Neutral Christmas Décor

Neutral Christmas Décor & A Vintage Dresser

Simple neutral Christmas décor ideas for your home that will create a cozy space for the holidays with seasonal pieces and natural elements.

Neutral Christmas Décor

On a recent trip to Target, as I was perusing the long aisles of Christmas décor (this is in my top 5 of favorite things to do fyi), I came across this beautifully, cozy noel wall hanging. It was love at first sight between it’s rough wooly texture, adorable green pom-pom border, neutral colors, and the sweet embroidered wreath surrounding the word, “Noel”. And so, this wall hanging became the inspiration for the neutral Christmas décor in this cozy corner of our home.

Knowing I wanted to hang the noel wall hanging above our vintage living room dresser, made picking the other pieces I styled here fairly easy. I knew I wanted to incorporate greenery to mimic the greenery embroidered in the wreath and I also wanted to utilize pieces with neutral colors to match the colors of the wall hanging.

Neutral Christmas Décor

The great thing about decorating with neutral Christmas décor is that it will easily work with the décor you already have in your home and your other Christmas décor pieces.

I always like to remind myself and others that the term “neutral” doesn’t necessarily mean light, white or cream colors. It’s more about the combination of colors than individual ones. The neutral colors in this cozy space are creams, taupes, tans, and greens. The key to any color palette is always balance and cohesion.

Christmas Décor

Neutral Christmas Décor: Noel Wall Hanging

The noel wall hanging that inspired this space was a little to small to hang on it’s own behind our vintage dresser. So, I simply hung the wall hanging on top of the mirror that was already above the dresser. I love this layered look for the holidays!

Neutral Christmas Décor

To hang the wall hanging on top of the mirror, I placed a suction cup with wreath hook to the top center of the mirror. I then hung the Noel wall hanging from that (making sure the suction cup was secure to the mirror). You could also use ribbon to hang the wall hanging from the top of the mirror.

Velvet ribbon is huge in our home’s Christmas décor this year. So, I tied a simple bow on the wreath hook with a thin green velvet ribbon to add charm and a little extra coziness. The pop of the green ribbon looks so pretty with the shades of green within the wreath on the wall hanging!

Neutral Christmas Décor

Neutral Christmas Décor: Greenery

With the Noel wall hanging up, I then began to add greenery to the top of the dresser.

I love to use fresh flowers and greenery throughout the year, however I prefer to use faux greenery for the holidays. Our home is extremely dry during the winter months so utilizing faux greens in our Christmas décor is much more cost effective (and saves me sanity from not having to constantly pick up a ton of pine needles).

Neutral Christmas Décor

I started by adding a faux pine garland to the top of the dresser. Remember, just because it’s faux doesn’t mean it has to look that way! Fluff and style your faux greenery to resemble how it would look naturally.

Once the pine garland was fluffed, I then incorporated a faux seeded eucalyptus garland into that. I weaved the eucalyptus garland in and around the pine garland, so they appear as one. Continue fluffing and styling the garlands until they are full, realistic, and nautral looking.

Christmas Garland

I styled the garlands so they flowed over one side of our dresser, however you could style the garlands to flow over both sides.

Then, I sprinkled small white wired baubles throughout the garlands. I liked how they resembled holly berries, but kept with the neutral Christmas décor theme. My baubles were purchased from Anthropologie a couple of years ago and are no longer available. These white ornaments could be used instead or these picks would be a great option as well.

Christmas Decorations

The garlands I used to style this space are no longer available. Here are some other great garland options for neutral Christmas décor.

Pine & Eucalyptus Garlands

Neutral Christmas Décor: Candles

Candles are a must all year in my book. With the days extremely short in the northeast during the winter months, they are essential for creating ambiance and coziness in our home.

Neutral Christmas Décor

Brass candlestick holders are one of my favorite things to shop for when antiquing and utilize in our neutral Christmas décor. They are an easy piece to style and add the perfect amount of warmth to any space.

I placed our brass candlestick holders throughout the garlands making sure to mix the varying heights & styles of the candlestick holders on top of the dresser.

Neutral Christmas Décor

I added these candles to the candlestick holders. These beeswax candles are all natural, and I love their tan color which I think looks so pretty in this space.

Neutral Christmas Décor: Ribbon

I would hang a ribbon from everything at Christmastime if I could! It adds such a beautiful, magical touch.

Christmas Ribbon

As I said previously, velvet ribbon is all throughout our Christmas décor this year. This space is no exception! I added the green velvet ribbon to the wall hanging, but I also added more velvet ribbon to one of the dresser knobs.

I actually did this in the fall with a satin ribbon (check that out here) and I loved it so much, I decided to add ribbon here again. On the knob, I tied another simple bow with this khaki velvet ribbon.

Neutral Christmas Décor

Neutral Christmas Décor: Winter Basket

To finish this cozy space, I placed a handled seagrass basket filled with birch logs and greenery next to the dresser.

Winter Basket

Here is how you can create a similar winter basket.

Winter Basket Supplies

Amount of supplies you will need will depend on the size of your basket. The basket I used is 14” high x 18” wide x 10” deep.

Winter Basket

How to Put Together a Winter Basket

Place the blanket on one side of the basket. Style the blanket so it is flowing out of the basket.

On the other side of the basket, stack the birch logs (so they stick out of the basket). I added 6 birch logs about 2′ long and 2.5″ in diameter.

Between the blanket and birch logs, fill in the basket with greenery (I used faux pine & cedar stems). Continue adding stems until the basket appears full, making sure to have some of the greenery flowing over the sides of the basket. This helps faux stems appear real!

Finally, I placed two large pinecones to the center of the basket.

This could also be something you use for outdoor winter décor, however I would use a weather proof vessel and I would not include the blanket. For outdoor décor, you could use real pine stems instead of faux!

Neutral Christmas Décor

More Neutral Christmas Décor Inspiration

Looking for more Christmas & holiday ideas and inspiration? Check out these Christmas blog posts!

Neutral Christmas Décor

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Fall Entryway Décor

Fall Entryway Décor: 5 Cozy Essentials

Welcome family & friends home with cozy, neutral, fall entryway décor essentials with a little help from my friends at Birch Lane.

Fall Entryway Décor
This post is sponsored by Birch Lane.
All thoughts, ideas, and opinions are 100% my own.

The entryway is one of the most important spaces in any home. It’s the first space guests see when they enter your home, and it’s the last thing you’ll see when leaving for the day. Entryway’s should be functional & practical but also warm & welcoming just like any other part of the home.

Fall Entrance

With Thanksgiving less than a month away, I am teaming up with Birch Lane to show you how to create a cozy, neutral fall entryway to welcome your guests home for the holidays. It doesn’t matter how big or small your entryway is (ours is tiny!). All you need are a few cozy essentials to express big hospitality in a small space.

Fall Entryway Décor

For this blog post, I wanted to share with you a side entrance to our home that leads into our kitchen. It’s a small space and one I don’t share very often. However, I thought it would be fun to share with you that even a small side entrance can be a beautiful & functional space too.

Here are 5 cozy, fall entryway décor essentials to consider when welcoming guests to your home, big or small, this fall and Thanksgiving.

Fall Décor

Fall Entryway Décor: Doormats

A door mat is not just for wiping dirty shoes and feet. It’s also a great way to dress up the entrance of a home. A door mat should be practical and stylish; matching the aesthetic of your home.

Fall Entryway Décor

I added this cozy farmhouse style 2’x3′ black & white plaid indoor/outdoor doormat to the side entrance of our home. The plaid black & white pattern of this rug worked well with the white mum, orange pumpkins, and green gourds we already had on our porch.

I also loved the versatility of this doormat. This doormat can be used on either the inside or the outside of an entryway and can also be layered underneath another doormat. I love products that are not only beautiful but multi-functional too!

Fall Entryway Décor

A Couple of Things to Consider When Shopping for Doormats

  • Consider where the doormat will be used. Is the mat you’re shopping for made for inside or outdoor use, or both?
  • Check the size. Doormats come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to find a mat that fits the size of your door and space.
  • Layer the doormats. I like to do this at our front entrance, because it has the most foot traffic into our home. Place a washable patterned mat down, and then layer a natural coir doormat on top. The coir mat removes dirt & debris while the washable mat soaks up moisture.
Fall Entryway

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Black & White Plaid Doormat
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Striped Doormat

Fall Entryway Décor: Wreaths

Hanging a seasonal wreath on the front door instantly makes a home feel welcoming & inviting and adds the perfect festive touch.

Fall Wreath

A wreath is a fun way to accessorize the outside of your home either for the season or the holidays. It gives your home personality as well as a pop of color.

I love to change the wreaths on our outside doors seasonally; it’s a fun & relatively inexpensive way to change up the outside of our home.

Fall Entryway Décor

Make the store bought wreath special by adding ribbon. (This is the ribbon I added to our fall wreath.) Use ribbon as a way to hang to your wreath from the door or by simply tying a bow to the wreath. There are thousands of different ribbons to choose from and hundreds of different ways to add ribbon to a wreath. Have fun selecting and adding ribbon!

Fall Entryway Wreath

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Pro Tip: Make sure when shopping for a wreath that will hang on the outside of your front door, that the wreath is weather resistant. Good quality, weather resistant wreaths can be used and repurposed for many years.

Fall Entryway Décor

Fall Entryway Décor: Baskets

Entryways are notorious for collecting clutter (well in our house anyways)!

Fall Entryway Style

Baskets offer a creative solution to declutter while adding storage to the entryway of a home. Baskets in an entryway can used to hold shoes, hats, mail, dog accessories, keys, winter apparel, or even firewood. So versatile, right?!

Basket of Wood
Basket of Wood

Baskets can be placed anywhere in an entryway from hanging from hooks, to tucked under benches, or even hung on walls.

I love how this handled seagrass basket full of firewood looks sitting next to the door. We are ready to stay cozy by the fire all fall & winter long!

Fall Basket of Wood

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Fall Entryway Décor: Seating

Have a spot in your entryway for guests to be able to sit down to remove or put on their shoes and jackets.

Fall Entrance to Our Home

Both of the entrances in our home are tiny, so having a spot in the entryway for someone to sit is challenging. However, this stool is the perfect option for our small space. This accent stool is not so big that it takes up the entire entryway and it’s not too small for someone to plop their bones coming in from the outside.

Accent Stool Seating

I love the natural wood tone and style of this stool. Spindled legs just get me every time! It fits our cozy cottage farmhouse décor perfectly. This stool looks so cute with a few pumpkins stacked on top too!

Fall Entrance

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Accent Stool
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Fall Entryway Décor: Artwork

The entryway sets the tone of your home and reflects your taste & personality. Adding artwork to your entryway tells guests who you are and what you love.

Just like the rest of your home, art adds depth and texture to your walls, so don’t neglect the wall space in your entryway!

Autumn Entryway

We added this vintage inspired landscape print to our entryway. I loved the cozy, country scene and the dark frame really made the artwork pop against the light neutral wallpaper.

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More Cozy Fall Entryway Décor From Birch Lane

Here are a few more neutral fall décor ideas that you could use to create the coziest entryway.

Cozy Throw Blanket
Cozy Blanket
Floor Lantern
Beeswax Candles
Cozy Throw Pillow

Don’t forget to check out the fall & Thanksgiving décor at Birch Lane! They offer everything you need to create a cozy home from furniture, rugs, lighting, to what I’ve got on my eyes on…holiday décor!

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Thanksgiving Décor Ideas to Create the Coziest Holiday

Create lasting memories for your family with these 15 unique Thanksgiving décor ideas for a beautiful, cozy home for the holidays.

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It’s a time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for, gather with family, and maybe the most important part…eating delicious food!

It’s a holiday where there is no pressure of gifts, it’s just simply a time to gather with those we love, and enjoy each other’s company.

Fall Flowers

And so, as we begin planning for the upcoming holiday, I thought I would share Thanksgiving décor ideas from around the web. To show you how to easily create a cozy, memorable Thanksgiving in your home with centerpiece & tablescape ideas, hosting tips, and maybe some new Thanksgiving traditions to try as well.

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

What is better than sharing Thanksgiving décor ideas?! Doing it with friends! My friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse is hosting this Thanksgiving round up with some of my favorite bloggers. I am so thankful to be included in such a talented group!

Pumpkin Centerpiece

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Samia Family

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Thanksgiving Décor Ideas: Centerpieces

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

I shared this heirloom pumpkin centerpiece a few weeks ago on the blog and I think it might be one of my favorite centerpieces ever! This would make the most beautiful centerpiece on a Thanksgiving table or in the center of a buffet.

Your guests will think this centerpiece took you hours to create, but takes only minutes! For the tutorial on how to create your own pumpkin centerpiece for Thanksgiving and everything you need, click here.

DIY & Vintage Centerpiece

Rachel ~ The Ponds Farmhouse

The Ponds Farmhouse

This fall centerpiece is perfect a Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving dining table. Rachel used a combination of DIY and vintage pieces for a unique table arrangement.

Artichoke & Magnolia Centerpiece

Jen ~ Midwest Life & Style

Artichoke & Magnolia Centerpiece

Wow your family and friends with a simple and beautiful DIY artichoke and magnolia centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

Simple Rustic Thanksgiving Centerpiece

AnnMarie & Anne ~ Simply 2 Moms

Simple Rustic Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Create a simple rustic centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table this year. Pretty neutral style can be used for the entire autumn season.

DIY Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Wendy ~ WM Designhouse

Cornucopia

Decorate a Thanksgiving table with a homemade cornucopia. Use chicken wire and rope, and then fill it with pumpkins, gourds, feathers, and flowers.

It’s a beautiful and festive decoration that will get anyone in the Thanksgiving spirit.

Dried Wheat Centerpiece

Jennifer ~ Cottage on Bunkerhill

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

Do you love the look of dried wheat? I do too! I love the natural color…it’s so pretty. Jennifer created an interesting way to use dried wheat in her fall decorating.

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas: Tablescapes

How to Create a Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape

Robyn ~ Robyn’s French Nest

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

Robyn shares tips for hosting a large gathering with budget-friendly Thanksgiving table elements. At the same time, learn what pieces you can pull together from around your home, and how to best layer them. Then, you can easily create a thoughtful and beautiful tablescape this Thanksgiving.

Simple Thanksgiving Fall Table

Ann ~ Dabbling & Decorating

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

A simple thanksgiving table that can be put together with new and vintage pieces. I love the brown transferware dishes Ann added to her Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving Dining Room With Copper Accents

Cindy ~ DIY Beautify

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

Easy tips to set a memorable Thanksgiving table with printable place setting cards that can double as a gratitude garland!

The Perfect Table for a Thanksgiving Feast

Renae ~ Peacock Ridge Farm

Thanksgiving Table

If you’re not sure how to create the perfect table for your Thanksgiving celebration, don’t worry! Renae shares her tips on how to decorate your table for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Mary ~ Life at Bella Terra

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

This post is full of ideas on your Thanksgiving table from space planning, table design, setup, place settings and unique centerpieces.

Boho Cottage Fall Tablescape

Jen ~ Tatertots and Jello

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

Create a warm and inviting Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving table by making a DIY table runner, pillows, and a beautiful footed bowl centerpiece filled with textured, fabric-covered pumpkins and leaves.

Simple Fall Table & Affordable Serving Pieces

Karianne ~ Thistlewood Farms

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

Simple ideas for a Friendsgiving tablescape. Why not add a little blue and white with your pumpkins? Lots of easy ideas to make your holiday celebrations just a little easier this season.

How to Host the Best Thanksgiving

Stacy ~ Bricks ‘n Blooms

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

Looking for ways to organize yourself to host Thanksgiving? Here are 9 simple tips to hosting the best Thanksgiving dinner ever.

Not hosting this year? Check out Stacy’s Thanksgiving hostess gift ideas.

New Thanksgiving Traditions

Kristin ~ White Arrows Home

Thanksgiving Traditions

These easy Thanksgiving traditions make it a favorite holiday to look forward to all year.

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

I hope you enjoyed this round up of Thanksgiving décor ideas! It is always fun to see how others decorate and celebrate the holidays in their homes. I hope you were inspired to create a cozy, memorable Thanksgiving for your family this year and for years to come.

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Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

Slow cooker chicken & corn soup is the perfect blend of comforting chicken soup and creamy corn chowder. This recipe makes a hearty dinner for the family with plenty of leftovers for the week. The best part, the slow cooker does most of the work for you!

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

The chill of autumn has arrived in New England. It seems like all at once the air shifts from the warm, humid days of summer to the cool, brisk days of fall. I am always amazed at how this happens almost over night.

Chicken & Corn Soup

One of my favorite ways to warm up the family on these chilly autumn days (besides a blazing fire in the wood stove) is by serving a delicious, comforting soup for lunch or dinner. There is something about a hearty bowl of soup, stew, or chowder that not only warms the belly but the soul too.

This slow cooker soup will do just that. Slow cooker chicken & corn soup is creamy and delicious, packed with tender chunks of white meat chicken and loaded with vegetables. Perfect for filling hungry bellies.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

As this slow cooker chicken & corn soup slowly cooks on the counter, your home will be filled with the most delicious aromas. When hubby comes through the door and says, “What is that amazing smell?”, you know you have a good recipe, right?!

Chicken & Corn Soup

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

  • Boneless chicken breasts
  • Carrots
  • Leek
  • Clove of garlic
  • Potatoes (I used gold but brown or red potatoes would work too.)
  • 1 can chopped green chilies
  • 2 cans creamed corn
  • Chicken broth
  • Bay leaves
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Salt & pepper
  • Cooked bacon
  • Half & Half
Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

You are going to be amazed at how easy this soup is to make! After dicing and slicing the vegetables, everything is added to the slow cooker, which does most of the cooking for you.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

To start, you will need a 6 quart slow cooker. This is a similar slow cooker to the one that I used for this soup recipe.

Add the chicken breasts to the bottom of the slow cooker. Then add peeled & diced carrots, thinly sliced leeks, potatoes cut into about 1″ sized pieces (I left the skin on), and the minced garlic.

Drain the can of green chilies, and add the drained chilies to the slow cooker along with the 2 cans of creamed corn.

Fall Slow Cooker Soup

Pour the chicken broth into the slow cooker. Throw in the bay leaves, then cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours (until the chicken is fully cooked).

Once the chicken is cooked, shred the chicken with two forks (either in the soup or remove to shred and add back to slower cooker).

Add the half & half, cooked bacon, parsley, chives, and salt & pepper (to taste) to the soup. Cook on low for another 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Hearty Fall Soup

Garnishes for Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

I like to sprinkle a little chopped bacon for crunch, chopped chives for freshness, and cracked black pepper for seasoning to the top of our slow cooker chicken & corn soup. This also adds a little pop of color to the creamy, white soup.

Garnishes for Chicken & Corn Soup

My family also likes to add shredded cheddar cheese and a few oyster crackers to their soups as well.

What to Serve With Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

This soup is hearty enough to be served on it’s own!

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

However, crusty bread is always great accompaniment with any soup. It’s perfect for soaking up those last few bites of broth so every drop of soup is eaten!

Here are a couple of other ideas on what you could serve alongside this chicken & corn soup.

  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Garden Salad
  • Cornbread
  • Paninis
  • Beerbread
  • Or…how about serving your soup in a bread bowl?! So yummy!
Hearty Fall Comfort Soup

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Slow Cooker
Chicken & Corn Soup

Course: DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep Time

15

minutes
Cooking Time

6

hours 
Calories

895

kcal
Total time

6

hours 

15

minutes

Slow cooker chicken & corn soup is the perfect blend of comforting chicken soup and creamy corn chowder. This recipe makes a hearty dinner for the family with plenty of leftovers for the week. The best part, the slow cooker does most of the work for you!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Boneless Chicken Breasts

  • 3 Carrots, diced

  • 1 Leek, sliced

  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced

  • 3 Medium Gold Potatoes, cut into 1″ pieces

  • 1 7 oz. can Chopped Green Chilies

  • 2 14.75 oz. cans Creamed Corn

  • 4 cups Chicken Broth

  • 2 Bay Leaves

  • Handful Freshly Chopped Parsley

  • Handful Freshly Chopped Chives

  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

  • 3-6 Strips Cooked Crispy Bacon, diced

  • 2 cups Half & Half

Directions

  • Combine chicken, carrots, leeks, potatoes, garlic, green chilies, creamed corn, chicken broth, bay leaves, and salt & pepper in slow cooker. Stir to combine, then cover and cook on low for about 6 hours.
  • Uncover slow cooker and use two forks to shred chicken.
  • Stir in half & half, bacon, chives, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste and cook another 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with extra diced bacon, fresh parsley, fresh chives, and cracked black pepper. Serve hot.

Notes

  • Gold, brown, or red potatoes can be used for this recipe. The potatoes can either peeled or not. I chose not to peel the potatoes to add a little more nutritional value to the soup.
  • Leeks may need to be cleaned before using since they are grown in sandy soil. To clean leeks, slice them into 1/8″ half moons and place in a bowl filled with cold water. Leeks will float while the sand will fall to the bottom. Drain leeks and dry before adding to the slow cooker.
  • Light or heavy cream can be used in place of half & half.
  • Serve this soup with a side of crusty bread or in a bread bowl.

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Country Cottage Wallpaper in the Kitchen & Entryway

Country cottage wallpaper is the newest update to our cottage farmhouse kitchen & entryway.

Country Cottage Wallpaper

I can happily say that we have officially checked one more thing off the checklist when it comes to kitchen renovation…our country cottage wallpaper! It felt like this paper was never going to be hanging on the walls in our kitchen/entryway, but alas it is finally up. And, to say I’m OBSESSED with our new wallpaper would be an understatement!

There is so much to love about our new country cottage wallpaper from the neutral colors, to the beautiful print! If you look closely you will see groups of acorns, budding & blooming flowers, and oak leaves.

Country Cottage Wallpaper

I’m sure you remember the wallpaper we had in our entryway previously, if not you can check it out here.

The old peel & stick olive branch wallpaper from Magnolia Home (which Dave & I had installed ourselves a couple of years ago) needed to go. As much as I had loved it at one time, it was beginning to bubble, it felt like it was not matching the aesthetic of the rest of our home, and I wanted a neutral wallpaper we could wrap around the entire kitchen.

Country Cottage Wallpaper

If you’ve been thinking of adding wallpaper to your home, here are some things to consider and how to choose the right wallpaper for your space.

In full discloser, I am not an expert on wallpaper or wallpaper installation. My views, suggestions, and opinions in this blog post are simply from my love and limited knowledge & experience with wallpaper.

Country Cottage Wallpaper Things to Consider

  • Measurements: Take good, accurate measurements of the area you want to wallpaper. This will give you an idea of how much wallpaper you will need and to create a budget. (A wallpaper installer can help with final measurements to ensure enough rolls of wallpaper are ordered.)
  • Budget: Once you know how much wallpaper is needed for the area, decide on a budget. Wallpaper can range anywhere from $10 to $600+ per roll. You do not want to fall in love with a wallpaper that is outside of your budget! Also, consider if you want to hire a professional installer. The cost of labor for your project should be factored into your budget as well.
  • Hiring a Professional: Hire an experienced, professional wallpaper installer. It is the best decision Dave and I ever made (and possibly saved our marriage)!
  • Type of Wallpaper: There are a ton of different types of wallpaper from vinyl, painted, bamboo, peel & stick, etc. Decide which type of wallpaper will work best for your project (your wallpaper installer can help with this too).
  • Where is the Wallpaper Being Installed: Some types of wallpapers are not ideal for certain spaces. For instance, grass cloth is not an ideal wallpaper choice for a kitchen or bathroom because of humidity & cleanability. So, make sure you take the room the wallpaper will be installed in, into account when deciding on the type of wallpaper you want to install.
  • Order a Sample: Always order or take home a sample of wallpaper. Something that may look good online or in a store may not look the same in your home. Wallpaper is an investment so you want to make sure you’re making the right choice when it comes to the style, design, and color of the wallpaper you chose for your home.
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Choosing a Country Cottage Wallpaper

With the decision made to install new wallpaper in the kitchen and the entryway, I began my quest to find the perfect wallpaper on Wallpaperdirect.com. What I liked about shopping wallpaperdirect.com was the large selection of wallpapers to choose from, along with a number of filters (type, color, style, brand, price point, etc.) to help narrow my search.

For our kitchen I knew I wanted a single colored, traditional, symmetrical patterned wallpaper. A print that almost looked like a stencil and would blend in seamlessly with the rest of our neutral colored walls downstairs (our entire downstairs is open concept).

Pure Acorn Wallpaper by Morris & Co

After doing a little searching, I ultimately found pure acorn wallpaper from the Morris Pure Wallpaper Collection. I instantly knew this was the country cottage wallpaper I wanted for our home. And, it fit within our budget! We ordered samples of 2 of the colors, pure acorn linen/ecru and pure acorn ivory/pearl. This way we could decide which color looked better in our home. Pure acorn in linen/ecru looked best once we placed the samples on the wall, so that is the color we ordered & installed.

Pure Acorn Wallpaper

Installing Country Cottage Wallpaper

There are 3 ways to install wallpaper based on the type of paper you purchase.

  • Peel & Stick: This is the least expensive wallpaper option. Most homeowners can install this wallpaper without the help of a professional installer. The benefit of peel & stick wallpaper is that it can easily be removed with little to no harm to painted walls. So, if you are afraid of making a long term commitment to wallpaper, this could be a good option for you. In all honesty, Dave and I have hung peel & stick wallpaper, and will never do it again (it almost lead to a divorce lol!).
  • Traditional Pasted: The traditional way of hanging wallpaper is by pasting the back of the wallpaper and then hanging the pasted paper on the wall. This can be messy and cumbersome if you’re not a professional.
  • Dry Hung: This is the newest way to hang wallpaper. Wallpaper paste is applied to the wall and the wallpaper is then placed on the pasted wall. Some of the higher end wallpaper brands have started manufacturing their wallpaper to be hung this way. It is an easier method for hanging wallpaper and one in which a homeowner could potentially do on their own. This is how our wallpaper was hung.
Country Cottage Wallpaper

I highly recommend hiring an experienced, knowledgeable, professional wallpaper installer. Not only will a professional make your life easier, but you can count on a nicely finished product that will be completed in about a quarter of the time it would take you. We were lucky enough to find David of boston.wallpaper several years ago and have used him for a total of 3 wallpaper projects now!

Pro Tip: A good wallpaper installer will cover all switch plates & electrical outlets with wallpaper that matches the pattern on the wall.

Pure Acorn Wallpaper

How to Pick the Right Country Cottage Wallpaper

The right country cottage wallpaper for your home really depends on what you love and the aesthetic you are trying to achieve.

Take good measurements and come up with a budget. Once you know those things, you can begin to browse the internet or your local retailers for the right wallpaper. Order samples and hang those in the room you are thinking of wallpapering. Take your time and enjoy the process! The perfect wallpaper will speak to you and you will know when you have found the right one.

Country Cottage Wallpaper

Remember, wallpaper is not permanent! Although it’s an investment, it does not need to stay in your home forever. So, don’t be afraid to take the plunge and add a little country cottage wallpaper to the walls of your home, it can always be changed!

Other Country Cottage Wallpapers

Here are some other Morris & Co. wallpapers from Wallpaper Direct that would look beautiful in a country cottage home as well.

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Country Cottage Wallpaper

I hope you love our new wallpaper as much as we do! I look forward to sharing it in our home with you for years to come.

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Cozy Fall Home Tour

Cozy Fall Home Tour

Grab a cup of hot apple cider and join me on a cozy fall tour of our home for seasonal styling inspiration that engages each of the five senses.

Cozy Fall Home Tour

A cozy home is essential during the season of fall. There is no better feeling than walking through the doors of our home on a brisk autumn day to a warm, inviting, cozy space. I love the ambiance, warm textures, & spicy scents that welcome our family home. That warm, cozy fall feeling can easily be achieved in any home by creating an atmosphere that engages all five senses. The more you can “sense” coziness with each of the senses, the more at home you, your family, and your guests will be.

Oak Leaf Wreath

So…sit back, get comfy, and enjoy a tour of our home for inspiration on how to create your own cozy fall home using each of the senses.

Cozy Fall Dining Room

Blogger’s Best Fall Home Tour

To celebrate the start of fall, I am joining 29 blogger friends on a week long, fall home tour. I love taking a peak inside someone else’s home and finding inspiration! This Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tour is hosted by Kelly at The Tattered Pew. You can find links to the other home tours at the end of this post.

Bloggers' Best Fall Home Tour

If you are coming here from The Pond’s Farmhouse, welcome! I love Rachel’s ideas on how to add budget friendly, fall décor to your home. Rachel always inspires me with her unique, eclectic, and collected style.

Oak Leaves

Welcome to Our Cozy Fall Home

If this is your first time stopping by Eleanor Rose Home, welcome and thank you for being here! I’m Heidi, the creative mind behind ERH. My family and I are lucky enough to call New England home, which I think might be the prettiest place to live in fall! I love creating a cozy home for my family with new & collected décor, natural elements, textures, and of course seasonal touches.

Our Family

To learn more about me, my family, and the reason behind the name, Eleanor Rose Home, click here.

Cozy Fall Kitchen
Cozy Fall Kitchen

Cozy Fall Kitchen

I love being in the kitchen the most during the fall months. After grilling and eating most of our dinners outside during the summer months, filling our home with the delicious scents of comforting, oven baked food during the cooler months makes our home feel so cozy.

Cozy Fall Kitchen

You can always find fresh baked goods in our kitchen during the fall. 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins are a cozy fall favorite of ours. What tastes and smells like fall more than pumpkin, cinnamon, and cloves?! I like to take advantage of seasonal flavors, because before you know it, the season is over and we are on to the next!

Pumpkin Muffins
Cozy Fall Kitchen

Last spring, we added a peg rail and shelf to this area of our kitchen. It has quickly turned into my favorite area in our home to style.

I recently added a few small touches of Halloween to our kitchen peg rail and shelf. We are not huge Halloween fans in our house so the Halloween décor in our home is more on the spooky side rather than scary. The spooky ghost garland was a fun DIY, and is the cutest addition to our peg rail.

Halloween Décor in the Kitchen
View of the Kitchen

These glass bon bon jars are a favorite among ERH followers! These jars are not only beautiful on our kitchen countertops, but are functional too. You can shop these bon bon jars, here.

Cozy Fall Kitchen

Natural, seasonal elements are essential in our home. For spring it’s tulips & daffodils, summer it’s hydrangeas, and for fall it’s oak leaves, pumpkins, and rich fall colored flowers. This pumpkin centerpiece is the perfect natural & seasonal addition to our cozy fall kitchen décor.

For more on this gorgeous heirloom pumpkin centerpiece, check out this post!

Pumpkin Centerpiece
Seasonal Fall Kitchen

As we move from the kitchen into the dining room, this side entrance to our home is another favorite area of mine to style. Over the summer, we added these adorable gold sweet home signs with hooks. The side door leads to our pool area, so this spot was perfect for hanging towels and other essentials for the pool over the summer.

With the pool now closed this door is not used much. So, I simply added a DIY oak leaf wreath (see how I made it, here) along with a cozy shawl, and a pair of rain boots for intentional, seasonal styling.

Cozy Fall Home Tour
Cozy Fall Home Tour

Cozy Fall Dining Room

The dining room is the latest update to our first floor. This room was actually what we called “the library”, with a long sofa in front of the fireplace. We sold the antique sofa, and moved our kitchen table into the now dining room. The dining room is still a work in progress, however we are now able to gather here as a family for dinner or family game night.

Cozy Fall Dining Room

We placed this rug in the dining room. The rug has a thick, cozy texture, a simple plaid pattern, and ties the entire room together beautifully.

The décor on our dining room table is very simple with more natural, seasonal elements that include pumpkins and oak leaves. For a more formal dining table, I recently styled this fall tablescape with the help of Birch Lane.

Fall Tablescape
Fall Tablescape

To create this informal tablescape, I started by adding a gingham tablecloth to the table. I added an olive bucket with oak leaves right from our yard to the table with a brown, satin ribbon for a whimsical, romantic touch. Then, I placed a stack of faux pumpkins with a few real small white pumpkins sprinkled throughout. Finally, I added a group of candles to complete this simple, cozy fall tablescape.

Cozy Fall Tablescape

You will notice candles in almost every room of our home. Lighting is key for the look of a cozy fall home. The warm light of a candle, fireplace, or lamp is essential in creating a cozy atmosphere in any room.

I can’t wait until it’s cool enough to have the glow of the pellet stove filling our home too!

Cozy Fall Dining Room

The antique dresser next to the pellet stove is another new addition to our downstairs. We had this glass cabinet here before, however I was craving something with a little more character & warmth. I accidentally stumbled upon this dresser on Facebook Marketplace, and it’s been love ever since!

Fall Dining Room

Demijohns are one of my favorite vintage items to utilize in our fall décor. I placed an odd number of them on top of the dresser and then filled each one with hydrangeas from our yard. The color and texture of hydrangeas as they dry out are just gorgeous, don’t you think?

To tie the dresser in with the dining room table, I added a few more of the small white pumpkins and scattered them among the demijohns.

Antique Wooden Dresser

Cozy Fall Living Room

Our cozy fall living room is where we gather the most as a family. We love to snuggle in blankets on the sofa with one of our favorite fall movies on the television. As much I love peace & quiet, there is no better sound than a movie we love on the TV with giggles coming from the kids on the sofa.

Cozy Fall Living Room

To create the coziest fall living room, I like to switch our pillow covers from the light linen fabrics of summer to cozy woven and bouclé’s for fall. Thicker textured pillows along with warm neutral colors make the sofa as well as the living room feel warmer and inviting.

Cozy Couch

Here are a few of my favorite textured fall pillows for a cozy couch; this cozy teddy faux fur pillow cover from Pottery Barn, this woven plaid pillow from Studio McGee, and this floral block print pillow from Target.

Cozy Fall Living Room
Throw Pillows

Throw blankets are another must for a cozy fall living room. We have throw blankets scattered throughout our living room so that when someone is chilly, they can easily grab a blanket, and snuggle on the couch.

Some of the cozy throw blankets I’ve been shopping for are this pom pom sherpa blanket, this striped throw, and this chunky hand knit throw. We currently have this inexpensive plush throw blanket on our couch (it’s very warm & cozy) and it happens to be Eleanor’s favorite!

Farmhouse Living Room

I’ve been intentional & purposeful with the décor in our built-in bookshelves this year (read more on what I mean by intentional décor, here). I’ve kept the styling very simple with books for reading, baskets for storage & texture, and lamps for a cozy atmosphere.

Built-in Bookshelves
Cozy Fall Living Room

The window seats built into our bookshelves are a great place to sit and peek outside, especially on rainy or snowy days. It’s the perfect spot to sit with the lamp on and a good book in hand on a cozy autumn day!