It’s officially fall! And we love it! As days grow shorter, and nights longer, it’s time to replace summer’s lighter fineries with warmer, cool-weather trappings. Fall has always been a time of harvest: Outside, autumn’s changing leaves dictate an indoor shift toward a richer color palette and decor that celebrates nature’s abundance.
From decorating to entertaining here’s how to make the most of fall’s bountiful harvest.
SWAP OUT LIGHTWEIGHT GOODS
Stow away shibori and ikat throw pillows, lightweight blankets, and cotton area rugs until next summer. Opt for chunkier, more textural versions in natural animal skins, cable-knits, wovens, and woolens. (We’ve always thought a good wool blanket was the equivalent of mac ‘n’ cheese. So warm and comforting!)
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
Throw it back to the days when folks used to use taper candles to light up their dark nights! Create a moody grouping of darker-hued accessories, tapers, containers, pillars, and tea lights—displays of varying heights look best together. Light up the longer nights with designer-inspired coffee-table vignettes and candlelit dinners for two.
SERVE HEAVIER FOODS
Everyone reaches for rich foods once the weather starts to cool down. Whether it’s due to fall’s customary button-bursting Thanksgiving meal (old habits die hard) or because our bodies actually crave the heavy stuff, let this transitory season inform your table, too.
Bring back the spicy meats, stinky cheeses, and bread bowls! Serving trays made of old-world materials such as wood, marble, and slate exude a warm, rustic vibe and their simple beauty evokes effortless elegance. Be creative with serving utensils, too: Here, a set of long-handled fondue forks pinch-hits as cutlery for the whole crew.
LET FALL INFORM TABLE SETTINGS
Where summer beckoned breezy, informal get-togethers, this season’s cooler weather can prevent us from taking the party outside. For more formal gatherings, break out the heirloom china and juxtapose it with humbler materials derived from nature (kraft paper, burlap, jute). Guests will feel inclined to relax, and they’ll appreciate the unstuffy sentiment.
DECORATE WITH FALL’S NATURAL BOUNTY
Look to the natural world for spot-on seasonal décor. Use seasonal fall fruits, vegetables, and cooler weather foods as your guide. Create bountiful tablescapes and garlands from pinecones, dried flowers and grasses, turning leaves, fragrant herbs (sage, rosemary), squashes and gourds, artichokes, apples, pears, persimmons, and even succulent plants. Decorating with edibles is also a terrific way to establish abundance, and offers a cornucopia of goodies for guests to devour while awaiting the main course.
MOVE TO THE REDS (AND BROWNS)
This season, heavy ales, red wine, and brown liquors, make obligatory comebacks to the bar scene. Use this cooling-off period as a reason to step up your bar—and kit it out with wood toned bar tools, fancy decanters, and crystal glassware. And if you didn’t own a flask before now, consider it a rite of passage. (Or at least as a device to keep your spirits warm while attending the big game.)