We Asked 5 Home Stagers for Their Number One Decor Purchase for Fall

published Sep 7, 2023
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When the air is crisp and the leaves are falling, some folks like to shift their home’s aesthetic to one that’s a little bit more autumn-friendly. But don’t fret if you’re lacking ideas in the decor department — I asked five movers and shakers who make properties attractive for a living if they could suggest one item to transform a space for fall. 

Even if these home stagers’ picks aren’t quite pumpkin-scented, these creative professionals know the special something that can successfully sell a home — or at least reinvigorate your space for the new season.

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A Bouquet Twister

A $3 bouquet of flowers gets an instant upgrade when they’re arranged well. Boston-based stylist and stager Sean William Donovan of Sean William Styling says his new obsession, the Hanataba Bouquet Twister, will take those Trader Joe’s flowers to the next level. “This tool is great for stagers and designers alike but can help anyone add some zest to their fresh-cut florals. The cool-chic device is super easy to use and can elevate any flower arrangement. I personally love getting a few varieties of flowers and mixing things up.”

Buy: Hanataba Bouquet Twister, $29

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A Cashmere Throw

Everyone knows a comfortable space is one where people want to be. Minol Shamreen, founder and creative director of Studio M Designs, says a cashmere throw is her go-to styling element for the fall season. “These gorgeous throws are the perfect blend of luxury and comfort. A carefully selected throw effortlessly introduces a sense of coziness, a burst of color or pattern, and a layer of texture to the design palette,” Shamreen says. “My personal favorites are the oversized throws that cocoon you in warmth and indulgence.”

Buy: European Solid Cashmere Throw, $299

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A Parachute Linen Duvet Cover Set

During the open house process, prospective buyers love to see a bedroom that feels like a relaxing sanctuary. “We always use crisp white sheets, inviting and lush, for the look of an expensive hotel,” says Meredith Baer of Meridith Baer Home. “But to give a bedroom a warm wintery tone this fall, we love Parachute’s new linen duvet and sham in the rich hue called ‘Evergreen’ on top of the white bedding.” Baer explains that while linen gives the bed a laid-back, comfortable yet stylish vibe, yet it also makes you want to “curl up in it with a good book.”

Buy: Parachute Linen Duvet Cover Set in Evergreen, $369

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Decorative Faux Fruit

“When it comes to seasonal decor, keeping things fairly simple is key,” says Kelli Carley, founder and principal designer of Room Service Retold. Rather than focusing on literal decor like pumpkins, she incorporates organic patterns and textures that resemble the fall season. “An easy way to add a touch of fall to a staged home is by simply transitioning out your artificial fruit in the kitchen. Replace your bright lemons with these earthy-toned decorative pears,” Carley says. “Complement the natural tone of the pears with a wooden bowl and you’ll immediately feel transported into the fall season.” It’s a subtle touch that makes a great addition to the change of seasons. 

Buy: Half a Dozen Orchard Fresh Decorative Faux Gold Yellow Pears, $32

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A Cozy Throw Blanket

Cat Wallace of JessFinessed Home Staging & Design is also on Team Cozy. “Some of my personal fall favorites include adding fabrics that will keep you physically warm when that cooler air starts to creep in. Cozy cashmere and warm wool are great options for keeping the heat,” she shares. Wallace also recommends that as you use heavier materials for the blanket you toss over your sofa, remember to transition your summer pillows out so things look cohesive.

Buy: Woven Cozy Throw Blanket, $88