While we've been calling this tiny space "home" for quite a few months now, this marks our first autumn in The Appleby Home! Since we moved in during the later days of spring and early summer, we naturally gravitated toward having a very bright, airy and "cool" feeling for our space -- ya know, to help beat that summer heat! Since we're now into a cooler season, we knew we were due for a fall refresh, and our friends over at Living Spaces were kind enough to help us out in making our home feel fit for fall (and they want to help you too -- keep reading!).
Before we started on our refresh, we did a little research and took inspiration from our favorite magazines, movies, tv shows, albums and Pinterest, of course. Scott and I both knew we wanted to draw in more warm tones, lots of texture and add in an extra layer of coziness that would be perfect for chilly fall evenings and could follow us well into the winter months. I've included a few "before" photos so you can get a feel for our place before the refresh!
Before we headed out to our local Living Spaces, Scott and I made a quick list of colors, textures and accent pieces we thought could help in transforming our space for fall. However, we both walked into the store with an open mind -- with so many different styles and pieces to choose from at affordable prices, we knew we were bound to find the perfect pieces for our home. In fact, we might have gone back more than once -- first to take it all in, mull it over (I'm well known for doing this -- I like to think about my purchases before taking the plunge), and then back again to make our final selections.
Since warmth and coziness were key factors in the plan we had for our refresh, we decided to swap out our white and indigo couch pillows for ones with a bit more texture and color to them -- this blue velvet pillow (similar!) was one of the first pieces I spotted (I'm a forever fan of velvet), and this Southwestern style print pillow closely followed -- and while it's not a piece I would typically feel is very fall, the colors and fabric make it feel warm and just right for our tiny home in the desert.
While fresh flowers may feel more like a spring detail than fall, I believe it's so important to have greenery in your home -- this amber tealight vase felt like the perfect vessel to hold a bunch of my favorite golden flowers. Now that we're getting closer to Halloween, I want to fill it with some of those darling mini pumpkins on a stick that you can often find at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods -- still adding a pop of color, but keeping with those warm tones that we first had in mind.
You all know our kitty, Boots, just can't seem to stay out of the action -- so he joined me for a few photos while he got cozy with a marine washed velvet pillow (same shape, different color). What can I say, he's got good taste!
In the midst of our refresh, we gave our coffee table an update too! We spotted these brass metal baskets during our second trip to the store and knew immediately that they would make the perfect addition to our oval space. We filled one with a few seasonal favorites -- crips apples, red pears and pumpkins. I love the style and dimension the geometric basket brings! Coffee tables are one of my favorite spaces to design, and Living Spaces had so many great stylish and functional pieces to choose from.
To complete the space, we added in a cozy cream throw (similar!) and a pair of woven baskets that will be perfect for stacking more blankets and throws in as the days get colder and colder. I'm so happy with how cozy our tiny space now feels, and now I want to refresh our entire home for the autumn months!
I hope you love our refresh as much as we do! I'm thrilled to be partnering with Living Spaces to celebrate the fall season on Pinterest where you can win one of five $250 promo cards to shop and refresh your own space for fall! The contest is live now, so head on over to the Living Spaces Facebook page to enter to win! Oh, and be sure to check out their Fall Clearance Event online and in-store!