This time of year is the perfect opportunity to give your living room a refresh. And Simply host Haley Cairo has a smart strategy for making her home cozy without spending a fortune.
Start by swapping out a room's accessories with warm, textured fabrics—like patterned Turkish kilim rug pillow cases, blackout curtains, and warm-hued throw blankets.
Choose dried botanicals, like wheat and pampas grass, for low-maintenance natural elements, dried citrus potpourri in bowls or hurricane glass to add a subtle fragrance. And candles with a smoky, autumnal scent like tobacco or sandalwood will give you a fireplace-like feeling, even if you don't have one.
Find other ways to add a little warmth and cozinesss—Haley changes out her lamps with darker terracotta ones, and goes for warmer bulbs in the 2700 range to create a cozy look. And she heads to local thrift stores for vintage accessories—pottery, reclaimed wood, leather, and old books—along with antique brass.
Black Terracotta Lamp
Trading out lighter-hued lamps with earthy terracotta gives the room a richer look.
Haley trades out her sheers for blackout curtains to give her living room windows a more substantial look.
Woodsmoke + Amber Candles
Cozier scents like this woodsmoke and amber candle can add a warm, autumnal vibe to your room.
Trade out pillows in lighter fabrics and shades with richer, more textured pillows like these kilim pillows. (Note: You can just purchase slip covers and use the same pillow bases, so you don't have to find storage for your throw pillows.)