I’m not decorating my house for fall, you are.
Though if I were in the habit of justifying these things, it would be important to note that firstly, it is the cozy season and therefore there are certain needs that must be met, and secondly, that if we’re going to be at home for a while – and it looks like we will be – we might as well like where we are, right?
Right. Away we go.
Creating space and light with mirrors. As it gets darker out, women the world over start dragging their Apple Pumpkin Spice Latte with Vanilla Notes and Also PineTM candles out. We just can’t help it. I will happily drop a stupid amount of money on candles because scent is such an important factor in the mood of your home. Especially with gigantic dogs in the house, any way I can lessen the Dog Scent and make the entire place smell More Cozy, it’s happening. (Were we always such an easy sell?) Are we talking about candles or mirrors here? No one knows really. The other way to make a room lighter, even in darker months, is with a solid, tasteful mirror you can slap those candles right in front of along with your decor of choice. I’m avoiding the Target at the moment for the sake of my pre-Christmas bank account, but this magical thing would be my choice, preferably right over the fireplace.
- Cushions. I refuse to spend a lot of money on couch pillows because my giant hounds tend to use them as toys. These would perfectly fit the bill and I already have them in my cart. Slap them on top of the cushions you already have (in that gorgeous ‘light brown’ shade) and you instantly look like a person who regularly Changes Their Throw Pillows.
- Candles, I love you. Yup, we’re back on candles. Told you. In an effort to bring fewer toxins and chemicals into our house, I did the dirty and terrible work of looking for a candle line that is all natural, amazingly scented, and still a little nerdy. FORAGE and their line of Book Lover’s Candles is so good. I have both the Lallybroch and Sassenach candles and honestly, a 20 minute burn time is enough to scent a room for a few hours. Magic? Possibly. It’s worth noting that they smell sufficiently British enough that Martin really enjoys them as well – also magic.
- New linens. For the last couple years I’ve pulled out flannel sheets from good old Target (which have been so perfect for cold nights in our drafty old house) but if you want to get really cozy their new velvet quilts and shams look like a cocoon you’d never want to crawl out of. Please note the perfect berry color to make your bedroom look like an actual Christmas present.
- For the front door. Why is it so hard to find an outdoor wreath that can stand up to the elements while still looking classy? I’m on the hunt for one that’s large enough to make a statement on our front door but not in a gaudy or overwhelming way, and I think this one from World Market is going to be the winner – I’m sure you’re all on the edge of your seats waiting, so hold onto your hats 🙂 Is it a little Christmas-y? A little too pine-y to be a fall wreath? Yes and also yes – but isn’t she a beaut?