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Happy first day of fall! We had a storm the other night that ushered in a wave of cooler temperatures. It’s a welcome break in the heat that has me eager for the upcoming season and cozy moments inside. If you’re in the same autumnal mindset, here are three small changes that will make your home cozy for fall.
Bring in Warm Lighting
When it comes to creating a cozy atmosphere in your home, lighting really does the heavy lifting. Switch off those overhead lights (or at least dim them) and bring in a floor or table lamp for soft lighting in the evenings. If you have the option to hardwire something, try adding sconces to your space to bring the light down from the ceiling, which makes for a cozier experience. And nothing beats the hygge vibes of candlelight flickering. (I just bought a set of these votive holders.) Here are some options:
Layer Textures and Textiles
Switching up your throw blankets and pillows seasonally will keep your space feeling fresh — and fall is the time to layer with abandon! Choose soft fabrics, interesting textures, and bring in a pattern to add depth to your space. For those with a bigger budget, consider swapping out your curtains for a set in velvet or a rich hue. Here are a few throw pillows and blankets (plus more in this post) that caught my eye:
Incorporate Natural Materials
Another easy way to add coziness to your space is with natural materials like wood and ceramic. This can be anything from candleholders to trays to your table setting. (I mean, really, has anyone ever said a white porcelain plate is cozy? Of course not.) Think of it as an extension of the tip above but instead of layering textiles, you’re layering natural materials to create depth and warmth that lends itself to an inviting moment in your home.
I’d love to know how you’re making your home cozy for fall!
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If you were stopping by today for my picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I’m sorry to disappoint. I haven’t had much interest in shopping the sale this year (even if I’m intrigued by this coat), so instead you’re getting a roundup of 10 accent mirrors! This was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend last week when she reached out for my opinion on two mirrors she had purchased for her home. After a few texts back and forth, we decided that neither mirror was quite right and set to the internet to find alternatives. It seemed silly to have all of that research relinquished to a string of iMessages, so I thought I’d share them with you along with a few others that caught my eye. After all, sprucing up your place is one of the best pandemic distractions to have on the heels of autumn when we’ll all be spending a lot more time indoors.
To browse the selection, click through the slideshow below.
Each picture is linked to the retailer’s site.
There’s something so beautiful about the rustic elegance of clay and ceramic art that I can’t help but add a piece to my collection every time I travel or go to an art fair. The piece above was from our visit to Portland’s Japanese Garden in 2018 and it’s one of my favorites to date. (I’m drawn most to Japanese-inspired pottery.) Even though I’m trying to keep my collection in check, I can’t help but to follow each new-to-me ceramist on Instagram that catches my eye. I thought I’d pass them along to you in case you’re just as enamored with their art as I am and you’re looking for a new piece to add to your home.
The texture in Chelsea’s pieces paired with a neutral color palette results in gorgeous organic pieces that are a must for any collection. The candlesticks and simple schoolhouse-inspired vases are among my favorites.
Splitting her time between Japan and Maine, Hanako’s work is rooted in Karatsu, Japan where her family’s has a several-generation history in pottery. You can purchase her work at a variety of New England shops.
Another artist who wins me over with her attention to detail and elegant simplicity is Sarah Van Raden, creator of Notary Ceramics. It’s minimalism at its best with soft, clean lines.
Julie’s work has an organic sensibility that draws me in every time. Not only are they beautiful pieces, they’re also functional, which is really the biggest appeal of ceramic art. The double bowl — perfect for setting out for olives and their pits — is something I’d love to have as indulgent as it may be.
Emily Coyne Ceramics
Emily Coyne Ceramics is located in Madison and while I haven’t purchased a piece yet, my fingers are crossed for another collaboration with Gib’s, a local cocktail bar that had a “Cocktails in Clay” event featuring her work last spring.
I’d love to know if there are any ceramicists that you follow that I should have on my radar!
I almost hate to breathe a word about Halloween and catapult us right to the end of October, but the undeniable crispness in the air along with my first seasonal sip of pumpkin beer the other night has put me in the mood for fall. And with autumn comes the desire to introduce some moodier decor into our home with a little bit of pre-Halloween shopping. It seems I’m not the only one, either. Retailers are pulling out the macabre merchandise earlier and earlier each year.
Aside from a few Target jack-o’-lanterns, I don’t have much in the way of Halloween-specific decorations — which is exactly what I prefer. I think Halloween decorations are best when they’re not limited to one spooky night of the year. I’ve rounded up seven seasonal decorations and serving pieces that are a little dark and a little moody, but would work just as well with your autumnal decor as they do on Oct. 31.
That pumpkin ale, however, is limited to a one-and-done endeavor.