The lazy days of summer are coming to an end. Soon the cooler season of Autumn will be approaching and it will be time to take a close look at your home and inward, beginning with the seasonal “nesting” efforts. (That is what we do as human beings – as soon as the weather makes a shift – we begin to think & behave like animals who will soon be themselves, hunkering down.)
Here are a few simple ideas to assist you in the process:
- Start with the outside, decorate your entry area with seasonal decor speaking warmth & comfort
- Nestle your furnishings toward your focal point, such as a fireplace, or create a more intimate sitting area by floating your furniture in groupings or better known as “hubs” centered in your space;
- Make certain you have at least 3 sources of lighting in your space. Lamps are cozier and more interesting & friendly than overhead lighting. Create a formation of a triangle with your lighting which will ensure proper light to reading, conversation & ambiance;
- Add interest to a sofa or chairs with seasonal accent pillows in warm or rich colors;
- Add area rugs to hallways & entry areas
- Add another layer to your window treatments. Even sheer panels can warm bare glass that can otherwise look and feel cold at night time.
- Add texture to your space with objects like a warm throw in your favorite reading chair.
Some more great tips include for this time of the year are:
- With school starting and all the “to-do’s” that come with it, consider using chalkboard paint on a wall in a space within your home, like the kitchen for instance, that is busy and will not be overlooked for mentions. By adding grey or white to the “conventional” chalkboard paint, you can make a monthly calendar on a wall, which will not only be practical, but will add some visual interest to your space. Also consider painting an older small table or worn kitchen table with chalkboard paint, and this will give the kids something to do when you are prepping a meal!
- Don’t forget to infuse the air with healthy fragrances of the season making your home smell good and healing!
- Although most, at this time of year, think of fresh flowers as a non-essential, they do, however, remind of us warmer days when in our gardens that are soon to be laden with frost, followed by snow.
Creating a warm & nurturing space for you and your family will pay off when the days are shorter and you are forced to spend more time inside.