Warm and Cozy Fall Living Room

Let me take you on a tour of our warm and cozy living room, decorated with lots of love for Fall, my favorite time of the year! Warm and natural fall colors combine with neutrals for a living room that is welcoming and relaxing.

Do you have a favorite season? Mine is definitely Fall! I love the cooler weather (even if it's only indoors), the changing leaves and the anticipation of Thanksgiving and the holiday season that isn't too far beyond that!

Welcome to the 2021 Harvest Home Tour hosted by Kristi at French Creek Farmhouse. Kristi is such a sweetheart and authentic blogger, and her farmhouse decor is always so stunning!

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Today I'm sharing my warm and cozy Fall living room, the room that our family spends the majority of its time in. 

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In case you're new, I grew up in Canada and didn't move to the USA until I was in my late 20's. The weather cools off much faster up north, and by late August it could already be a little chilly. I grew up on an acreage in Alberta, and the new school year always started after Labor Day. I still associate the smell of bus exhaust with Fall and the start of school! Visiting the pumpkin patch and choosing a real pumpkin, as well as hand pressed apple cider was always a highlight of Fall when I was little.

Now that we're in Texas, Fall feels a whole lot different! It's still hot and humid, often until November, so decorating for Fall means you crank the A/C and just get to it 😉 Let me show you our living room all decorated for Fall!

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Warm and Cozy Fall Living Room

Our home could actually be featured in the dictionary under the terms 'DIY', 'thrifty', 'bargain decorating' or even 'making it work'! Choosing to stay home when the kids were little and multiple moves across the country on a single salary (you can read more about our family's journey here ) means that I've had to learn to scrimp and save and DIY my way to a beautiful home.

What might have started off as stressful has turned into both a hobby and a business that I truly enjoy and I would much rather have a home filled with unusual pieces from around the country than have everything high-end and matching from the furniture store!

When adding Fall touches to our living room, I try to keep it clean and clutter-free because we use this room all the time!  This is the hub of our home, where we all gather together at the end of the day. It needs to be comfortable and to function well. But I also like to make it pretty!


Our neutral furnishings work really well with any season, but particularly with Fall decorating. I love to add heaps of pillows to the sofa and cozy throws abound. Stripes and checks are great neutrals for decorating any time of the year and I love the contrast of black with lighter colors. You can find similar pillow covers herehere and here.


There's Millie, our sweet shih-poo pup who not only matches our decor, but has finally learned to pose for pictures (for a treat of course!) If you're really observant, you've already noticed the chipped fixture in the room! Somebody was tossing a football in here, and we have yet to replace it - oops!

Mr DIY and I built this herringbone coffee table recently and I'm loving the warm vibe it adds to this room. We are not builders but we worked together to figure it out (with Mr DIY's measuring skills and my eye for style we make a good team) ❤ If you're interested, you can find the tutorial for the coffee table here and while that looks like stain, it's not! I did something even easier and less smelly and it turned out great!


Above the sofa are a pair of arched skinny chalkboards and a vintage window. To add warm and natural Fall colors, I hung two small dried wheat wreaths as well as the beaded Fall wreath I made this year. It has a removable swag that can be changed out for the seasons. You can find the wreath tutorial here .


I love to decorate with vintage books but rarely find them. My thrifty tip is to shop thrift stores for hard cover books in colors that match your home. A local thrift store sells hard cover books for only $1! I've stocked up on several and I'll show you more in a bit.

The pumpkin is a recent DIY using one of those garish orange dollar store foam pumpkins! Be watching for that tutorial to hit the blog soon! In the meantime, you can find more of my DIY pumpkins here.

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When I shared my Fall mantel this year, I included this easy layered pumpkin centerpiece. The pumpkin is one I whipped up in about 15 minutes, although I've since changed the stem. I'll be sharing a video tutorial for both in the next couple of weeks. I wrapped a beaded garland with my DIY fluffy dollar store farmhouse tassels around the pumpkin. It was so quick and easy to do! Any large wreath can work as your base, or you can even use a round wood tray.


Mr DIY and I scored big at the Nashville Flea Market a few years ago when we lived in Tennessee. We came home with not one, but TWO chippy vintage doors for a total of $15! One of the vintage doors was hung in our laundry room in Tennessee (see that here ), and the other one just leans against the wall and has been moved various times around our home. Yep - there's my beaded wreath again! I can't decide where I like it best 😍❤


On a recent anniversary trip, Mr DIY convinced me to purchase a grandfather clock we found at a thrift store. It was only $25 but needed a ton of work to make it look this good. You can see the makeover I gave the clock here . A piece like this is fun because even though it no longer chimes, it is a statement piece - and a conversation piece when we have guests over! I filled it up with books but I also like to put a large faux plant or tall basket inside.


You can find the tutorial for the drop cloth fall sign here .

Our living room shares a double sided fireplace with our sunroom, which I'll show you in a minute. The large brick fireplace divides the rooms and when we moved into our home 5 years ago, it was very dated and dirty. I spent a couple hours totally transforming it with chalk paint (click here to see how I did it) and it has changed the whole feel of this space! We love the lighter look!


I'm always tweaking things, and just the addition of a woven orange pumpkin and a few dried leaves from the backyard to this old pickle crock makes it say "Fall's here!"


Let's head to the sunroom and I'll show you how I decorate it for Fall.


Those farmhouse floors run throughout our home, and we love not having carpet! Mr DIY and our son installed them all a couple years ago and they have held up fabulous! You can click here to find out more information about the affordable floors. 

The two end walls in our sunroom have peel and stick reclaimed wood walls. We love the texture and warmth they add, you can see how we installed the walls here. I recently moved my cottage white dresser to the wood wall and love it there! This was a tired looking dresser I found at a thrift store in Florida. It had lots of veneer missing and smoke damage, but I love how it looks today!

We don't have a guest room in our home, so the vintage inspired daybed we added to this space acts as an extra bed for overnight guests. It also serves us well as another cozy spot to read a book and cuddle with Millie! The buttery yellow velvet pillows were a FB Marketplace purchase, and have quickly become a fave! 💛


It's a great space, and you can imagine how warm and cozy it is when we've got a fire going in the winter!


This little reading spot in the corner is next to our fiddle leaf fig trees that started life in the throw-away pile at Home Depot! Mr DIY rescued them for me, and I have faithfully watered them once a week. They love all the light in this space.



SHOP MY FALL HOME


I hope you've enjoyed touring my Fall living room and sunroom and that you are left with inspiration and motivation to start (or finish) some projects in your own home! Fiddle Leaf Interiors is next on this Fall blog tour, and I know you're going to love how Ana added Fall touches to her living room!



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  1. Cindi,
    I loved your beautiful fall inspiration. Your wreath is so adorable. Glad to be on this tour with you.

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  2. Your living room is beautiful, Cindy! Happy to be on the tour with you

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  3. I love the beautiful Fall touches to your living room! You created such a warm, inviting, and cozy feel throughout your design and styling. Thank you for all the inspiration!

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  4. Cindy, it's all just so pretty! But, gosh, that grandfather clock makes my heart go pitter-patter (or tick tock? LOL). What a fabulous find. Happy Harvest season...so happy to be on this tour with you. xoxo, Kristi

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    1. Haha, you're so clever 😉 I'm really glad Mr DIY talked me into the clock!

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  5. I'm so impressed that you built that coffee table! It's beautiful. And I love the way your sunroom turned out. Happy fall!

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  6. Cindy - Your home is amazing and I'm with you on loving a mis-matched home rather than an "everything matches from the furniture store" home. I love all the subtle touches that are giving your space that cozy, fall vibe.

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  7. Millie is an adorable little model! :) I love those wheat wreaths too...I have a big one, but I love the small size. Might need to get some!! Gorgeous design, my friend--love it all! xo, Kristi

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    1. Thanks Kristi, I'm loving the warm golds of wheat this year!

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  8. I love your Fall decorated sunroom, Cindy! Fresh and cozy at the same time. So wonderful that your fireplace can be enjoyed in there, too! And I love your floor.

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  9. I love this!!! Your fall décor is so lovely!! I am loving the clock full of books!! such a cute idea!!! -Emily @lecultivateur.com

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  10. I always feel right at home visiting your blog Cindy. I really need to find an old door to lean against a wall and decorate. Yours has so much character and I love the wreath here. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful ideas!

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    1. Thank you Michelle, that door was such a great find!

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  11. Cindy, I love your soft fall colors! Your living room and sun room look so cozy and warm. Love those chippy doors and all of your amazing diys!

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  12. So lovely Cindy, every detail is perfection, however your tall grandfather clock filled with books is a show stopper, just pure charm! Laurie xo

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    1. Aww, thank you sweet friend! It's fun to use items in different ways!

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  13. Cindy, your living space looks so cozy and the DIY coffee table is stunning! I have been a fan of your DIY projects for a while.

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    1. Thanks so much for letting me know Sherry, I love my readers ;)

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  14. I love the black and white with touches of gold for fall in your living room! That coffee table you built is amazing too. So pretty!

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