Get ready to nest

Fall is usually the time for all of us to return to our homes. After enjoying the beautiful outdoor spring and summer vacations, southerners turn their attention to creating an autumnal nest in which to spend the cooler months enjoying football, friends and family in preparation for the joy of the holiday season. While this year has looked a little different with most of us feeling trapped in our homes due to the pandemic, the end of summer (and hurricane season) still finds us longing for much cooler weather and creating spaces that make us feel all snuggly and warm – even if we have to run our air conditioners for a couple more months.

This season, we are saying “goodbye” to the stark white, minimalist style embraced over the last few years. Before you start shopping for all new furniture there are a lot of new trends that will work with your current style. Adding layers of details will warm up that white and gray cocoon you’ve created, and you’ll find yourself snuggling into your couch with a steaming cup of cocoa in no time.

Add some color

While the monochromatic look is calming, adding some rich, warm layers will make your space seem much more inviting. Toss some gorgeous velvet pillows on your sofa to add instant warmth. Not a fan of traditional fall colors of orange, green and yellow? Choose deep tones of rust, olive green, or mustard for a more refined style. Navy blue is EVERYWHERE this season and looks great with those grays, whites, and neutrals.

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Snuggle up

Once those temps start to drop, you’ll need those layers to stay warm. Adding some snuggly throws in luxe fabrics creates a warm, homey look. From the back of your sofa to your bed, those soft, comfy throws add a layer of style. Choose luxurious fabrics like velvet, cashmere, fur, even distressed leather to replace those cotton throws of summer and start snuggling with your honey.

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Deck those walls

Put away your macrame for the season and add some vintage art for an eclectic, elevated look. Add something unexpected to your guest bath, or create a gallery wall for impact. We have some amazing antique and thrift stores in the south, and they are full of amazing art pieces just waiting for new homes. Check out estate sales for incredible pieces. You can find sales in your area online, and many homes are treasure troves of furnishings and decor that the owners haven’t changed for decades.

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Weave a spell

We’re loving the vintage vibes you get from classic wicker and rattan furniture. Add a unique chair and layer it with comfy pillows and a great throw to create the perfect space to curl up and read a good book. Wicker has been a southern staple for generations, and amazing, vintage pieces are still out there if you know where to look. New pieces are available at home decor and discount stores at reasonable prices. As styles change, transition your wicker to a sun porch or deck for elegant outdoor living.

Join the navy

The navy blue trend, that is. Navy is HUGE this season. From kitchen cabinets to textiles and walls, Navy IS the new black. Now, before you start ripping out all that shiplap, look around and see where you can add some deep blue without changing everything you own. Navy is a strong color, but it goes with just about everything. It can add a needed pop of color or serve as a neutral. Did you worship at the throne of Joanna Gains by painting everything white and adding walls of shiplap? Perfect. Toss some velvet navy throw pillows on that white linen slipcovered couch for a crisp look. All white cabinets are out, but that doesn’t mean you’ve got to change out that white subway tile backsplash. Simply paint your lower kitchen cabinets in a rich azure for high-end style. The great thing about deep blues is that they work well in any season. Mix navy with jewel tones for the holidays, and crisp whites and gray stripes for a summer nautical look.

The best thing about autumn nesting is that the focus is on comfort. Adding a few pieces to every room will help transform your summer home into a warm, welcoming place for your family and friends, and a cozy snuggly haven for you to spend those cool fall nights and cold winter days.

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