Monday, September 8, 2014

5 Ways to Transition Your Home to Autumn



I love this time of year.


After a leisurely summer I welcome the routines and fresh starts that September brings. The air is lighter and a little crisper, fresh breezes and cooler nights. It's still summer (technically) and so I like to stretch out the casual, airy feeling in my home. Pumpkins and autumn decor won't make an appearance here until October. 

However, I do start transitioning my home to Autumn. After-all, September is a month of change. So, I thought I would share some tips and ideas on how to slowly transition your home to autumn without going all crazy orange (although I do love the colour).


1. Get organized. 


This is a great time of year to sort through your home and purge a little bit. I find it helps us re-focus on the routines a new school year for the kids and new work projects for us. 


Industrial Rail System from West Elm

I really like this rail system from West Elm. You can adjust the pieces to suit your needs from season to season. I'm also thinking this could be a great DIY project....

Try to dedicate a spot in your home to corral all the incoming paper and scheduling needs of your family. You can check out some ideas on solutions for busy families here. It was a story I styled for the summer issue of Canadian Family magazine and the Smyth family has an amazing house full of great ideas. 



2. Add in a few layers of warmth.


Cooler nights require a blanket or two. Add a basket of cozy blankets to your space. It makes it easy to grab whether you need one for the patio or the couch.


Vintage Kantha Throws from Being Gypsy on Etsy

I love these vintage Kantha quilts I found at this shop on Etsy.

I would love a stack of these in a big basket. The colours are so rich and vibrant. I've always loved traditional Indian quilts and textiles.



3. Add candles


Time to switch out those citronella patio candles for some candles you'll want to use indoors or out.



Canadian made candles from Smells Like Canada have a fun and yummy smelling selection of soy wax candles. They are available at Indigo and also in their Etsy shop here.



4. Use natural elements as decor


Driftwood found on the beach this past August.

This is when I like to fill jars with sea glass, shells and stones we collected on summer holidays. We have a lot! I lay a big piece of driftwood across a table like the one below.

Sea glass from our summer holiday in Prince Edward Island.


Treat yourself to some fresh flowers in warmer tones as a nod to Fall. 


Vintage glass vases from 22 Bay Road on Etsy

Pop them into a pretty vase like these vintage ones I spotted on Etsy or run over to your local thrift shop and scoop up some. I always find shelves over-flowing with vases and jars in all sorts of styles. These look pretty on a dining room table, just simply placed down the length of it. So simple.



5. Add warmer colours. 


Simple changes such as throw pillows, switching out area rugs or door mats in rooms like the entryway or by simply freshening up with a new tea towel in the kitchen like this one from Toronto textile artist Avril Loreti.

Patchwork Tea Towel from Avril Loreti


I would love to add this gorgeous bit of brightness from Schoolhouse Electric (I love this store!) to my front entry. It's a playful dose of colour, warmth and light.

Ion C-series table lamp from Schoolhouse Electric

So there you go. 5 easy ways to transition your home into Fall.



Happy September!

Debra



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