Six Unexpected Ways to Create a Cozy Entry

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Fall is just days away! HOORAY! It’s the time of year when COZINESS is on the mind. At least it’s on my mind. Even if coziness is not yet on yours, you can just file today’s ideas away for the first rainy fall day (which we totally had yesterday here in Seattle!).

Here are some fun and unexpected ways to create a cozy entry just in time for fall!

1. Create a Cozier Space With Curtains.

Entries tend to feel a little chilly in the fall and winter. Treat the space like you would any other room in the house. The unexpected floor length curtains in this entry coupled with the wallpaper, rug and furnishings make this space as warm and welcoming as can be! I’ve seen curtains around a door, too. In the right kind of house, door curtains can be adorable, warm and cozy looking.

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2. Elevate function with character.

A cozy home will feel lived in, but we don’t have to sacrifice style for function. Set a welcoming tone of warmth and comfort with a relaxed but pretty mudroom vibe. Closed storage and baskets hide unsightly elements. A bench, hooks and shelving infuse the space with the warmth of function and character.

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3. Plush pieces make everything cozier.

It’s not often you see an ottoman in an entry, but why not? If you have the space, bring in your coziest furnishings. A plush upholstered piece tells friends and family this home is a comfortable place. Soft furnishings soften hard surfaces and sounds, too, making the whole space feel cozier.

(PS…my tufted teal ottoman is on a pretty awesome sale right now!)

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4. Create a cozy seasonal focal point.

Every entry (big, small or one that is simply a part of another room!) should have a seasonal focal point. Yet, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a spot filled with traditional seasonal decor. Even a gentle nod with a subtle mood or textural changes or the combination of elements used can be so cozy and inviting.

Shop your house for items you could use. Perhaps you’ll find a shelf, a stool, or a piece of furniture in another space. Now shop the house some more. What other elements and textures could you add in to make the coziest statement?

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5. Bring in something eye-catching.

Add an eye-catching or unexpected furniture piece or accessory to cozy up the entry. (Your entry might be one in the same as your living room, but that’s fine, too! The way you arrange your furniture in the living room might be able to serve a dual purpose or create an entry space).

Character often translates to cozy and inviting, don’t you think? So keep your eye out for something unexpected and eye catching for your entry. Perhaps you’ll find a wall sconce, an antique mirror, a funky stool or a unique bench.

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6. Define a cozy space with colors, shapes and statements.

A round table in an entry feels extra inviting and unexpected. It can be a perfect spot to set those pretty coffee table style books, which can make such a a cozy statement in an entry. Look for other ways to add color, interesting shapes and cozy statements, such as a lantern, or a textural basket filled with umbrellas, walking sticks and a tartan throw.

Happy Fall Nesting, friends! What’s your favorite way to cozy up an entry for fall?

Catch up on the latest Fall Nesting posts or start from the beginning of the series here.

Six Unexpected Ways to Create a Cozy Entry

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Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Welcome, welcome!

Come in, everyone! Today I’m so excited to joining in as a special guest for a Farmhouse Holiday Fall Dining Room tour. You can find all the tour participants linked below. The invitation was perfect timing to inspire me to set up my dining room for fall. I’m all about fall nesting right now (I just started my annual fall nesting series, you can catch up here).

So, come on in, friends! We’ve got room for you all to gather around the table. Well, obviously it’s kind of a small space, but as I said about our kitchen, we can all squeeze in real cozy-like.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday TourSources are listed at the bottom of this post or here

When it comes to decorating for the seasons or for a holiday, as you might already know I tend keep things pretty simple most of the time. Not because I don’t love an all-out festive table or room, not at all! I really do! I love the creativity, but simple just seems to work the best for me.

But isn’t that how decorating should be? Do whatever brings you joy.

Simple decor brings me joy for many reasons, but for one it’s because I like to change my home often. I enjoy the process of puttering around the house, evolving each space as I’m inspired through the season.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

If you are a regular around here, you know I started my evolution to fall in the kitchen with my new rug.

(Whenever I say that I started my evolution to fall in the kitchen it sounds to me like I said I started to FALL in my kitchen. Just to be clear, I didn’t start to fall in my kitchen. Hahahaha. Hahah. I crack myself up sometimes. Okay, haha.).

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

This is our first fall with our remodeled kitchen, so I couldn’t wait to get started with fall touches. My kitchen and dining room are small but connected spaces, so it made sense to me to make the “fall vibe” flow through both spaces.

You can see the whole fall kitchen and sources here and here.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

As the kitchen began to be more “fall-like,” I started to get more inspired with what I wanted the dining room to feel like. You can see how the two spaces connect visually and physically through this archway.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Adding a cozy layer in the dining room can start as simply as adding a tablecloth (from HomeGoods). So that’s what I did. Easy peasy, right?

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

A few weeks ago I really went wild and grabbed this woven pumpkin at HomeGoods. Ha! So unlike me to be ahead of the game!

This early in the season we don’t have many real pumpkins or pretty gourds available at the stores near me (at least anywhere I wanted to drive to!) so it was actually a good thing I brought that woven pumpkin home. Bonus, this guy won’t rot, so I’ll be able to use this “pumpkin” all season long. Super thrifty of me, if I do say so myself.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Other than adding my new pumpkin and tablecloth, I just set my table with what I already had. Sometimes when I’m going to shop in my own house, I will give myself a ten-minute limit to “decorate.” It’s a good motivator for me to just get going, and mix and match whatever I can find in a short period of time.

I often find that once the timer goes off, I’m quite content with small changes I made!

It doesn’t take much to get me in a fall mood.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

As I set the table, I decided to pair the same pretty blue and white dishes I used in spring, but added pretty plum napkins for a fall twist. The wood chargers warmed it all up nicely and they looked great with my new punkin’. You can find the sources all linked at the bottom of the page.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

But when I added the gold flatware, it all felt too disconnected so I set a little brass tabletop under the pumpkin. That made him feel a little fancier and elevated his presence as a unique centerpiece.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Then to bring warmth around the room, I brought out these pretty brass lanterns for the buffet.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

A few perennials in a basket (that I need to plant outside) brought in a pop of fall color.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Other than that, we’ve got some added cozy with fuzzy sweater pillows on the banquette, velvet pillows and a knit throw on a chair. Layering in textural details is my favorite way to decorate for fall.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

In fact, speaking of fuzzy fall textures, if you look real close …

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

We have a photo bomber.

But since he adds a nice cozy layer to the mix I think we’ll keep him.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Oh, and speaking of keeping it simple while gathering around the table, I’ve got a brand new book coming out October 3rd called Simple Gatherings! You can get the book and the amazing preorder freebies here.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!

Enjoy the rest of the tour, be sure to find the tour links below and visit everyone. I know you’ll be really inspired!

All my room sources are linked at the bottom of the post! 

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Ella Claire | Craftberry Bush | Love Grows Wild | Shades of Blue Interiors

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

City Farmhouse | Dear Lillie | French Country Cottage | Miss Mustard Seed

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Liz Marie Blog | Rooms for Rent | Julie Blanner | Kindred Vintage

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

My Sweet Savannah | The Inspired Room

Sources:

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Simple Gatherings Book (preorder now and get all four of my books as e-books for FREE!) >> Amazon / Barnes and Noble

Blue and white pattern dishes

Wood charger

Dark purple napkins

Striped Banquette Bench

Wicker dining chairs (similar)

Chandelier – RH Teen // Similar Option (great price!)

Hammered gold flatware

Napkin Rings (gold and silver)

Tablecloth – HomeGoods

Rattan Pumpkin – HomeGoods – similar options one and two

Chalkboard and Dry Erase Place Cards (similar options) > dry erase, chalkboard

Gray ceramic lamps and lampshade

Jute rug

Glass door cabinet – RH Hampton Glass Casement in Taupe

Round white and rattan mirror

Gray velvet pillows

Linen parsons dining chairs (sources and roundup in this post)

Woven blinds

Curtains

Brass lanterns – Mary and Martha

Hammered copper planter

Kitchen sources

My House Tour

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