We have had a delightfully early taste of fall weather in Raleigh! We’re usually still sweating it out in shorts on Charlie’s birthday, but this year, I dug into the back of my closet for long sleeves. The cooler weather has been a welcome shift, marking the start of our precious new routines and nodding to the promise of the holidays ahead. I. Can’t. Wait.
We currently own exactly two pieces of fall decor: one wreath for outside and one set of mini metallic pumpkins (last seen here). I usually supplement that with a few little white pumpkins around the house and intend to do that again, but this year, I’ve also been itching to do more. Stocking up on tons of fall decorations in one fell swoop is not part of our budget, so for now, I’m focusing on just making everything feel cozier. Beyond simply setting out “things” like cozy blankets and candles, to me, that also means switching on the fireplace for a little while in the morning, adding soups and chilis to our weekly meal plans, warming up apple cider to drink with Charlie after school, lingering over the sight of leaves changing outside the windows, and baking pumpkin muffins and cookies on the weekends.
This beautiful hydrangea blanket (kindly gifted) is from Chappy Wrap, a company I’ve been eyeing online for a while. The mother-and-daughter-owned business was founded when the pair couldn’t find a blanket similar to the one that was the coziest, most beloved blanket in their home for years. They set out to create their own and Chappy Wrap was born! I instantly thought of a few items from my own childhood while reading their story (afghans knitted by my grandma, a big plaid floor pillow that I think my dad got in college, and so on!), and love the idea that this blanket could be exactly that for Charlie and Azelie. Dave is sitting under it as I type! This one is the Hydrangea pattern, but I also love their upcoming ginger jars print, this classic navy gingham, this light blue herringbone, and this gray houndstooth plaid. The blankets are on the thicker side, so they’re perfect for fall and winter, but I purposefully opted for one that complements our living room decor all year-round.
Do you have any especially cozy items you pull out around this time every year? Any childhood favorites? I’d love to hear!