5 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Cozy for Fall Even When It Doesn’t Feel Like It Outside

Photography by Rhianna Mercier, Styling by Margaret Joan Florals

Text by Hannah Jones

Here at The Cottage Journal, we’re big fans of fall. So, after Labor Day rolls around, you can expect us to start pulling out our fall décor—even if it’s still 90 degrees outside. No matter what the thermometer says, it’s never too early to start transitioning your home to usher in the harvest season, gradually adding more fall accessories as the months go by. Below, we’ve listed a few simple (and budget-friendly!) ways to bring a little fall flair into your home without going overboard, so you can have that cozy fall feeling you crave without worrying about how hot it remains outside.

Switch Your Linens

Photography by Erica George Dines, Design by Tammy Connor Interior Design, Architectural design by James F. Carter, Architect

The simple act of moving from a light quilt to a thick duvet on the bed or bringing new bath towels into the bathroom can make a world of difference in creating a comfy atmosphere that induces relaxation—something we all need a little more of right now.

Pack on the Pillows

Photography by John O’Hagan, Styling by Mary Beth Jones

If you’re not ready to pull out the chunky throw blanket just yet, then a couple of additional pillows in harvest-inspired hues is the perfect option! No need to splurge—just choose a couple in a deep red, orange, or yellow color for a hint of autumn.

Bring in More Warm, Natural Texture

Photography by John O’Hagan, Styling by Lucy Finney, Design by Caitie Morgan

Elements like wood and wicker display a natural warmth and help keep a space grounded, no matter how light and airy, which is just the right touch for a sense of autumn.

Bouquets of Dried Florals

Photography by Rhianna Mercier, Styling by Margaret Joan Florals

Too early for pumpkins? No problem! Corn husks, dried flowers, and wheat stems make gorgeous fall décor that transitions beautifully throughout the season. Pro tip: dry flowers from your own garden so it’s totally free décor!

Get Some Autumn-Inspired Scents

When in doubt, light a candle and call it a day! Whether you bring out your trusted pumpkin-scented favorite or try a new combination of oils in a diffuser, bringing in earthy, herbal scents is a wonderful way to make your home feel cozy no matter the temperature outside. One of our tried-and-true favorites is Sand + Fog’s Pumpkin Harvest.


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