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Fall For Knits

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Don’t you just love sweater weather? Honestly, it’s just the quintessential time to cozy up to that special someone with a mug of warm cider and a good book. Not to mention apple picking, finding the perfect pumpkin, and all the other fantastic fall activities. With all this great stuff to do, the perfect fall look shouldn’t be too complicated. My go-to of course is the chunky knit sweater in a range of neutrals. While shopping for the perfect fall sweater, be mindful of the different types of yarns for your choosing. From thick-to-thin varieties, wool or cotton, even a boucle…there are tons of options. As for color, I am obsessed with oatmeal and ivory for that classic, comfy layered look. It just feels so of-the-season, don’t you think? Plus, ivory sweaters pair really well with a favorite flannel and your boyfriend jeans.

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Then, for the home, I suggest staying within the same color palette and opting for these more textural rugs. One option is a chunky shag rug, like this one from Orian Rugs. The creamy ivory color goes with practically everything and the rug’s style itself can veer from loft-modern to global bohemian depending on your home’s existing style. Another option is to go for a chunkier woven wool rug. A great neutral base for any room, I am torn between whether I love the all ivory colored rug or whether I prefer tonal shades of ivory to grey to charcoal. Both are a winner in my book when it comes to getting your home ready for fall this year!

Photo Credit: Lachlan Bailey for Vogue Paris, via Visual Optimism.

Rug Guide: Jaipur Rugs Scandinavia rug, Orian Rugs Tribeca chunky shag rug, and Jaipur Rugs Scandinavia rug.

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Tips for Squeezing in Extra Seating

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Believe it or not, the holidays are coming right around the corner — and if you’re planning to entertain, you’ll probably need all of the extra seats you can muster! From spare seats in the living room for mixing and mingling at cocktail parties and the holiday open house, to extra chairs around the dining table for big feasts, here are 5 ways to sneak in the seating you need.

1. Tuck in a spare chair (or two). A side chair with a lovely shape can easily be tucked against the wall in the living room or dining room, just waiting to be called into duty. If you can’t resist scooping up chairs at the flea market, this is the perfect excuse to do just that! It really doesn’t matter too much if your spare chairs match your other dining chairs — in fact, mixing it up is a great way to cultivate an eclectic look. Just be sure to make one element (color, material, or style) go with the rest of your chairs for consistency.

2. Stock up on cute folding chairs. Folding chairs don’t have to be boring. Seek out fun, colorful folding chairs (like the ones shown above) or classic folding cafe chairs. They are so handy to have around when you need to seat more people than you were expecting. Since they fold up, you can slip a few in the back of a closet, or even under a bed, and simply pull them out as needed.

3. Embrace poufs, ottomans, and x-benches. These decorator staples are well-loved for good reason — they solve seating problems and look great doing it. Use poufs or square ottomans as a coffee table alternative that can also serve as party seating. X-benches look chic anywhere you put them; keeping a few on hand is smart since they can be used as extra seating in the living room or at the dining table.

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4. Make a stack of stools. Sleek little stools that stack, like the ones shown above, look like an intentional part of the decor — only you need to know they are secret seating superstars that can leap into service at a moment’s notice.

5. Slide benches under consoles. Not only does a bench tucked under a console table look chic, it’s a smart way to hide an extra seat in plain sight. For extra credit, tuck a pair of petite stools beneath one console to double your extra seating.

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When it comes time to shop, hunt for versatile pieces that will work in any space, with any color scheme. We love the graceful lines of the Aiden bench (top left), classic style of the Ann side chairs (top right), secret storage of the Owen linen storage bench, and stackability and modern good looks of the Easton stainless steel side chair.

Now it’s your turn to spill the beans: where do you seat extra guests? Share your tips and tricks in the Comments!

Shopping Guide: Owen Cream Linen Storage BenchAnn Carved Mahogany Light Gray and White Side Chairs (set of 2); Easton Stainless Steel Side Chair (set of 2); Aiden Hand-Painted White Bench.

Photo Credits: Society Social folding chairs; photographer Hoi Ning Wong coral x-benches; Inspired by Charm living room; Scandinavian Love Song stacked stools; 2 Design Group elegant entry; Glitter Guide console with bench.

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Falling Into Autumn

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CREDIT + LINK: Mikko Ryhänen

Fall is just about my favorite season to change things up in the home. Cooler weather and shorter days equal cozy, comfortable, and layered which luckily translates over very well when it comes to switching things up indoors. First up are those layers, and by layers I mean mixing textures. A shaggy rug there, a knit throw or pillow over there, and a few wood and metal accessories way over there, and you’re onto something.

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CREDIT + LINK: Skona Hem

Heavy cotton canvas can add a light and smooth touch, while hides add an organic touch to your floors that’s unmatched. Change up the curtains to something a bit heavier that helps keep out the chill. Think long, late nights spent in front of the fireplace fire with a snifter and your honey — you want to be building an environment that begs to be hunkered down in for many lost hours.

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CREDIT + LINK: IKEA Family

Layering up a few rugs — hides included — immediately takes the chill out of a room. I swear by it! This trick is especially fitting for bedrooms, so that when your toes hit the floor each morning they turn toasty instead of frozen. Go with a few contrasting patterns or textures, but keep things the same color to avoid too much busyness.

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CREDIT + LINK: MiLK

Go dark! Yes, this one is admittedly a bit strange, but there’s something about colder days (and nights) that almost welcomes the darkness. Bring in a navy throw or add a new piece of art featuring a moody palette for an instant lift.
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Get Cozy in the Home and Wardrobe

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Another autumn is upon us and I honestly could not be more excited. Fall means so many things to me: cozy flannels, chunky sweaters, thick socks, even the perfect pair of leather boots! I have always considered fall to be prime time when it comes to my wardrobe — it just gets better when the leaves start to turn. When it comes to getting dressed this fall, don’t be afraid to layer it all on. I’m talkin’ buttondown shirts, chunky cardigans, woolen coats, and over-sized scarves. Bigger is definitely better for this look. As for accessories, I’m obsessed with those super-thick, woolen rag socks that old school hikers used to wear. Don’t even bother hiding them. Instead, wear them slouchy over skinny jeans and finish off the look with clunky boots. One more tip: swap out the standard laces for bold red ones.

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When it comes to bringing fall fashion into your home, I have one word for you: PLAID. Truly the simplest way to bring this cozy look into your home, plaid is a pattern that immediately lends that comfy, lodge feel to any space. I suggest opting for a larger size than you’d typically select — that way you keep those toesies extra warm this winter. Another idea is to take inspiration from your fashion and layer up the rugs, too. To do this, select a unified color palette. Maybe each rug shares the same shade of ivory, but each has a different pop color. For example, emerald and navy would pair well together when grounded in a warm shade of ivory.

Photo Credit: Fashionista, The Perfect Flannel Shirt from Orvis, and furry plaid coat from Urban Outfitters.

Shopping Guide: Martha Stewart hand-tufted colorweave plaid rug, Kathy Ireland by Nourison plaid rug, and Nourison graphic illusions rug.

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