If You Only Follow One Fall Trend, This Classic Comeback Material Should Be It

published Sep 30, 2020
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Fall is officially here, and chunky sweaters, riding boots, and knit beanies are making their long-awaited return. Embracing the season isn’t just about changing over your wardrobe though—it can also extend to updating your home, too. I love adding warm, autumnal accents to my space, and this year, tortoiseshell is definitely on my radar. The use of this pattern dates back to ancient Greece and Rome, where people used actual animal shells, skins, and pelts for decoration at home, among other things. With other classical trends like the checkerboard and decorative busts bubbling back up to the surface in the design world right now, it’s no surprise that tortoise products are seeing a surge, too—just this time around, they’re faux.

The black, brown, tan, and orange palette of tortoiseshell certainly makes this material feel particularly apropos for fall, but these kinds of pieces can be gorgeous additions year-round. From lamps to candles and everything in between, these eight tortoiseshell pieces will add a little classic charm to your space.

Ansel Table Lamp

When I first came across this petite Urban Outfitters lamp a couple of months back, I was automatically sold on both its adorable shape and vibrant pattern. Its small footprint makes this piece the perfect finishing touch for a mantel, nightstand, or even a bar cart, and it’s bound to garner tons of compliments. I also love spotting current pieces that could easily pass for vintage finds, and this one certainly fits that description.

Buy: Ansel Table Lamp, $89.00 from Urban Outfitters

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Franklin Double Old-Fashioned Glass

For the perfect fall refresh for your bar cart or cabinet, stock up on four to six matching cups in a fun pattern. These tortoise glasses from CB2 are just as lovely in person as they are online and will make sipping cider-based cocktails feel more festive than just a plain clear glass.

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Kate Spade New York Organizer Thick File Folders

If you’re still perfecting your WFH setup, stylish office supplies probably won’t solve all of your problems. A cute new accent or two, however, might be able to provide you with a little extra motivation to get after your to-do list. These tortoiseshell folders from Kate Spade are perfect for stashing important bills, reminders, and receipts. They’ll also look lovely on your desk, whether you put them in a file sorter or not.

Buy: Kate Spade New York Organizer Thick File Folders, $16.95 for a 6-Pack from Amazon

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Multibey Container Cup

While you’re at it, why not grab a cute pencil cup to match your file folders? If you don’t often find yourself reaching for pens and pencils, this container would also look chic holding makeup brushes in the bathroom.

Buy: Multibey Container Cup, $13.57 from Amazon

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Tortoise Candle

These tortoiseshell candles would make for delightful gifts as the holidays approach, and, at less than $20 each for a 1-wick jar, they’re a stylish yet affordable pick. Since the vessel is too adorable to toss, this find is truly the gift that keeps on giving. You or your recipient can enjoy keeping the empty jar on hand to store loose change, hold paintbrushes, or even house a tiny succulent!

Buy: Tortoise Candle, Starting at $25.00 $17.50 for a 1-wick candle from West Elm

Kim Seybert Tortoise Coaster Set

I’ve seen—and own—a lot of pretty coasters, but these beauties are currently at the top of my wishlist! Kim Seybert always designs the most gorgeous pieces, and while pricy, this set is meant to be treasured and is neutral enough to go in anyone’s home with any type of decor.

Buy: Kim Seybert Tortoise Coaster Set, $67.00 from Bloomingdale’s

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Tortoise Shell II Acrylic Box

Society6 is known for its wide array of affordable art prints, but there are tons of other goodies available on the site, including this small acrylic tortoiseshell box, which truly has an infinite number of uses. Set it atop your nightstand to stash rings and earrings or use it to add some pizazz to your coffee table. You really can’t go wrong!

Buy: Tortoise Shell II Acrylic Box, $22.00 $17.60 from Society6

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Tortoise Shell Phone Case

If your phone case is looking a little worse for the wear after all of those FaceTime sessions, why not treat yourself to something new? This case can be made in sizes that are compatible with a wide variety of phone models, and you can even choose between a glossy or matte finish. It’ll certainly add a little flair to your at-home charging station or setup.

Buy: Tortoise Shell Phone Case, Starting at $22.00 from Etsy