How To Bring on The Cozy with Textures (+$500 Gift Card Giveaway!)

How To Bring on The Cozy with Textures (+$500 Gift Card Giveaway!)

Sponsored by Arhaus

You’ve likely heard me refer to transforming a home for fall with a cozy element known as “texture.” I sometimes get questions about what that actually means. I know that it might not always be super obvious or intuitive how to do it, but today I’ll share some designer tricks and tips to add more textural interest to your home this fall. In this post we’ll be talking about the types of textures that will enhance your home all the way until spring and even beyond.

How To Bring on The Cozy with Textures (+$500 Gift Card Giveaway!)

I think it’s important to incorporate a variety of patterns that coordinate well together to make a statement without overwhelming a space. As I was looking for some new textural items to add to my home, I fell in love with these gorgeous pillows from Arhaus.  (If you aren’t familiar with Arhaus, they have gorgeous furnishings and accessories with a focus on quality, functionality and sustainable materials. I’ll share a few more items from Arhaus in this post plus I created a Pinterest board with other favorite finds from Arhaus here).

Because I know I’ll keep quality pillows for years, I look for a nice heavy weight insert (down is preferred) with a soft removable fabric cover in a classic pattern.

How To Bring on The Cozy with Textures (+$500 Gift Card Giveaway!)

By incorporating a variety of organic, unique and opposing textures to your space, you can add more interest and warmth. In the fall, I focus particularly on adding layers of more heavily textured fabrics and materials. Cozy textures can be added through accessories, pillows, poufs, baskets, throws and artwork. Each one should have a unique texture.

To bring the textural impact of each piece up a notch, I’ll hunt for unusual or striking details such as tassels, stitching, or even an distinct pattern or variety of patterns on one piece.

Textures can be found in a variety of colors to suit your style, but I’ve always be drawn to organic textures in muted shades of blues/grays/greens/whites/blacks and with wood and metals.

How To Bring on The Cozy with Textures (+$500 Gift Card Giveaway!)

This pouf is a great example of a beautiful mix of textures, details and patterns. It’s also super practical, it is solid enough to sit on comfortably. You can also use it to prop up your feet or to set a stack of books nearby while you’re curled up on the couch.

How To Bring on The Cozy with Textures (+$500 Gift Card Giveaway!)

This navy striped dipped basket is a winner in the color, texture and function department. To really enjoy your home, make sure each item you have to touch feels touchable! Besides being an striking piece to look at, a basket like this is handy for storing throws, projects or anything you want to contain.

How To Bring on The Cozy with Textures (+$500 Gift Card Giveaway!)

How To Bring on The Cozy with Textures (+$500 Gift Card Giveaway!)

Accessories can make a statement by being a textural feast for the eye! I LOVE the mix of these organic rattan balls in a beautiful basket with leather handles.

How To Bring on The Cozy with Textures (+$500 Gift Card Giveaway!)

Art work and wall hangings can be another opportunity to add warmth through unique textures. These botanical art pieces hung in our basement (found here) are printed on beautiful handmade paper. The paper itself is such a soft gorgeous texture, no frame was needed.

How To Bring on The Cozy with Textures (+$500 Gift Card Giveaway!)

The organic texture and print softens the wall and quiets the space. Texture can make a beautiful style statement without screaming at you.

How To Bring on The Cozy with Textures (+$500 Gift Card Giveaway!)

Jack thinks he adds the best texture in any room. I don’t blame him. He’s a pretty cozy guy. But even if you don’t have a furry friend, you’ll find that adding texture to your room with your furniture and accessories can make a space almost as cozy.

How To Bring on The Cozy with Textures (+$500 Gift Card Giveaway!)

Below you’ll find a collage of all the beautiful items I found at Arhaus! Each one is beautiful on its own and together they create such a cozy vibe.

How To Bring on The Cozy with Textures (+$500 Gift Card Giveaway!)

Sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 // 13 // 14

All items are from Arhaus

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To enter to win a $500 gift card to Arhaus, comment below on this post with one item you’d love to have.

Arhaus employees and their family members are not eligible for the giveaway. Giveaway ends Thursday October 19th, winner chosen at random.

This post was sponsored by Arhaus.

Fall’ing for Vintage & Modern Decor – A Home Love Story

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

You know that traditional rhyme we recite to brides as they are preparing for their wedding day?

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue (and a sixpence in your shoe)?

Well, I guess you could say I carried that tradition into my home style, too. Today I’ve been asked to share a little bit about how I mix vintage with modern decor in my home, but as I started to write this post I had an epiphany.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

I hadn’t really thought about this before last night, but in that rare late night epiphany, I realized I actually have ALL of the wedding rhyme elements in my home. I KNOW! And even more random, it makes perfect sense to me why I feel at home with them.

Humor me here. Perhaps this will even explain a thing or two about my ever-evolving home.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Something old or vintage in the wedding rhyme represents continuity and history. There is something so comforting about tradition and special memories being carried forward from one home or season to the next. I add a touch of vintage throughout my home because I love to remember our stories.

A charming vintage brass dinner bell handed down to me has a place of honor in my kitchen. We tell the story about the day we acquired our beautiful 18th century painting or remember each place we collected the colorful vintage books now decorating our living room.

Vintage adds richness and depth of character to a space because each piece has an interesting tale to tell.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Something new, as the rhyme goes, reflects youthful joy and optimism for our family’s future.

I love to mix new with old because it keeps my style fresh and evolving. A mix means I always feel at home in the here and now. When you add something modern to something vintage, you get to express your own sense of style and let go of perfection.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Something borrowed may represent the generosity of family or friends, or even a sense of frugality and responsibility to reuse or recycle. There’s a thrill of discovery when you find something at a flea market or second hand store, or even in combining pieces you already have in your home in a new more modern way.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

If you are a regular here, you probably have noticed that I move or change things around my house pretty much daily. You never really know what to expect, or maybe you are sometimes just left wondering where I’m going with it. :) Sometimes I wonder the same thing! But that’s part of the process when you borrow, recycle, refresh or reuse elements. You get to experiment with style, but nothing has to be permanent.

I rearrange accessories, move rugs and borrow furniture from around my own house (or from my family!) more often than I ever buy something new from a store. Especially in the fall, I really get into my nesting mode. These rattan chairs were originally second hand finds, handed down to me from my mom, painted by me and then moved from room to room and even house to house.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

I collect vintage pots and accessories to reuse and repurpose throughout my house.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Having a mix of vintage and modern elements gives me the freedom to be creative with storage in my home as well as in decorating throughout the seasons. It’s fun for me to create a fresh personality for a room just by mixing old and new.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Do I include something blue in my home, as the wedding rhyme suggests?

Yes, I do. I’ve always liked blue. Do you? Blue is a classic, so it is found in both vintage and modern decor. Blue is a unifying color that can combine modern and vintage elements in a timeless way. In the wedding rhyme, blue might have symbolized the qualities of faithfulness, purity and loyalty. For our first home as a married couple, I decorated with shades of blue! Blue makes me feel sentimental.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

And what about a sixpence? This final part of the wedding rhyme symbolizes prosperity for the new couple. It might be more of a stretch to apply it to my modern and vintage decor, but stick with me here. :) I actually think it fits.

A home is a place where we are invited in to write a magical and memorable love story. I believe our home becomes richer with each cozy layer and memory we add through the seasons… something vintage with something modern, something borrowed with something blue.

And yes, just like in the last line of the rhyme, a sixpence can represent how richly blessed we are to have this place we call home.

So, here’s the thing. My husband is a musician (among his other talents) and while this is more of an intangible element, our home has always been filled with music, both vintage and modern! This particular song (below) feels like home to me, as we’ve played it in our home probably a thousand times. It just happens to be by a band called … Sixpence None the Richer. (Get it?).

Enjoy Sixpence, and then I have some friends to introduce you to, below!

There you have it, I guess you could say I have finally figured out my style, and it’s basically all summed up by a wedding rhyme.

OK, I’m done with rhymes now :).

Today I’m joining some sweet blogging friends who are sharing how they mix vintage and modern decor into their home. I’m sure when they asked me to join them they didn’t expect I’d write a post around a wedding rhyme. But, you just never know with me.

I think it is so fun to see the unique ways people create a home. I know you’ll enjoy paying these ladies a visit today, click through to each of the blogs through the links below.

Visit Holli at Bees N Burlap [here]

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Visit Tammy at Tammy Damore [here]

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Visit Natalie at My Vintage Porch [here]

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Visit Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage [here]

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Lastly, Make Sure To Visit Kelly, at Kelly Elko [here]

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story
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