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Simple Seasonal Styling


When your life is full, seasonal decorating can seem like a “ain’t nobody got time for that” item on the to-do list. But I promise that just a little effort will go a long way because styling is an essential piece to the finished feel of your home. Without good styling, your home will feel incomplete.

The good news? Simple is also sophisticated. And you don’t need to add a lot of seasonal touches to make your home feel special.

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I have a simple formula that will add that extra layer of charm and warmth to your home while not stressing you out or creating tons of work. (And you’ll be relieved to know that my view of seasonal decorating also doesn’t mean hauling out a ton of extra tchotchkes every 3 months –no thank you!)

RD’s Seasonal Styling Layering Formula: 

Texture + Natural Elements + Color.

Let’s go season by season to see how this works:

FALL/AUTUMN: (September through November)

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Texture: Fall brings on the soft and cozy feels, so try bringing in some faux fur, cable knit sweater throws, lush velvet pillows. Plaid patterns are great for fall too!

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Natural Elements: Pumpkins (real or could be the cute fabric ones for indoors!) varying the sizes and use them in a group, pampas grass in a vase, berries, apples, fall leaves.

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Color: Warm colors but it doesn’t have to be the traditional orange! If your home décor doesn’t mesh with that, try warm neutrals- cream, brown, greens. 

WINTER: (late November- end of February. If you celebrate Christmas, I layer that in during late November- mid January)

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Texture: Keep the Soft + cozy blankets you got out for fall or bring in some heavier fabrics like fleece or wool. 

Natural Elements: evergreen garland, mini trees, pinecones, evergreen wreaths. I love using faux greens because you can easily keep them up all winter.

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Color: I like keeping my winter seasonal things (that stay out Dec-end of February) more neutral and then layering in some color for the holidays. That way, you can put away the more holiday focused decorations in January but keep everything else up until spring (= less work).

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SPRING + SUMMER: (March-August. I put spring + summer together because these are “lighter” decorating months in my home and it saves time! I keep it even more simple than the fall + winter months because now we’re spending more time outside than in)

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Texture: Lighter fabrics like linen and cotton, sheer curtains, wicker + rattan chairs or baskets, sisal or jute rugs.

Natural Elements: Fresh Flowers- bring the outdoors in, especially if you’ve got flowers from your yard that you can cut and bring in to enjoy, too (hello free décor). Or my favorite time saving hack: bouquet of white tulips from Trader Joes. Cut tree branches (you could go small or dramatic depending on the space you have) are also beautiful in simple glass vase. 

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Color: Lighten up the color scheme you already have going on in your home. (for example if you have a lot of navy, bring in some lighter blues to mix with it or add in some spring green) Layer in more white or cream with pillows. If it works within your décor, throw in some vibrant pops of color.

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Things that work for every season:

White Lights. Not just for December! Great for indoor or outdoor trees, on porch ceilings, in jars or vases.

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Glass vases or mason jars– you can keep all the same vases and jars out year round but just fill them with different things as the seasons change.

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Candles or a pretty oil diffuser. Change up the scents with the season. 

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Baskets or wall mounted hooks so you have a place to neatly corral your blankets + throws when not in use

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Keeping up with seasonal decorating does not have to be complicated! Layer in these three elements of texture, nature and color and see how easily you can transform your home all year round.

Here’s to simple + sophisticated. ~XO, Amy

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