Now that Labour Day has come and gone, the days are shorter and the evenings cooler, and I can't help but feel the fall decorating itch! Just like in fashion, when it comes to fall decorating, I love to layer!
Take my sofa, for example. Throughout the spring and summer, I prefer to sparsely decorate the sofa with a few key accent pillows. Less is more — no blankets or throws, and all in soft, light fabrics and shades. I mean, who wants their back against a wool pillow when it's 35+ degrees out!?
Come fall, it all changes. I want to load that sucker up with as many pillows as it can hold. And bring on the blankets and throws to cuddle into on cool nights.
One look I absolutely love that's perfect for fall is the contrasting upholstered seat. Here H&H's Suzanne Dimma has left the body of her gorgeous William Birch sofa in a summer-ready white slipcover, but cosied things up with luxurious velvet seat cushions.
Consider using a patterned throw or even a few yards of fabric draped over the seat and up the back of your sofa like this photo from Elle Decor. Add a few throw pillows in contrasting patterns and colours and the blank white sofa is totally fall ready!
For me, I think I'm going to combine two of these ideas into one. Instead of splurging on new slipcovers for my sofa's seat cushion, I think I'll wrap them with a piece of textured linen fabric.
Or even this cosy linen cotton duvet cover from West Elm.
For fall-appropriate colour and pattern, I'm loving these quilted pillows, also from West Elm. I'd love to load up the sofa with a bunch of these guys and then throw in a few solids, possibly velvet in a rich charcoal, like this one below from Crate & Barrel.
Just add a cool evening, a glass of red wine and a good book, and me and my sofa will be set for fall!
Browse our Fall Decorating Ideas for more tips.
1. Houseandhome.com, photography by Rob Fiocca
2. Elle Decor March 2012 via Carolina George, photography by William Abranowicz
3. House & Home October 2011 issue, photography by Janet Kimber
4. Linen Cotton Duvet Cover, West Elm
5. Kantha Quilted Pillows, West Elm
6. Monroe Charnavy Pillow, Crate & Barrel