Style: Quick tricks to transform a room for fall

Mary Carol Garrity

I’m a huge fan of embracing the beauty of each new season in my home’s decor, especially for fall, when there are so many irresistible colors, textures and patterns to choose from. Thankfully, tricking up your home for fall doesn’t have to take lots of time or effort. In fact, you can give your living area a super quick fall makeover using two of my favorite tricks.

Tuck in fall pillows

Do a quick review of the furniture in your spaces. Could your sofa and chairs use a little sprucing up for the season? It’s easy to update the look of upholstered furniture just by adding in new pillows. Be sure to include a mix of sizes and shapes to keep your pillow display interesting.

If your furniture is upholstered in a neutral fabric, the sky is the limit when it comes to accent pillows. A cream sofa is a blank slate, which means you can add in colors and patterns from all over the spectrum. Be sure to pick pillows that can zip off and use a high quality form. Every season, I unzip my pillows, pull out the forms and stick them into new pillows.

When it comes to fall decorating, my heart thumps wildly at the sight of rich plaids and iconic hunting scenes.

When you use two or three different sets of accent pillows on a sofa, you can get several different looks just by changing the placement of the pillows. Switching the positioning can make a sofa look lighter and brighter.

Toss in a throw blanket

You know how some women are addicted to shoes? I’m getting to be that way with throw blankets. They are my new I-can’t-help-myself compulsion. I blame it on Dan, actually. He keeps our home so cold, that even in the summer I need to wrap up in a little blanket to keep my fingers and toes from turning blue. OK, maybe that’s an excuse … I just love the way they look and feel and add a punch of beauty to my home, especially in the fall.

While I like to have throws draped over my sofa, chairs and bed, even in the warm months, they are an essential when the weather turns cold. In my home, I keep a stack of five or more throws in a basket tucked under an end table in my living room, at the ready so I can wrap up when I’m enjoying my first cup of coffee in the morning or curling up with a book in the evening. All you need to do is toss one over the back or arm of a chair, or at the foot of your bed, and the space screams “fall!”

This column was adapted from Mary Carol Garrity's blog at