Ooh the Autumn season really feels like a fresh start, doesn’t it? Sure, we had that “back to school” kickstart a few weeks ago, but it’s not until the sun really starts fading, and a chill creeps into the air that I get those fresh start feels. It must be something about the ritual of folding away summer clothing, bringing out the knitwear, contemplating more hearty dishes for dinner and feeling a renewed urge for luxurious velvets and throws that makes me think of starting fresh.
I realised recently that moving into this house has been the first chance we’ve had to properly consider decor. Our old flat was so tiny that it wasn’t really an option to consider different furniture, etc. Just try having a theme when your living room is also your kitchen, your studio, your home office and your stock room. Now that we have the space (though we’re still within the M25, so still teeny tiny!) I’ve been trying to take my time and source the perfect pieces for each room, even down to the cushions and candles. I am still on the hunt for the perfect velvet, tufted bed throw for the chillier months so our bedroom still looks largely the same as it did in my styling a light, bright bedroom post but I have been doing a bit of doting on my plants to make sure they’re all set up for the colder months. Last year I had a few cold-weather tragedies, so I’m making sure that my Aloe is potted in enough soil to stay moist in the face of central heating, and my warm weather plants are safe from any nasty draughts.
A BIT OF TRAUMATIC DIY
I was planning to call this post “Easy Decor Updates for Autumn” - until I sat down at my sewing machine to whip up a set of pink velvet cushions. I’d breezily decided that I could easily sew some simple cushion covers to save a bit of money and be sure to find the perfect colour and texture velvet, but my absolutely, hilariously cheap, sewing machine decided that it wouldn’t easy breezy whatoever. After a, frankly, traumatic Saturday trying to figure out why on earth it would do everything but sew a straight line, I managed to get them finished, a prayer to the sewing gods on my lips.
Still, I’m glad I persevered, as I think switching out the cotton, cacti-print covers for something warmer and luxurious lends a cosier, more wintry feel. I’d quite happily have a few more rust and mustard toned cushions to really warm up the colour scheme, but I think if I bring any more into the house I might be up a few cushions but down a boyfriend.
COSY, AUTUMN VIGNETTES
I fell in love with this gorgeous H&M gold ginko-leaf style lamp whilst scrolling one day - it reminds me of the beautiful brass vintage ginko lamps and palm tree lamps that regularly do the rounds on pinterested (and that are heavily out of my price range) so I decided it was time to update the side-table into something a bit more styled. I picked up the pink lampshade it’s pictured with, and styled it with some pretty magazines and other gold pieces (Pineapple was TK Maxx a few years ago, and the Leaf shaped dish was also H&M, many moons ago) Add a flickering candle for cosiness and you have little vignette of autumn loveliness. Eventually I’d like to switch up the side table to something a little more chic, a little less IKEA, but that can wait until we find the perfect piece (and, ahem, the perfect budget!)
We are lucky that our landlord left us with a front garden full of Roses when we moved into this house, and we’ve had gorgeous and fragrant blooms out there all Summer. The last few blooms are persevering through this bright, chilly weather - so I finally decided to cut a few and bring them indoors. My gorgeous friend harriet came to visit me recently and made me this adorable Macrame wall hanging, which has made the perfect update to this previous blank, boring wall.
Sometimes I think I am a rubbish Girl - I never seem to remember to buy bath bombs or pumpkin spiced shower gel or Yankee Candles, but recently I’ve developed a small collection of cosy candles. Mostly picked up from TK Maxx, I’ve been enjoying lighting them in the evening as we wind down for the night for a bit of added, autumnal ambiance, so at least I can tick that off my White-Girl-Does-Autumn list. Check.
OK, I CAN EXPLAIN
I know I am a certified Christmas Person™ - but even I am not preemptive enough to put the Christmas decs up in October. (I’m a strictly 1st of December kind of gal). However, this particular piece was a little DIY I’ve been working on in my evenings after a flash of Pinterest inspiration, and it hasn’t quite made it’s way into the Christmas Decorations box, yet. It does look cute here though, doesn’t it? It’s making me all excited to style a little “hot cocoa station” with festive mugs, hot chocolate and a mince pie or two.
But enough tempting Christmas talk! I hope you liked this little decor round up and it gave you some inspiration for some autumn updates of your own!