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Fall Home Refresh – Making a welcoming first impression

fresh fall space

Fall is a transition time — as we settle a little from the busyness of summer & begin to spend more time inside, it's time to cozy up and prep our space for a new season. Whether that means finding functional pieces to help create an organized space or adding gorgeous accents & decor elements for a festive autumn vibe.

I'm giving my entryway and living room a little fall refresh with organizational and decorative elements to make a welcoming first impression. I added a couple pieces of furniture, plus some decor to make both rooms feel fresh and cozy.

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  the Entryway

My entryway needed some updates to help make a welcoming first impression. As a small space, it needs to be both functional and gorgeous — and to achieve that balance, I needed a new furniture layout and some decor.

I added a desk to replace my lime tree (who moved upstairs) and the small blue side table. The writing desk adds noticeable character as soon as you walk in. It gave me a larger surface for some welcoming decor, with a couple drawers and plenty of space to add a few baskets underneath for storage. This floor-level storage is key for fall as the weather turns colder and boots need a place to live.

For decor, I picked up some seasonal pieces from Big Lots — I love this fall decor because it's not bright orange. The white and muted green hues give everything a more chic but understated feel. I added two flicker candles for a warm evening glow, since the little front nook of our entry tends to get dark at night and we don't want to leave the overhead light on to shine over into the living room.

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fall decor ideas | fall decor not orange | fall decor ideas for the home | fall decorations for home | never skip brunch by cara newhart #decor #fall

   

the Living room

This living room needed a lot of work. Since moving into our house a year ago, the front part of this room has gone without love. We had a chic white & glass tv stand which I moved to another space because I was planning to shiplap this wall to add some character. Well, the shiplap is on backorder so the tv cords have been left to sadly dangle supported by some makeshift furniture and accompanied by a couple of toy baskets.

That disarray isn't going to work for fall since we have friends over much more often for football games, and that wall clearly wasn't ready to be a focal point. I added a rustic console table with a low shelf which is perfect for baskets — adding storage and making the space look way more pulled together.

I used some more fall decor elements like the gold ceramic pumpkins, a lantern, and a tray with some greenery and a fall candle. It's not perfect — those cords still drive me crazy — but it's much better until I can totally redo the space.

I also grabbed a C table for the couch that ties into the console table. This is perfect as an extra place to rest a drink or snack during one of our many football gatherings. I also find myself using it in the evening for a little laptop + wine-down time.

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 photography by  jenna sparks

 

does your space need a fall refresh? what's your favorite part of my fall decor? leave a comment below, or use #neverskipbrunch

ps These products were gifted by Big Lots and all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate linking. While these links don’t cost extra for you to use, a percentage of all sales made through these links will help fund future Never Skip Brunch content. 

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NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

I'm Cara, the designer & Chief Creative Enthusiast behind Never Skip Brunch. I'm a color & prints obsessed DIY queen who's here to help you create a beautifully lived-in life through home design advice and chic DIY tutorials I want to channel all the good vibes & 'grammable moments of brunch & curate a space that helps you grow your crafty side so you can make like a pro.

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  1. I really like the console tables you picked out. It really helps in the living room to cut up the cords from the mounted TV! Great inspiration!

    Melanie

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