The days are getting shorter and the temperatures have dropped—two trusty signs that the holidays are right around the corner and it's time to start getting your home ready for the festive season. Adding simple touches can infuse your surroundings with a sense of coziness and cheer, while bigger updates can really spark some more long-lasting joy. So, whether you're only in need of a quick seasonal refresh or you've decided to tackle a much bigger project, get ready to indulge yourself—and your home with these five easy tips.

Design & photo by @alainakaz

1. Set a Festive Mood With Ambient Light

While your home's exterior might be decorated with strands of lights, don't forget about illuminating your interior to help infuse a holiday mood. Whether you add an accent light in your living room or place statement lighting in your entry, setting a festive mood with elegant ambient lighting creates a warm, holiday glow that will permeate your entire home. Want to make your space feel really luxurious? Complete your project with one of our solid brass switchplates for a beautiful finishing touch.

Design and photo by @chrislovesjulia

2. Finish Your Space With Solid Brass Hardware

Looking for an easy way to upgrade existing cabinetry or furniture? Swap out your current cabinet hardware for one of our solid brass options. Brass makes an elevated visual statement and pairs perfectly with saturated tones and rich holiday hues. We use solid brass as the base for every piece of our cabinet hardware for durability and a sense of quality that you'll feel every time you open your cabinet.

3. Embrace Your Own Personal Space

The holidays is the time to treat yourself and indulge in those special touches for your space that you’ve been craving all year. Create your own personal retreat with premium bedding, a colorful seasonal duvet, a woven wool throw in a warm seasonal hue, a plush, hand-knotted rug, and a cozy bedside light for reading.

4. Refresh Your Living Space With Vibrant Decorative Pieces

Nothing adds energy to a room like color and texture. Add holiday cheer to your sofa with a couple of our raw silk decorative pillows. Pillows and decor in rich tones and vibrant hues add a festive feel and can still work throughout the rest of winter. A brass decorative light, like our Vivian table lamp will shine all year round, and brighten your mood, while adding a trio of brass vases and a stunning set of candlesticks will dress up your mantel with ease.

5. Add Character With Our One-of-A-Kind Vintage Finds

Vintage decor instantly infuses your space with character and a sense of history. Our buyers source antiques from around the world, and then carefully restore each one at our Portland, Oregon studio. Our antiques and vintage section features everything from midcentury paintings and furniture, to antique Turkish rugs and these popular decorative Turkish jars.

The holidays can be a busy time—but we're here to help you with simple home updates that you can do yourself, and that can transform your space in minutes. Whether it's an easy hardware swap or a beautiful new throw pillow, stop by one of our stores or shop with us online.