My Updated Traditional Cottage Fall Family Room

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Easy fall decorating ideas for your living room or family room that will inspire you when adding fall touches to your own home.

Welcome to another day of fabulous fall home tours! I’m super excited to invite you into my family room where I think you’ll find lots of ideas to inspire you for decorating your own home this season.

gray chair in front of windows beside white fireplace with fall decor

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Today, I’m excited to be joining a group of 30 of your favorite bloggers, hosted by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life, to give you a look at some of our favorite fall decorations in our homes

If you’re coming over from Marty’s home at A Stroll Thru Life, welcome to Worthing Court. I’m so glad you’re here! Marty is one of the best at combining modern, traditional decor in her home and is always inspiring to me. She describes her style as chic on a budget – so true!

The one place in my family room that always sets the stage is our fireplace. It’s definitely the focal point of the room and is one of the first spots that I decorate.

gray arm chair and side table beside white fireplace with fall decor on the mantel and hearth

OLIVE & CREAM THROW BLANKET || LUMBAR PILLOW COVER  

Once I’ve decided on the color palette that I’m going to use, I’m ready to take an inventory of my stash, do any necessary shopping and dive right in! In all honesty, a pair of crewelwork pillows that I stumbled upon at HomeGoods were the inspiration for the colors that I used this year.

BTW – to make things easier for you I’ve listed any items that are linkable below each photo, since I often get asked for my resources.

fall pillows and throw blanket on a neutral colored couch

WOOD LINKS || SIMILAR THROW BLANKET || STACKING BOXES 

This year, I’m using a color palette of warm ambers/browns, rust and deep saturated greens. Keeping things cohesive is really important to me, so you can take a look at how I used this same color palette and decor style in my breakfast room, which is directly off of our family room.

The room is rather large, has multiple entry points and has a vaulted ceiling, so it can be a little difficult to make the room feel cozy and inviting without filling it with too much stuff.

One of my tricks is to place furniture in groups, which can be hard when there are three entrances into a room that you have to leave clear pathways for.

gray chair in front of windows beside white fireplace with fall decor

LINEN DRAPERIES || OLIVE GREEN PILLOW COVER || LUMBAR PILLOW COVER

Using textiles such as pillows and throw blankets and lots of texture spread throughout the room really amps up the cozy factor, even when your furniture is spread apart.

gray arm chair and side table beside white fireplace with fall decor on the mantel and hearth

OLIVE & CREAM THROW BLANKET || LUMBAR PILLOW COVER

I love that our fireplace is flanked by a pair of French doors as it really helps to frame out the whole wall. We don’t actually use these doors, so I treat them as windows by placing furniture in front of them.

gray arm chairs, lamps and side tables beside white fireplace with fall decor on the mantel and hearth

LINEN DRAPERIES || OLIVE & CREAM THROW BLANKET || OLIVE GREEN PILLOW COVER || LUMBAR PILLOW COVERS

Instead of using lots of little things on our mantel and hearth, I kept it simple by using large’ish items that are eye-catching and make a statement all on their own.

white mantel with round mirror above and fall decorations

I kept the pumpkins to a minimum, but I had to have just a few. winkwink

I think the debate over real vs faux pumpkins is just a hot as the debate over real vs faux plants. Faux is the way to go for me since it gets super expensive buying real pumpkins year after year, plus it allows me to decorate as early as I like. I actually decorated this room in mid-August before real pumpkins could be found anywhere.

vase with fall leaf stems and two faux pumpkins on a white mantel

Our property is surrounded by woods, so you’ll often find me enjoying the scenery through the French doors, when sitting in “my spot” on the end of the couch that’s across from the fireplace.

neutral colored couch filled with fall pillows with an upholstered coffee table in front

WOOD LINKS || ROUND WOOD TRAY

I’ve been working my way through multiple rooms in my home to give them a more simplified and updated look. One of the changes that I made in my family room was to change the wall behind the couch.

The wall was previously filled with a gallery of six complimentary framed prints with three farmhouse style lights above to highlight them. You can see its previous look HERE.

I changed those out for a large single canvas topped with a brass gallery light. It’s just for looks as it isn’t hardwired. The canvas has some shiny spots of gold on it which I plan to tone down with a tiny bit of dark wax. One more thing on my to-do list. Ha!

neutral colored couch filled with fall pillows with an upholstered coffee table in front

GALLERY LIGHT || ROUND WOOD TRAY

My coffee table is actually an old, old table that I found for a steal several years ago and sent to my upholsterer for a makeover. What a fabulous job he did!

I always decorate the table with a vignette on one end and a few books and pretties on the other. Creating a different vignette is one of the easiest ways to change the look of a room, especially for a specific season. If you find vignette creation to be a challenge, click right HERE to see my step-by-step guide to successfully creating a fall vignette.

fall vignette on upholstered coffee table in front of neutral covered couch with fall pillows

ROUND WOOD TRAY || ROUND STACKING BASKETS (set of 3)

As much as I love them, I resisted the urge to purchase any of the large oversized links that everyone is decorating with. And that’s why I resisted – it seems that everyone is using them. But when I stumbled across THESE, I knew they would be perfect for adding a fall touch to my coffee table and they are! I can see myself using them in multiple places around my home year after year.

fall pillows and throw blanket on a neutral colored couch

WOOD LINKS || SIMILAR THROW BLANKET

The last spot in our family room that I’d like to share with you is the entertainment center that resides at the end of the room, opposite from the entry from the breakfast room.

white entertainment center filled with tv and fall decor with a gray chair and coffee table in front

It would be lovely not to have a huge black box in my room, but….compromise. Right?

I don’t completely redecorate the shelves for each season, but do switch just a few things out for something more seasonal.

white entertainment center filled with tv and fall decor with a gray chair and coffee table in front

STACKING RECTANGULAR BOXES (set of 3) || FAUX PEARS 

Thank you for stopping by for a visit to my family room today! We’re bloghopping all week long, so be sure to come back tomorrow to tour the beautiful home of Tammy from Pink Peppermint Style.

Monday Sept 13 – – –

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Pink Peppermint StyleClean And Scentsible LeCultivateur

Tuesday Sept 14 – – –

Southern State of MindThis is Our BlissCuckoo4Design

11 Magnolia LaneDecor to AdoreNoting Grace

Wednesday Sept 15 – – –

Grace In My SpaceRemodelando la CasaWhispering Pines Homestead

Up To Date Style The Stonybrook HouseThrifty and Chic

Thursday Sept 16 – – –

CitrineLivingOur Southern HomeSouthern Hospitality

Hymns and VersesA Pretty Life in the Suburbs DIY Beauty

Friday Sept 17

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14 Comments

  1. I love the colours you chose, very subtle but at the same time, there’s no doubt that Fall is in the air! I decorated my home at the end of August too and with no real pumpkins to be found, I used grasses and Autumn flowers for an Autumn feel. Loved your home tour!

  2. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    What a beautiful fall home tour! I really enjoyed it. Happy Fall!

  3. I love it all. You are using my favorite colors and your room looks so cozy and inviting. Love how you added such a pretty vignette to the coffee table and also the mantel. Both are beautiful. Thanks so much for joining the tour again this season, it’s always a pleasure to visit your home.

  4. Simply beautiful as always! Where, oh where, did you get your blue end/accent table next to your chair by the fireplace? It’s perfect.

  5. What a cozy space, Suzy! Your color palette is perfect for fall. I’ll bet you love curling up in those beautiful chairs in front of the fireplace!

  6. This is such a cozy room! I love how you decorate the mantel for the new season. I also love to do that. And I’m right there with you on the tv compromise. We got to have livable rooms. 😉

  7. I love all of your fall stems – so pretty! Such a beautiful painting too! Wishing you and your family a wonderful fall.

  8. What a cozy room! I love all the pillows you have – that crewelwork pillow pair are my favs! I was here for your Dining Room tour last week and the color theme flows beautifully into this space as well! Gorgeous as always, my friend!

  9. your home is beautiful!!! I love all the cozy fall touches that you have added to your home! I love this time of year!!!

  10. Hi Suzy! I’m so happy to be home touring with this fantastic group of bloggers. Your home is lovely. I so enjoy the pops of color and all the textures you put together. I’m in love with those chairs by your fireplace. Could you share where you got them?

  11. I just love the beautiful fall layers in your home, it is so warm and welcoming, I honestly could sit here all day – it’s like a magazine! I almost bought those same woven boxes! They’re perfect in your space!

  12. Beautiful and cozy. I love the Fall touches with color and layering. Such a pretty home Suzy!