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6 Ways to Add Texture to Your Bedroom

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I’m in all-out nesting mode for autumn – the house is decorated for Halloween, all of the plants have been brought indoors until spring, and I’m making a few changes in each room to add that cozy factor. You know what I’m talking about, that thing that makes you sigh with relief when you walk into your home and just feel good. My biggest focus is on the bedroom because it really is the ultimate nest and I tend to spend a little more time in their when it’s chilly outside. (You, too?) And the thing that makes the biggest difference is adding texture in droves.

#1 Bring in the plants
Maybe you’re a crazy plant lady and have a ton or maybe one large one will do just fine. Some plants – like lavender, ivy, spider plants, and snake plants – are even proven to help you get a better sleep! That bright green color is also sure to add some much-needed energy come cold winter mornings.

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#2 Bountiful blankets
It’s common sense to add an extra blanket or two to your bed come this time of year, but think beyond that. Mix different patterns and textures together to get those dive-right-in vibes. Choose something with a heavy knit or some fluff that begs to be touched to take things over the top.

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#3 The Headboard
If you don’t have a headboard consider adding (or making) one. Something like the tufted one above that simply hangs on the wall would make the perfect cushion to lean against while reading at night or enjoying a weekend breakfast in bed.

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#4 Purposeful baskets
Add some texture and practical storage at the same time by bringing in a few woven baskets. Put them up high on a wardrobe, under a nightstand, or at the foot of the bed. You could even use one to hide the pot of that big plant you’re going to bring in!

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#5 Change up the curtains
Maybe you have boring blinds (hello, renters!) or prefer no window coverings at all, but adding – or changing up – curtains for the cooler months has a money-saving benefit as well as aesthetic. Cover your windows to help keep the heat inside! The heavier the material you choose, the more of a barrier between the glass and your heating bill.

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#6 Add it to the walls
A piece of fiber art can add a pop of artistic interest to your walls or even double as a headboard. Consider stepping outside the box and getting really creative with a shaggy, patterned rug instead. This way you can always relegate back to the floor when you want to change things up or spring arrives, whichever comes first!

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Savoring the seasons: Autumn

The leaves are changing brilliant shades of red and orange, the air is crisp, and the markets are bursting with pumpkins, apples, and gourds: fall has arrived! Read on for easy, natural decorating ideas using fall leaves, fresh produce, and farm-stand flowers, plus some simple pleasures to savor like sipping hot apple cider by a crackling fire…

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A quick stop at your favorite market or produce stand is all you really need to decorate your home for the season. Fill a few tall glass vases with cut branches of crab apple or Japanese Maple, hang a leafy wreath on your front door, and lay out a stack of cozy woolen blankets from your stash. And of course, what would fall be without pumpkins? Try a fresh twist this year with a few no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas – use stencils and craft paint to apply your house numbers or state silhouette; or coat dried leaves with Mod Podge for an elegant nature-inspired look.

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And speaking of pumpkins, there are so many gorgeous and unusual heirloom varieties out there, if you usually just run to the grocery store for your Jack O’ Lantern pumpkins, why not try something a bit different this year? Search locally for a farm or u-pick pumpkin patch, and you’re likely to encounter more types of pumpkins than you knew existed! And heirloom pumpkins are so lovely on their own, there’s no need to carve or paint them.

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While you’re out collecting gorgeous pumpkins, don’t forget to put apples on your list! Picking apples at an orchard has become one of our favorite fall traditions, and coming home is even sweeter when you have a basket full of apples to crunch…and bake into your favorite apple-y treats.

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After a crisp fall day full of adventures, there’s nothing better than cozying up at home under some toasty blankets beside a crackling fire and playing games or having a movie night with popcorn and apple cider.

Cozy up your home for fall with warm, wooly rugs in rich, earthy tones. Here are a few of my favorite fall picks:

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Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Rugs Direct Gallery Yama Istanbul Kilim; Orian Rugs Kilim Patches; Rugs Direct Gallery Ottoman Kilim; Safavieh Striped Kilim.

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Cozy Up Your Living Room for Fall

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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.

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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.

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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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Fall Color Inspiration: Pumpkin

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Confession: I tend not to wear orange in my day-to-day wardrobe. Typically one of my least favorite colors, I have recently started to love a very autumnal twist on this color: pumpkin. This seasonal color speaks to me on so many levels, but I’m especially loving it for those just-shy-of head to toe looks, like a long sleeved maxi dress or cozy wool peacoat. Something to make a statement in the sea of black, brown, and navy that ushers in every autumn. One could even consider this toasted hue of orange to be a neutral, especially when paired with shades of deep dark blue and rich emerald.

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Sometimes getting your home ready for fall is as simple as adjusting your color palette and making it veer toward one specific color… in this case, pumpkin. It’s sort of amazing how much warmth this shade of orange can lend to a space. For me, adding this color into my home is all about the accessories. For example, swap out your pillows for a pumpkin-hued geometric. Or drape a pumpkin colored throw on the arm of your sofa. Just that little pop of autumn-inspired color will make you feel cozier as you nest into your home for winter. I also love this deeper shade when it comes to rugs, especially rugs that boast a more bohemian, global vibe. These rugs that I selected remind me of spice bins at my local farmers market.

Photo Credit: Burberry, embroidered coat from Urban Outfitters, and henley dress from Free People.

Shopping Guide: Pumpkin-colored pillows, Kaleen restoration rug, Jaipur Rugs tree of life rug, Jaipur Rugs global chambord rug, and Surya throw blanket.

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