How to Make Your Home Cozy for Fall

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Rachel Stone

Do you want your home to be a cozy, welcoming retreat without stress, or expense? What if I shared with you simple, free, ways to create a homey, inviting home for fall? Creating a cozy home is a tactile experience. It appeals to sight, sound, scent, touch, and emotion. There are easy, realistic ways to enliven your home for Autumn and today I want to share this with you.

Cozy Fall Video


We often clothe ourselves in soft cozy layers as the fall weather come upon us. In the same way, this is a time to use layers of warm textiles in our homes to create a cozy feeling.

In the fall and winter months extra pillows and blankets are welcome. Here is a rose and chocolate quilt that I’ve almost completed for our home. 

You might also consider using a warm color palette as it is naturally more cozy.

On the wingback chair I’ve added a soft plaid throw that I recently thrifted for about $3 or $4 dollars. There is nothing quite like a plaid for the Autumn and Winter seasons ~ and it looks especially appealing with mixed with the floral pillow.

This chair is so much more inviting with a throw and pillow. Wouldn’t you like to take a seat?

Scent and Sound

There are certain scents that are quintessentially Autumnal. From the crisp smell of leaves outside to a tempting pumpkin pie indoors, smells can create a sense of hominess and belonging.

Of course scented candles would fill our home with the smells of fall but this year I wanted to try something new. This spiced Autumnal stove top simmer added wonderful fall ambiance to our home. Here is the recipe below.

  • One whole orange sliced
  • Two whole apples sliced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger ~ best sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

Combine all ingredients, cover with water and simmer on the stove all afternoon. Add more water as necessary to keep the ingredients from burning.

Throughout the afternoon different notes from this spicy stove-top simmer filled the kitchen and dining room. It brought to mind hot spiced wassail from my childhood, cinnamon apple pie, and fresh rosemary bread. So festive!

The homey sounds of a cozy home include mellow background music. The crackle from this vintage radio’s speaker creates a warm feeling in our living room. I usually tune to the local public radio for classical tunes during the day. And nothing beats the crackle and heat from a fire burning away in the fireplace.


The familiar sight of seasonal decor brings a sense of belonging and peace. You can also create the most delightful homey feelings by setting a room in order. Consider how you prepare your home when guests are expected. You clean, organize, and set out items like a tea table, stacks of books, fresh flowers. By “setting” a room for you and your family your home will become the place where you, your family, and your friends want to be.

Let me encourage you to give this a try. Think ahead of where you will be this evening, or tomorrow morning. Then “preset” the room by setting out board games, fluffing sofa pillows, and turning on the lamps. Or, for breakfast, set a pretty table the night before. There is something magical about walking into a room where your needs and desires have been anticipated.


Here is where you can set the tone for a wonderfully welcoming visit before it ever begins. The way a person is greeted at the door welcomed has a dramatic effect on how comfortable they feel in your home. If possible, meet them at the door, this indicates that you were anticipating their visit. Actually use the words “welcome” and “come on in!”

Next, be sure to meet their immediate needs. They may be wondering “where do I out my shoes, purse, or coat?” Don’t leave them wondering as this will create awkwardness.



And finally, offer them a glass of water, or even better a cup of coffee or tea. This is a perfect opportunity to treat a guest (or family member). For this very reason we keep a few different kinds of dairy and sweeteners on hand for this experience.

However you cultivate the art of a cozy home be sure to send the message that your people are wanted, welcomed, and enjoyed.



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Author: Rachel Stone
Rachel is passionate about creating a comfortable and beautiful home for her family. She also loves to share the lessons she is learning with her wonderful audience both on this blog and her YouTube channel.

9 thoughts on “How to Make Your Home Cozy for Fall”

  1. Rachel, I am probably one of your first fans.. I have always enjoyed your posts because our interests follow the same path. I have been into English design probably since before it became popular, but mine even included medieval design,,using Jacobean fabrics and a huge interest in castles. I have toned that down quite a bit and have probably gone a bit more cottage-y which I love. Yes, I love the cosiness and warmth of autumn decor all around the house. Yesterday I was burning fall candles in every room downstairs. I plan to do some autumn baking this weekend. I want to thank you for your encouragement and inspiration. I wish our thrift stores were as fantastic as yours. You are super fortunate. Blessings to you,
    PS Because of all the decline in our world I felt I got a word from the Lord to give Him my voice through the blog so I now for the last few weeks I spend Sunday- Friday on spiritual posts and I do my regular blogging all on Saturday. Just in case you visit, which I hope you will . I have lots of photos of my cottage style on my Saturday posts!

    • Good morning Miss Carolyn!
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Your design aesthetic sounds wonderful and I’d love to check out our blog. What is the name of your blog?
      Have a lovely day,

  2. Your rose and chocolate quilt is beautiful. It looks like you have spent many hours of work on it. How fun to have a working vintage radio! When you turned it on and the music started crackling my first thought was, next on my to-do list is finding a vintage radio. Can’t wait to use some of these ideas in my home. Already looking forward to your next video.

    • Thank you, Joanna!
      The quilt pattern has turned out to be one of my favorites and one I wouldn’t mind making again. Hope you find that vintage radio & thanks for stopping by!

  3. I’m fairly new to your vlog, blog and emails. I absolutely love the things you do. My style is also English country cottage. I love the pieced together over time appearance, the warmth and color of English country. It suits me very well and I can cultivate it on a budget without putting unnecessary strains upon us.
    I noted you also shared two of Ros Byam Shaw’s books. I have a stack of her books I bought long before I finally realized that her books literally embodied my idea of what was homey! Isn’t it funny? I tried to fit into something that never really suited me and I was absolutely loving the images in her books.
    Thank you for sharing with your work!!

    • Hello Miss Terri!
      A warm welcome to the Stone Cottage Home family! We are thrilled to have you along and enjoy meeting others who share similar taste in design. I too had an experience like yours… I thought I liked the farmhouse style (now mind you “farmhouse” as in the original farmhouse the farmer lived in). But after trying to force that style, though lovely, I realized I felt most at home with the English country cottage style. I also have had Ros Byam Shaw’s book “Cottage Farmhouse” for ten years! Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely day.

  4. I always enjoy your videos and suggestions. They are huge stress relievers for me. Thank you for all you do for me and for others.

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