And a happy fall it is. My name is Rachel, and over the past couple of years since being married and setting up a home for my husband and myself, I have discovered I have a deep passion for home decorating. To me it is the simple idea of making the place you live feel like a retreat in the midst of the chaos of the world. It is important to me that when my husband or I come home from work or other commitments, that we breathe a deep sigh of relief when we see our home, welcoming us to relax and refresh.
I have been so inspired when looking at the blogs of many other very talented individuals, that I felt that it would be fun for me to share my passion of home decorating and at home projects with others as well! This is my first baby step into the giant world of home blogging, so I hope that you will all be patient with me as I navigate.
I think it is safe to expect that for the first while of me doing this, that I won’t be one to post every day, or even every week. I work a full-time job and know that blogging can take up quite a bit of time, and I definitely prioritize family time over time spent on social media. However, we will have to see how this all evolves over the next few years!
While we are here today, I wanted to share how our home is set up for autumn. I love seasonal decorating above all else when it comes to home décor. This season it is all about the cozy blankets, muted and neutral color schemes, and the scents of pumpkin and caramel. And of course – acorns!
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Here is our big cozy couch, with a lovely (and super affordable) flannel throw I found at Ikea. The tree pillow was found at Home Outfitters a couple of years ago, and it seems to stay on our couch throughout the year.
Here is what I have set up at our table. We are actually still just in a condo for now, so we have to make due with space. It’s also hard to get enough natural light in here for photos! If anyone has any tips on that for me, let me know. The window I bought for $10 from a lady who collects things in farm fields! The grapevine wreath I got from a vintage market a couple of weekends ago. I got a plain white wreath hanger from Michaels for $4 and used hot glue to wrap twine all the way around it for a more rustic look for that as well. I seem to collect white jugs wherever I can, so you’ll see those showing up all over the place.
Here is a close up of that little mason jar on the table. I put in a few dried hypericum berries for a little bit of color and cuteness.
I loved pairing this cozy knit throw (purchased from Pottery Barn by my husband for my birthday last year – he just gets me.), with a faux fur throw pillow I found at Chapters. I’ve also used a galvanized bucket I found from the same lady whom I purchased the window from to prop up these lovely birch branches for an extra touch of fall. Doesn’t this set up just look so cozy and inviting for reading a book or sipping a cup of tea?
Last for this post, here is what I’ve set up on our bedside table in the master bedroom. I found this cute little “happy fall” sign at a vintage market through a shop called City and the Sticks, you can them find here. The lantern was found at a place called The Antique Barn in Ladysmith when we were on travels through BC this summer. The frame behind was made by my Father-in-Law! I like just keeping it as is for now.
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I plan on posting a few other things I have set up for the season later on this week. One post will include my pretty and rustic fall mantle! Mantle decorating is always so exciting. In the meantime, thanks so much for stopping by The Porch Light Cottage! If you enjoyed, please don’t hesitate to share. I can’t wait to start making some blogging friends! Here is one more picture of our cozy couch for good measure.
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— Rachel, at The Porch Light Cottage