4 Fabulous + Simple Design Hacks to Spruce Up Your Home For Fall

by Leah O'Neill on September 19, 2018 in Lifestyle, Home, Living Texas,

I can’t wait—fall is coming! And a season change calls for a style change. Not only for you, but also for your home. It’s the perfect excuse to make simple changes that will add a whole lot of pizazz.

Here are four ways to get all that is fabulous about fall into your home. Have fun, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and decorate with things you love. Happy decorating!

1. Swap out your sofa decor

Design by Leah O’Neill of Bête Abode Interior Design and Renovation, LLC

Throw pillow options are endless and can bring a room to life. Try incorporating a combination of a rich neutral, like camel, with autumn’s emerald shades—navy, deep green and mulberry. Don’t forget to add some texture too. Embroidered and textured pillows add warmth, and are the perfect contrast to the chillier nights ahead.

Etsy and Anthropologie are two of my go-to resources for throw pillows. Etsy is a dream because you can search a very specific color, size and style—and get dozens, if not hundreds, of options to choose from. Because most Etsy shops do not have a brick-and-mortar store, the prices are typically low, plus it’s a great feeling knowing you’re supporting a small business.  Anthropologie has a wonderful line of pillows if you’re willing to splurge a bit. I have several from their collection that have lasted for years. They’re full of color, pattern and texture, and always great quality.

2. Amp up the coffee table centerpiece

Courtesy Sand and Sisal

This is another easy way to change up your decor without breaking the bank. I love decorating for the season, but in small, low-key ways. I don’t like the decor to scream “Thanksgiving!!” This year pumpkin planters are all the rage and they’re so easy to make. Rather than using an orange pumpkin, try painting it a muted color like ivory. This way you don’t have to force everything else to match the pumpkin.

Image and design by Taryn Whiteaker

I also love this monochromatic centerpiece by Taryn Whitaker. This works with so many styles because it’s neutral in color and transitional in design. You can always swap out the flowers to match your existing color scheme. All you need is a great tray, a couple vases of varying sizes, some white pumpkins, and a few botanicals.

3. Paint

Here are a few of my favorite fall paint colors.

Paint is one of the least expensive ways to add a ton of style, and painting an accent wall is the perfect way to incorporate the bold, rich hues of fall. Try painting a focal wall, whether it’s the wall behind the bed, sofa, or the blank canvas behind an eye-catching vignette. If you want to go bold or can’t get enough of the color you chose, paint the whole room!

Photo Nick Simonite. Design Liz Lambert of Bunkhouse Group

The Hotel Saint Cecilia boasts some of the best design in Texas and their bar is a dream. The indigo palette is whimsical and sultry, and it’s the perfect place to be on a brisk fall evening… If you’re a guest or a member, of course!

4. Get Cozy

Design by Leah O’Neill of Bête Abode Interior Design and Renovation, LLC

If past trends persist, by October the temperature will drop about 30 degrees in most of Texas. Cool evenings call for cozier bedding that will not only keep you warm, but also immediately transform your space. A duvet cover over a down comforter is a great option for a chilly night, and can easily be swapped for a new style when you’re ready for a change.

If you just can’t part with your summer bedding, try incorporating a few fall-inspired accessories, like a heavy faux fur throw and a few colorful or textured throw pillows.


Cover: Design by Leah O’Neill of Bête Abode Interior Design and Renovation, LLC

Leah O’Neill is an interior stylist and jewelry designer living in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter, dogs, and horse. She writes a design blog and runs an online décor and jewelry shop called Bête Abode.