5 Ways to Make Your Home Fall Cozy

Are you ready? Because it's almost here.

I'm talking about fall. I'm ready and am already embracing the fall weather and everything else that comes with this lovely season: cool crisp mornings & evenings, sweaters & scarves, boots, vests, crunchy leaves...you get the gist.

In order to enjoy the most of this time of year, I've also been slowly adding things here and there to make our home fall cozy. Fully embracing the season change. You don't have to full on decorate your home for fall in order to make it fall cozy. All it takes is a few simple things, and I'll bet your home will be feeling cozy in no time.

Candles - I'm always a candle person, but this time of year {and in the winter} I'm even more of a candle person. I like to light them in the evening. They give off a nice glow & make the house a bit cozier. Plus, it's always a great way to bring yummy fall scents into your home too.
*Obvious caution: don't leave candles unattended. You're welcome.*

Throw blankets & pillows - Whether they're new, fall themed/colours or not, by simply adding one or two more pillows or throws around your house {think living room, bedroom, that random chair in the corner} you'll add to the cozy factor. If you are buying new, think warmer textures, perhaps a knit throw or pillow. You get the idea.

Bake Something - This time of year I want to bake all the things. You too, right? Seriously. I get into the baking {and cooking} mode. It can be as simple as baking on a crisp afternoon or dishing out that comfort crock-pot meal on a cool evening. It'll make your home feel cozy. Trust me.

Pumpkins - There's something about adding pumpkins around your home this time of year that makes it fall cozy. I think it's just that pumpkins are fall, and adding them around your home makes it feel like fall. Pumpkins = Fall & Fall = Cozy...at least in my books. Try adding mini pumpkins in a textured bowl or adding a pumpkin outside on the porch next to some potted Mums. Gourds & squashes of all kinds are great too!

Natural Elements - If they're not already incorporated into your home, adding some natural elements/textures can go a long way. Pull out the baskets to store extra pillows & throws. Add a wooden tray to your coffee table, put some branches from outdoors in a vase, add a natural fibre rug, the list goes on. You can bring in natural elements in many different ways. It's great because it'll add texture and, believe it or not, the rustic natural element of such items also bring a type of warmth to your home.
They really do.

Those are just a few simple ways to make your home fall cozy.
In what ways do you add fall cozy to your home? I'd love to hear!

Adding a Frame & Simple Printable

I recently found a cute rustic/weathered frame while looking around HomeSense. I had the perfect spot in mind, although it could work anywhere around our apartment. Ever since we moved in a year ago {yes, it's been a year!}, I've wanted to put something above the sink. I've thought of a mirror, shelves, framing some art, etc., but just never got around to doing it. 

I thought the frame would be the perfect size for the little space above the sink.

Here's a close up of the frame. I put a free printable verse in it that I had printed out a while back. I'm sure I'll swap things in and out of here, but for now it works and it's nice to look at something other than the blank wall when doing dishes. Plus, the blue lettering gives a nice touch of colour. 

It sure is nice to look back & see how we've made the space our own after a year.
What small touches have you added to your home recently?

Foodie Friday Re-Run: Pumpkin Soup

This week really has felt like fall. It's been cool & crisp in the mornings and evenings, and in the afternoon it's been warm. Perfect days. Ever since September hit I've just wanted to bake & cook; and this week with the change in temperature, it really made me want to whip up my favourite pumpkin soup. So I did. I made a double batch and put half in the freezer for a quick meal at a later date. 

If you recall, this is one of my favourite soups this time of year and I have shared it before, however, it's worth sharing again. You can find the original post here {I have updated the photos in the original post}. 

Pumpkin Soup

- 2 tbsp butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup of chopped onion
*Sauté in a pot until clear and soft - just don't brown*

Next Add the following:

- 2 cups of chicken stock 
- 1 potato {a good size}
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/8 tsp thyme

*Bring to a boil and then let everything simmer until the potato is cooked through. Once the potato is cooked through, remove pot from burner and let cool before running it through a blender. Blend until it's a creamy consistency {sometimes I cheat and don't let it cool all the way}. Once blended & creamy return to pot.

Next stir in:

-14 oz can of pumpkin pie filling {yup!}
- 2 cups of milk {I use skim and it turns out great}

Blend in pie filling & milk using a whisk. If you find the soup is still a little thick for your liking you can add more milk to thin it out {I'll occasionally add a bit more milk, depends on the batch}. Heat through & enjoy! 

I love to serve this soup with fresh bread or biscuits. 

If you've never tried it, it's the perfect soup to try this weekend!

What's one of your favourite soups to make this time of year?

Happy Weekending!

DIY & Chalk Paint Review

Back in April {yes, April}, I was given this cute little stand, along with some other treasures.


Well, I finally got the thing painted. It only took a couple of months. I had been wanting to try Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint for quite some time now and thought this was the perfect little project to start with. I picked up some Pure White & Duck Egg for colours and opted to paint the stand Duck Egg.

I read lots of reviews & tips & watched some youtube videos before starting.

This paint really is all it's cracked up to be. No sanding, no priming. Just slap it on and you're seriously good to go. I wiped the piece down with a wet cloth just to clear it of any dirt & dust, and then once it was dry I got to it. I ended up doing two coats and still have more than half of the little container left. I will say that I did thin the paint out slightly with a small {and I do mean small} amount of water. I simply poured a bit of paint into a separate container and added the water that way. I read up on this before hand. If you've never used chalk paint before I'd recommend reading some reviews for tips and/or watching some youtube tutorials. Not because the paint is hard to use, but because there are a lot of great tips out there :)

As you can see I opted out of filling in cracks etc. on the top. I thought that I'd leave it and it would add to the character of the piece. I'm glad I did!

Other things I loved about this paint?

It didn't smell {I painted the piece in my apartment}, and it dried so fast.
Once the piece was painted I used the Annie Sloan clear wax on the stand to finish. I did let it sit for a week or so before setting anything on it. From what I read it's recommended to let a piece cure for about 20-30 days. However, the little stand I painted doesn't really get a beating, so after about a week I put it back by our sofa as a catch all for books & coffee mugs.

I really love how it turned out and I like the colour it adds to our living room! Like I said, it's a great little stand for holding books, remotes, or drinks. Plus, it fits perfectly in the little nook by the patio door.

So tell me, have you painted anything with chalk paint? Have any tips to share?

I know that I'll definitely be using it again!