Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

We’ve been enjoying some amazing autumn sunshine and cooler temps here in Seattle! Sweater weather is my favorite! Outside many of the leaves are turning brilliant hues of orange and yellow and some are beginning to fall to the ground. There is a crispness in the air and I’m still loving every minute of fall nesting to create a warm and cozy home.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy HomeThis post is in partnership with World Market

Copper String Lights / Brass Lantern / Pink Mercury Glass Votives / Wood Tealight Holder

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Ladder / Sackcloth & Ashes Blanket

For years I’ve talked about how I love for the evolution of a season inside my home to reflect the gradual pace of the changes I see outside. Even if the weather doesn’t exactly follow a predictable pattern, a slow evolution to fall with a warm and cozy home has always been a comforting nesting ritual for me.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Sweater weather can literally mean I need to wear a sweater, but it also indicates a need for change in how I decorate my home. As it starts to feel chillier outside, I naturally want to bring even more more warmth inside.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Sackcloth & Ashes Blanket

Blankets are one of my favorite fall accessories. My daughter Courtney and I stopped in World Market a week or so ago and fell in love with the beautiful eco-friendly blankets by Sackcloth & Ashes. HELLO, COZY!

Not only did I bring home a warm new blanket (and find a great gift idea for the holidays!), but I found out that when you buy a Sackcloth & Ashes blanket from World Market, they provide a second blanket to a shelter in California. I love that these blankets bring warmth to everyone who receives them. You can see more of their blankets and read the heartfelt story behind this generous concept here.

By the way, the Sackcloth & Ashes blanket also comes in a box that you can fill with items to donate to a local shelter, or to keep in your car to have items on hand to share with someone in need. So cool! I’ll share some suggestions for what you might want to put in the box at this end of this post!

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Jack just wanted to say hi.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Blush Pink Blanket / White Tassel Stool (similar) / Macrame Basket / Wood Candleholders / Carved Wood Planter

In addition to curling up with furry pups, warm sweaters and cozy blankets, I crave the warmth of evening light this time of year.

It’s actually been getting dark here so much earlier that I find it’s time to turn on the lights before dinner! For mood lighting I’ve also been adding sparkly things all over the house. A few copper string lights, tea lights in mercury glass votive holders, and battery operated candles in lanterns can be a wonderful complement and contrast to all the soft cozy textures we bring in this time of year, too.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Similar Wood Beaded Chandelier

My parents and nephew were here for the weekend so on Saturday night we set the table and enjoyed homemade soup for dinner! An inviting ambience, the laughter of friends and family, and the aroma of a good meal is another wonderful way to bring warmth to a chilly fall evening, if you ask me.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Birch Branch Votive Centerpiece / Table Runner

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Battery-operated copper-wired string lights can be tucked in anywhere you want a little sparkle. Even one strand can bring an uplifting magical mood that can inspire you right through the upcoming holidays!

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Rattan Hurricane / Blue Bowl

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

White Fringe Pillow / Lumbar Pillow

Swapping out a few pillows or pillow covers is always a welcome and simple seasonal change. Neutral shades of black and white with lots of great texture can transition a space to fall and winter with minimal commitment. With neutrals as a base palette, you’ll feel the freedom to easily add in other hues whenever you crave a pop of warm sunshine or colorful flowers.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Trading out smooth textures like ceramic pieces with warmer or rougher ones like wood can make a surprising difference in how warm a room feels, too. I replaced a shinier white planter that was previously sitting on my mantel with a chunky wood one. It was a simple swap, but the wood really does feel so much cozier!

A few favorite accessories can also set the stage for a warm and cozy ambience. I have always loved the character brass lanterns can bring to a home. I actually have a fun new twist for how I’ll use these, but for now I love new mood they brought to the mantel.

I’ve made a few other changes around the house recently, too, but I’ll save those to share on a another day. Slow fall evolutions are my favorite.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

What are some other ways you can warm up your home for sweater weather?

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CATCH UP ON THE FALL NESTING SERIES:

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Day One: An Autumn Mindset
Day Two: 20 Little Things
Day Three: Warming Up the House with Shutters
Day Four: How to Decorate Your Coffee Table in Any Season
Day Five: Early Fall House Tour
Day Six: Embrace Your Style (and adapt as needed)
Day Seven: Your Fall Morning Routine
Day Eight: Fall Puttering
Day Nine: Simple Ways to Create a Welcoming Fall Porch
Day Ten: Make Your Bedroom a Cozy Retreat
Day Eleven: Fall Home Refresh – 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life
Day Twelve: 14 Simple Fall Decorating Ideas
Day Thirteen: 3 Fall Activities for the Homebody
Day Fourteen: Cozy Things with Tassels, Textures, and Trims
Day Fifteen: TODAY!

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Don’t forget to check out the Sackcloth & Ashes blanket collection at World Market and help those in need, too.

Here are some suggestions for how to fill your Sackcloth & Ashes box:

  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • comb or small brush
  • lip balm
  • water bottle
  • socks
  • individually wrapped snacks (granola, apple sauce, cereal bar, crackers etc)
  • band aids

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!Fall home refresh –  sponsored by World Market

I couldn’t be more excited about the beginning of fall! The weather was gorgeous in Seattle yesterday, so it was fun to be outside and see the leaves already turning! But home is where my heart is, so here are five of my favorite fall home refresh tips to bring new life to a space:

1. Design a welcoming area for people to gather.

It’s so important to have a dining table refreshed and ready for fall. The more welcoming your dining area is, the more your home will come alive with what matters most, your friends and family!

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!
Simply adding a runner or placements plus a bowl or a lantern as a centerpiece can make your table feel extra inviting.

I got my table runner from World Market last spring and the lanterns just a couple of weeks ago. They have so many great items for setting a table and making it welcoming, I always find the best stuff there (you can find fall items I love at the end of this post).

2. Invite in warmth with lamps and lanterns.

On a chilly fall night, you’ll want to have candles, lamps and lanterns you can light or turn on to warm up the room, even when it’s getting dark outside!

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

Round Tassel Pillow / Embroidered Pillow / Similar Stool / Similar DaybedBamboo Shades

3. Soften every space with layers.

I don’t think you can have enough layers in fall spaces.

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!Blue and White Rug

You can use an area rug or runner to soften a hard floor, or even layer one over another rug to define a space and add color. Jack is a real fan of rugs because he can get cozy, nap or watch for funny business in comfort around the house.

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!Runners

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!Left Pillow / Right Pillow

Pillows are an invitation to relax and get comfortable, so pile those plump and cozy pillows everywhere. Add extras to your sofa, daybed, chairs and bed.

Everyone in your home, including your furry members, will thank you for thinking of their comfort.

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!Baskets

4. Multiply textures and function with baskets.

So, how many baskets are too many? Honestly, I’m not sure you can have too many. Organic elements bring life to a room!

Baskets not only add texture, but they are a stylish decorative element as well as bring organization to any room. I love pieces that serve more than one purpose!

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!Macrame Basket

Hang some baskets on the wall, set a few on shelves to store and display your cozy blankets, tuck a couple here and there to stash all the unsightly things, and use them to cover up plastic plant pots which can elevate a plant to be a statement piece in a room.

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

Basket / Similar Rug / Navy Pillows / Macrame Pillow

5. Bring in your favorite little touches.

It’s the little things that bring a home to life, so make them more personal to show off your unique style. What do you love? A fun new dish towel doesn’t take up much space in the kitchen, but can add so much personality, style and a seasonal touch to your home.

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!
What are the elements that speak to you this time of year? Add more of those. It’s your home, make it your own.

Your home will come to life as you fill it with fall comforts, your stories and own unique style (and of course, your favorite people and furry friends.)

What are your favorite ways to refresh your home in the fall?

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

 

CATCH UP ON THE FALL NESTING SERIES:

Day One: An Autumn Mindset
Day Two: 20 Little Things
Day Three: Cozying Up the House with Shutters
Day Four: How to Decorate Your Coffee Table in Any Season
Day Five: Fall House Tour
Day Six: Embrace Your Style (and adapt as needed)
Day Seven: Your Fall Morning Routine
Day Eight: Fall Puttering
Day Nine: Simple Ways to Create a Welcoming Fall Porch
Day Ten: Make Your Bedroom a Cozy Retreat
Day Eleven: TODAY!

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