Meg Caswell’s 6 Easy Steps for Updating Your Home for the Holidays

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Fall is one of my favorite times of the year for so many reasons – I love the changing leaves around us, the cooler air and the opportunity to pull out all of those fall fabrics, colors and textures that are so much fun. It’s a great time to consider updating your home interiors to take you into the new season. Refresh your home now before the family arrives…items ship immediately from my online store.

Just for The Mother List, here are 6 easy steps to get you started:



Start looking for accents you love to add some new style in your home. If you are afraid of color, this is the area of your home that you should take some risk and go bold! It’s not as permanent as a bold paint color.  Updating your pillows and adding throw blankets with lots of color will go a long way.


When starting  to update the interior design in your home, begin with any room you want. Start with the rug first…then pull paint colors and fabrics from the rug you love. Chances are you will find a lot of fabrics you love, but not a lot of rugs and it’s easier to match fabric to a rug than the other way around. Wool rugs hold up best and I have found great affordable ones on and Just be sure to check that they are wool if you want them to last longer. And check out my rugs for sale in my shop.


Lighting is very important in every room. Consider adding table lamps or floor lamps if you have a smaller space. Make sure you light up the dark corners that the main room light doesn’t hit. Update lamp shades or look for new lamps that work well in your space. Or even add some ribbon trim to your shade for a more chic look.


Painting is one of the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways to update a room. If you want something neutral, try Benjamim Moore’s Acadia White or Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. For an off-white I like Martha Stewart’s Sisal from Home Depot. I also like Edgecomb Grey for large areas because it’s a great neutral with not too much grey or yellow.  Kensington Blue is a great blue for dining rooms with white wainscotting on the bottom half and looks great in a bedroom.


I love mixing striped rugs with old vintage floral patterns on pillows and drapes. It reminds me of Dorothy Draper and I have always been inspired by her.  For pillows and accent colors, I’m totally into greens blues and fuschia. I also love navy and white and grey and white with touches of black…classic!!


Art is very personal. You should always buy what you love. It doesn’t have to match everything in the home and you can always select colors that compliment. If your home is all cool tones, like blues and greys, find art that has those colors with additional complementary colors like green and yellow. As far as places to shop for art, it depends on your budget. I like Z Gallerie for middle-of-the-road prices and I love and for higher end. Also, check out Chicago Art Source. It’s a company that can locate finer art for you that fits perfectly in your home with artists from around the world. Love Trowbridge too!

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