Fall is here, and makers are channeling the season.
Every year, it seems retailers release their fall product lines way before nature cues a seasonal change. Some of us find ourselves annoyed as we walk the aisles, thinking “Isn’t it a little early?” On the other hand, fall fanatics have been pinning year ’round and eagerly anticipating a retail landscape of pumpkins, scarves, and fall foliage. It’s tempting to give in to those impulse buys.
When it comes to purchasing seasonal items, I always look to my favorite makers and the small business community first. As we begin to spend more time indoors, choose to fill your surroundings with items that make you feel good and bring joy. These fall-inspired handmade pieces will beautify your home throughout the year—and especially the upcoming season.
New seasons often necessitate changes in food and drink. Wouldn’t you love a warm cup of chai tea on a crisp morning courtesy of this teapot made by studio potter Jen Allen Ceramics? $200, jenniferallenceramics.com
Don’t forget to give your porch a fall-ready makeover. Learn how to make this “Hope You Brought Pepperoni Rolls” entry mat with a Handcrafted Cooperative DIY online workshop. Your guests will love it. $15-20, thehandcraftedcooperative.com/tutorials
Embrace early nightfall and add more candlelight. Apartment Two Art offers a variety of soy wax candles scented to smell like sweater weather and your favorite fall desserts. $8-25, etsy.com/shop/apartmenttwoart
Fall decorating is all about adding warmth and expressing your style. Add a fun, colorful garland that invites shades of autumn into your space, like this one from JuneFolk Fibers. $22, etsy.com/shop/junefolkfibers
Fall is the time to revel in the comforts of home. Make it cozier by updating decorative pillows with soft neutrals and textures like this one from Hot Stove Fiber. Amanda hand-spins a blend of local wool, then weaves the naturally dyed fibers on a loom to create textiles for lounging, fashion, and dining. $208, hotstovefiber.com