It’s fall and what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Getting cozy..sweaters, fires, hot drinks, soups, blankets and boots. Bring on the hygge! I was excited to be asked to join this Project Design collaboration today on Cozy Home. What makes a home feel warm and inviting?
Start with the front porch..
This weekend Max and I did a deep clean of the front yard. You can go buy pumpkins, but if your entry has a season’s worth of dust and spiders… get out there! We took a long duster to the eaves and lanterns, hosed off the porch and shined up the windows. We even wiped down the mailbox and swept the walk, and cleaned the front door. This is something nice to do seasonally. It really made the entry shine.
Next add a few pumpkins. You can go simple with one large one or go for the stacking method which seems popular here with varying pumpkin sizes and colors. If you have a long walkway you can put them along the path which is cute. If you have containers you can remove the plants and add small pumpkins and gourds as I did here with a few yard cuttings..I also added some mums and I even left them in the black pots they came in as they blended in behind the pumpkins. I went with the burgundy color this year for a change.
Make sure your welcome mat is in good shape. Maybe this is the time to get a new one so your place is looking sharp for the holidays? Pottery Barn has a nice selection of mats. I just moved a pillow and an old wool blanket to the front bench. If you can add a bench it is a nice welcome.
Since we have a front patio as well, I added a throw to the chairs out there and a candle. It just looks inviting and and reminds me it’s a nice place to chill and watch the sunset or enjoy a sunny coffee on fall mornings.
Sprinkle seasonal accents indoors..
How does it feel when someone enters your space? Ours is very open, but I moved our large wool rug right in the entry to so you hit a warm landing as you enter and changed out the coat tree things to some scarves, jackets and hats we use in fall.
I got this cute pedestal bowl as a gift and put on my island with gourds and pumpkins. I added small mum to the kitchen counter too.
I had no flowers for my round vase, so foraged the yard and took a branch off a tree for a little greenery. A bowl of pears or apples anywhere in the kitchen smells great and says harvest season..
To help the living and family rooms feel snug, add throws, extra pillows, perhaps a candle. Fall is a good time to set up a designated space for board games, or a table with a puzzle that’s being worked on is fun if you have space for it.. A basket to your main hangout room with a few blankets and throws that are easy to grab, is a nice touch too.
I warmed up the white couch with my cream and beige pillows and throws. I like the addition of creams with whites for some warmth in the cooler months.
In dining rooms you can add a little fun the the table with pumpkins..I also added a striped and tasseled throw to the bench. On the barstools I added an older pillow from Zara Home and we moved our record player and albums to the chest here so we will play them more.
I popped one of my white pumpkins with a few other bits..
In our media room, I added some darker elements and books and a fall candle to our new bookshelf!
In the bedroom, you can add some plusher elements also.
I keep my white coverlet from Crate & Barrel on all year and layer a comforter when it gets cold at the end of the bed, but during this in between time, a faux fur throw transitions it from a summer bed without the heavy duvet and looks snuggly.
It’s really just a matter of adding in details to make your place feel homey and warm. In my own space, I like adding more wood and dark elements along with creams. I think my family does love the festive bit on the porch and also the pleasant feel of soft throws on the beds and the couches.
Have fun with this season!
If you need a few things to bring a cozy vibe to the home..
From top left, by row…
Lapin Fine Faux Fur Throw, Gingham Linen Pillow Cover, Arhaus Faux Fur Throw,
Amber Lewis Cabin Blanket, Dodie Door Mat, Woven Rattan Pedestal Bowl
Anouk Pillows, Apothecary 18 Candle, Celeste White Quilt Coverlet
Block Print Pillows (on sale!), White Pedestal Bowl , Falling Leaves Bunch.
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What beautiful fall touches! I love your finds and think I need those block pillows. Thank you so much for including us in the cozy tour, happy fall!
Hi Amy! Thanks so much. Loved your ideas too and it was great getting to know you and your blog. Lovely things. Happy fall!
LA CONTESSA says
I NEED TO CLEAN THE FRONT DOOR! SOMEHOW THAT NEVER GETS DONE HERE………….AS WE SELDOM USE THE FRONTDOOR.I ALSO NEED A NEW MAT I DODNOT LIKE WHAT I HAVE THERE………
I WANT TO KNOW IF THE CURTAINS GOT HUNG?!!!
DO YOU STILL CARVE A PUMPKIN?WE DIDNOT LAST YEAR FIRST YEAR EVER BUT SO FEW YOUNG KIDS ON THE STREET.I THINK WE WILL THIS YEAR AS IT SEEMS THE RIGHT THING TO DO!I MADE THE POTATO LEEK SOUP YESTERDAY AND THOUGHT OF YOU!
HAPPY FALL……………FASTEST YEAR EVER!
I know cleaning the front door really gets overlooked.. People with cleaners don’t do it. I see that and so you have to get out there!I love your front yard and can see a pumpkin out there. Yes we always carve, but the day before or so. Yes Max put the curtains up! I will have to share. I am loving them! xx
Mary Ann Pickett says
So smart about getting a new doormat…they to get a beating! Your foyer is so inviting. i just love the California vibe of your pretty home, Kim!
Thanks Mary Ann. I know I’ve been through a few doormats.. Surprising this one lasted more than a year.. Thank you loved your house so much. xx
Linda Henderson says
Thumbs up! Love your style.
Aww thanks so much Linda! xo
OMG the doormat! Mine looks like crap. I just ordered two of those you recommended from Ballard. Kim I just love your home. It is just so inviting. And my very favorite your front porch! That seriously needs to be in a magazine! Everything is fabulous. You made me feel like a slacker. I need to get my kitchen and dining done!! You inspired me.
Cindy I just laughed so long. I love you. I am sure no one noticed the doormat with that fabulous entry. I can’t wait to see your kitchen. I know it’s already beautiful. xo
Kim, your home is all the California and I love everything about it. The subtle updates you made for fall make it all the more inviting and homey. I adore your woven porch planters … what a great spot for fall greenery and pumpkins. And, your front patio is heaven. Where did you get that wonderful furniture … I must have missed that post. The area rug in your entry is fabulous … so cozy. As are all the lovely touches inside your home. I want to come right over for a chit chat … in every single room. I’ll bring my own cocoa! xo
HI Juliet- gosh thank you so much. I feel like it’s kind of the same so I hope it’s not too bland, but I added a few little things. Thanks about the front patio. I found that little furniture set when I was shopping for some things for my Utah son’s dorm and it was sitting there at a Homegoods – the three pieces at a great price. They were small, so I knew they’d fit on the little front patio. I wish you were here to have coco with- or a spritzer! xo
I adore you exterior doors!!!
Thank you so much! It took a while to choose them, but we do love them now!
I love your muted tones, even at this time of year, but warmed up. You know what caught my eye? The branch in the clear round vase. It has such a nice curve to it that it really makes that little tableau more interesting than straight up and down branches would. It’s all lovely and inviting.
I’m inspired! Time change things up in SLO!
Hi Wren! Thank you so much. I was hoping it wasn’t too bland! Funny I just saw that branch out the back window and thought it could look good in the vase, so I snipped it off a tree! Enjoy the fall in SLO! xo
Annie Diamond says
Kim! I adore your home from the outside to the inside! Your patio just makes my heart skip a beat with the curved wall and cushions, the plantings in front of the wall…I’m not sure what they are called, but gorgeous! I love those chairs and how you used all shaded of white, off-white with textures for the pillows and throws both on the patio and inside too! It adds so much with textures and slight variations in shades of white and cream. The little touches in your kitchen are perfect, right down to the clear vase with a foraged branch! Love your style, Kim!!
Your beautiful home should be in a magazine. It’s all so calm and relaxing. Everything looks quality and perfect! I love it. The cozy fall touches are just right. Of course!
Love your front porch. And your front door. Very cool, just like you.
Thanks Heidi!! Love ya. Still so much to do, but getting there.