Fall Nesting in the Great Room

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Fall Nesting In the Great Room

The official start of fall this year is September 23 so this week I’ve I added subtle touches to our home. Instead of doing a complete seasonal over-hall, I’ve simply moved a few items around, added a new pillow or two, foraged branches from my yard, and purchased a few pumpkins.  Mother Nature changes gradually so I enjoy working along side her, keeping our decor subtle and easing into the season. For our home, I like to keep the decor minimal, neutral, and I like to add as many natural elements as possible. When it comes to design “rules” keep in mind that those are general rules. Do what feels right to you and will work for your family.  You can’t go wrong with that:)

A few days ago I shared my kitchen and 6 Fall Cleaning Tasks.  Today I’m taking you into the great room area and sharing how I styled my mantle.  If you blog or follow along on social media you might be feeling like it’s kind of like a race to the finish line.  The pumpkins are barely ready at the farm and everyone has their homes and porches all decked out. This year I’ve decided to do less scrolling and simply do what I can when I can.  This has taken the pressure off and is allowing me to slowly think things out and enjoy the process.

Pillows (designer tip!)

If you are adding new pillows to your couch, experiment with different fabrics, textures and colors. Start by creating a color palette.  Allow colors to flow into each other.  I used neutral tan and linen colors on one end and added a leopard print and faux sheep skin on the other side.  In the past I have used blues and blush and those colors would also look pretty here.  As a general rule, it’s recommended that you use no more than 4 or 5 colors.  When you style your pillows try putting the larger one in the back and then create layers in the corners with shorter pillows.

Layer

Add a cozy throw or wool blanket to your couch.  I like to keep several throws available for family and friends. It feels comforting to snuggle up with a warm, soft blanket or throw on a chilly Fall evening.  This throw is a popular one in our home;)  It’s extra large, very soft, and just the perfect weight to add comfort without being too warm.

Coffee table styling

Don’t overthink it.  Add a vase filled with flowers or greenery, a few books, and a candle.  You can also add a bowl, basket, or leather catchall an add shells or beads.

Adding extra seating and lots of plants

I ordered that little bench from Target and it was such a great purchase as I’m always re-purposing it.  I’m still on the hunt for the perfect chair to put next to the fireplace where the stool currently resides. I think I’ve found a leather, wood chair that will work .. still deciding.  My fiddle leaf is still not 100% but I think it’s recovering.   Plants are so important in a home.  They not only help purify the air, they are also aesthetically pleasing.  I bought a mini olive tree yesterday and can’t wait to plant it in a pretty container.  I ordered this plant stand for it.  Hopefully I will have enough light to keep it alive.

Mantle Decor

My mantle is petite so I can’t put too much on it without giving it a crowded appearance.  If you are ready to add a few Fall touches to your mantle, remove the existing decor so you have a blank canvas to start with.  Gather seasonal items from around your home that might work in that space before purchasing anything that is new.  I kept our wagon wheel picture up and worked around that.  Along with a few stacked books, I added a few candlesticks and two mini pumpkins to the right side.  On the left I added a pop of color with a vase and then I added a few springs of wheat. The branches are fresh olive leafs that I brought back from California last week.  Candles are a must for fall and of course, pumpkins.

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