all is that sweet spot between the blazing heat of summer and the icy chill of winter. It’s a time for preparing the nest for hibernation. Urrutia Design takes “a subliminal approach to embracing fall through comforting, colorful aspects that can be incorporated throughout the home,” says company founder Jason Urrutia. Below, he and co-principal Martha Carvalho share eight simple, high-impact ways to help you get your autumn cozy on.
1. Stockpile firewood by the mantel. “This creates a nice visual of what’s in store,” says Carvalho. “Even if you don’t have a wood-burning fireplace, a display of wood, either next to the firebox or inside, offers a soothing aesthetic.”
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“While just about any wood will do nicely, silver birch logs add an especially graceful arrangement without looking too lumberjack-like,” Urrutia says.
2. Candles, candles, candles. This is candle season, so use them generously anywhere you want extra ambience. “Votives are great, but don’t be afraid to use those big-boy-sized candles in large hurricanes,” offers Urrutia.
3. Change out throw blankets. “Replace light fabrics for heavier ones, like faux fur or wool,” Carvalho says. Lay a throw blanket or two across furnishings for extra color and texture. Add a big basket filled with enough throws for everyone in the household to curl up under.
4. Branch out. “Fill oversized glass vases with a compilation of branches in any shape and length you wish,” Carvalho says. Urrutia adds, “This type of arrangement is elegant and understated, and will last you the entire season.”