With autumn's crisp chill comes pumpkin spiced lattes, apple picking adventures, and warm cashmere. It's fall, and our designer Ariel Okin shows us how to make our homes cozy and rustic for the season.
Ah, fall. The season of pumpkin spiced everything, girl groups posting their apple picking pics on Instagram with hashtags like #imnotbasiciswear, and the return of cashmere in full force. A glorious moment indeed. (Unless you live in California, in which case, what are seasons?)
Just because your wardrobe gets a refresh doesn’t mean that your home should be given the chilly shoulder (no pun intended). So pile on the pumpkins, break out the mums, and stock up on yummy throws, because #NetflixandChill is about to be back in a very real way. See below for 6 easy tips.
1. Add seasonal items to your entrance
One of my favorite things about growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia was the transition from September to “FALL.” Pumpkins arrived on doorsteps, mums bloomed on front lawns, and terra-cotta pots with ferns and topiaries sat outside the front porticos to greet people. Welcoming fall begins right at the front door. Forget Halloween decorations. Add on an autumnal wreath, and we’re in business. A fresh front doormat (maybe with your initials or a cheeky greeting… get crazy) is also a nice way to say “Hello, new season, I welcome you with open arms and dirty shoes.”
2. Embrace all the smells
I am very big on home fragrance. I have candles hiding in every nook and cranny for every mood, scent, and season. What is better than watching Sunday football (or being forced to watch it while perusing the internet on your laptop with a stack of magazines on standby) while inhaling pine needles, nutmeg, and coriander? Not much, really. Plus, for us city dwellers, it’s usually the closest we can get to a working fireplace. The best fall candle I’ve ever smelled, you ask? Henri Bendel’s limited edition annual holiday candle. It’ll smell like the bakery in It’s Complicated and you will thank me.
3. Go for the flannel, cashmere and wool
Arguably the best thing about fall is purchasing a cozy new throw or some cushy pillows to hang out with for the next six months while you slowly fade deeper and deeper into the crevices of your sofa. Fabrics like flannel, cashmere, and wool keep you warm and also usher in the season with patterns like plaid, tartan, and cable knit. Texture is key!
4. Swap out your summer bedding
Say goodbye to your linen duvet. Snow is on (almost) on its way. To prevent a chill at night when the temperature dips below to those colder climes, add a heavier, thick duvet or quilt (or even a luxurious fur) to your bed in a rich autumnal hue to warm up the bedroom.
5. Layer rugs…
To prevent those cold feet! Now is the perfect time to purchase that flokati shag rug you’ve been debating for the past six months. Layered on top of a neutral and chunky sisal rug, you’ll add texture and cover the cold floor (thus protecting your poor little freezing feet). Much like a fall wardrobe, adding different layers creates visual interest and offers practical solutions, like staying toasty. For more on rug solutions, check out our short guide.
6. Add some festivity to the table
One of the best ways to feel like you’re really in the fall spirit is to add a little bit of festive decoration to your dining table. The key here is to not go overboard. You’re not decorating for a theme party, just adding a bit of natural elements into your home. Whether it’s a burlap tablecloth, a trio of mini pumpkins, or some leaves from outside mixed with some high and low hurricane glass candles, you not only create visual interest but also develop a very chic vignette for the dinner party you will inevitably want to throw once your home looks so cozy you can’t possibly bare to not share it with humanity.