Cozy Up Your Living Room for Fall


A first hint of crispness in the air; the markets overflowing with apples, pumpkins, gourds, and fall flowers; your favorite sweaters and boots pulled out from the back of the closet; hands wrapped around a hot latte… The signs are all around: fall is here! Boosting the warm, cozy vibe of your living room for fall is easy, and well worth the minimal effort. For a quick update that you can do right now, set out stacks of coffee table books and fall-inspired cookbooks on your coffee table, and pull out a few candles and place them around the room. To go a bit further, add a few plump new cushions and a fluffy throw to your sofa, roll out a kilim or soft wool rug, and change up the artwork on your walls.


Decorating with nature is another super easy way to update your room with the season. This fall, instead of the traditional orange pumpkins and warm-hued flowers, why not go more sophisticated with heirloom white and green pumpkins, green persimmons (pick some underripe fruit for display only), and branches snipped from a tree? The pale color combo is unexpected, but still rich and comforting.


If you are looking to pick up a new living room rug, rich color (like the deep purple or overdyed blue shown above) is always welcome in fall, but don’t be afraid to go with something lighter, if that’s what you’re drawn to. Lighter-hued rugs with lots of great texture (like the two shown above on the right) can feel just as cozy as a dark rug, and give you more options to mix in colorful throw pillows. Here’s to a beautiful, cozy fall!

Rug Style Guide: Clockwise from top left Artistic Weavers Metro Riley rug in purple; Loloi Rugs PromenadeSurya Maori rugShalom Brothers Vibe rug in Blue

Photo Credits: Apartment 34DominoEmily HendersonSacramento Street.

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Designer Spotlight: Lotta Jansdotter


From the fresh, modern color palette to her signature nature-inspired aesthetic, there is a lot to love about designer Lotta Anderson, creator of popular brand Lotta Jansdotter. Born on Aland, a small group of islands between Sweden and Finland, Anderson now works from her Brooklyn, New York, studio; runs creative workshops on her home islands of Aland as well as in Japan; and has published several books on sewing, craft, and home design.


Anderson’s studio space is a light-filled, creative wonderland brimming with inspiration in the form of colorful fabrics and craft materials, shelves of inspiring books, and cozy spots to curl up with a mug of hot tea. The designer’s aesthetic is influenced heavily by the scandinavian landscape and lifestyle, from the ease of a daily fika (coffee and cake) break, to the organic forms of seed pods and flowers that grace her fabrics, rugs, and ceramic designs. Lotta Jansdotter is all about slowing down, and finding ways of making the little things in our daily lives both practical and beautiful.


Lotta Jansdotter prints mix and match with ease, making it simple and stress-free to bring more color and pattern into the home. If you’re nervous about piling on the pattern, take a cue from Lotta’s own home and studio, and paint a calming, neutral backdrop with white paint and wood floors; then bring in color with rugs, throw pillows, and ceramics.


The Lotta Jansdotter collection for Surya rugs is packed with fun, fresh designs that would look stunning in just about any room in the house, from the living room and dining room to the entry hall, master bedroom, or kids’ playroom. And with their clean, scandinavian design, any of these pieces would work beautifully to elevate light wood and white basics from Ikea — make the look your own with small accents like handmade ceramics, artwork, and fresh green houseplants.

Are you a fan of Lotta Jansdotter? Share which piece is your favorite in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Surya Lotta Jansdotter Decorativa DCR-4016Surya Lotta Jansdotter Decorativa DCR-4005Surya Lotta Jansdotter Decorativa DCR-4006Surya Lotta Jansdotter Decorativa DCR-4010Surya Lotta Jansdotter Textila TXT-3007Surya Lotta Jansdotter Textila TXT-3009.

Image Credits: (from top to bottom) Lotta JansdotterDesign Sponge.

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Mudroom Makeover Ideas


To have an orderly and stylish entry that you are proud to welcome family and friends into takes careful planning. Each member of the household (including the dog) should ideally have at least a small dedicated space to put away gear and store important items when entering and leaving the home. Baskets and wall hooks are essential, but don’t forget to include something purely pretty as well — you will notice that in each of the photos featured here, there is an equal balance of practical storage and aesthetic appeal. Incorporating artwork, meaningful photos, and cherished decorative pieces will put a smile on your face each time you walk in the door, so don’t skip that step! In the space shown above, hooks and baskets rein in the mess, while a high shelf provides the perfect spot to display a collection of black and white photos, and a paper mache animal sculpture.


For a creative take (and one that works well in smaller spaces) consider a bulletin board framed with reclaimed wood, accessorized with hefty hooks, as shown here. Use art postcards, small photos, and inspiring quotes to create your own changeable display. Wall mounted barn-style lighting is an industrial cool look that also saves floor space in a narrow hall.


On a tight budget? No problem! Just stack up a few wooden crates as shown here to make your own rustic storage cubbies, and fasten a few pieces of scrap wood to the wall. One board with hooks can hold your coats, while another fitted with bulldog clips can hold a rotating display of photos.


If you’re feeling crafty, bust out the paint sample pots and go to town, customizing your wooden crates for a unique look in your favorite color scheme. Fasten your crates to the wall to transform them into floating shelves, or attach casters to the bottom to make a rolling shoe or magazine storage container.


And of course, no mudroom would be complete without a sturdy rug to protect your floors from scuffs. Choose a darker hue to hide the dirt… you’ll be glad you did! If you have a no-shoes policy in your home (a great way to keep floors clean) it is helpful to provide a spot to sit while taking off and putting on shoes — storage benches with shelving below and seating on top offer a space-saving solution.

So now it’s your turn: Do you have a full mudroom, or just a tiny entry area? How do you organize your space? Share your thoughts in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Surya Scarborough RugSafavieh Tunisia RugJack White BookshelfIsaiah Honey Oak Storage Bench.

Photo Credits: (from top to bottom) Style Me PrettyVT WonenA Beautiful MessBrit + Co.

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Mood Board to Room: Decorating with Coffee + Cream

Coffe and Cream

Cafés provide rich fodder for inspiration: just imagine the pleasure of the first sip of coffee in the morning, the happy bustle in your favorite café, the beauty of coffee art on your latte, or savoring the rich scent of freshly ground beans in the market. Today we will walk through the process of translating a mood board (shown above) to some concrete ideas for decorating a room. First, let’s take a closer look at that mood board. The images I’ve chosen feature beautiful coffee art, a café scene, as well as a few interiors that use the rich tones of coffee and cream. I’m noticing rich wood, textiles in warm brown and cream, artwork in natural tones, and pale, creamy walls.

To bring this to life in your space, start with the “envelope” of your room: the floors and walls. Deep espresso-stained wood floors paired with pale cream walls create a lovely, soothing backdrop for a range of neutral hues in this open, loft-like space. Industrial style wood and metal furnishings call to mind both vintage schoolhouses and cafés, while an eclectic assortment of textiles on the bed brings warmth and tells an interesting visual story.



Or, for a fun twist, put the “coffee” color on the walls with a feature wall made from cork tiles, and paint the floors fresh white. A worn wood farm table paired with sleek, modern white chairs creates pleasing contrast between old and new. This space would be perfect for a creative who works from home, as you could use it as a dining room in the evening, and pin inspiration and notes right to the wall during the work day.


Enrich a warm neutral scheme with a luscious rug covering the floor. Playing with texture helps a neutral space look and feel more interesting, so consider going with a nubby natural fiber, plush Moroccan style, or even a rug woven with leather.

Are you inspired by a coffee and cream palette or café style? Share your thoughts in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Jaipur Rugs Zuri ZumundaAnji Mountain Bamboo Collection Odyssey in dark brown and tan; Safavieh Vintage in stone; Nourison Capelle in espresso.

Image Credits (from top to bottom): Domino MagazineKinfolk Magazine; Instagram account of Leslie ShewringDomino Magazine.

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