Warm Up To Autumn

Fall Into Autumn

"That I am here afore thy sight, For gifts and grace;

A burning and a shining light

To a' this place."

---Robert Burns

Give Your Home a Cozy Feel

Excerpt from Frugal Luxuries by the Seasons by Tracey McBride.

Once the first cold snap sends you to the cedar trunk to embrace the warm woolen blankets, you will know that the time has arrived to seasonally adjust your home.

Here are six simple ways to bring that cozy feeling into your home.

  1. Add warm layers to sofas and chairs by way of paisley or plaid throws, add attractive runners to visually warm tabletops and layer hooked or Oriental-style rugs on the wooden floors.
  2. Slipcover your down comforter in a warming cotton flannel and add colorful panels of fabric to the windows over your sheers.
  3. Remember to rearrange your furniture away from drafts and cold window areas, drawing the sofa or table up to the hearth.
  4. Now is also the season in which to stack the books you've been meaning to read on the coffee or side table. If you like, cluster your easy chairs around the dining room table. Or pull a small side table near the hearth for cozy games of chess or cribbage, or perhaps a small supper in front of a gently warming blaze.
  5. Cluster candles on a plant stand or stack in a fireplace to add visual warmth to a room. Place small votive candles in salvaged martini glasses all around your kitchen (add a bit of water to the bottom so the glass won't crack). This seems to help dissipate unwanted cooking odors.
  6. Borrow from nature and gather bouquets of fall leaves and fill wooden bowls with pine cones, colorful gourds and Indian corn.
Frugal Luxuries by the Seasons by Tracey McBride; published by Bantam Books, NY, NY, 2000


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Terri and Bob said...

I love your book... I think this is one of my favorites!

Simply Heart And Home said...

Wonderful ideas! I love the way a quilt or throw looks upon a sofa and so comfy to snuggle under!

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scrappy quilter said...

One of my absolute favorite books. I love these ideas!!

Dana and Daisy said...

After reading that it just makes me want to snuggle down under the covers and read by the fire all day!

charmaine said...

hi Tracey! i just love your ideas! your so cozy! i can't wait until the first cold snap hits California. it is so hot today and they say for the next few days it's going to be even hotter. i can't stand it any more. so how have you been? how's the family? i pray all is well on your end. we're doing fine this way. i just want to say thank you for visiting my other blog. it was nice to here from you. you always say the kindest words.i truly appreciate all your kindness my friend. you are just sooooooo sweet. it was my pleasure to put your books in my side bar. you have truly been a gift from God, i am so happy to have you as a blog friend. one day we will meet and enjoy a lovely conversation. i look forward to that. but until then we'll just write our little hearts out. have a super blessed weekend my friend! best wishes to you and yours. :)

God Bless,

Vintage Girl said...

Cozy, cozy, cozy.....that sums up this post. Thanks for the wonderful ideas! Blessings, Heather

Sfaulk said...

A friend refereed me to you blog...I just live it - especially the "frugal" ideas..."The year we did not have anything to spend on Christmas" was great...that may be the plight of many this year - I am going to share this gem of a blog with my friends. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries said...

Sfaulk, welcome to Frugal Luxuries!! We are glad to have you. Thank you so much for your good thoughts and kind words!

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