Cozy Inspo as Summer Collapses & FALL Comforts Rise

Today is a gentle pause as Fall comforts are welcomed and peace finds you right where you are. No matter how we may feel about social media on any given day, we cannot deny its potential to convey beauty. Sometimes such beauty fits into tidy squares on Instagram. I tend to be a stranger to that channel during the summer, but as the season changes, I grow curious about how creatives are stacking pumpkins on their porch. About apple orchards and autumn tablescapes. As the weather cools and we become more indoorsy, the time ripens to cozy on down. Let’s treat ourselves to a few FALL Comforts to Help Spirits Rise.

1930s photo of young Queen Elizabeth II with her Welsh Corgi Dookie - AKC Library. #queenelizabethphotos
You defined an era and shall be long remembered – AKC Library

“While we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

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Fall Comforts Through the Lens of Creatives

I think my favorite autumn glimpses are those that feel natural and not styled at all.

What fond, magical memories I hold dear of so many autumns in the orchard with my sons. Were you ever taught the proper way to pick an apple from the tree? (Hold the apple in your hand, and twist gently.)

I encourage you to think about the harvest season of your inner landscape. Pruning can bring discomfort, but…

Encouragement quote about struggle and overcoming on Hello Lovely Studio. #personalgrowthquotes

But before we can enjoy the fruits of a multiplied harvest, we may have to choose courage.

Brene Brown inspirational quote about courage, wholeheartedness, and integrity on Hello Lovely Studio. #brenebrown #personalqrowth #quotes #couragequotes

Are you currently navigating a season where fear is your companion? We can all use this reminder that we can indeed be brave AND afraid.

Converse in fallen red leaves in a Paris park. Hello Lovely Studio. Come get Inspiring Autumn Feels From Instagrammers to Follow + Encouragement Quotes!
Hello Lovely Studio…in case you love fall.

Do you find yourself turning to IG more than Pinterest these days? I am trying to understand modern Pinterestland, but it remains a mystery. When I was thinking about which IG feeds inspire me with fall goodness, I immediately thought of the late Beth Kirby. Her artful photography, creations, recipes, and influence endure.

When fall winds blow, daylight shrinks, and the trees shed their leaves, my thoughts often turn to endings.

Mary Pipher quote about struggle, personal growth, and despair on Hello Lovely Studio. #personalgrowth #inspirationalquote #strugglequotes

But as I grow older, I am becoming more like my mother…someone who enjoys Fall with a fullness and a ferocity.

Emily Dickinson quote about hope on Hello Lovely. #hopequotes #emilydickinsonquotes

How about you? Do you feel connected to nature’s cycles and changes? How does your mood change as autumn emerges?

If our house projects were done and my white lilac hedged courtyard out back was all tidied up, I would invite you to a casual harvest dinner there. I would haul our long white painted harvest table to that courtyard to serve mocktails and this caramel apple sangria:

Caramel Apple Sangria served from a tailgate with vintage picnic basket - Southern Living Magazine. #caramelapples #sangriarecipes #fallsangria
Southern Living – photo by Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling by Katie Jacobs

Please don’t expect my table to be this pretty:

Thanksgiving place setting and tablescape with orange and pink - Southern Living Magazine. #thanksgivingtablescape #fallplacesetting
Southern Living

I’m too lazy a stylist for such fuss.

Cozy Autumn Feels Across IG

Fall Cozy at My House

You will rarely find russet tones or orange anything at my house even in autumn, but I love seeing pumpkin spice elsewhere.

Warby Parker Aubrey frames for women on a dark gray cashmere throw on a linen chair in serene bedroom - Hello Lovely Studio.

Knowing yourself and understanding how color influences you emotionally is so important. It’s why we are willing to labor as we erase brown and red at the new house. The more of it we subtract, the happier we feel within these rooms.

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Vintage clawfoot tub in a serene white bath with plantation shutters - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Oh, my tub at our former house! I miss that vintage maid’s tub and may never find another, but we will definitely add another vintage clawfoot tub to the new bath.

As pretty as they are, it is not likely we will miss raking all these:

Yellow fallen leaves on my patio with vintage dining set - Hello Lovely Studio.

The French Nest Co Interior Design

This is my idea of cozy in any season:

There’s rustic charm, but it feels so effortlessly elegant.

Elegant Thanksgiving placesetting with white pumpkin and white roses plus ironstone and brown transferware plates - @thefrenchnestcointeriordesign. #falltable #thanksgivingtablescape
The French Nest Co Interior Design

I want to copy all of this designer’s tablescapes because they take my breath away.

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Inspiring Autumn Feels From Instagrammers to Follow + Encouragement Quotes…certainly lovely.

Nora Murphy Country House

I’ll never forget the delight of cracking open my copy of this author’s book which is an absolute treasure.

Nora Murphy Country House features this country kitchen by Wendy Lewis. Come get Inspiring Autumn Feels From Instagrammers to Follow + Encouragement Quotes! #countrykitchen #farmhousedecor #wendylewis #noramurphy #vintagedoor
Wendy Lewis designed kitchen in Nora Murphy’s Country House…hello lovely indeed.

Bet you’ll love Connecticut-based Nora Murphy’s lovely style and feed: Nora Murphy Country House.

Fall front door of historic home - Nora Murphy Country House. #falldecor #frontdoor #fallporch

Nora’s former house was such a picture of country goodness:

Nora Murphy's former country house in Connecticut. #whitefarmhouse #connecticutfarmhouse

Timeless Inspiration & Cozy from MilieuMag

The beauty here is how you WON’T ever find seasonal decorating schemes or much of anything that could possibly be copied!

Rustic luxe Belgian style decor with skirted sink, stone, and shelf in a pool house in Belgium - design by Greet Lefevre; photo by Claude Smekens - in Milieu Summer 2021. #belgianstyle #skirtedsink #interiordesign
Design: Greet Lefevre; Photo: Claude Smekens

Instead, we are treated to the magic that happens when art and soul and history and innovation collide.

Milieu magazine Fall 2021 featured cozy rustic luxe living room - Interior Design @michaeltrappinc Photography @kindraclineffphotography
Interior Design @michaeltrappinc Photography @kindraclineffphotography in Milieu‘s Fall 2021 issue

Pamela Pierce launched the magazine at a time most folks were disinterested in print magazines, and her vision continues to bear the sweetest fruits. If you don’t subscribe…

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Hello Lovely’s bath (Milieu elevates Michele’s bubble baths to Le Bain Moussant Suprême OOH LA LA, doncha know.)

Goodness gracious, you really must treat yourself!

Pamela Pierce designed entry in Milieu Showhouse 2020 - photo by Laura Resen for Fall 2020 issue. #pamelapierce #interiordesign #entry
Hallway design by Pamela Pierce @milieumag Photographed by @lauraresenphotography Featured in #MILIEUFall2020 Written by @davidmasello

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It’s an education you’ll receive!

Magnificent, elegant, refined kitchen in Milieu magazine. Design by Cathy Chapman. Photo by Peter Vitale, Architect Home Front Build. #frenchfarmhouse #frenchcountry #europeancountry #interiordesign #kitchen #rustic
Magnificent, elegant, refined kitchen in Milieu magazine (Design: Cathy Chapman; Photo: Peter Vitale; Architect: Home Front Build.)

Fall in love with impossibly rich imagery and depth within Milieu’s instagram feed.

Virtual Fall Comfort Food

I confessed the other day that I have already baked apple crisp five times…

and two more times this week!

French country white kitchen designed by Pamela Pierce - photo by Miguel Flores Vianna. #frenchkitchen #frenchcountry #kitchendesign #oldworld #pamelapierce #modernfrench
Source: Milieu; Design: Pamela Pierce; Photo: Miguel Flores Vianna

My friend Elizabeth of Pinecones and Acorns has put it on record that apple crisp is a health food.

And who am I to argue? She is a food blogger so that is enough credentialed authority for me.

Inspiring quote of encouragement on Hello Lovely Studio about growing. #inspirational #quote #kindness #encouragement #personalgrowth #motivational

I’m so glad she takes the time to create these delightful vignettes through the seasons. Of course, pulling off a “simple” look is typically not all that simple.

Fall vignette with a vintage feel - books, flowers, hot chocolate, and biscuits - @pineconesandacorns. #fallfeels #fallbooks
@pineconesandacorns

I have soooooo much respect for stylists!

Inspiring quote of encouragement on Hello Lovely Studio about aspiration from Flaubert. #flaubert #wings #inspirational #quote #kindness #encouragement #personalgrowth #motivational

My Petite Maison

I’m not alone in my autumnal pale color palette. Tracie of My Petite Maison shares the most meditative, serene, pure inspiration in any season.

Beautiful kitty cat on a tufted French Nordic sofa. My Petite Maison.

I spy so much mystery, mercy, and magic within her French Nordic vignettes and everyday glimpses of home.

Nordic French all white bedroom with vintage iron bed and antiques is a lesson in quiet serenity - @mypetitemaison. #frenchnordic #whitebedroom #Swedishstyle #bedroomdecor
Inspiring quote of encouragement on Hello Lovely Studio about stillness from Herbert Read. #stillness #miracles #inspirational #quote #kindness #encouragement #personalgrowth #motivational
Great Pyrenes watches over a beautiful French Nordic white porch - @mypetitemaison. #frenchnordicinterior
@mypetitemaison
Inspiring song lyric quote of encouragement on Hello Lovely Studio about wisdom from the Beatles. #beatles #lyrics #inspirational #quote #kindness #encouragement #personalgrowth #motivational

Soulful Serenity & Sophistication from Michael del Piero

With a presence in Chicago and the Hamptons, designer Michael del Piero continues to curate with rare sensitivity and grace. I could stare at her soulful compositions forever.

Exquisite modern rustic living room by Michael del Piero with floating shelves, black pottery, and neutral furnishings. #mdpgooddesign #modernrustic #interiordesign
Photo: @richardpowersphoto

Sometimes I do.

Modern rustic daybed and organic side table - Michael Del Piero.
Photo: @Janetmesicmackie

The designer is well-traveled, and you can sense that spirit in her designs.

Enchanting picnic-scape with European inspired flavor and sophistication from Michael del Piero. #frenchfarmhouse #picnic #breadandcheese #modernrustic #slowliving #nubbylinen
Inspiring quote of encouragement on Hello Lovely Studio about flowers from Theodore Roethke. #inspirational #quote #kindness #encouragement #Roethke

Velvet and Linen’s Earthy Organic Cozy Factor

Brooke’s feed, Velvet and Linen is an enduring delight.

Patina Farm living room with Swedish Rococo antique cabinet, tapestry, European country furniture, and Old World charm - Giannetti Home.

It is possible I could get through my Mondays and Wednesdays without her pygmy goats and smiling babydoll sheep at Patina Farm.

But I don’t want to.

Patina Farm dining room with lemons on table, antique French chairs, and French limestone fireplace. Giannetti Home.

What a joy it will be to follow the Giannettis to their Tennessee home and Patina Meadow.

Custom White Oak cabinets are being installed on either side of the antique French limestone mantel. Maria Trimbell started sketching the beautiful Verdure tapestry inspired mural on all four walls. #giannettihome #velvetandlinen #frenchfarmhouse #stonefireplace #mural #interiordesign #oldworld #whiteoak
Velvet and Linen
Patina Farm living room with Swedish Rococo antique cabinet, tapestry, European country furniture, and Old World charm - Giannetti Home.

Vintage Chic & Le Cultivateur’s Cozy

Le Cultivateur is the feed of a talented stylist cultivating simple beauty from her home and the fruit of the everyday.

Romantic French farmhouse blooms in rustic vase upon vintage tattered velvet chair - Le Cultivateur.

I am so grateful for instagrammers who continue to blog…it’s old school indeed!

Inspiring quote of encouragement on Hello Lovely Studio about defeat from Fitzgerald. #defeat #struggle #inspirational #quote #kindness #encouragement #personalgrowth #motivational

Speaking of old school, my friend Amy has been blogging since the stone ages like me…

Maison Decor

Whether she is styling purple transferware…

or building something beautiful in the backyard…

A charming custom backyard potting shed with cupola adds rustic charm to a Massachusetts property with design by Amy Chalmers of Maison Decor. #gardenshed #sheshed #cottage #maisondecor
Amy of Maison Decor

or building a lakehouse or working in miniature, this innovative artist captures our imaginations!

Inspiring quote of encouragement on Hello Lovely Studio about happiness from Hawthorne. #happiness #inspirational #quote #kindness #encouragement #personalgrowth #motivational

Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Our paths crossed, and I learned of Follow the Yellow Brick Home when I began contributing to a weekly blog gathering she co-hosts.

Beautiful warm orange and vintage mix on a French country mantel by @followtheyellowbrickhome. #fallmantel

Here is an endearing blogger who freely shares lifestyle and lifegiving ideas when she isn’t devoting time to her students.

Inspiring quote of encouragement on Hello Lovely Studio about love from Eleanor Farjeon #lovequotes #inspirational #quote #kindness #encouragement #personalgrowth #motivational

I hope you’ll find loveliness and the unexpected from these sources of wonder!

Decor With Fall Feels & Favs

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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4 Comments

  1. Jeannie
    September 9, 2022 / 6:16 am

    I love your blog! Hands down the best. It’s beautiful and insightful. Thank you for starting my days so lovely.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 9, 2022 / 8:47 am

      Thank you, Jeannie. So grateful to have you here, and your words mean so much. Enjoy your weekend, friend.

  2. Cindy Adams
    September 9, 2022 / 9:19 am

    Enjoyed the whole post, you inspire me and your quotes are so thoughtful.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 9, 2022 / 9:26 am

      So happy to hear! I’m a fan of old school, more random inspo posts that feel loose and imperfect and more like 2011 — and always so happy to celebrate the changing season with you. Thanks for being here. 🙂

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Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
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