Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Fall Decorating Roundup: Our Fall Decor Favorites for Every Room in Your Home

At Lavender Fields, we love fall:  the apple cider donuts, the crisp autumn air, the changing leaves. Most of all, we love decorating for fall! Finding the prettiest fall throws, candles, and decor to stock the shop with is one of the best parts of our job. 

We start stocking the shop with fall decor starting in August, and we like to transition into fall decor around Labor Day. This year, we have a treasure trove of new fall items for the home, and we’re sharing our favorites for every room! 

Front Porch Fall Decor | How to Decorate Your Front Porch for Fal

Let’s start at the beginning! Whether you have a big wraparound porch or just a teensy stoop, there are still tons of options for how to decorate your front porch. 

We always like to start with a fall wreath - the ones with dried florals are beautiful. You can even make your own!  A doormat adds color and interest to your doorstep. 

Depending on how much space you have, we always like to add planters with fall flowers like mums in them. Our Aged Metal Soaking Tub Relic gives a vintage farmhouse look, and you can switch up the flowers seasonally. Then, stack your pretty pumpkins along the stairs! 

If you have enough space, you can really have fun with your fall decor. For larger porches, we like a porch swing like our Red Egg Porch Swing. You can switch out the pillows for the seasons - for fall, we like to add cozy throws, too. Add an outdoor rug from our Dash and Albert outdoor rug collection to really make it cozy. 

Red Egg Double Happiness Porch Bed

Shop the Red Egg Double Happiness Porch Bed online at Lavender Fields here

Front Entryway Fall Decor | How to Decorate Your Entry for Fall

If you can fit it, your entryway should always have some sort of console table or casegood piece in it - both as a landing spot for mail or to put your purse while you take your coat off, but also for seasonal decor! 

For a modern glam look, we like our Modern History Stacked Console

Modern History Stacked Console

If you’re more into a farmhouse or French Country look, we love this three door mirrored cabinet from Modern History - the storage makes it great for smaller spaces! 

Shop the Modern History 3 Door Mirrored Cabinet online at Lavender Fields here

A mirror is always a good idea above an entry table - it gives you a chance for that last minute makeup check right before you leave. We like our Jamie Young Audrey Mirror, which is super affordable for such a high quality piece! 

On top of your entry table, we love vases with fall arrangements in them. Our Etu Home artisan vases come in a range of sizes to cluster on your table.  You can get a real bang for your buck with our Jamie Young set of three Gwendolyn hand-blown vases

We then layer in other natural elements, like pumpkins and gourds. We always add a candle, like our Finding Home Farms collection of fall candles

Living Room Fall Decor | How to Decorate Your Living Room for Fall

Decorating your living room for fall is all about layering cozy fall textiles in your space. We love a great wool throw, like this pretty one from Designer’s Guild. We also have dozens of fall throws on our site here. Put them in a pretty basket, like one of our Pigeon and Poodle handmade baskets. 

Designer's Guild Bampton Throw

For the chairs and sofas, you can never have too many throw pillows! We love this “Give Thanks” one that can last you through Thanksgiving. 

For a luxe look, try Bella Notte Linens velvet throw pillows - you can’t get softer than these! If you’re looking to add a little fall color in your home that you can easily change out, try our Pine Cone Hill Panne Velvet pillows. 

Bella Notte Linens Loulah Kidney Throw Pillow

And of course, a gorgeous fall candle - we love our colorful hobnail Simpatico candles for the living room. 

If you have a mantle in your living room, that’s a prime space to decorate for fall. We like to add pretty candlesticks with nice taper candles in fall colors. Then, add some autumnal elements, like glass, velvet, or real mini pumpkins. If your home has more of a neutral or farmhouse feel, we like the white and green pumpkins instead of orange ones. 

Dining Room Fall Decor | How to Decorate Your Dining Room for Fall

With all of the fall holidays, your dining room will be well-used this time of year. We like to jazz up a dining room with fall or harvest decor to make it feel warmer and more cozy.

First, make sure your dining room has great lighting - put it on a dimmer if you can to adjust the mood. We have a range of beautiful chandeliers for every home decor style.  Our wood bead Jamie Young Blanca chandelier can read farmhouse, French country, or coastal, depending on how you style the rest of the room. 

If you haven’t freshened up your dining room rug in a while, now is the perfect time to do it - it’ll be brand new and ready for the holidays!

If your dining room is more formal, we love to do a wool rug underfoot, like our Dash and Albert Healy Blue Woven Wool Rug. If your dining room is more casual or you have lots of kids or pets, try an indoor/outdoor rug that’ll clean in a cinch

We like having some fall-inspired serveware for your holiday get-togethers - our brand new Colette olive green glassware is a great way to keep an autumnal vibe with your usual china. If you’re looking for a major dish upgrade, our Arte Italica dishes are handmade in Italy, and the Vetro collection has real gold in the hand painted design! 

Arte Italica Vetro Collection

To finish your table, you’ll need some fall-ready linens. We love these TL At Home vintage velvet napkins. 

Bedroom Fall Decor | How to Decorate Your Bedroom for Fall

As the weather gets cooler, we like to do a few simple things to make our clients’ bedrooms cozier and more festive. When guests come to stay for holidays like Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving, and fall gatherings, it’s a great time to freshen up your guest room, too. 

[pic of fall bedroom]

Switching out your sheets for the fall is an easy way to keep it festive all season. Our brand new Pine Cone Hill Silken Solid Sheet set in Spice is a fun way to add fall colors to an all-white bed. 

Fall throw pillows are another way to decorate your bedroom for fall. Every bedroom should have a great throw blanket, too - we like to add a few in guest bedrooms. Check out our wide range of throw blankets here. 

We like adding a fall candle to every bedroom. Click here to check out our fall candle collection. Don’t forget the cute matches - you’ll never have to hunt down a candle lighter! 

Free Design Assistance at Lavender Fields

Looking for help on coordinating your new sheets with a great throw blanket? Get in touch with us for free design assistance, or interior design services to decorate your entire space.

Monday, August 30, 2021

An Interior Designer’s Guide to Coastal Decorating (Whether You Live on the Beach or Not)

 Though Lavender Fields is located right near the beach right here on Long Island, we have customers all over the country who come to us for chic coastal and beach house decor. A question we’re often asked is if you can decorate in coastal or beach house style even if you don’t live on the beach.

Our answer is a resounding yes! We’re fans of laid back, relaxed, stylish coastal decor even if you’re nowhere near a beach. We love using sisal rugs, driftwood photo frames, coastal bedding, and rattan furniture in our coastal-inspired interior design projects. The trick is to layer the elements the right way so your home doesn’t look too theme-y. 

Here’s our interior designer guide to coastal decorating, whether you live on the beach or not. 

Start with your foundation: the flooring and the walls

If you’re in the market to totally redo your floors or are building a new space, we recommend a light colored, cool-toned wood floor like white oak. You can also have your dark wood floors whitewashed, which works even on dark wood floors. Another option is to have your floors painted white - but make sure you get a good floor company who does it right for durability!

Whitewashed Floors from Habits and Hues

Even if refinishing your floors isn’t in the budget, you can still add a coastal look to your space with coastal or beach house style rugs. We like using sisal style rugs and pretty striped rugs in our coastal style interior design projects. Check out our site for our full selection of Dash and Albert coastal style rugs. 

Shop the Dash and Albert La Mirada coastal rug online at Lavender Fields here

Shop the Dash and Albert Dunes Bleached Oak woven Jute rug online at Lavender Fields here

For the walls, it depends on your budget. White shiplap is good for an accent wall, but is a labor-intensive installation requiring lots of materials. 

If your budget is tight or you want to do something you can easily switch out, paint is a great option. We like bright white trim with Benjamin Moore’s Beach Glass (a toned down aqua), Coventry Gray (a soft gray), or Silver Cloud (a soft, cool blue). 

Silver Cloud in a Beach House by Home Bunch

Another option is to add wallpaper. With coastal wallpaper, we mostly stay away from novelty prints like anchors or seashells and stick with natural grasscloths or prints in a coastal color palette. 

Wallpapered bedroom with blue grasscloth via In My Own Style

Choose a few coastal inspired investment pieces for your furniture

The good thing about coastal style is that you can layer in the soft goods like bedding, rugs, pillows, and decor to achieve a coastal look without tossing all your existing furniture. That being said, we usually encourage our clients to get some beautiful investment pieces to anchor their design. 

For the bedroom, you can go luxe with our Seaglass collection. You could also get a simple white iron bedroom from our Corsican collection, and layer in coastal bedding. 

Somerset bay seaglass bed buy online
Shop the Seaglass bed online at Lavender Fields here

We love rattan pieces for coastal inspired homes. Our Red Egg Furniture collection is handmade in the Philippines, and comes in over 20 finishes. Go with a rattan bar cart, side tables, or occasional chair to add a little natural style to your home. 

Red Egg Indochine Table Coastal Style Furniture
Shop the Red Egg Indochine Nesting Tables online at Lavender Fields here

Our Modern History collection features an entire line of whitewashed oak cocktail tables, sideboards, and console tables for that Montauk look.

Modern History large Architectural Coffee Table
Shop the Modern History large Architectural Coffee Table online at Lavender Fields here

Our website has over nine pages of coastal inspired furniture, enough for any style and every room in the house. Check out the whole selection here. 

Layer in the beach house bedding

Your beach house bedding style depends on your own personal taste, and we have something for everyone. 

Some of our clients are set on an all-white look, and we have so many options for that. We like to add a little detailing to our all-white bedding looks, whether it’s a ruffle on the edge of a sheet, piping on the pillowcases, or matelasse texture on the duvet or coverlet. 

Taylor Linens Matelasse white bedding
Shop Taylor Linens Polka Dot matelasse bedding online at Lavender Fields here

We also have a ton of pretty blue duvets and coverlets. These go well with light walls and a nice sisal rug underfoot.

Pine Cone Hill Flora Blue Duvet
Shop the Pine Cone Hill Flora Blue Duvet online at Lavender Fields here

For kids rooms or guest bedrooms in a true beach or lake house, we sometimes like to use a novelty print on the sheets, like this “Happy Fish” bedding from Pine Cone Hill.

Pine Cone Hill Happy Fish sheet set
Shop the Pine Cone Hill Happy Fish Sheet Set online at Lavender Fields here

We also have a ton of beach house-inspired throws. These are good for chilly nights and to add a little pattern and texture into your room. 

The ideal bed should have the following elements, no matter your style:

  1. Great sheets with a little interest on them (ruffles, piping, prints) or a really beautiful texture like silky cotton or natural linen

  2. A coverlet or quilt for cooler nights - this is a really good way to add texture. Some people just stick with a coverlet, but we often like to layer a duvet on top. Our Pine Cone Hill Draftsman Quilt is a good example of one that works well by itself. 

  3. A duvet that works with your quilt or coverlet. If you’re going all white with everything, find a duvet with some interest like our Pom Pom at Home Charlie duvet cover.

  4. Don’t forget the pillowcases and shams! There are lots of ways to do this. You can have your main pillowcases match your sheets, with Euro shams that match your duvet. You can also have two pillowcases match your sheets and two match your duvet or quilt. If you need help with choices, get in touch  with us for our free design assistance.  

  5. The most fun part - the decorating! Add in a beautiful throw blanket to toss across the bottom of the bed, and layer in your pillows. We have a whole line of coastal style throws and pillows for you to choose from. 

Add in coastal style lighting, like chandeliers and lamps

For beach house lighting, we have a few favorite materials. 

If you want a more colorful look, try a seaglass-inspired lamp like this one from Jamie Clark. You can also go with an all-white ceramic lamp if you want a more neutral look or if the room already has a lot of color in it, or one with texture like this rope Poseidon Lamp from Jamie Clark. 

Jamie Young seaglass clark table lamp
Shop the Jamie Young Clark table lamp online at Lavender Fields here

Jamie Young Poseidon Table Lamp
Shop the Jamie Young Poseidon Table Lamp online at Lavender Fields here

For chandeliers, we like ones with wood or glass beads to bring in an organic, natural feel. 

Jamie Young Blanca wood bead coastal chandelier
Shop the Jamie Young Blanca chandelier online at Lavender Fields here

We also have a range of rattan chandeliers and pendants - these work well in a coastal-inspired kitchen. 

Don’t forget the decor details

This is how you can finish your room, or how you can add budget-friendly coastal decor if a larger scale renovation isn’t in the cards for you right now. 

For bathrooms, we love our Pigeon and Poodle accessories. This Bali set is made of real water hyacinth and comes in two colors.

Pigeon and Poodle Bali water hyacinth bath accessories
Shop the Pigeon and Poodle Bali water hyacinth bath accessories online at Lavender Fields here

For coastal inspired dining rooms, a little rattan on your placemats goes a long way - very Hamptons! 

Blue Pheasant Tisbury rattan placemats
Shop the Blue Pheasant Tisbury rattan placement set online at Lavender Fields here

Our Jamie Young Ariel Shells are a coastal decor must-have, and they come in 5 colors. 

Glass seashells coastal decor Ariel Jamie Young
Shop the Jamie Young Ariel glass seashells online at Lavender Fields here

For your walls, we love a coastal-inspired mirror, driftwood photo frames, and artwork from our Beach House artwork collection.

Somerset Bay Crescent Beach Mirror
Shop the Somerset Bay Crescent Beach Mirror online at Lavender Fields here

Get in touch with us for coastal style interior design

If you’d like to shop our Coastal Decor collection, we have hundreds of items just for you.

For free design assistance, you can get in touch with us here, and if you’d like Lavender Fields to design your coastal space, get in touch with us today