Add a Candle Sconce for Fall

Last week I shared some fall decor ideas for this year.  One of them was a candle sconce, which I am really loving this year!  They are fairly inexpensive, compared to electric wall sconces, and add a beautiful texture and shine to a room. I scoured the internet for some gorgeous new and vintage finds…there really is something for every style!  Here are 20 of my favorites!

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Here are some real-life examples of where and how to use candle sconces inside a home! (Just click on the picture to go to the source)


An entry is a great place to hang a pair of candle sconces…such a cozy way to greet guests when it gets dark so early.

shaker style staircase

Light the path up your stairs with candle sconces.

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The fireplace is a great place for candle sconces, when you are looking for a more affordable solution to electric sconces, with the same amount of beauty.


A pair of sconces can help create beautiful symmetry in a formal room.


Even bathrooms can use sconces!

Untitled-2I hope you feel inspired by this little idea for fall.  Do you have any unique ways you incorporate candles into your home for fall?

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Fall Living Room Details

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI’m not a huge Halloween decorator, but starting in October I love adding touches of Fall to my home.  I don’t go overboard, but I do love bringing in leaves and pumpkins and fall colors and patterns.  I haven’t shared many photos of my Seattle living room here on the blog, so I thought it would be a fun time to show you a peek!

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThose big windows really make this home feel light and bright even on the grayest Seattle day.  Plus, the fall colors from my view are just getting better and better…such a show going on right now!

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI added some velvet pillows and a few throw blankets to the room to add additional pattern and warm texture for the season.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI always love to have something living on my coffee table as a little focal point in the room…leaves clipped from the maple tree in my front yard are adding a stunning little yellow moment to the room right now.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI spray painted a ceramic apple gold last week and I love the way it looks sitting happily on the coffee table.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThis bookcase, though gorgeous, is always a difficult piece for me to style.  Those super big square shelves make it tricky to fill.  But, I added some fall-inspired artwork  I’ve created and books in colors that suited my living room for the season mixed in with some of pottery I’ve collected from Mexico.  This piece is constantly changing.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI love gathering leaves during my walks around the neighborhood and I often like to frame them for simple, inexpensive art around the house.   My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comMy fall mantel is just a simple collection of candlesticks and pumpkins.  Those black tapers were a fun find last year and they looked perfectly spooky for Halloween, but still elegant enough for the entire fall season.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThis little bar cart, a term which I use very loosely since we don’t drink, houses a candle which is burning almost constantly these days and little bits of nature my kids bring home on our walks…that little gold dish is full of pinecones.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThis is a little peek at our front entry.  The lighting makes it incredibly difficult to photograph, but I hung a strand of gold pinecones by the front door, and brought out a boot tray for our rain boots which get daily wear around here.  I also brought in all my plants in for the season and this trio i so happy sitting in that bright window.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comHow do you decorate for Fall?  What is your way to bring fall color into your house?

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Fall Decor That Transitions into Christmas

Decorating for the holiday season  is so much fun. I love the anticipation of pulling out the decorations each year, and rediscovering my favorite pieces.  Along with all of my cherished decorations I love to spruce things up with a few new things.  But, decorating for a specific holiday or season can be an expensive hobby…especially since the season doesn’t last that long in relation to the rest of the year.  So, I say look for pieces you can buy now that will transition through Christmas and the entire Winter season.

Here are 7 things to buy now for Fall, but leave up all season…and a few tips on how to style them!


Do you use any of the same Fall decorations for Christmas too?  I’d love to know!  I’ll be back with a little peek at some fall decor in my own house later!

ONE: Stool | Lantern
TWO: Mirror | Luster Glass Hurricane | Brass Net Hurricane | Geo Glass Hurricane
THREE: Floor Lamp | Wood Pedestals
FOUR: Antler Candle Centerpiece | Runner | Table
FIVE: Olive Leaf Swag | Terracotta Pots
SIX: Plaid Pillow | Plaid Throw | Floor Lamp
SEVEN: Candle Sconces | Mirror

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A Little Cabinet Shelfie Styling

Last week I shared a little peek at one corner of my home…a previously neglected corner.  This little cabinet lives in my kitchen and was just piled full of all my accessories…and was desperately in need of some styling. See what I mean?
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And here’s the after…Cabinet Styling Before & After |

I put together this animated gif to show you a peek at my design process!

A Cabinet Styling Animated Gif | www.theanatomyofdesign.comMuch better, right?  I picked a color palette (pretty much the only color palette I ever use) and got to work layering and layering.  My grandma has a china cabinet in her house that is stuffed full of little trinkets…it hasn’t changed in years, but I loved peering into it when I visited for Sunday dinner and looking at all the little treasures.  I wanted a similar stuffed, but styled, feeling for mine.  Here’s some close-up shots for fun.
a cabinet shelfie | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThese little teacups were my inspiration for the whole color palette!


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This stripey gift wrap makes the perfect back drop! And, it’s a super inexpensive way to transform the back of any cabinet!closeup5

closeup6I’ll be back here on Monday!  Have a great Halloween weekend!

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A Formula to Simply Style Your Mantle

Danielle Colding

Danielle Colding, the designer behind the Room of the Week, is kinda a master at styling the perfect vignette.  For example…those bookshelves walk the perfect line between styled and overstyled.

And, my favorite moment is the simple, but beautiful fireplace styling. It is decorative but not cluttered and is a nice resting place from the busyness of the bookshelves nearby.

And, it’s a formula that works for almost any style and space…some kind of art in the middle with a large piece of sculpture on one side and a trio (or other odd number) of candlesticks on the other.  Here’s a few little scenarios I did to test the formula and show you how it works for so many styles!

A Formula to Style Your Fireplace Mantle | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI shared a peek at my own current mantle for fall a few weeks ago on Instagram…no large pieces of sculpture, but plenty of candlesticks!

Fall Fireplace Mantle Styling | www.theanatomyofdesign.comWhat do you think of the formula?  Anyone up for giving it a try?


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