Thinking Fall

Comfortable and elegant. Earthy and sophisticated. This autumn, we want it all. And inspired by Southwestern allure and Southern charm, we’re bringing it all to your home.

The James Accent Chair is classic in design, but the coppery upholstery is straight out of the Southwestern palette. Ditto the ocher hue of the streamlined velvet Shiloh Swivel Stools. As a result, they elevate the earthier elements of the space—the wool-and-jute Orchard Ripple Rug, the reclaimed-wood Raquel Dining Table used here as a desk—while maintaining the overall relaxed, organic vibe.

The James Accent Chair is classic in design, but the coppery upholstery is straight out of the Southwestern palette. Ditto the ocher hue of the streamlined velvet Shiloh Swivel Stools. As a result, they elevate the earthier elements of the space—the wool-and-jute Orchard Ripple Rug, the reclaimed-wood Raquel Dining Table used here as a desk—while maintaining the overall relaxed, organic vibe.

The Camila Sectional in Hemp and the Thane Floor Lamp, with its pale oak body, set an easygoing foundation for this season and beyond. You can dress these neutrals up with accents in pastels for spring, primary hues come winter, and as seen here, rusts and browns for autumn.

The Camila Sectional in Hemp and the Thane Floor Lamp, with its pale oak body, set an easygoing foundation for this season and beyond. You can dress these neutrals up with accents in pastels for spring, primary hues come winter, and as seen here, rusts and browns for autumn.

Colors of the Season


Palette-wise, the colors of the Grand Canyon and adobe dwellings, saguaro-studded deserts and Navaho weavings are ideal for autumn. This is especially true in the early weeks, when most landscapes still hold at least hints of green and dusk serves as a pink-tinged buffer between day and night.

Because these hues are neutral, you can easily integrate them into your existing decor. Add a few rust-colored pillows, replace a summery blue-and-white rug with an ivory natural-fiber one, toss a camel-color throw over your sofa or your bed. And when you introduce those colors in the form of a classic piece, such as a button-tufted wingback bed with sandy upholstery or a round mirror framed in leather, the organic takes on a new elegance.

Another option is to make the neutral hues the foundation of a room—say, a sofa upholstered in pale linen or a raw wood dining table. Then you can swap out earthy accents for jewel-tone ones as autumn grows cooler and darker. Vivid but still natural hues—sapphire blue, garnet red, emerald green—satisfy our yearning to brighten up our homes as days grow colder and nights longer. What’s more, they nod to the opulent, pampering, and even fanciful homes of the South.

A nature-inspired palette doesn’t have to mean all earth tones. The deep blues of the evening sky add organic drama to a room. Case in point: these Owen Slipcover Chairs. The unfinished wood of the Charlotte Round Dining Table both contrasts with and complements its refined shape. Find the marble-and-steel candlesticks here.

A nature-inspired palette doesn’t have to mean all earth tones. The deep blues of the evening sky add organic drama to a room. Case in point: these Owen Slipcover Chairs. The unfinished wood of the Charlotte Round Dining Table both contrasts with and complements its refined shape. Find the marble-and-steel candlesticks here.

Material Things


Nature is the source not only of our autumn palette but also of the materials that make up most of the furnishings. Leather, hide, and sheepskin are especially prominent, and there are plenty of cruelty-free faux options that you’d never guess weren’t real.

Other of-the-season materials that all but beg to be touched include raffia, jute, and sisal. Rugs made of jute, sisal, and other natural fibers are perennial favorites, but now more than ever they’re topped with a hide or a densely knotted wool rug. Furniture with raffia accents or clad entirely in the fiber is only growing in popularity. If a little natural fiber goes a long way for you, add just a woven basket or tray to a room for an au courant update. While raffia and sisal might lean toward the rough-hewn, they’re perfect—and perfectly unexpected—contrasts to velvet, suede, and alpaca wool, which add just the right touch of sumptuousness to autumn.

Accent pieces are another way to play up the earthy-meets-elegant mood of the season. Place a polished marble vase atop a weathered wood coffee table. Hang a framed photo of a starkly stunning desert above your comfortable classic roll-arm sofa. Offset your simple stoneware dishes with gleaming silver candlesticks. This autumn, you can have it all—or as much of it as strikes your fancy.

 

The raffia-covered nightstand and the faux-fur throw bring a literal touch of the outdoors into this bedroom. The Carrie Leopard Shams and the floral duvet cover introduce natural motifs; the Harper Monogram Boudoir Sham gives the room a Southern accent.