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Some people look forward to swapping their tanks for sweaters and their iced coffees for pumpkin lattes the second the cool weather hits. Me? I get excited about trading my linen throws for cashmere ones and my cotton pillows for velvet covers. Though the focus is different, the ethos remains the same — readying my life (and home) for the subtle shift a change in seasons brings.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to refresh all of my decor for each season (especially considering I live in the Northeast; that’s four seasons worth of home shopping, people. No thank you!). Instead of scrambling to flip my house like I’m on an HGTV makeover special, I focus on small and affordable seasonal swaps that bring the cozy without breaking the bank.
IKEA has long been a go-to of mine when it comes to on-trend and seasonal decor additions that come in at a modest price point. Their fall collection this year definitely doesn’t disappoint — it’s filled with weighty fabrics, trendy finishes (think brass and matte black), and of-the-moment materials (hello, rattan!) that make transitioning your home into the next season seamless and fun. Here are just a few favorite items I’ve earmarked for a fall makeover.
Ok, so I’m not actually sure this should be referred to as a specimen frame, but this type of design always reminds me of something you’d find in the wood-paneled office of a chemistry professor. I digress. Regardless of the name, this frame is an easy way to swap in seasonal photos or pressed botanicals for a fall-ready vibe.
Buy: HÖSTKVÄLL Frame, $7.99
If you live in an area that experiences winter weather, you’re probably preparing for things to get a bit messy in a few months. Come fall, I like to swap out our lightweight doormat for something more hearty, like this up-for-anything coir mat. The herringbone pattern is visually dynamic and playful but also serves to help remove excess salt, dirt, and snow from your boots.
Buy: HÖSTKVÄLL Door Mat, $7.99
This charming faux wreath mimics the look of dried grass without any of the crumbly mess that comes from preserved branches. The minimalist shape and density keep things feeling modern, so you can easily eschew that craft store vibe circa 1989 (if you don’t like that nostalgic look). I love the idea of hanging this on the front of a cabinet door or a stove hood.
Metallics are such an easy way to warm up your decor in preparation for a seasonal shift, and this candle holder has all the personality. Part of the bold Zandra Rhodes collection that launched at the beginning of September, the asymmetrical shape and fluted edges of this piece are somehow modern and retro at the same time. A slew of these down a dining table would complete the vibe-y dinner party of my dreams.
Buy: KARISMATISK Candle dish, $4.99
In general, fall means cooler weather (at least in this hemisphere), and cooler weather means it’s time to bring your plant babies indoors so they don’t meet an untimely death. Ensure you prep their new home for comfort and style with this sleek and simple plant stand. The dual tiers ensure plenty of air space for your bigger ferns and greenies, while the powder-coated steel material will stand up to your sloppy watering skills (no judgment!).
Buy: OLIVBLAD Plant stand, $19.99
Natural light can be scarce in the fall and winter, which is why it’s a good idea to make the most of whatever sun you do have. Hanging a mirror is a great way to ensure those beams of light get bounced around your room throughout the day, and this seashell-shaped design could not be more charming. Don’t be surprised if it gets mistaken for a vintage find!
Buy: LOMMARYD Mirror, $69.99
Add a touch of natural texture to your space with a hit of trendy rattan, as seen on this new oval tray. The generous size (it’s almost 20 inches long!) makes it great for corralling any number of items around your home, from your keys and wallet by the front door to a slew of TV remotes in the living room. You could even use it to house equally rustic seasonal accents like pinecones and mini pumpkins.
Buy: NÖJAKTIG Decoration dish, $12.99
Swapping out your textiles — like pillows, throws, and even curtains — can be such an easy way to usher a new season into your home. Nubbier fabrics and warmer hues work wonders in transitioning the rest of your decor without having to break the bank, and this budget-friendly blanket is basically begging for a couch, a book, and a big ‘ol mug of spiked cider, IMO.
Buy: EKKRONMAL Throw, $24.99
Become the host with the most… style, that is, this fall with these autumnal-patterned oven mitts. They feature a chic rust and black color palette and a leaf motif that will put you in the running for best dressed at the table — besides the bird at Thanksgiving, of course. Plus, at just $5 a pop, they’d also make for a great gift, and matching pot holders are available, too.
Buy: HÖSTKVÄLL Oven mitt, $4.99
A rug may not be something you think to swap out seasonally, but if you’re in the market for one or like to go a little fluffier and cozier for the fall, I happen to think this newest style from IKEA is super stunning. The cream is such a beautiful shade for a low-traffic area, and the delicate fringe adds a decidedly boho feel. It looks like it’d be super soft underfoot, too.
Buy: PEDERSBORG Rug, $89.00