Last week, when September 1st hit the calendar, my instagram feed blew up with cozy images of Fall.
Pumpkins, plaid, wool blankets, crackling fires, chunky knit sweaters, golden leaves.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am a Fall girl through and through. It always has and always will be my favorite of all seasons. I remember not too long ago when I had to restrain myself from pulling out all my favorite Fall stuff to pepper around the house before September 1st.
Now, however, I’m not quite there. Not quite in pumpkin and plaid mode.
This year I’m feeling the need to ease a bit more slowly into the new season.
Over the weekend, I did make a few simple changes to our home to gently reflect the upcoming season. Easy things that help it feel a little cozier without going all the way.
If you need a little inspiration for ways to bring your home into the new season, try out these three steps:
Add freshly clipped greens.
When we returned from our extended road trip, the back yard was basically a jungle. I spent hours pulling waist-high weeds, trimming overgrown shrubs and spreading a new layer of black mulch. While I was out there, I clipped a few branches off the maple tree to pop into a vase inside. The leaves will be changing color soon (it’s still fun to clip when they are turning!) and I love the organic and slightly unruly look of them up there on the kitchen shelves.
Our home is very neutral and the green just seems to make it all come alive.
While fresh flowers and bright greens are perfect for the spring, deeper green branches feel decidedly fall. Plus, they are free! Head outside, take along a pair of clippers (I like these) and clip off a big, funky branch to bring indoors.
Throw in some cozy texture.
There is something about chunky knits that feel absolutely fall-like. This oldie-but-goodie knit throw works in any season because of its creamy white color, but I especially love having it out as Fall approaches.
This is our main hang-out area in the house and why I insist on having the couch filled with pillows is beyond everyone in my family. They inevitably end up on the ground and I inevitably put them all back up three hundred times per day. But the combination of texture we have going on right now makes me very happy. It feels fall-ish without being overly obvious and that’s just what I’m looking for as I ease our home into the season.
I’ve heard it said that texture acts like pattern and am always a fan of mixing as many textures as I can get away with.
Change out the scent.
I was just talking with a friend about how I don’t like smelly candles. And then midway through the statement I had this moment of clarity: I used to not like the smell of candles.
This all started back in high school when all my friends burned sickeningly sweet vanilla ones and I got an instant headache. Since then I’ve told myself I don’t like smelly candles but actually, I do! It just depends on what it is. Candle scents (and packaging) have come a long way since the late 90’s and there are far more options than vanilla.
If you are a candle person and have been burning a summery scent, switch it up! Maybe don’t go quite to the deep fall scents of balsam and cranberry, but try something woodsy and fresh.
One of my favorite candles is this Izola Green Moss candle – half because of the gorgeous green of the glass and graphic label, half because of the rich, pleasant smell. Another good option is this Driftwood + Indigo (I have it in the cute cement container on my desk right now, but I really like the wood version too).
The candle shown is a few years old from Anthropologie, which is always an excellent source for new scents and pretty packaging.
As the month progresses, I’m sure I’ll be switching up more around the house, but for now these three simple changes feel just right.
I’d love to know … are you ready for fall? Are you a fall decorator? If so, have you jumped fully in or are you a little slower like me? Do tell …