Swamp Talk: Cozy Up Your Room for Fall on a Budget

By Maureen Mariano

In addition to baking my favorite fall foods and hunting for last-minute Halloween costumes, one of my favorite activities in October is redecorating my bright summer-themed room — furnished with plastic pink dahlias and white daisies resting in mason jars — to a warm and cozy one that’s perfect for fall. Despite what many people may think, it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to switch up the décor. So with sweater weather in full effect, bring a little seasonal flair into your room with five fall pieces, each under $5!

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Love the smell of pumpkin spice anything? I mean, who doesn’t? Luckily, Bath and Body Works sells a “Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin” candle for only $4.50, so you can enjoy this scent all season long.

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If Florida’s leaves changed colors to vibrant reds, yellows, oranges and browns, this autumn leaf and twig bouquet would only cost you $1. You could buy this 9-inch glass cylinder vase at Dollar Tree and gather crunchy leaves and twigs for free outside. But since we’re stuck with hardy evergreens, you can buy 100 faux fall leaves on eBay for $3.79 to create this masterpiece.

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Top off your stacked books with a pretty pumpkin or gourd for an instant fall feel. And if you’re feeling a bit more artistic, paint the pumpkin white, silver or gold for some added elegance. Prices for pumpkins at Alachua Pumpkin Patch start at $.50.

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Cooler weather calls for cozier blankets. Since you’re on a budget, opt out of this fabulous sheep skin throw and settle for a neutral-colored fleece blanket for $5 from DollarDays.com to toss on top of your bed or lounge chair for added warmth.

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Lastly, add a fall-colored throw pillow to your bed or lounge chair for more glamour and comfort. If you already have a throw pillow, no need to buy another one! Amazon offers suede throw pillow cases in a variety of in-season colors, like burgundy, for $1.99.

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