Creating a cozy home this fall by: Anderson & Grant

Read this to find out simple and inexpensive ways to make your home cozy and comfortable this fall!

Do you get excited over the beginning of fall like I do?  As much as I love Christmas and everything associated with it, there is something special about a season filled with warm colors, cozy textures, and cooler temperatures.  And we can’t forget about the pumpkin flavored everything!

Each year I get excited about decorating for autumn and thought I’d come over today from my blog, anderson + grant, to share some tips on creating a cozy home this fall without investing a lot of time or money.


Learn how simple touches can create a beautiful and warm home this autumn.

You’ll need to come up with a color or theme

This year I am focusing on neutrals and texture in my decorating and DIY projects.

Shades of green and white pumpkins.

Green oak leaves.


Rustic wood.

Mix and match colors and shapes of pumpkins for an interesting display.


Even though they aren’t the traditional warm colors we associate with fall, I find them just as cozy and very calm.  Just the feeling I want to have.  (Lucy did a post on finding her color inspiration a few weeks ago in case you missed it.)

Having a theme or a color scheme in mind helps bring your decorating together.  Things you place in your displays look cohesive and intentional.  It makes it look like you actually thought about what you were putting out.

I’m also finding that it helps avoid those impulse purchases that you MUST have when you enter a store.  If it isn’t going to work for me this year, I am trying to walk away!

Create a beautiful mantel around a specific color palette.

Start decorating with everyday items.

I like things to be simple.  And I like to be surrounded by the things I love.  Some of the items I use in my displays are things that are used over and over regardless of the time of year.

A rustic metal lantern completes this mantel for fall.

A metal lantern

Wood printer’s box

Wicker wine jugs

Everyday objects set the base for whatever display I’m creating.  This makes your decor look natural and appropriate for your style and keeps your decorating from looking overdone.  Adding in bits of fall to your everyday displays makes it look like you’re fully decorated even if it isn’t in your budget to buy a lot of new decorations.

Rustic Metal Lantern

Create different levels

On this mantel, I used neutral colored books to create different heights in my display.  Wood boxes and  suitcases work well, too.  Having different levels in a display creates a more interesting display and makes your eyes look at everything you took the time to place.  Smaller items seem more noticeable when they are not dwarfed by larger pieces.

Use books to add different levels to your fall mantel display.


Add texture

In a few places, I added small pieces of burlap to add texture to my fall display.  Not so much that it is the focus, but just enough that it brings a bit of warmth.  It is the little touch that can make your display or home feel complete.


Place some pumpkins

It seems like a no-brainer, right?  But I don’t know how many times I’ve hear people say that they don’t decorate for fall because they don’t know how or don’t have any decorations.  Whether they are real or fake, pumpkins are an inexpensive way to decorate for autumn that anyone has access to.  There really is nothing more fall than a simple pumpkin somewhere in your home.

Create a display for autumn decorating.


Tuck in some bits of nature

Just as adding a pumpkin instantly adds a bit of fall to anything, so do leaves and pinecones.

The oak leaves I’m using here were gathered and dried last year just as they started falling off the trees in my neighborhood.  The light green color that they turn as they dry is so beautiful and fits in perfectly with my neutral theme this year.

Pumpkins and leaves is all you need for simple fall decorating.

Pinecones are something I use in both my fall and Christmas displays.  I keep a storage box full of them and pull it out whenever I need to add just a bit more to a vignette.  A touch of nature is always beautiful and completely free.

Oak leaves dry a beautiful shade of green that is perfect for neutral fall decorating.

Display branches and logs

My fireplace is not a real, wood-burning one.  But that doesn’t mean that I can’t have a great kindling basket filled with logs.  A piece of reality makes the “fire” burning seem a little more real!

Add a kindling basket full of logs next to your fireplace.

Cozy up with a wool throw

Autumn evenings can get chilly.  Isn’t one of the best parts of the season curling up on the couch wrapped in a warm throw or blanket?  Sip some hot cider and you’re instantly in the fall mood.  Depending on the blanket you choose, it is another way to have color, texture, and pattern in your home.  Throw them on a chair, over the arm or your couch, or display them on a rustic ladder.


A rustic wood ladder is the perfect place to display a wool throw for fall.

Light a candle

Whether it is burning on the coffee table, kitchen counter, or in the bathroom a candle is welcoming and homey.  So many brands have amazing fall scents to envelope you in the season.  I love walking into someone’s house that instantly makes me feel at home.

Display a candle in this wicker basket from Allen and Roth.


Tips for creating a warm and cozy home this fall.

As you take time over the next few weeks to transform your home for the fall season, I hope that you’ll consider a few of these ways to make your house cozy and warm for yourself, your family, and your guests.    These are tips that will never go out of style!



    • says

      I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers (and stores) embracing the neutral and natural look this year. Obviously you and I are right on trend :)

      The Pottery Barn books are good, but I still prefer to sit down with a new PB catalog.

  1. says

    Such useful tips Jamie, especially surrounding yourself with things you love and incorportaing them throughout each season. Beautiful pictures too as always – thanks for sharing!

  2. Doreen S. says

    Love the soft colors. Definitely inspired me to add a softer touch to my Fall decoration. Just wondering where you purchased your pumpkins?

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