Once I start towards a season, it’s hard to stop! In the last week I’ve been gathering speed down the slippery slope of seasonal goodies and have transitioned from transitional tabletops into a full-on fall festival quicker than you can say “it’s only September”. Last weekend our Autumn accessories were flying off the shelf and it was so much fun chatting with everyone who came in to check them out! I love hearing about your fall home décor plans and talking about this beautiful season. Along the way, I am always surprised by some of the perceived “rules” that seem to pop up surrounding specific times of the year. A common misconception when gearing up for Autumn is that you are limited to a certain color palette in order to be seasonally appropriate. Untrue! While this time of year I do enjoy more spiced hues and muddy tones to match the changes we see outside, there are many ways to bring a more seasonally appropriate approach to your home regardless of color palette. I’ve gathered a few different fabric groupings that range in tone from classic fall feels to crisp autumn evening to show that it’s easy to pivot into a new season with a little textile fun!
Classic Autumn Hues. Sure, while you can achieve a fall look in any color journey, why skip tradition? These colors are classic fall for a reason! Full of spice and foliage (and of course some animal print because I can’t resist), this fabric pairing uses the Autumn color palette we know and love. I started this group with the slightly metallic embroidered Cheetah Safari textile that, aside from being stunning year-round, reminds me of crisp amber leaves falling from a tree. I then added the beautiful La Tigra Cocoa textile that utilizes the same gorgeous fall tones in a matte finish (and reminds me of bare branches – that were, perhaps, where our amber leaves have just come from!). Instead of allowing myself to take us into jungle territory, I decided to focus on bringing in a variety of fall botanical inspired prints as well as luxurious golden mustard and spiced wine velvet that would emphasize the warmth of our animal prints and keep our composition cozy and seasonal.
Crisp Fall Nights. For this combination, I wanted to go in a completely different direction than what would be expected for autumn with cool, icy tones that bring forth memories of crisp fall nights and dove grey rainy skies. During the fall I love curling up with a cup of tea (usually my immunity blend from Headrush Roasters next door) and a good book as I observe the overcast and drizzling skies from the comfort of my home. While some might find this type of seasonal weather dreary, I find the tones of grey both lovely and calming. With a lack of color in this layout, texture is queen! By using layers of geometric linens and thick, rich velvet designs this combination goes from just grey to great. The texture gives this design the depth and warmth that would usually come from a more vibrant color combination.
Warm and Bright Bohemian. Just when you thought you knew what I would create next, I zig then zag! I couldn’t resist building a look around our bold new Zig Zag fabric that takes texture to the next level with its terry cloth feel and deep grooves. To keep these sunny shades grounded in our current season, I’ve used a mix of wool knit, like the Lee Belmont Navy, and brown velvet from our Crypton collection as visual anchors. This display is a delicate balance of hues that range from bright to muddy and textures that range from soft to rough. It is reminiscent of a Midwest fall where we have an unpredictable balance of sun and rain and alternating days of warmth and chill; fall is a hard season to put into a single box!
I look forward to what this new season will bring! For me, this time of year is always the calm before the storm, the breath before the jump, or more accurately the prep time before the holiday whirlwind is upon us! With Halloween looming with BOO-tiful (sorry, not sorry) and whimsical magic for our homes and Thanksgiving soon to follow, there is much to look forward to. Until next time – happy decorating!