Seasonal changes beg for a little bit of flair in your home. But when you're working hard at work—and your favorite side hustle—it's tough to carve out time for a major decorating overhaul. Making a few small changes allows you to welcome and celebrate fall without taking your eye off your other goals.
Change your throw blankets and pillows
Changing your throw pillows or the blankets you keep on your couch creates immediate change in your living areas. Fall moods lend themselves to warm ivories, rich marigolds, burnt oranges, and deep reds. At Iva Jewell, we know color lets you express your style, and pillows always feel like a little bit of whimsy and eye candy on the couch—like our Foldover Clutch feels under your arm.
Add fall scents to the air
Scent changes moods. Just think about times you've walked into a friend's house to smell dinner cooking or stop into a neighborhood bakery and smell fresh bread and cookies. Whether you add scents to your home through essential oils, wax burners, or your favorite brand of candles, changing out the scent for fall makes a huge difference in how your home feels. Cozy fall scents range from cinnamon and nutmeg infused scents to ones reminiscent of warm flannel and cloves.
Adding potted succulents around your home makes easy work of any indoor plant life you want to cultivate. Not only do the muted greens complement the rich colors of fall, succulents thrive with minimal care. We know it's not easy to get through your to-do list every day, and succulents don't mind if you miss a watering session or two. If you choose small plants, you can move them around on a whim, gathering them for a quick centerpiece or nesting them next to bookends or on a side table.
Steer clear of holiday-specific decorations
Now, if you obsess over Halloween or adore Thanksgiving, this tip doesn't apply to you! However, if you're looking to decorate once a season and forget about it until winter approaches, keep your fall decor centered around colors and scents that don't focus on a particular holiday. This way, you won't fall into the trap of realizing you haven't changed out your ghost and goblin door wreath well into December!
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Use fall to evaluate and update your goals
The coming of fall means we're in the fourth quarter of the year, and that's the perfect time to take a look at all of the goals we set for ourselves back in January. Whether you've been knocking your goals down in stellar fashion or feel a little stalled, this seasonal change offers you a chance to double down on those milestones. Feeling organized helps those goals seem a little less daunting, and a functional office gives you motivation to tackle even the toughest tasks.
Must-have office supplies for a stellar office
You might spend your days in a cubicle or a dedicated home office space. Either way, you don't need to use pens you grabbed from your doctor's office or a stapler you've been using since your mom handed it to you when you moved out of her house. Streamlined office supplies that reflect your personality can help you feel motivated, powerful, and like you have the tools to take on tough challenges.
Shine on, all day long
Don't let dull accessories litter your desk. Gold adds shine — and a reminder that your work is valuable. Gold supplies add warmth and depth, and the hue works perfectly for fall. A simple gold Letter Sorter helps keep your paperwork organized, freeing up more space on your desk for you to work. (Anthropologie, $18)
Finding the perfect pens
Dionne knows the powerful impact of adding color to your life — and pens do that easily. Why take notes in boring blue ink when you can color code your ideas and thoughts in style? Add My LifeUNIT Fineliner pens to your writing rotation, both for their vibrant colors and the way the color doesn't bleed through to the other side of the paper. Bonus: the sleek grey pens look professional when you're using them at client meetings. (Amazon, $6)
Add a touch of YOU to your desk
Every desk should have some reflection of your personal interests. We know you work hard, and sometimes it's crucial to have a reminder that you have a life outside of work, too. If you love to travel, these Eiffel Tower Scissors might be just the thing to keep you motivated on days when you're so worried about meeting a deadline that you don't have time for lunch. (Target, $13)
Always remember your inspiration
During long days or disappointing news, remembering your why can keep you inspired to move forward. Gallery Frames continue to be a major trend in home decorating, and you can bring that into your office as well. Even if you're in a cubicle or don't have a dedicated office space, you can use small frames on the wall directly in front of you to replicate the concept. Add photos of what inspires you, frame your first sales receipt, or print out your favorite inspirational quote in a pretty font. You'll always feel a little stronger when you're looking ahead at the things that keep you motivated. (West Elm, from $29)
What makes you happy went you're sitting at your desk?
Techie by day; Designer by night. Iva Jewell by Dionne