Living Room

Fall Update in My Home

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With each new season I feel compelled to style my home so it coincides inside with what the weather is like outside. For fall, I like to play with textures and bring in darker colors and softer, fluffier fabrics. fallcoffeetable

This fur throw paired with soft and velvety pillows do just that.

I can also never have too many pumpkins or fall florals in my home during this season. The vibrant colors of both add so much to the space. I prefer berries, sticks and leafy florals for the autumn floral arrangement. What’s so great about this foliage is that it lasts so much longer than a more flowery display.fallentry

Darkening my color scheme in the fall is also a must- even if it’s just switching out the art to make it feel a little more like the season.fallcorner

Another corner where softer fabrics add so much to the fall feel. On the ottoman I just added the green velvet pillow to make it more seasonal.fallpianoroom

In this piano room I just changed the lampshade to black, added some leafy florals, a plaid pillow on the bench and some pumpkins on the piano- simple additions without looking too overdone for the season.

So softer textures, darker colors, fall foliage and pumpkins are all you need to make your home feel warm and cozy during the autumn season when you spend so much more time indoors!

Layering the Perfect Shelf

Sometimes it’s hard to find that balance between having too much on a shelf to where it looks cluttered and too little to where it looks unfinished.

When styling a shelf, I like to start with the biggest piece first, whether it be a piece of artwork hanging or leaning on the shelf or a big accessory sitting on the shelf. Then I bring in the next biggest item. In this example it was the smaller piece of artwork (made my by 8 year old) leaning against the bigger picture that I’ve hung low above the shelf. I chose to hang the bigger picture instead of leaning it to give a little more height above the shelf- having some height is very important. Next I filled in the shelf with my favorite things- books, plants/florals, a petrified rock and bowl with a simple design on it. I’m not a matchy matchy designer so I like a good mix of colors, metals and patterns. Items such as books, plants or flowers and candles always tend to warm up a space so I try to have at least one of these 3 items on every shelf I decorate.

I believe that one of the most important things when layering a shelf is to choose items that you enjoy looking at and that have meaning to you. This shelf sits right next to my TV in our great room and it’s what I see when I walk down my stairs every morning- so I love being able to look at items that are personal to me as well as aesthetically appealing. My daughter’s artwork, the petrified rock found by my sister, leaves from one of our plants outside- all of these items collectively invoke a feeling of comfort and satisfaction when I look at them together.

To sum it up, here are my 3 tips to styling a shelfAngelaShelfStylingWeb:

1- display something with height

2- put at least one of of these 3 items on every shelf- plants or flowers, books or candles

3- show accessories that have personal meaning to you