Winter is coming (*Ned Stark voice*). Okay, so maybe not quite yet, but fall is definitely around the corner and your wardrobe doesn’t need to be the only thing that gets a makeover this season. We’ve got some great tips for upgrading your home decor without destroying your budget or turning your home upside down.

First things first. Less is more! Don’t have the funds to totally repaint the house or purchase new furniture? No problem. Accent pieces are actually king! So think table centerpieces, throw rugs, throw pillows, vases, and simple door hangers. The right piece can easily create a warmer feel for the cold months ahead.


You can find a lot of great bargains at discount stores like TJ Maxx, Wayfair, or HomeGoods which often offer designer items for anywhere from 20-60% less than most retailers. Don’t sleep on stores like Dollar Tree or your local craft stores like Michael’s, especially if you’re into DIY projects. You can easily find inexpensive wicker baskets to hold fruit or veggie arrangements or earth tone throw pillows to update the color scheme in your living room.


Incorporate Nature The beautiful thing about fall is that there’s colorful inspiration all around you, literally. Try using natural harvest items such as pumpkins, pinecones, squash, apples, leaves, straw, or wood. They’re affordable and add so much warmth to the home. Take a walk outside or drive out to your local farmers market and grab a few items to spice up your kitchen table centerpiece or put outside on your front porch or stoop.


Keep it Local. Hit up local flea markets and community yard sales for deals, especially if you’re looking for wooden furniture pieces. Add a trendier vibe to your living space with some distressed wooden end tables.


Not in the market for furniture, but plan to host a lot of dinner parties this holiday season? Flea markets are also a great place to support local lesser-known artists who may be selling original pieces at an affordable price. The right piece can be a great conversation starter and really change the mood in a room.


Need some inspiration? You can get a lot of great style ideas from Pinterest and Instagram. Pinterest allows you to follow fall home decoration boards or create your own by saving images that you find online so that you can refer back to it as you’re searching for the perfect items. Happy decorating!


Contributor: Christina Merriweather


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