When the night-time temperatures drop below 80 degrees in Arizona, I think about fall. Thinking about fall makes me thing about nesting... and projects... and entertaining... and cozy nights with lights low and curling up with a blanket (something Arizonans never do. Ever.).
As the temperatures drop and you gather in your harvest, think about gathering in your furniture as well.
During the Summertime I open up my living space and traffic areas to allow kids room to run and play (remember, I live in 110 degree Arizona). When October hits I begin to move furniture around... often. If you're blind or went to bed early, my home is dangerous. Nothing stays in one place for very long and one is likely to trip over a sofa on the way to the bathroom.
Position your furniture for conversation.
Try to keep chairs less than 8 feet apart for easy conversation. Coffee tables are comfortable at around 14-18 inches distance from the sofa. Move sofas and chairs away from the wall and position them to face each other. Choose a main focal point in the room... (like a fireplace or a window) and position furniture around that point. Don't be afraid to pull in rogue chairs or ottomans to offer extra seating space and a second conversation area in a room... if you're lucky enough to have one that big. Last year I found a way to seat 10 in a very small living room because I rearranged the furniture.
Don't forget to add the finishing touches to a great cozy fall room. Books, close intimate lighting, blankets, and even floor pillows help create a space that will make your family and guests want to linger longer.
How do you welcome in Fall with your furniture?
Photo Credits: HGTV.com designer profiles.. living room.
UPDATE:: I am out of town for a family funeral. I'll do my best to have the Friday Weekend Boutique up on time but I'll be driving all day THursday so if it's a little late... be patient!