How to make your living room autumn ready

September carries the flair of new beginnings in the air: the days are shorter, the breeze is crispier, darkness creeps in, making you long for chunky sweaters, hot tea and candle sparkle.

I love this season: everything turns gold, the morning mist poking through the copper leaves, pumpkin pies, cinnamon and apple ciders. You know that Christmas is just around the corner so more magic lies ahead.

Every year I try to bring some autumnal glory indoor by refreshing my interior; switching to warmer tones and trying to make home a place where you want to go and take shelter during a cold evening.

During the cold season we spend most of our afternoons at home, baking cakes or playing on the rug. The reception room is certainly the most lived in so I put great care in to decorating it. I always add and remove items according to the seasons; you don’t need much: just a few touches here and there and, even with a small budget, you will revamp a whole room.

This year, both for interiors and fashion, I love grape and amethyst tones which instantly takes me back to my childhood; harvesting grapes at my grandparent’s country home in Italy.

This year these two timeless large candle stick bases are the “stars” of the room: they are extremely classy and adaptable to any style. The candlesticks look beautifully paired with the round shades which I chose in a delicate amethyst color. Sometimes, something as easy as replacing lamps shades, can give a room an instant new look.

I have also “dressed up” my armchairs with some needed cushions. The velvety ones never disappoint: so soft and smooth to the point that caressing their rich velvet almost is an anti-stress arsenal. I went for the pistachio colour to keep the room bright and airy. I wanted to add some texture too by layering patterns and that’s why I’ve added two Wisteria Embroidered Grape Cushions to the ensemble. The Wisteria collection is an absolute favorite of mine, so decadent and luxurious yet with a warm cottage feeling.

Flowers are my definite weakness, I always say you can never have too many in your house; they make everything prettier looking and more chic. Also, my floral choices reflects the change of the various season. So if in summer I’ll go for pastel tones then in Autumn I will combine orange, deep purples and copper ones. I always use fallen leaves as a decoration too: just arrange them in a hurricane vase or in a jug and everything will look cosier; try to bring as much outdoor inside to lit a room up, making it feel welcoming for you and your guests.

As no armchair is complete without a cozy throw to lay on your lap, my finishing touch was this grape throw which happens to match the pillows to perfection.

Well, now you know where you’ll find me on those autumnal evenings: sitting comfortably on the couch, glass of wine in hand and computer on my lap, candles flickering and, of course, sometimes I’ll have a treat too.

-Post in collaboration with Laura Ashley-


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