There’s something special about spending autumn weekends at the cottage. The lake is lit up with the fiery reflection of the autumn leaves. The hiking trails are a breathtaking sight. The rich smells of fallen leaves, burning wood, and a hint of cold on the air mingle together. And with the boats put away and plenty of your neighbors staying in the city now that school is back in session and the summer holidays are over, it’s never felt quieter in your little piece of paradise.
Anyone with the decorating bug will also relish the opportunity to get their cottage ready for the fall. Try out some of these autumn decorating ideas in your home:
Quilts & Fall Pillows
Is there anything you’d rather do than curl up with some pumpkin-spiced tea and a good book after a hike on a cool fall afternoon? Quilts and pillows don’t just make for a cozy bed or couch, they also have a visual impact that can define a room. One of the great things about quilts is how flexible they are. You can toss them over the duvet at night to keep extra warm, bring them with you to the couch when you’re reading a book or watching a movie, or take them outdoors with you to the deck or the dock. Stay warm anywhere wrapped up in a fall-colored quilt.
Beautiful tabletop displays can transport you to another world. Evoke the charm and abundance of a country farmhouse this autumn with a rustic tabletop display featuring harvest-themed decorations. The trick to a lovely display is layering. Use varying heights to create a dynamic set piece. As a linen base, consider using burlap for that rustic atmosphere. Stoppered glass bottles can be turned into flower vases. Woven baskets are another charming addition. Get creative with your tabletops.
Harvest Wreathes and Wheat Sheaves
Wreathes aren’t just for Christmas anymore. Decorate the cottage in fall garlands to bring out the fall spirit. Popular harvest wreathes include red, orange, and yellow leaves, pinecones, gourds, acorns, and fall berries.
Wheat sheaves will complete your cottage transformation. You can make wheat sheaves yourself to decorate as a fun afternoon crafting project. After the summer harvest, you can often find some straggling what that the farmer neglected to harvest on the edge of their fields. You can also easily find wheat stalks online or at crafting stores if you’re not sure where to find the nearest farmer’s field. Bundle them in fives and combine two bundles at a 45 degree from each other then tie them together with cloth or ribbon. Find more detailed instructions for decorating with wheat sheaves online.
If autumn is your favorite season to get away to your cottage, decorate to your heart’s content. Bring a feeling of warmth and rustic comfort into your weekend getaway and you’ll be planning Thanksgiving dinner away from it all. Get into the spirit of the season with these decorating ideas.