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Freshen up your home for the fall season

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By Megan Baker

Here are some simple suggestions to help you welcome the wonderful ambiance of autumn into your home!

 

Layer textiles in unique ways
Textiles are a fantastic to warm up your home during the cooler months. Don't be afraid to get creative and mix and match different mediums - you can always change things up later! Some of my favourite tricks include:
• Laying small sheepskins in asymmetrical patterns on the sofa
• Tossing a cozy throw over the arm of a sofa or the back of a dining chair
• Folding a throw and resting it over the bed's headboard or footboard
• Using a pretty patterned (thin) blanket as a table cloth or runner
• Layer differently-pattered area rugs

lightingAdd lighting

Lighting makes a huge difference to the warmth of a home. One of worst thing is cold, harsh overhead lighting that makes everything look pale. My favourite lighting options include:
• Add an extra side lamp on the buffet or entrance table to shed a little light on things
• Place a small, decorative lamp on the kitchen counter - perfect for breakfast time during those dark, dreary mornings when you're up before the sun

Keep it fresh
You don't have to put away Mother Nature's indoor cousin even when plants lie dormant outside! Instead, exchange summer time's bright bouquets for winter-themed arrangements featuring lots of branch patterns and dark green leaves.

Switch out handles and knobs
This is one of the best (and easiest) ways to add a finishing touch to a space. While it's so simple and subtle it can make a big impact, plus you don't even need tools! There are tons of styles to choose from, like unpolished gemstone handles and leather pulls, so get creative. My favourite spots to make this change include:
Kitchen and bathroom doors and cupboards
On furniture such as dressers and side tables

deep-emerald-bedroom-with-jewel-tonesAdd a touch of paint
Painting an entire interior is a huge commitment in both time and cash, but painting a small area like an entry way, powder room, accent wall or front door in a rich colour makes a powerful and chic statement. Two of my favourite colour palettes are:
Solid black - current and bold, it will give whatever lies against that wall a whole new (chic) lease on life
Jewel tones - hues like navy blue and hunter green look amazing in a powder room with marble and brass accents

Megan Baker is a local interior designer with a passion for all things European. Her signature aesthetic brings a fearless and innovative approach to the west coast by mixing traditional with modern pieces. With natural talent and an undeniable drive, Megan took her first foray into the industry with A Good Chick To Know and numerous home show public speaking engagements, all before the age of 25. Now furthering her practice as an interior designer at The Cross Interiors, Megan specializes in fresh, fabulous residential design.

Megan is presenting "Counter Culture - turn the tables on traditional notions of what high quality counters and design-forward stonework can do for your home, inside and out" on the Vancouver Home + Design Show Metrie Main Stage on:
Friday, October 17 at 3PM (part of the Western Living Design Panel)
Saturday, October 18 at 6PM

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