plan
My floor plan isn’t completely open, but my kitchen, family room, and foyer are all connected and visible to each other.
The space is all painted Revere Pewter with white trim to give it a unified look.
And when I decorate for the seasons, I use similar decorating elements.
I updated my kitchen this year and shared all the details about how I brightened it up without painting my cherry cabinets plus how I decorated the workspaces for fall.
I have a gorgeous vintage china cabinet over by the kitchen table.
AnnMarie and I found it last year when we were shopping together and I knew I had to have it.
It was only $175!
As you can see, the family room is just beyond, so I used similar fall colors to decorate the cabinet.
Inside, I display my black and white dishware, plus a basket of natural placemats.
Up top, I filled a rusty antique coal scuttle with some gold floral branches.
A cream pumpkin from Hobby Lobby sits beside it to add even more texture.
When you look to the right of this little china cabinet, you’ll see the right side of the built-ins.
Look carefully and you’ll see the same kind of cream textured pumpkin on the shelf with the preserved gourds.
How I Decorated My Small Foyer for Fall
The gallery wall in my entry doesn’t change with the seasons.
I love the simple black frames in a variety of shapes and sizes.
If you’ve ever considered creating a gallery wall but aren’t sure how to get started, AnnMarie shared all her hacks that make the process so simple.
On the opposite wall from the gallery wall is a small vintage sewing machine table.
I added some subtle fall details, including a placemat that I used last year for a fall tablescape.
A round basket corrals an antique amber bottle, a white pumpkin, and a copper candle.
The front door displays a simple cream berry wreath.
I love how it pops against the black door.
A candle lantern and a few pumpkins add some texture.
You should see how AnnMarie decorated her foyer for fall this year: it’s such a gorgeous space!
I hope you enjoyed taking a look around at my fall decorating this year.
Next up today is Kelly from The Tattered Pew. You have got to see how she decorated her kitchen for fall!
Be sure to check out the other tours today and all week long for more fall decorating inspiration. The links are all below.
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Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours
This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each fall home tour by clicking the links below.
The Tattered Pew // StoneGable // My Wee Abode
She Gave It a Go // Cottage In the Mitten // Simply2Moms
Midwest Life and Style // Willow Bloom Home Blog // Bricks n’ Blooms
Cottage On Bunker Hill // Peacock Ridge Farm // Open Doors Open Hearts
White Lilac Farmhouse // The Ponds Farmhouse // Eleanor Rose Home
Amy Sadler Designs // Shiplap and Shells // White Arrows Home
My Thrift Store Addiction // County Road 407 // Thistle Key Lane
Cloches and Lavender // My Family Thyme // tatertots & jello
Le Cultivateur // Southern Home and Hospitality // DIY Beautify
WM Design House // A Life Unfolding // Dabbling and Decorating
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