With the days getting shorter and the air getting cooler, it’s only natural to want to fill your home with warm, touchable textures, flickering fires, and cozy spots made for curling up—alone or with your favourite cuddle buddy.
So, to celebrate the return of snuggle season, we’ve rounded up some comfortable furniture and stylish accessories to help you pull off some cozy, seasonal switcheroos around the house. From the bedroom to the reading nook, your fall update starts here!
Get Snug as a Bug in the Bedroom
You know when you’ve hit peak coziness in the bedroom when you can’t wait to climb into your bed at night and you have to be dragged out if it in the morning. Sure, you might get that feeling at other times of the year, but nothing says “let me stay in bed forever” like the crisp chill that creeps in around the end of September—especially when you’re not quite ready to flip the switch on the furnace.
Your best line of defense against the sudden change of season is a pre-emptive “cozying.” In other words, turning your breezy summer bedroom into a seriously snuggly hibernation station.
Start with a bold bedframe with a warm, outdoorsy look, like the Derekson. This popular bed features a butcher block finish over replicated pine grain reminiscent of recycled timbers. This rustic style is available as a 3-piece panel bed, shown here, or as a cozy storage bed with six smooth-gliding drawers in its base—perfect for storing sweaters.
Next, add a mattress built for long, cozy nights. The Yorke Euro Top mattress from Sealy’s Natural Origins collection combines multiple layers of pressure-relieving support foam with bamboo infused organic cotton for breathable, full-body support and personalized, conforming comfort.
If you use a duvet cover, now’s the time to switch out your summer duvet with a warmer, all-season or winter weight insert. Cool sleepers and those who like to keep your thermostat set low at night, might also want to add a light coverlet or blanket for an adjustable layer of warmth—you can keep it folded at your feet until you need it.
Finally, feather your nest with an assortment of soft accent pillows and a warm throw that you can drape around your shoulders when reading or enjoying your morning coffee in bed. Don’t be afraid to mix all of your favourite fall textures to surround yourself with coziness and warmth.
TIP: Keep all of your seasonal accessories out of the way, but within reach, in a stylish trunk. Not only will you gain valuable storage space, you can use your trunk as a handy seat or display area in your bedroom.
Layer Warmth in the Living Room
Soft, touchable textures are key to creating a warm, cozy living room and a versatile sectional like the Bovarian is the perfect jumping-off point. With plenty of room to curl up and snuggle, this inviting L-shaped sectional is covered in plush chenille and comes with five velvety-soft accent cushions in warm, autumnal tones.
To give your feet a cozy place to rest, opt for an oversized ottoman instead of a wood- or glass-topped coffee table. This one, which is covered in the same textured chenille fabric as the Bovarian sectional above, has a hidden storage for blankets, electronics, and more. Just add a handy serving tray to safely hold remotes and your favourite beverage.
While it’s always a good idea to keep a cozy throw blanket or two in the living room, during the cooler months it’s a necessity. Not only do they serve a practical purpose, but they also look great draped over the arm of your sofa or folded and stacked on a blanket chest or bench.
Another accessory that you might want to swap out with the seasons is your area rug, choosing a flat-woven or cotton rug for spring/summer and a deeply textured wool or wool-blend rug for fall-winter. Store your cleaned, off-season rugs rolled, wrapped, and off the floor while they wait their turn to be used.
Give Guests a Warm Welcome
With entertaining moving back indoors, creating a warm, welcoming space in the dining room starts with an extendable table set like the Flaybern in warm, gently distressed wood.
This table is perfectly sized for a family of four and easily expands to accommodate up to eight people, thanks to its convenient self-storing leaf. Add additional seating for guests with matching upholstered chairs or a bench that can be placed elsewhere in the house when not needed in the dining room.
Under the table, a low-pile rug in muted fall tones helps to define the area and helps keep your feet toasty warm. Above, a distressed wood and silvertone metal light fixture casts a warm glow on the tabletop.
Accessorize your table or sideboard for fall with harvest-inspired accessories, dried leaves and gourds, and, of course, lots of flickering candles. When designing your fall displays, try to use contrasting textures, combining rustic and refined materials to keep things interesting—a trio of mercury glass candleholders on a burlap runner, for example.
Create a Cozy Book Nook
One of life’s simple pleasures is being able to sit in a comfy spot and read a book. In the summer, our pick would be outside on a shaded patio but, come fall, we are staking our claim on the coziest spot in the house—the reading nook.
If you’re starting your reading nook from scratch, you need just a few key elements: a comfy seat, a light source, and a convenient spot to set your beverage. Once you have those in place, you can add all the creature comforts you like to truly make it your favourite spot in the house.
Our pick for a place to sit is this modern press-back recliner in soft, caramel-coloured faux leather. It’s the perfect chair for reading because you can comfortably sit upright or put your feet up without the need for a separate ottoman or footstool.
The other two must-haves in your reading area are a table and a lamp. This rustic side table has a concealed drawer to safely stow your book (and/or hide chocolate from your family) and plenty of room on top for a reading lamp, beverage, and your tablet or phone.
To take it your reading nook to the next level, just add fire. This stand-alone electric fireplace gives you all the ambiance and romance of a flickering fire, but lets you adjust the temperature and brightness to find your perfect level of cozy. At only 16-inches deep this compact unit can heat a room up to 400 square feet.
And, for the final touches, add a soft throw and trendy textured pillow to add even more comfort and warmth. (You knew that was coming, didn't you?)
As you can see, by incorporating just a few cozy fall textures, along with some rustic accessories, you can take your home from summer to stunner. Are you ready to say hello to fall? Follow us on Instagram and TikTok for even more seasonal design inspo and be sure to tag #DufresneStyle in your autumn glow-ups.