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How to add cozy autumn decor to your home

Vintage wine glasses via Fat Dachshund / Pressed metal autumn leaves garland via Terrain / Made in Portugal blue plate via Homesense / Soare woven place mat via Ikea Canada  / Wool blanket via June Home Supply / Felted wool pumpkins via Wills and Prior / Linen Napkins via June Home Supply / Tobermory felted wool pillow via Tonic Living / Wilshire Navy pillow via Tonic Living / Schlage Encode Smart Wifi Lock with Camelot Trim in Aged Bronze / Vintage ink pour bottles via Lemontree and Co. / Wheat bunch via Lemontree and Co. / Glass vase via Lemontree and Co. /

The calendar says it’s fall but my front porch still looks like summer. Can you relate? We are celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, so autumn décor is feeling quite appropriate. But I don’t have the heart to toss out the Boston ferns, they are still so healthy looking.

I don’t do a lot of decorating outside for autumn, just a few pumpkins and I love the varieties you can find now at the local supermarket. But I do make an effort indoors to cozy up the house for autumn, especially if I’m entertaining.

Once again, I’ve partnered with Schlage Canada to create an inspiration board, and share some tips on how to layer in the all the cozy elements for autumn in your home, just in time for Thanksgiving – including tips on using what you already have around your house, the farmer’s market, a thrift store or a walk in the woods. Whether you're hosting a big Thanksgiving meal or just want to cozy up your décor for autumn, you don’t have to do a lot to make an impact.

It's all about the layers.

When the weather cools it's all about the layers and that applies to your home as well. It's time to pull out the wool blankets and cozy throws so that they are easy to grab and curl up with on the sofa. Sometimes I swap out my cushion covers too for warmer fabrics with texture, like the felted wool pillow in the mood board above. Even if you do just one or two cushions it can really refresh a space.

Bring the outdoors in.

When I think of autumn, it's all about the colours. For some, that might mean bright reds and oranges but I prefer the earthy hues of Fall. There is something beautiful about the flowers that are in decline. Hydrangeas turn various shades of brown, flowers lose their lustre but I actually find it a soothing palette. It all starts to feel a little delicate.

A walk in your backyard or the woods can yield a lot of treasures to bring indoors, like fallen branches of coloured leaves. Just make sure you take what is on the ground and forage responsibly. 

Speaking of coming inside. If you're hosting Thanksgiving this weekend you know that when the guests start arriving you're going to have your hands full. One of the benefits of the Schlage Encode, a smart lock for your front door, is that it makes it easy for guests to make themselves at home - because you can unlock the door from your phone using the app or using voice commands via Alexa or Google Assistant. The Encode comes in different styles and finishes but I think the Camelot trim with warm Aged Bronze finish (pictured above) looks perfect for Fall.

Reduce, reuse and upcycle.

Foraged branches, grasses and flowers look great displayed in vases. Thrift stores and antique markets are a treasure trove for display vessels. Even something as simple as old glass soda bottles look pretty displayed along the length of a dining table, filled with foraged botanicals. I love to save jam jars, it's a bit of an obsession, the jars and the jam - especially the pretty ones from Bonne Maman. It's amazing what you can find in your recycling bin. Just remove labels from jars and bottles, give it a scrub and you can suddenly a nondescript jar is transformed and given a new use. Have a look around your house for things you can repurpose - that speak to the season. Baskets, rustic crates, even a off cut piece of wood, cleaned up of course and placed down the centre of the table can look amazing if you layer in foraged finds, like leaves or even fruit and veg from the farmer's market.

Vintage ink bottles and other clay bottles and jars are having a bit of a collectors moment right now, so prices have gone up but their colours - brown, terracotta, beige and sometimes black look amazing as part of an autumn palette.

Set the table with something old, something upcycled and something handmade.

Welcome guests to your table with decor you've found foraging in the garden or woods - acorns, pinecones, fallen leaves, cut grasses and flowers look pretty as place cards. Wrap a few stems with twine and add a little tag to write your guests name or use a metallic calligraphy pen to write your guests name right on a leaf.

Second hand stores are also a great place to find tableware - they are always stocked up with glasses and plates and often you'll find pretty vintage ones as well. When you don't want to do all the hunting head to websites like Etsy Canada - a great source for vintage. Instagram also has lots of vintage sellers. Sometimes delivery is included or you make arrangements to pick the item up.

Add something handmade. There's nothing quite like adding something made by a local artisan to your home. I think it adds that soulfulness that you also get from something old, that's lived a life before you inherited it. Handmade is like that too. Human hands have touched it, molded it and made it unique. I love that you can find unique handmade pieces not only at small, local shops but also larger retailers like Homesense. I had a conversation recently with Homesense reps who talked about how their buyers also source product from small artisan manufacturers. They have been stocking a lot of beautiful ceramics - bowls, plates and vases that are made in Portugal.  Anyways, I just thought I'd mention that because it's something you might not expect from a large retailer like that.

However you do Autumn in your home, I hope you have a beautiful celebration of thanks and gratitude this weekend with family and friends. My daughter is coming home from university for the weekend and I'm excited to have her home.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Disclosure: I've partnered with Schlage Canada in this sponsored post. All opinions and text are my own.

Create an outdoor entertaining space that transitions from summer to fall

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In August there is an urgency about making the most of whats left of summer. Do you feel it too?

School starts in a couple of weeks and soon it will be time to get back into our routines. I'm feeling it especially early this year as we prepare to move our daughter away to university this week. Eek! Sometimes I wish I could make time stand still.

I also want to make summer last and for me that means taking advantage of warm days and evenings by entertaining al fresco. What about you? As the summer nights get a little cooler, you just need to embrace it and add in lots of cozy layers.

Once again, I’ve partnered with Schlage Canada to create an inspiration board, and share some tips on how to make late summer outdoor entertaining simple, comfortable, stylish and will easily transition from summer to fall - including pieces that work indoors and out.

Set the table with easy transitional dishes and serve ware that works indoors or out.

Take advantage of late summer sales to stock up on patio friendly entertaining essentials like glassware, dishes and patio lights. They'll be on sale now so it's a great time to update or add to what you have. Outdoor tableware has come a long way and you can find beautiful melamine plates and acrylic glassware that is nice enough to use inside too, especially if you choose pieces that aren't too seasonal looking.

Rustic wood bowls are great for serving bread or for holding bundles of cutlery that your guests can easily grab. Just roll cutlery in a pretty napkin and tie with some twine. I found this beechnut bowl at June Home Supply's online store. It's one of my favourite online shops.

I love putting food on boards. I'm telling you, everything looks better on a wood board and it makes entertaining so easy! Head to the farmer's market and stock up on local veggies, fruit, cheeses, charcuterie, preserves, baked goods and even wine. Then assemble your goodies on boards. Yes, you can do cheese, charcuterie or smoke fish but think about doing something plant-based too. Fresh veggies, bread, nuts, hummus and other dips work great on a board.

Now's the time to buy outdoor furniture.

If you've been wanting to update your patio furniture you can still find a good selection online at places like Article. I really like this outdoor dining table which I think could also look great indoors too. I love its modern farmhouse vibe.

Outdoor fireplaces keep you cozy on cooler nights.

Let's talk about that Morso grill which is also a pizza oven and you can enjoy as a fireplace. It's gorgeous and instantly ups the cozy factor for those cooler summer (and fall) nights. This is definitely on my wish list.

Think about how you can use what you already have in a new way.

and shop your house. I bet you'll discover lots of pieces that can easily be brought outdoors, like blankets, cushions and tableware. Not everything has to be melamine.

Making getting in and out of your house easy.

Deadbolts aren't just for the front door. You want to make sure your back door is secure but also easy to get in and out of. The Schlage Encode Smart Wifi Deadbolt Lock makes getting in and out of your house easy with a touchscreen lock and built-in Wifi that allows you to unlock your door from anywhere. I really love the black finish with the Century Trim style and the clean lines on this deadbolt lock. It connects to your home from anywhere with built-in Wifi, pair it with the app, the key by Amazon app or Amazon Alexa to use voice commands... and  give up to 100 customized access codes to trusted friends or family. It's perfect for cottages and holiday rentals too.

Add lots of cozy pieces.

Throw cushions are another item that you can easily use inside or out. There are amazing outdoor fabrics available. Invest in a few pieces that can do double duty. They make a seating are more comfortable, inviting and are a great way to add colour, pattern and texture.

Don't forget the blankets. Roll some cozy throws and stash them in a basket that you can easily pull outside for cooler evenings around the fire.

Don't forget lighting.

A string of patio lights is on my list of patio essentials. I love the look of them strung across our yard. I've also seen some outdoor lamps that are great options for the patio. But if its dry outside you could pull an indoor lamp outside (make sure it's in a completely dry are though!) I love the soft glow of the new Symfonisk lamp which is also a speaker. It's a collaboration between Ikea and Sonos. Of course, candles are also a must.

Disclosure: I've partnered with Schlage Canada in this sponsored post. All opinions and text are my own.

Terracotta can take you from summer to fall - trend snapshot

Muuto Unfold Terracotta Pendant / Terracotta Bowl / Madera Terracotta Plate / Margaux pillow / Eco-friendly napkins / Matrix chair in Persimmon / Carolina Wren Glass Tile / Bishop Pedestal Planter / Vintage Terracotta pitcher / Greta Vintage Rug /

Terracotta is still so popular right now. It's no wonder, this warm, earthy hue looks right at home in just about every decor style.

I first fell in love (again) with terracotta while on a holiday to Italy a year ago. While wandering Rome, you can find the colour just about everywhere - from pots grouped on terraces and tiled floors to rooftops and painted buildings. Terracotta is a type of clay based, glazed or unglazed earthenware. It means "baked earth" in Italian. The tones can range from a dull ochre to red.  
a snapshot of my terracotta Pinterest board

One of the easiest and cheapest ways you can add the material into your home is with inexpensive terracotta pots. Group them together on a table or shelf, filled with fresh green plants. If you're brave, paint a wall or even better - tile a floor. Imagine, an inlay of terrcotta on a wood floor to look like a mat or a herringbone tile entryway. 

On the table,  layer a terracotta plate or bowl on top of something white for a fresh summer look or pair it with something dark for a more moody atmosphere. It's warm, earthy colour looks seasonally appropriate in summer or fall.