A strange phenomenon occurs when temps drop below 50º. It's like all of a sudden we need all the blankets, all the boots, all the knitted sweaters, all the fall things, right now. We put away our summer clothes in exchange for things a little more comfortable and cozy. So why not carry the trend on over into your home – starting with the living room – with fuzzy rugs, woven blankets, warm lighting, and sweet scents? Embrace the change of the season with these totally homey DIYs.
Dress your hardwoods for the occasion – the occasion being colder weather, and thus colder floors! See how to make this super soft, ultra fluffy rug using cotton piping over on Brittni Mehlhoff's blog.
You're definitely going to need a blanket (or three!) to get you through fall and winter. You can easily add pom pom details to any blanket of your choice for an instantly cozy companion for your next Netflix binge. See how Agata made her pom pom blanket over on Passion Shake.
Get your sofa ready by adding in some DIY faux fur pillows. This pillow from The DIY Mommy might be your (and your cat's) new best friend this fall.
This felt pouf might require some serious sewing skills, but it has "cozy" written all over it. Add this to your living room for a perch for your feet, extra seating for when you have guests over for spiked cider, or as a coffee table (just add a circular tray on top!). See the step-by-step tutorial over on Bildschoenes.
Layering light is such an important element to any cozy space. Make these eucalyptus string lights to bring in extra warm tones and a touch of greenery during colder months. Head over to Homey Oh My for the how-to.
Similarly, candles are an absolute must for fall and winter. Grab some affordable pillar candles (scented or unscented), and make a set of candle holders using cement and a Pringles container like these from Blackbird.
No living space would be complete with out a little leather. At least that's what I like to think. Make this knock-off Urban Outfitters dowel chair topped off with leather cushions to accompany your already cozy sofa. Check Vintage Revivals to see the tutorial.
Adding natural textures and light woods to your space keeps it feeling warm but not dingy. Try making a set of rolling side tables out of tree stumps so you and your guests have a spot for coffee mugs. A Beautiful Mess can show you how.
If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, it won't be hard to get your living room ready for colder seasons. Since most rentals don't have working fireplaces, use this architectural detail as the focal point for your space. Create a faux stacked log facade by following Morgan's tutorial. Sidenote: Did you know you can order birch logs off of Amazon?
So you've got your log fireplace, but what about the walls? Do as Erica of Dwell Beautiful has done. Try covering them with adhesive Stikwood for ultimate coziness. It's a super affordable way to update your walls, and not to mention, the extra layer might help keep your room better insulated.