Work from home has never looked so chic.
Fall is in full swing, and I’m starting to think of ways to update my home and office to channel the best of our season. As you may know, over the past few months, I’ve been refreshing my home with new pieces – both big and small. This gave us something to look forward to during lockdown. I’m now repurposing some of these pieces and matching them with new accents that I’ve recently picked up to create a Fall inspired look for my home. With that, a few of the multipurpose pieces we purchased for our patio makeover have now been brought inside to brighten up our space. These additional layers not only add warmth but create a sense of identity and charm. If you’re ever in doubt on how to decorate your patio or yard, it’s always worthwhile to invest in pieces that can be reimagined with ease.
This Fall is all about muted hues, softer fabrics, brass details and layering old and new by way of vintage finds. Embrace seasonal accessories, dishware, and general décor bits that will encourage flow and function. For a look at how my husband and I are hunkering down this cool season, and adding a layer of unexpected, check out this moody Fall home edit.
- Seagrass Serving Tray (sold out at EQ3; similar; similar; similar)
- Vintage vases (one-of-a-kind at The Apartment)
- Aroma Carve Diffuser (currently out of stock at Saje; similar)
- Vintage apothecary bottle (one-of-a-kind at The Apartment)
- Goose Down Duvet (The Bay)
- Flannel Linens (envello)
- Vintage mirror (one-of-a-kind at The Apartment)
- Square floor pouf (sold out online at Urban Barn; similar)
- Chunky Knit Blanket (Etsy; similar at Amazon)
- Dried Grasses (Euclid Farms sold at The Apartment)
- Fall Floral Curiosity Cloche (Anthropologie)
- Eyes Wide Candle & Raj of Love Candle (100 Years of Love)
- Faux Fur Throw (H&M)
- Matte Gold Flatware (Amazon)
- Rosalie Accent Chair (The Cross Décor & Design)
- Linen Shell Pillow (Make Moves Vintage)
- Pacifica Dinner Plate (VdeV)
- Storage Baskets (currently out of stock on Amazon; similar; similar)
- Persian-style rug (Ruggable)
- Always Pan (Our Place)
1. Seagrass Serving Tray
For moments of calm, including breakfast in bed, upgrade your standard wooden bed tray to a seagrass, rattan, or weave serving tray. The piece will help bring the outdoors in and make your space feel more travelled. I purchased mine at EQ3 and it’s unfortunately no longer available. But, I’ve linked a few similar options for you above in the ‘Quick Summary’ section, including a beautiful Vietnamese Seagrass tray that was handmade in Hanoi.
2. Vintage Vases
Purchasing a varying selection of vintage vases will add an eclectic elegance to your space. I recently picked up a few pieces of cream and white hues from The Apartment, including this Art Deco style porcelain vase that has been one of my favourite pieces. The Apartment is a small, local shop based in Toronto. All of their pieces are one-of-a-kind, so investing in them will give your home a layer of personality that can’t be replicated. It’s more important than ever to support local, and owner, Fiona, tirelessly devotes herself to her craft. She also has a program outside of her storefront with hygiene products and other vital supplies that members of vulnerable communities can help themselves to.
3. Aroma Carve Diffuser
Flu season is just around the corner, so keep your space safe and your air healthy with the healing power of plants. A gorgeous diffuser option I’ve sourced is the Saje Aroma Carve, in collaboration with Jillian Harris. This limited-edition design is meant to look more natural, with a modern shape and textural lines, bringing a little bit of the outdoors in. Currently out of stock on the Saje website, I’ve linked a similar above.
4. Vintage Apothecary Bottle
Another item I recently scooped up from The Apartment was a vintage apothecary bottle and I just love it! The Apothecary design trend harks back to the science and elegant design of the past, and we see many modern incarnations of it (think candles, soap bottles, beauty products). But in my opinion, nothing is better than getting a true vintage piece. I imagine what stories this piece would tell if it could!
5. Goose Down Duvet
With more time spent at home, your bedding is probably due for an upgrade. We recently leveled up from a synthetic duvet to a goose down duvet and it has been a game-changer! Down duvets can be pricey, but I believe they’re worth the investment. We are already warmer and we have said goodbye to the annoying clumps and lumps our synthetic duvet used to make. Our down duvet was originally $600 on The Bay’s website, but we scooped it up for $240. It’s worth noting that not all duvets are created equal, and an All-Season is usually the option you’ll find in a luxury hotel room.
6. Flannel Linens
Continue upping your bedding game with cozy flannel linens (I mean, nothing says Fall like flannel, right?!). I’ve personally worked with envello, a Canadian company that produces high-quality sheets, bath accessories and robes. What makes this brand a worthwhile investment is that they spin and weave all of their yarns, hand-cut their patterns and manually inspect each finished item to ensure their standards are upheld. Beyond that, their products are crafted under ethical and environmentally-friendly manufacturing practices. You can have a sound sleep knowing that you’re supporting best practices, that also happen to be soft and perfectly luxurious.
7. Vintage Mirror
Yet another purchase I recently picked up from The Apartment (can you tell how much I love the place?!) was a vintage, Victorian-era mirror. I mean, all the cool kids on Instagram are doing it, so I had to also – right? But the one I picked up is a bit more unique than the vintage gold and brass you’re seeing all over online. What I especially love about mirror like this is that you don’t necessarily have to hang them on the wall. This mirror would look equally as beautiful leaning against a wall on the ground, or laid flat on a coffee table as a tray.
8. Floor Pouf
For additional seating and a layered look, work in a versatile floor pouf. This welcome addition to my patio makeover lived outdoors this summer, but has now been brought inside until summer season is next upon us. Our square floor pouf from Urban Barn is unfortunately out of stock online (I recommend checking in-store), but I’ve linked a similar option for you above.
9. Chunky Knit Blanket
I think the chunky knit blanket trend is here to stay for a while longer! This vegan option from Etsy is a Canadian-made product that will instantly add a level of sophistication to your space. Alternatively, Amazon has a great option that is 100% handmade and is available in a variety of colours. These blankets were made for quiet mornings with a good book in one hand and a hot cup of coffee in the other.
10. Dried Grasses
Dried grasses of all different varieties have really come in hot. I picked up a lovely selection arranged by a local florist called Euclid Farms (sold in-store at The Apartment). If you’re looking to bring more of the outdoors in, VdeV also carries a great selection of Pampas Grass and other dried flowers and stems. You can purchase your variety online in a medium or long height, with each order arriving with three stems. For those not familiar with the grass, it’s cultivated as a plant in some parts of the world and is considered an invasive species outside of South America. Properly dried, it can live on an ornamental and feathery display in your home. While it’s always lovely to have fresh flowers in the house, I think there’s something about having an everlasting arrangement on display. This trend is popping up everywhere, and is likely here to stay for some time, so pick your poison and instantly add personality to your space.
11. Fall Floral Curiosity Cloche
Bring foliage inside, update your tablescape and add interest to your mantle this season with a touch of curiosity. This Fall Floral Curiocity Cloche from Anthropologie is not only beautiful, but perfectly celebrates the colours of the season. Cloches are also really having a moment, so be sure to pick up these whimsical treasures for your own home.
12. Scented Candles
Scented candles are an absolute must for this season! I recently picked up a couple from Toronto-based company, 100 Years of Love. I got one of their best sellers, Eyes Wide, an opulent and rich scent ideal for the cooler months and Raj of Love, a warm scent with hints of spice and sandalwood – essentially Fall in a jar! Another reason why I’m excited about adding these candles to our space is that the candles from 100 Years of Love are all cruelty-free, vegan and made using a small batch production process. The gorgeous, minimalist design also ensures that the hand-poured, hand-labelled soy candles can blend into any space seamlessly.
13. Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Nothing says Fall like layers, so get cozy on the couch and add a luxe touch to your home this season with a faux fur throw. This H&M option perfectly complements most spaces, as it’s a rich ivory hue, and the price is pretty on point as well.
14. Matte Gold Flatware
Update your utensil drawer with trend-forward two-tone matte flatware. I sourced a great option via Amazon that is durable, dishware safe and eco-friendly. The modern design also elevates the every day and adds a touch of sophistication to your dinner table. Contemporary flatware not only comes in multi-tonal options but also in different shapes and textures, like this Champagne-coloured set from CB2.
15. Accent Chair
If your furniture is due for a bit of an upgrade or you want to add a unique piece to your living space, consider this accent chair from The Cross Design & Decor. It’s made from teddy fabric and brings comfort and warmth to your space, ideal for any reading nook.
16. Linen Shell Pillow
Update your standard throw pillow with this Linen Shell Pillow from Makes Moves Vintage, another local Toronto-based shop. The piece is pretty iconic and was inspired by the popular 1920’s shell design motif. It would look great paired with any accent chair or on your bed as we have done. Autumn Hachey, the creative behind the brand is an interior designer with a love for vintage treasures and giving them a new lease on life. Her store also has a restock from time to time, so be sure to follow her Instagram account to keep up with her latest and greatest decor scores.
17. Dinner Plates
Add depth to your Thanksgiving and Fall tablescapes with these rich olive dinner plates from VdeV. This Montreal shop was founded in 2012 on Saint-Laurent Boulevard. Since then, VdeV opened a second location on Ossington Avenue in Toronto and sells home décor and furniture with vintage and industrial charm. These particular plates were made from sustainable production and local resources, but were also crafted at environmentally-friendly facilities. The darker hue is on trend this season, so keep your eyes peeled for other warm green toned pieces.
18. Storage Baskets
With all of these seasonal accessories, I recommend investing in storage baskets. I think opting for a hand-woven variety will add more warmth. These nesting hyacinth baskets from Amazon are made from natural fibres and can be displayed in open shelving, as they’re easy on the eyes.
19. Area Rug
Investing in a great rug is always a good idea, and this Persian-style option from Ruggable will instantly add charm to your home. Each rug from Ruggable is unique and washable. It uses a patented system that comes in two pieces – a lightweight rug cover and a non-slip pad. The cover is stain-resistant, water-resistant, and designed to fit in most washing machines. The non-slip mat is the same, latex-free material used for yoga mats.
20. Always Pan
For cozy nights in, preparing a lovingly-homemade meal is the way to go. The Always Pan from ourplace.com is actually a bit of a cult classic already. I’m obsessed with the salmon pink colour and unique design, which allows you to rest its accompanying wooden spoon on its handle. The Always Pan is also made using non-stick ceramic and can be used to sauté, steam, braise, sear, fry, and boil. A US-based company with an inspiring story, Our Place recently launched sales in Canada, so be sure to check them out!
Are you inspired by these Fall pieces as much as I am? What are some other accessories and items you’re adding to your home for Fall? Let me know below!