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Add some zip to fall

If you're jonesing for some trendy, soul-inspiring ways to infuse your home with new and uplifting objects that will carry you out of summer and into the beginning of a totally new season, this piece is for you.

Every time we shift into a new season, how we feel in our homes and spaces shifts as well.

It's not practical to completely revamp your rooms each time the leaves fall, but changing out a few pieces, or adding some much needed spice in smaller doses is easy, affordable, and will get you excited about life at home for the next few months!


Yes, I totally just said that. Go out and grab yourself the shaggiest, fluffiest, area rug, Mongolian wool pillows, wall hanging, or end-of-the-bed throw (better yet, grab them all), to amp up your cozy factor tenfold. When the days and nights get cold, you’ll be warm and comfy indoors.


Vintage gold and brass are making a comeback in homes everywhere this year. Gold-leaf end tables, brass sunburst mirrors, airy and architectural cage-like pendant fixtures.

They tie your spaces together while adding a touch of glamour by incorporating subtle touches of this warm metallic finish in unexpected areas throughout your spaces.

Black and white photography

Art has come and gone in our home, committing to decor long-term is sometimes next to impossible, even for us. 

But there are two oversized framed black and white photographs we had made up almost nine years ago that get center-stage in our living room, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

Graphic, edgy, and monochromatic - using black and white photography as staple pieces in your collections will easily carry nearly any design scheme long term.

Huge knits

You might be living under a rock if you haven’t seen the latest knitting trend blowing up Instagram and social media feeds everywhere.

Giant, chunky hand-knitted throws offer up the most amazing scale and texture for even the simplest and paired back of spaces. Best done in a neutral, or a soft pastel colour, nestle one of these beauties over a favorite reading chair, curl up, and enjoy.

Turkish anything

Jump on this textural bandwagon, and watch your spaces thrive.

Spaces needing a little eclectic touch can transcend ordinary and neutral by adding blanketed pillows, hand-loomed rugs, and even hammered serving platters to the mix.

The more colour, the better when it comes to brining in these well-travelled items. 

Artesian handmade

Seek out handmade, one-off pieces for great alternatives to side tables, book shelves, plant stands, wall shelves, cocktail tables, and unique wall décor.

White-washed or ashy, pickled finishes are super on point and will help to blend any new piece into an existing or slightly less stylized décor scheme. 


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About the Author

Crispin Butterfield is the creative force and mastermind behind Urban Theory; a graduate of Mount Royal University in Calgary, her engaging personality and design-commerce savvy make her a valued and well-respected professional and mentor within her field.

She’s able to uniquely see the parameters and vision of each project in ways her clients often cannot, and has honed the process and proficiency required to grow incredible long-standing client relationships. 

Crispin embraces a life full of ingenuity and imagination, fueled by raw ambition and a desire to leave her mark on the world. Her impeccable design style, expertise, and a rock-solid business acumen is the foundation which allows Urban Theory Interior Design to provide full scale services with authenticity, innovation, and ample amounts of personality.

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