On Design – Three Ways to Warm Up Your Décor for Fall & Winter

by Jennifer Etherington, Avenue B Home Decor | photos by Janis Jean Photography – 

Fall is in the air … bring the outside in by decorating your home with natural elements like wood, jute, leather, and rattan baskets. Decorate your coffee table with fall foliage found right outside your front door! Use a large branch or a grouping of fall branches in a rustic earthen vase; keep it simple yet chic with eucalyptus, willow branches or sculptural wheatgrass stems. Visit Brown’s The Florist or Thrifty’s Flowers & More for floral inspiration.

Incorporate gold accents for a warming effect. Group colourful leaves and other goodies found on your Sunday walk around candles and add a stack of books. Candles exude warmth, particularly when placed in a grouping for visual interest.

When it’s cold on the outside, make it warm on the inside! Get your bar ready for fall and winter entertainment. The Old Fashioned is the new martini – stirred not shaken if you please. Decant that bottle of whiskey into a beautiful crystal decanter and start creating new or old cocktail recipes. What’s your glass of choice? Whether it’s a heavy rock glass or an elegant coupe, either will make that cocktail taste even better. Candlesticks, napkins, stainless steel muddler, citrus press and gorgeous black battery-operated wine opener are just a few items that your updated bar can’t live without! Add some Salt Spring Kitchen spreads and Fume olives; nest them on a wooden serving platter with some gourmet cheeses from The Farmer’s Daughter and you are ready for a fall/winter night in. Don’t forget some beautiful new loungewear from Moden Essentials – they make staying in look effortless. Cheers!

Cuddle up cozy! Brighten winter’s shorter days by using a warm palette with soft lighting from lamps around your home. Bring the golden hour in and have it last all evening long. Lamplight really warms up a room and adds a snug ambiance. Try floor lamps by your cozy swivel chair and table lamps placed on credenzas, sofa tables, shelving and even kitchen counters. Layer area rugs, pile nubby, textured pillows and scatter plush poufs throughout your rooms. Throw pillows can be used anywhere in the home that needs a bit of cozy. Don’t forget to put blankets in baskets with pillows, and on the back of your sofa. Blankets create texture and provide immediate warmth to a space.

Have a warm and wonderful season!

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