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How to cozy up your home for fall
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How to cozy up your home for fall

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Whether you’ve felt that first chill in the air or not, fall is here, and it’s the perfect time to incorporate some warm and cozy accents within your decor. To give your home a golden glow all season long, think rich tones, soft and chunky textures and plenty of extra lighting. (Hint: You can get up to 75% off those fall essentials on Houzz right now!)

A Rustic Touch

Switching out your throw pillows for a fall theme is an easy update, but that doesn’t mean you have to go crazy with pumpkins and gourds. For a subtle, rustic look, try tossing this deer-themed burlap pillow on the sofa — and enjoy it all fall and winter long.

Deer Burlap Pillow from Houzz

Leather Lounging

Having a cozy spot to curl up with a good book is a must as we head into colder temperatures. The solution: this midcentury-style armchair, which has plush seat and back cushions and top-grain leather upholstery. With an armchair like this, staying inside might not be so bad!

Natalee Mid-Century Leather Armchair from Houzz

A Warming Rug

Add instant warmth and color to your home with this soft, red-dyed wool rug. Made of 100 percent hand-spun wool, it’ll provide plenty of soft cushioning underfoot. And with its rich colors and elegant pattern, it’s the perfect replacement for lighter, summertime rugs.

Antiquity Hand-Tufted Rug from Houzz

Light Some Candles

The flickering glow and soothing aroma of a nice candle can do wonders for a chilly home, and this set of three lanterns will only add to the effect. Made of metal with glass panels and a bronze finish, these lanterns are perfect for housing your favorite candles. Display them on the fireplace hearth, mantel or tabletop and enjoy the extra light.

Set of 3 Lanterns from Houzz

Gather Together

With the holidays just around the corner, now is a great time to create a welcoming spot for family or friends to gather around in — and this square ottoman could be just the thing to pull it off. With a distressed, hardwood frame and canvas-linen fabric, it’s perfect for extra seating or as a coffee table. Just add a wooden tray on top and you’ll be ready for game nights or cocktail hours galore!

Sophie Square Ottoman from Houzz

Bundle Up

One of the best ways to achieve a cozy fall look is by layering plenty of soft and chunky textures together. Drape this soft plaid throw blanket over your sofa or armchair, and your living room will look extra-inviting. Made of acrylic, it’s got the feel of cashmere and a rich, autumnal color scheme.

Cashmere-Like Throw Blanket, Red/Blue from Houzz

Stow Your Books

Create the perfect spot to sit and stay a while by filling this basket up with books, magazines, games or extra blankets. Made of handwoven rattan, it would add a homey touch anywhere in your home.

Round Storage Basket, Honey Brown from Houzz

Illuminate Your Space

Adding in plenty of soft, warm light is essential to get through the ever-longer nights ahead. This elegant table lamp has a rustic, white-washed wood finish and a linen shade to give your home a touch of farmhouse style.

Rena Table Lamp from Houzz

Change the Sheets

When it comes to getting your home ready for fall, don’t neglect the bedroom! If you’ve been using cotton sheets all summer, now’s the time to have a set of flannel sheets ready to go for those first cool nights of the season. This set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet and two pillowcases, and comes in an array of colors to suit your bedroom.

Flannel Sheet Set from Houzz

Set the Table

Bare tabletops can start to feel a bit cool in the fall, so add texture and warmth with this burlap table runner. With a simple striped pattern and fringed ends, it’s got plenty of rustic character to cozy up your dining table. Use it alone for casual meals, or layer it with a tablecloth for the holidays.

Stripe Burlap Table Runner from Houzz


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