I'm a Home-Decor Writer — Here's How I'm Getting My Apartment Ready For Fall
Labor Day Weekend is officially over, which means we're in that awkward in-between period when we're counting down the days until it's socially acceptable to throw on a sweater and order pumpkin-spiced everything. But why delay the inevitable when you can start filling your home with cozy, autumnal touches right now?
As someone who writes about interior design for a living, I have a complicated relationship with fall decor. While it's definitely fun to bust out the seasonal decorations, all it takes is one false move to make your space feel a little . . . um, extra. (I mean, how many pumpkin motifs can one person have?)
Fortunately, Target is packed with fall decor that's chic, not cheesy. To help make the most of your online shopping, I'm sharing the products I'm eyeing to make my home seasonal, sophisticated, and oh so cozy. Whether you restock your candle collection or pick up a new throw blanket, here's your permission to start the new season on a stylish note.
Warm Welcome: Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Floral Print Coir Door Mat
If you ask me, the secret to a cozy home is making guests feel welcomed before they step inside your space. Fortunately, this Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Floral Print Coir Door Mat ($13-$20) gets the job done in style. This extra layer will give your stoop a cozy flair, plus it's free of any cheesy fall pictures or phrases.
Wow With a Wreath: Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Faux Seeded Eucalyptus Wreath
I don't know who needs to hear this, but you don't need to wait until the holidays to hang a wreath. (I mean, it's like jewelry for your front door.) Free of wintry berries or autumnal gourds, the Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Faux Seeded Eucalyptus Wreath ($35) will serve up homey vibes year-round.
Layer Up: Threshold Windowpane Printed Plush Throw Blanket
Blame it on the shorter days or plummeting temperatures, but there's something about fall that makes me want to curl up in a blanket for the foreseeable future. And, since I know I'm not alone here, this Threshold Windowpane Printed Plush Throw Blanket ($15) is a no-brainer. The windowpane print is an elevated alternative to fall's typical plaid. Best of all? This blanket has a reversible, super-soft sherpa side.
Gorgeous Grass: Threshold Artificial Fluffy Grass Stem
Want to give your space an instant, photo-ready appeal? Add a few of these Threshold Artificial Fluffy Grass Stems ($5 each) to your favorite vase. This affordable find gives your typical bodega bouquet an autumnal twist. Another perk? They're artificial, so you can enjoy them all season long.
Textured Treatment: Threshold Woven Boucle Square Throw Pillow
Sometimes, all you need to do is pile on the tactile textures. Bouclé is an industry favorite for its softness and style, so this textile is a great place to start. Available in a handful of seasonal shades, this Threshold Woven Boucle Square Throw Pillow ($20) is a worthy addition to your sofa, armchair, or bed.
Bon Appétit: Threshold Stoneware Tilley Dinner Bowls
Why stop at cozy home decor when you should also take hearty, fall-friendly foods into consideration? Threshold's Stoneware Tilley Dinner Bowls ($7 each) will add some depth to your dining-room table — not to mention be the perfect vessel for your hearty stews, chilis, and roasts.
Very Cool Vase: Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Distressed Ceramic Vase
Come fall, trade in summer's bright hues for a darker, moodier palette. Fortunately, you don't have to paint your apartment or pick up a new couch to nail the aesthetic. This Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Distressed Ceramic Vase ($5-$13) delivers a dramatic look on the cheap.
Pared-Back Pumpkin: Threshold Small Ceramic Pumpkin
Pumpkins are a necessary part of any fall decor scheme, but there is such a thing as too many pumpkins. Err on the side of caution by adding one of these Threshold Small Ceramic Pumpkins ($5 each) to your bookshelf or nightstand. It's a seasonal sprinkling that doesn't feel over the top.
Get Lit: Threshold Leather and Embers Wooden Wick Soy Blend Candle
I'm a firm believer that a candle can transform your home's atmosphere. So, why would this Threshold Leather and Embers Wooden Wick Soy Blend Candle ($18) be any different? The notes of leather, oak, and saffron smell like fall, but aren't as obvious as, say, a pumpkin candle. Best of all? The wooden wick sounds just like a crackling fireplace.
Wooden Wonder: Threshold Olivewood Coasters
Mother Nature looks good year-round, but fall is really her time to show off. So, consider this your invitation to fill your home with natural touches. Practical and pretty in equal measure, these Threshold Olivewood Coasters ($14 for four) will give your coffee table or dining room a layered look — upping its cozy factor in the process.