Today I’m mixing in a few easy fall decorating ideas with the reveal of some new furniture we purchased for our living room. I know I have strung this out but honestly, it took me forever to get the final details in place. I literally bought one thing at a time, which took longer, but in the end it’s all exactly what I wanted. The changes are subtle because I stayed with the same colors…but it’s fresh and functions so much better than before.
If you need to refresh your memory of what it looked like before, just click HERE. I replaced the sofa, two chairs and ottoman, the rug and the slipper chairs that flank the antique chest. (All sources are listed at the end.) I looked for a long time online and would have felt perfectly comfortable ordering that way…but I ended up buying from a furniture store called Art Van. They are a chain and have stores in the mid west, mostly in Ohio and Michigan. My husband suggested I go check it out because he knows the franchise owner. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in and found exactly what I wanted.
Easy Fall Decorating Ideas: The Coffee Table
Nestle pine cones and cotton bolls in glass vases. Use a tray in a contrasting color. Add some large pine cones for interest and texture.
The sofa: It helped that I was staying with neutral colors and I knew exactly what I wanted in a sofa. That narrowed down the choices considerably which made making a selection much easier. The fabric on the sofa is called Desire Pearl and is ivory with tiny flecks of beige. It has some texture and the piping is beautiful.
I took your advice and chose a sofa with three seat cushions. The back is tight (which I love) and there is no skirt so the legs show. This is different from my last sofa so it’s a nice change.
Easy Fall Decorating Ideas: End Tables
Use ribbon to attach a mini wreath to a lamp. Put fresh bittersweet in a small pitcher. Add an orange pumpkin for a pop of color.
The rug: I picked out a rug that has all the colors found in my main downstairs rooms…navy blue, light blue, yellow and ivory. It was reasonably priced and when it was in place, I knew I had made the right choice. It ties in all the colors and lightens up the carpet. I still wish I had hardwood floors, but the new rug does help the old carpet look a little better.
The chairs: The two chairs opposite the sofa are covered in a fabric called Ferrel Doe. They are the same neutral as the sofa, but the fabric is a tone-on-tone woven houndstooth.
I didn’t have to think twice once I saw this fabric. In fact, I found the fabric first and chose the chair style second. That might seem backwards but it was honestly easier because again, my choices were narrowed down quite a bit. Instead of one big ottoman, I opted for two smaller ones and it looks much better.
The storage cabinet: The blue cabinet was a choice made from necessity. In the picture above, the chair on the left is where I work…so I spend quite a bit of time in that corner. I sorely needed some storage so this seemed like the logical choice. It fits perfectly between the chairs and is the most wonderful cornflower blue so it pops right off the wall. I now have all my work stuff in one place which really does make my job much easier.
Easy Fall Decorating Ideas: White Pumpkins
Use faux or real white pumpkins in bowls or on shelves to add a subtle touch of fall to your decor. They can easily be found at your local garden center or grocery store. I found mine in the produce section of Kroger.
The slipper chairs: I decided to get new slipper chairs after everything else was in place. The gold print on the old chairs seemed dated and I wanted a fresh, clean look. By the time I decided all this, my budget was almost tapped out so I had to do quite a bit of looking. I finally found these two little armless chairs on Overstock.com and they were definitely worth the time it took to find them. They are smaller and a bit lower than the other chairs, which gave that end of the room a more open feel.
Easy Fall Decorating Ideas: Velvet Pumpkins
Fill vessels or bowls with raffia and top with a velvet pumpkin or moss ball. Use vintage silver, ironstone, baskets, crystal or small urns.
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Accent Cabinet | Jofran Brighton Park in Cornflower
Slipper Chairs | Lola Navy Tufted Armless Chair
Pillows: Chevron pillows on chairs and gold pillows on sofa were lucky finds at TJMaxx. Pillow covers on navy chairs were made with vintage tea towels.
This post has way more pictures than usual, so I’ll be back soon with close-ups of the vignettes and fall decor. I’ll keep a close eye on the comments for a few days so if you have a question, I will do my best to answer. I know sometimes I miss questions but it’s not on purpose…I hope you all know that!
It’s a relief to have this room refresh finished and checked off my list. I’m really delighted with everything I picked out, so that’s like icing on the cake. In the end, I stayed with the same old colors because they are the ones I love best…and I chose pieces that are functional as well as lovely to look at. Thank you for stopping by and for hanging in there until the end. See you in a few days…