Fall feels are what I'm all about right now—in my choice of drink (cider and pumpkin anything), dress (flannels and boots all the way) and at home (fragrant cinnamon-y candles). Call me basic, but it has been so hot for so long in New York this year, that I am absolutely ready for the weather to match the season and for my apartment to follow suit. Which got me to thinking, what really makes a house feel like fall?
It's not as clear-cut as the other categories I mentioned above, so I literally cornered designer, blogger, Target Home Style Expert and all around tastemaker/ladyboss Emily Henderson at a holiday press preview a few days ago for a few tips on getting festive for fall at home. Since she's lived in California a while, where there's basically an endless summer, I figured she'd be just the person to help us all out.
Bring in textiles with cozy textures
Cable knit, faux fur, nubby wool, velvet—Emily says to look for throws and pillows in super tactile materials that have a nice weight and softness to them. It's kind of what's in stores now anyway. Layer them on sofas and chairs, and don't be afraid of a floor pillow or pouf in a chunky weave either. Try upcycling an old sweater into a pillow cover if you don't want to buy anything new. This photo above from Emily's blog showcases last year's product from Target, but there are similar styles in stock this year.
Create your own harvest palette
"Orange is not my spirit color, and it never will be," says Emily. "I don't look good in it, and I don't really like it around me either." Amen to that! Couldn't agree more. But that doesn't mean all autumnal shades are out of the question. "Right now my house is very Halloweeny, but I'm hoping to make my fall palette more about blacks and charcoals with hits of blush and gold," she says. So you don't have to stick to burnt siennas and aubergine accents this year if they don't work for you. Do your own version of warm colors. Check out what Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. did in her home above for inspiration—talk about channeling serious Emily vibes.
Let go of the bright patterns—for now
Emily loves a bold, cheery floral as much as the next design blogger, but now's the time to bring out the dark and moodier prints. Dark florals are trending right now, she says, so do one of those if you can't bear to give flowers up altogether. But consider a plaid or tweed instead, if you're buying linens or a throw pillow. Fall is when menswear-inspired patterns shine. Scatter the print all over for a subtle fall boost (or amp it up even more with super seasonal items like in this vignette from Home Stories A to Z).
Rethink your pumpkin hue
In keeping with her orange-free fall color scheme, Emily added in real pink-skinned "porcelain doll" pumpkins (like the ones above we spotted on ShowrMe via Instagram) this year alongside her staple faux styles in black, white and gold. "They're closer in color to blush, and they're a great size and shape for stacking," Emily says. These colors can also be carried into Thanksgiving as well. And to think I thought 2017 was all about the green pumpkin.
And yes, you can light a fire, even in 95 degree heat
That's what Emily did to get the shot at the top of this post. That's what I like to call dedication to her craft, people! But seriously, if you can't fire up the logs because it is really hot outside still (NYC, I'm looking at you!), or you don't have a fireplace, a nice essential oil-based candle will help you go for the glow on a smaller (but still fall-scented) scale.