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Cozy Up this Season

Award-winning designer offers tips for getting a warm fall look

Article by Daryl Dirham

Photography by Terry Fravel

Originally published in Canton Lifestyle

Fall ushers in what interior designer Josette Kark calls the “cozy season.” It’s a time of bundling under blankets on the couch, sipping coffee after an evening around the fire, and enjoying the bursts of color coming from neighborhood trees.

It’s the perfect time to change up the look of your home, especially a room you and your family spend a lot of time in. After all, autumn is the time to surround yourself with comfort.  

This fall refresh doesn’t have to be expensive. Retain core pieces like furniture, lamps, and window treatments, but swap out a few accents and accessories with well-placed, seasonal-appropriate substitutions. “If you have a centerpiece on your cocktail table that you love, keep it,” said Josette. “But incorporate a few seasonal elements into it. Small pumpkins and gourds, perhaps some fall stems and greenery.”

Changing out throws and pillows goes a long way, too. Just be mindful of fabric choices. “Color is important, but texture is too,” said Josette. For these items she suggests chenille, velvet, mohair, rugged linen, and even faux fur to add fall character to a relaxing space.

To create an inviting bridge between the outdoors and your home, update your front door area with potted mums, coleus, kale, ivy and sweet potato vine dotted with pumpkins to act as a natural transition between the spaces.

Here are some of Josette’s favorite things to add a sumptuous fall feel to your space.

1. Fabulous Faux Furs. Richly hued faux furs can add dash of texture and glamour to a space.

2. Candles. Josette loves Voluspa® candles for their maximum scent and beautifully designed glassware. Choose colors and scents to match the season.

3. Pillows. Simple and sophisticated is the way to go. Favorite brands include Cloud 9 and D.V. Kap.

4. Tabletop Accents. Accent a coffee table, end table or bookcase with decorative bowls or seasonal flowers. Silk versions work, too, and last longer.

5. Floor jars. Add greens to decorative jars to soften up a corner, or fill one with sprayed-gold stems or colorful leaves for visual interest. Pottery is good in these spaces, too.

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