Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cozy autumn spaces - a warm and inviting home by Jessica Helgerson

The change from summer to fall has happened and I see evidence of it all around me. The mornings are bright but shadowy and the leaves on many of the trees in our neighbourhood have already started to turn to fiery red. I find myself turning on the kettle several times a day and indulging in copious cup of tea. It really is the season for turning indoors and getting cozy. My nesting instincts have come back (again!) with a vengeance as I suddenly want everything to be all ready before we really have to settle in for winter. Traditional homes like this fit the autumn vibe perfectly. With warm woods, plush upholstery and oriental rugs, the feeling is rich and inviting. While the space seems open and bright, there seems to be several little nooks to curl up and get cozy. 

While bright turquoise and oriental rugs don't normally jump out at me as the perfect pairing, here their rich tones play off each other beautifully. Especially in an otherwise neutral room. 

I'm a little obsessed with two kitchen details at the moment - built in dining nooks and an opening to a lounge space where you can be in the kitchen but still hanging out with everyone lounging on the sofa (in our home, most likely watching football, that's soccer - the real football ;) ).

This lounge space seems so cozy and family friendly! And such a clever use of a smaller space, maximized further with the built in drawers below the seating. 

The feeling in the master bedroom is definitely cozy and inviting. From the rich oriental rug to the built in bookcases, the plush velvets used on the hunter green tufted headboard and bright peacock wing chair look both comfortable and luxurious. 

Gorgeous master bathroom with very pretty black details on the carrara penny tiled floor.

The oversized art in this little study is definitely unexpected, but somehow doesn't feel like it overpowers the space. The wood desk and chair are light pieces and keep the space from looking too heavy.

All photos: Jessica Helgerson

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