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:

A Round up of Fall Doormats

Cozy Fall Shop

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

My Fall House Tour

My Fall House Tour

Hello, friends! As always, I’m so glad you’re here. Not only am I inviting you in to my little house for a fall tour, but today you’ll get to visit FIVE other blogger friends who are on the tour with me! So fun, yes?   You’ll find their links below.

Our Fifth House
Lolly Jane 
The Handmade Home
Thistlewood Farms 
French Country Cottage 

If you’re new to The Inspired Room, I’m Melissa and I’ve been blogging here since 2007! I’m also the author of a whole bunch of books you can find here. I have two more on the way (books, not babies in case that was confusing, my babies are almost all grown now) and I’ve actually been up to my ears in edits the past few week. But even though it’s been a wild few weeks, I LOVE fall most of all so it’s fun to have y’all over!

Today I’ll give you a tour through my main rooms so you can get the feel of our humble white brick house! We live in Seattle. We moved into our house three years ago this month, and we’re still making this place our own. It’s quite a process. So far we’ve painted inside and out, remodeled our kitchen, added two Dutch doors, lots of shutters, blinds, light fixtures, and some flooring and have done quite a bit of work outside, too. You can see our brand new outdoor deck here.

We have two furry pups, Jack and Lily, so you’ll see them running through here and there. They LOVE tour days and having people over.

My Fall House Tour

About eleven years ago I started an annual Fall Nesting series here on the blog. My philosophy has always been to keep everything pretty simple and just enjoy the slow unfolding of the season as I feel inspired.

So while I did unexpectedly find some pumpkin/gourds for my porch while I was at Trader Joe’s yesterday, for the most part I don’t do a lot of “fall decor.” But I am a big fan of just bringing in more cozy textures and looking forward to all the familiar fall nesting rituals!

Alright, enough of me chatting. Come on in and make yourself right at home.  You’ll find links to sources throughout the post and at the end, but feel free to ask questions in the comments. I love it when you say hi and let me know you’re here!

And….I’ll be quiet now so you can get on your way. Enjoy the tours! :)

My Fall House Tour

Kitchen Sources and Details / Kitchen BEFORE Photos and Tour

My Fall House Tour

My Fall House Tour

Shiplap Walls Details

My Fall House Tour

Wood Lantern / Eucalyptus GarlandBench: Ballard Designs / White Rattan Mirror

My Fall House Tour

My Fall House Tour

Dip Dyed Stool

My Fall House Tour

Blue & White Rug / Dresser: RH Teen

My Fall House Tour

Slipcovered Sofa / Striped Pillows

(couch details: deep seat slipcovered with a bench cushion, 80 inches long in the Warm White Denim fabric.

My Fall House Tour

Rattan Day Bed / Blue and White Rug / Stone Fireplace Paint Details

My Fall House Tour

Slipcovered Sofa

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Woven Storage Hamper / Display Ladder

My Fall House Tour

My Fall House Tour

Macrame Pillows / Wood Bud Vase

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Round Pillow / Pillow with Tassels Round Mirror

My Fall House Tour

Macrame Stool (or similar) / Moroccan White Blanket on Daybed

My Fall House Tour

Window Shades and Shutters Details

My Fall House Tour

White Table Lamp

My Fall House Tour

My Fall House Tour

White Barn lights: Barn Light Electric / Benjamin® Union Porcelain Stem Mount Light / White Finish / Flush Mount / Mounting Finish: Same as fixture (white) / No Cage

My Fall House Tour

Jute Runner / Wall Hooks / Botanicals: Ballard Designs–sold out, similar here

My Fall House Tour

Word Pillow / Navy Linen Throw / White Quilt / Rug / Reversible Euro Shams

My Fall House Tour

Beaded Chandelier / Pom Tassel Curtains

My Fall House Tour

Wall Sconce / Black Knobs

My Fall House Tour

Jute Runner / Countertop Details

My Fall House Tour

Floral Shoes / Navy Plaid Rug

My Fall House Tour

Dutch Door Details / Outdoor Wall Sconce

My Fall House Tour

Star Doormat

 

Thank you for stopping by!

Be sure to visit the rest of the Fall tours!

Our Fifth House
Lolly Jane 
The Handmade Home
Thistlewood Farms 
French Country Cottage 

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My 2018 Fall Nesting Series posts:

A Round up of Fall Doormats
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: Today!
Day Six: Embrace Your Style (and adapt as needed)
Day Seven: Your Cozy Fall Morning Routine

My Fall House Tour

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My Fall House Tour

Cozy Fall Shop

My Fall House Tour

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