3 Quick & Easy Ways to Update Your Room Today

By: Jillian Schaible

Something about the changing of seasons always makes me want to freshen up my home.  

In Fall, it’s all about bringing in those warm tones and spicy smells (hello, pumpkin spice everything!).  Winter, of course, with holiday decor and plenty of oh-so-cozy textures. Spring and summer are my favorite times to lighten the place up and give my home a fresh, breezy feel.

Of course you can’t go changing everything in your home every time you crave a new look, but luckily there are a few quick and easy things you CAN do that will totally revamp your room.

 

Change Out Your Window Treatments

This is most easily done if you have curtain panels.  Go out to your favorite home decor spot and browse through the panels to find a new color, print, or texture that you want to try out.  You’ll be surprised at what a huge difference this makes!  Tip: Make sure you take a photo of your room to bring with you so that you can get a good idea of what will look best. 

Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie

 

Update Your Rugs 

For the biggest “WOW” factor, replacing an area rug is the way to go.  However, this can often be a daunting task, not to mention pricey.  If that’s not in your budget, new floor mats are the next best thing, and give you a good bang for your buck. Think: doormats, kitchen mats, and bath mats.  There are so many different options here, and we love to get a little funky!

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

Give Your Linen Closet a Makeover

Updating your kitchen?  Find some cute new dish towels and oven mitts to display.  Table linens such as placemats, napkins, tablecloths, and runners will make your dining room look brand new.  In your bedroom, the most obvious change will be to find some new bedding.

Anthropologie

 

Pottery Barn

 

West Elm

 

West Elm

 

When I want to change up a room, sometimes instant gratification is the most satisfying.  In this case, I usually go to one of my favorite nearby stores that carries everything I need (try HomeGoods, Pier 1, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, or West Elm).  Load up that cart, and get shopping!

What are your favorite home decor stores?  Are you an online shopper or a one-stop-shopper?  Let us know in the comments!

 

5 Favorite Fall Finds (Under $25!)

This past weekend, I went apple picking with my family, and I officially feel like Fall has arrived (despite the Summer weather)!  While you might not have caramel apples, cider doughnuts, and pumpkins in your home every day, there are lots of ways to capture all the Fall feels in your decor- even on a budget!  

While seasonal decor can be so fun and festive, no one wants to spend an arm and a leg on items you may only enjoy for a few short months.  We’ve harvested a list of our favorite picks for Fall, all for under $25!  Time to get shopping!

Not only is flannel the quintessential pattern of colder weather, this pillow from Pottery Barn is even reversible!  That means the same throw pillows will carry you fashionably right from Fall to Winter.  Mix and match, or reverse the cover whenever you’re ready for a change!

  1. Albright Reversible Plaid Pillow Cover (Pottery Barn, $20)

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re hosting a holiday or looking for a festive fruit bowl centerpiece, this gorgeous bowl from Anthropologie is the perfect choice.  And for the price, how can you beat it?!

2.  Metallic Lace Bowl (Anthropologie, $14.00)

Anthropologie

 

 

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  Or, maybe looking for the perfect hostess gift?  Napkin rings, salad plates, or wine glasses adorned for the holiday are the perfect gilded touch!  (Plus, you won’t be breaking the bank!)

3.  Thankful Tabletop Decor (Crate & Barrel, Napkin Ring $4.95, Salad Plate $5.95, Wine Glass $6.95)

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crate & Barrel

 

I love any excuse for Kate Spade… and this pie dish is perfect for any holiday!

4.  Sweet Nothings Pie Dish (Kate Spade, $20)

Kate Spade

 

With all of that holiday cooking, this kitchen rug will have you working in style.

5.  Plaid Woven Kitchen Rug (Target, $14.99)

 

Target

 

 

What’s your favorite Fall pick?  P.S.  For more Fall decorating tips, make sure to check out Fall Decorating: 101 

Fall Decorating: 101

That’s right, pumpkin spice season is finally upon us!  Soon we’ll be surrounded by crisp, falling leaves, warm apple pie, and sweet cider doughnuts.  

As you pull out your sweaters and dust off your favorite Fall boots, consider adding a little “pumpkin spice” to your home decor, too!  Warm colors and soft, cozy textures will add the perfect seasonal touch to your space.  

Here are a few of our favorites to help get your creative juices flowing!  (For even more inspiration, make sure to check out Autumn Textures , A Fall Festival for Your Front Door! , and Sweater Weather That Isn’t Just for Your Wardrobe)

 

Lauren Conrad is one of our favorites for DIY seasonal trends, and we think this Fall wreath is just so sweet.  The colors are perfect for carrying right through the Winter holidays, too!

Lauren Conrad

 

 

Nothing says “Fall” quite like plaid.  This table setting complete with copper chargers is a great base for your seasonal tablescape.

Pottery Barn

 

 

With the perfect base for your table settings, you can add festive accessories for your Thanksgiving table.  Special plates or table runners are the perfect addition!

Grandin Road

 

 

Etsy- porterlanehome

 

 

Sprinkle some Fall leaves throughout your living room with gilded coasters and candle holders like these…

Chilewich

 

 

Crate & Barrel

 

 

If you’re a real sweater-weather enthusiast, you might even want to consider a beautiful rug like these ones from Company C- the colors and designs give us all the Fall feels!

Company C

 

 

Company C

 

 

Or, if you still want that feel without the big commitment of a new area rug, try a few throw pillows and blankets in cozy, warm colors (Think: orange, red, yellow, brown…).

West Elm

 

 

Serena & Lily

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

What are your favorite Fall home trends?  Do you have any seasonal traditions that you’d like to share with us?  Let us know in the comments!

A Fall Festival for Your Front Door!

With all of the pumpkins, gourds, and other festive fall items popping up in grocery stores lately, it is the perfect time to have some fun decorating that front door of yours.  There are so many different ways to carve, paint, and stack your pumpkins- we just love these entries so much, we can practically smell the pumpkin spice just looking at them!  The best part about a festive fall door like one of these, is that it doesn’t just have to be for Halloween!

 

So this one might seem like it’s for the expert carver, but what we love most about this is the idea of a pumpkin flower pot for your autumn arrangement!

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

 

What a fun project for a rainy day with kids!

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

 

How great is this apple wreath?!  With a bright red door like that, it is the perfect backdrop for a fall welcome.

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Midwest Living

 

A simple chalkboard with warm season’s greetings is a quick, easy trick to really spice up your front door without too much time decorating or carving!

Love of Family & Home

Love of Family & Home

 

For something that will last all season long, try a ribbon wreath.  It would be easy to store and use again next year, too!

HGTV

HGTV

 

For those of you who love the neutral look, try an all white display- right down to the daisies!

HGTV

HGTV

 

Stacking pumpkins and wrapping your door in autumn leaves?  How could you go wrong?

Grandin Road

Grandin Road

 

 

What’s your favorite fall look?  We’d love to see pictures of YOUR festive front door!!

Orange and Black Aren’t Just For Halloween

Why is it that orange and black only appear in the Fall or for Halloween?  Used appropriately, they can be striking additions to your home year round.  Here are some of our favorite finds for those not-so-spooky colors!

 

High gloss, bright orange tile wall, and black desks with a granite top – such a cool office!

Cococozy

Cococozy

 

Think: High rise condo in the city…LOVE the fireplace!

HGTV

HGTV

 

Dramatic, statement design… black works!

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

How fun is this kid’s room?  I love the stuffed animals- I want that St. Bernard!!

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

Maybe a “bachelor pad” in the city?

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

 

How about that table and black chairs?  Stunning with the orange walls!

Veranda

Veranda

 

And my personal favorite…  No surprise it’s Jonathan Adler!  Love the gold and black!!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

 

So, why do we just feature orange and black on Halloween???

Quick, Easy Ways to Bring Fall Home

Yes, it’s true, Fall is almost here.  It seems that everything I read is just gushing about the crisp air and Fall colors, but I can’t help but be a little sad that summer is drawing to a close.  I’m a summer girl and just dread the warm air leaving and that those nor’easters are heading our way.  Alas, I must face up to the reality and see what I can do to “Fall-ready” my house (and my psyche!).  Here are a few finds to help get things started!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Jonathan Adler’s new Fall catalogue is out, and that ALWAYS brightens my day.  I love to see their quirky and unique take on just about everything!  Not sure about sitting on that sofa with the parakeet overhead, though!

Scalinatella Cocktail Table, Jonathan Adler

Scalinatella Cocktail Table, Jonathan Adler

Brigitte Lounge Chair, Jonathan Adler

Brigitte Lounge Chair, Jonathan Adler

I know the featured item here is the rug, but I just love the simplicity of the tables and stools as well!

Bordered Round Jute Rug, West Elm

Bordered Round Jute Rug, West Elm

Add some fun table setting ideas and you’re Fall Festive!

Pumpkin Lidded Bowl, Pier1 Imports

Pumpkin Lidded Bowl, Pier1 Imports

 

Leaves Glass Plate, Pier1 Imports

Leaves Glass Plate, Pier1 Imports

Twigs are everywhere this Fall and this table from Cyan Design and the lamp by Currey and Co. are just a couple that can transition through all the seasons!

Woodland Console Table, Cyan Design

Woodland Console Table, Cyan Design

Brownlip Seashell & Beads Decorated Pillow Cover, Kouboo

Brownlip Seashell & Beads Decorated Pillow Cover, Kouboo

Midwinter Table Lamp, Currey & Co

Midwinter Table Lamp, Currey & Co

Pillows, pumpkins and accessories are a quick and easy way to change things up a bit for the season!

Southern Living

Southern Living

Michael Aram, Red Oak Nut Dish via Horchow

Michael Aram, Red Oak Nut Dish via Horchow

Harvest 6' Garland, Horchow

Harvest 6′ Garland, Horchow

Dry Leaf Pewter Napkin Ring, Set of 2, Kouboo

Dry Leaf Pewter Napkin Ring, Set of 2, Kouboo

Beehive Bowl, Global Views

Beehive Bowl, Global Views

I guess it’s time to put away the sleeveless tops and bring out the sweaters.  Maybe I can do that… but trade in my flip flops for snow boots?  I need more time on that!

Susan Hayward Interiors