For The Love Of Autumn (& Bringing The Outside In)*

Autumn is probably my favourite season; I just love when the weather turns that little bit colder & it’s time to turn on the heating & begin to hibernate ready for a long Winter. This year we’ve had an cracker of a Summer so even more so, I’m ready to embrace sipping on hot chocolate under chunky knitted throws with the crackle of the fire when it’s cold outside.

My home is very neutral in terms of decor & paint colours, which makes it really easy to accessorize for the seasons. Over the past couple of years I’ve bought AKA ‘invested’ in some bits which come out every year around the same time & this year I’ve added to those with the help of some gorgeous items from Etsy UK. My aim is to ease the transition between Summer sunshine & oncoming chilly Autumn/Winter.

The evenings are beginning to draw in & there’s a crispness in the air which only means one thing, Autumn is officially on it’s way. Now’s the time when we typically start spending more time inside than out, so it’s the perfect time to make some changes to our homes with the change of seasons. The colour scheme moves to browns & burnt oranges so for the perfect Autumn decor, use nature to inspire & bring the outside, in.

Etsy is one of my go to places for unique pieces. It’s a marketplace for small businesses specialising in handcrafted, vintage, custom & creative so is the perfect place to go to if you’re looking for something special & was my go to place to search for halloween & Autumn decor. I’ve joined forces with them & some of their wonderful sellers to bring you my top tips to make your home spooktacular this October!

Think nature –

This season is all about what’s going on outside. With the leaves changing colour & nature really coming into it’s own, it’s a perfect opportunity to bring the outside, in. Think a display or centrepiece of pinecones & munchkin pumpkins to give a real Autumn feel as well as adding a focal point. If you’re struggling to find those elusive white pumpkins like me then what about these super cute fabric ones from Linen & Lace Handmade to bring out every year. I went for two of the larger hessian pumpkins then mixed it up with a set of 3 smaller white ones.

Change up your prints & photos –

Make a feature by popping some prints in to frames or changing up ones you already display. These gorgeous Halloween/Autumn prints are from one of my favourite sellers, Freddie The Kid.

Light those candles –

If there was ever an excuse for candles, this is one. Darker evenings mean more opportunities to burn those bad boys & let that beautiful scent (go for warm rich scents like spiced cinnamon or pumpkin pie to really get in to the spirit) fill the air. They also give off a gorgeous flickering warm light whilst adding a cosy feel to a space. You can never have too many & as I always say…’they are an investment’ (for when power cuts strike…which could be anytime, right?!).

Staying in is the new going out – 

Didn’t you know already? It’s time to replace days at the beach or nights sipping cocktails with eating stodgy comfort food & catching up on your favourite soaps on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate (don’t forget the marshmallows…).

Autumnal colour palette –

Typically the colours which just scream Autumn are browns & burnt oranges combined with wood & wicker. Again, going back to nature & the changing colour of the leaves falling to the ground. I’ve changed up my cushions (because lets face it, you can never have too many, right?!) in the living room from spring blush pinks to burnt orange check (these are from years ago & discontinued but you can find similar here).

Make your bedroom a cosy sanctuary –

Now more than ever, your bedroom should become your sanctuary. We naturally all start to hibernate & if your bed doesn’t just scream ‘come to me’ then it’s time to treat yourself to some new bedding & even a cheeky electric blanket.

Embrace Halloween –

Love it or hate it, Halloween spirit has moved across the pond & more people are getting in the spirit with decorating their homes & personally I just love an excuse for fancy dress! Whether you go all out with the ghosts & ghouls or keep it laid back & simple Etsy UK has something for everyone. I’ve hung this playful handmade hessian ‘BOO’ bunting up which stays without my neutral tones.

Don’t forget the florals –

Flower wise, it’s time to step away from the usual lilies & roses. I dried some hydrangeas (which you can find my tutorial on how to do here) a last year & love how they’ve changed colour to deep rich colours. They keep for years after they’ve been dried & are completely free (if you know somebody that will let you cut some anyway!). Otherwise it’s all about those crunchy Autumn leaves so I bought this maple leaf garland to pop over the fireplace to add a pop of that gorgeous burnt orange tone.

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Love,

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2 Comments

  1. October 18, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    Some lovely Etsy finds here! I love how you have decorated – I especially love the framed prints! x

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
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      October 18, 2018 / 3:53 pm

      Aww thank you Lucy – the prints are just beautiful aren’t they x

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