Fall here in Sweden is more magnificent than I ever could have imagined, and I am spending much of my time in the forest with my camera, catching the early morning mist before the sun can find it. If I’m not outside, I’m probably leaning against the living room window in silent awe, watching the leaves depart from the trees and flirt with the wind.
It’s growing colder by the hour, and the living room is where I gravitate towards at every given opportunity when I’m at home. I’m lighting candles earlier nowadays, building up my reading stock pile, and ensuring that our comfy faux fur throws are always within easy reach.
Recently, I was contacted by the Florida office of Douglas Elliman Real Estate and asked if I would like to take part in a Fall Room Style Board Challenge. With the living room being the central gathering place during these colder months, I didn’t need to think twice about where I would focus my attention. So, if you’re looking for some ideas on how to prepare your living space to get the most out of it this fall, read on!
Cover Up And Get Comfortable
The living room is going to be your cocoon for the next few months, so creating cosiness should be your first priority. Bring out the sheepskin rugs for the floors. There’s nothing quite like sinking your toes into a thick sheepskin, while losing yourself in a good book, and sipping on a hot cup of tea. (Milk and one sugar, please. It should be coffee here in Sweden, but I’m British, so we do things a little bit differently in this household.) Stockpile the chunky knit throws for early evenings on the couch and drape furs wherever you can! Double up on cushions too. Everyone needs more cushions at this time of year.
Bring Out The Candles
One staple for your living room during Fall is candles. And plenty of them! Flickering candlelight will create a soft and deeply relaxing ambience in your living room – exactly what’s needed in Fall. Stock up on white, unscented tall candles and tea lights, as well as a variety of scented candles. Choose deep, heady scents like ginger, cinnamon and pumpkin, and forest smells such as pine and fir to enhance the autumnal atmosphere.
Make The Most Of The Fire
If you’re fortunate enough to have a fire, this is the time of year when you’ll be making the most of it! It ought to be the centerpiece of your living room during the colder days, so ensure the chimney is seen to by a sweep, and dedicate some time to sprucing up the decoration around the fireplace. You can do this easily using firewood. Stack it or invest in an attractive holder. If you can, make foraging for the wood something of a ritual. Sitting in front of the fire will be that much more satisfying. Interestingly enough, if you are stressed, staring in the flames of an open fire kick can be much more rewarding and relaxing than crashing in front of the TV.
Bring The Outdoors In
Fall is a time for showing our true appreciation for nature and its variable textures, exhilarating scents and astonishing patterns. It’s also a time to bring nature indoors. As well as foraging for your own fire wood, forage for natural elements that you can use, pine cones for example, conkers and leaves, branches, bark and antlers. Fall is the best season for DIY projects too, projects such as leaf roses (read about when I made leaf roses here), pinecone garlands and, of course, pumpkin carving! Fill a glass vase with freshly collected leaves. Place birch logs on your fireplace. Put harvest fruits and small pumpkins on the coffee table and mantelpiece. Fill a bowl full of acorns. Decorate your walls with branches…there’s an endless array of things that you can do with the harvest from your foraging. Head over to Pinterest and YouTube where you’ll find thousands of beautifully presented tutorials on Fall crafting.
I wish you a beautiful autumn and enjoy these long, cosy nights!