Even if you’ve long since graduated, it’s hard to avoid that back-to-school feeling come fall. Instead of pencils and sheet paper, these days we’re craving a fresh start at home. With cooling temperatures and changing leaves comes our desire for cozier linens, warm lighting and a shift to autumnal colors and textures in our decor (both indoor and outdoor, by the way!).
From a dramatic, “make your whole room feel different” lighting fixture to classic flannel sheets, we’ve gathered ten stylish essentials to get your home ready for fall.
A Set of Flannel Sheets
It happens all at once—your crisp cotton percale sheets that kept you nice and cool all summer are suddenly too cold! When you’re ready to turn your bed over for the season, cozy up with a set of classic plaid flannel sheets from L.L. Bean. These sheets are seasonal but timeless and come in both bold and subtle patterns (as well as solid colors) that will suit your home’s aesthetic.
A Chandelier for Warm Lighting
There are some lighting fixtures that have the power to completely change the vibe of a room. This ‘Sputnik’ chandelier from West Elm is that kind of piece. Looking like a cross between a starburst and a spaceship, this chandelier would look incredible over a dining table or in your entryway—so it’s the first thing people see when they arrive.
An Olive Green Furniture Element
Olive green is a standby in our closets come autumn, so why not our homes, too? We love the modern-yet-comfy look of this canvas chair from Urban Outfitters, as well as it’s affordable price. Make it feel extra-seasonal with a faux fur throw blanket and ethnic print throw pillow, then switch it up in the warmer seasons to maintain the chair’s year-round appeal.
A Cozy Throw Blanket
From movie nights to sick days, Sundays on the couch with the paper and Netflix binge sessions—what’s fall without the perfect blanket? Wrap yourself in a warm neutral throw from Crane & Canopy—one of our favorite new places to shop for bed and bath linens.
Seasonally Scented Candles
If an entire home revamp isn’t in your future this fall—you can just make it smell like you’ve done something new! Anthropologie now has a whole set of candles in scents like “Balsam Cedar” and “Fireside” that will definitely have you feeling those autumnal vibes.
A Touch of Mongolian Fur
If you’re willing to go big when it comes to revamping your home for fall, might we direct your attention to this totally luxe Mongolian fur bench from Neiman Marcus? We can’t imagine a fancier place take a seat, honestly. Position this bench at the end of your bed for a stylish sitting area, or in your entry way as the ultimate spot to stop and lace up your shoes.
Custom Cocktail Hour Coasters
Fall is the season when you slowly start to transition from feeling like you’ve got to go out every night (summer!) to knowing you’re probably just going to stay in (winter!). Find the happy medium by hosting cocktails chez vous—with a brand new set of coasters, of course. We love the look of these custom monogrammed acrylic coasters from the personalization pros at Mark and Graham. (Pair these coasters with a cozy fall cocktail, like an old fashioned or an apple cider martini.)
A Leather Sling Chair
If you haven’t yet discovered The Citizenry, consider this your call to action. This online store curates amazing home decor finds from around the globe, including hand-woven pillows from Oaxaca and tableware from Ireland. But what most caught our attention is this leather sling or “Butterfly” chair—hand-crafted in Argentina by The Palermo Leather Workshop. Leather furniture only gets better the more it’s used, and fall is the perfect season to introduce a piece like this into your home.
A Natural Area Rug
Area rugs are a simple way to transform the look and feel of any room. We love natural and jute rugs on their own, but they also work layered with an oriental or printed rug for added drama. This version from Target is under $150 and will provide the perfect base for more fall colors in your home.
A Cozy (And Versatile!) New Couch
Is your living room in desperate need of a refresh? Burrow is a new direct-to-customer furniture company that’s changing the way we shop for investment pieces like chairs and couches. Their pieces are shipped to you in small boxes that anyone can carry (even up several flights of stairs) and assembly can be done in about 10 minutes without any tools. Their three-seater couch is under $1200 and comes in five rich colors that are neutral enough to suit anyone’s existing home decor.