Seasonal inspiration: How to decorate your home for autumn with Gul Mirza

Pumpkin season is upon us, here’s how you should decorate with them according to influencer Gul E Zahra Mirza

Gul Mirza in her fall inspired living room
Gul in her fall inspired living room. Credit│Gul Mirza

It’s officially autumn in the UAE, the weather has cooled down and supermarkets have their pumpkin stock in. If you’re anything like us then the seasonal shift will be sparking serious joy. One Dubai resident who is certainly all about the fall is influencer/blogger Gul E Zahra Mirza from Fanny’s World. Gul is known for her kitsch, well styled and seasonal Instagram posts – changing her home’s decor multiple times a year. October has seen Gul’s home transformed into a veritable pumpkin palace, so who better to advise us on decorating for the fall? Here are her top tips for adding a touch of autumn to your home:

Create a cosy feel  

Cosy autumnal home decoration
The season of movie nights with candles and blankets is upon us. Credit│Gul Mirza

Fashion a hygge space by using plenty of warm, but soft tones. Rust, orange and gold are the keys shades of the season. Bring these hues together to create a palette, then stick to the tones throughout. 

Fall decorating is all about adding warmth and coziness. You can easily add a comfy feel with knitted accents and wooden baskets. I also recommend playing to smell, add some autumn aroma with scented candles. My favourite notes for the season are oak, pumpkin spice and cinnamon.

Pick a focal point

Choose a key point, start decorating from that to then go to other parts of the house. That focal point could be your foyer table or even kitchen island. I always start decorating with my faux fireplace as it makes for a great place to display items.

DIY items you already own

Fall decorations
Get creative with your own seasonal DIY displays. Credit│Gul Mirza

Shop around the house first before investing in new pieces. You can spray paint old decorative pieces in gold, rust or copper to fit them in your fall décor, like i did here with this hand shaped candle holder. Try DIY-ing a low centre piece to keep on the dining table or coffee table, like this one I made. It’s a wooden log plate with added few faux maple leaves and mini pumpkins, I then added some cedar wood essential oil on to the display.

Add a natural touch

Of course, you can’t go wrong with pumpkins this month. Assorted sizes of the orange vegetable (fake or real) are sure fire way to transition any corner of your home for the fall season. You can also put them in vase, stack them on books or just keep them in a corner ­– they look appealing displayed any way.

Faux maple tree or stems  bring the right amount of warmth to your fall home. I also suggest replacing fresh flowers with wilted blooms or winter blooms like holly.

Want more styling tips? Learn how to follow the bohemian trend or how to bring a subtle hint of pink into your space

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