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SALT LAKE CITY — It was Jim Gaffigan who sagely said, “If it's so great outside, why are all the bugs trying to get inside my house?” And as much as we Utahns love the outdoors, we have to admit he has a point: We don’t appreciate enough the comfort and luxury of simply being indoors.
But as the weather cools and the trees turn those heavenly hues, our climate-control-accustomed selves yearn to be in nature. It is, after all, perfect sweater weather, right? Before you head out for some apple picking, corn maze wandering or leaf peeping, here are some ways you can bring the beauty of autumn inside your home — without ever having to leave.
These great made-in-Utah products are the perfect way to celebrate this time of year while also supporting local artisans.
1. Put fall on your wall
Spend two seconds on Pinterest, and you’ll know lettering is on everyone’s mind. Both on-trend and timeless, lettered wall art serves the dual purpose of expressing your style and your thoughts. Whether it’s a favorite quote or a single word, lettered pieces add personality to rooms of any style.
Because wouldn’t it be 100 percent true for each of us fall-lovers to say that “Every year I fall for pumpkins, bonfires, s'mores, leaves, apples, & you”? The sans serif is strong but still dainty against the yummy orange of the pumpkin. The best part? As soon as you order you receive a JPEG, so this lovely print can be hanging on your wall in no time.
2. Don’t throw away that bouquet!
Flowers seem to belong in every season except fall: we have spring blooms, summer bridal arrangements and even winter poinsettias. But we’re here to tell you that autumn flowers are just what you need to put your autumn decor over the edge.
We love the unique take on autumn this stunning bouquet shows us.
When we think of fall decor, we expect oranges and browns and rustic reds. But this bouquet from Ogden-based Eco Flower spins the color wheel around, giving us a rich shade of plum and the very palest lavender, with just hints of the classic fall orange. Even better, the bouquet is made of forever flowers, so you can enjoy it all year long!
3. Adorn your door
Nothing says “welcome” like a lovely front-door decoration. And nothing says “fall” like the rustic texture of burlap! Place loose dried flowers in a burlap bag (stems down, blooms up) and hang it on your front door. Make sure the bag is small enough to not overwhelm the flowers. The burlap will add that rustic autumn flair, and the flowers will add color to the ever-colder season.
Created in the stylings of a pumpkin (including a cute little stem!), this wreath will welcome you home with its bright orange color and remind you to be grateful.
4. Be-leaf in color
Everything about fall is exciting. But with Halloween, Thanksgiving and all the pumpkin carving, corn-maze running, caramel-apple eating and sweater wearing, is there an adequate way to express the joy fall makes us feel?
We think so! Using bright colors and cute designs, your home decor can be more than just a statement — it can be a celebration of fall.
Wood Creations’ eye-catching make-at-home pieces exude the fun and nostalgia of autumn in a lovely way, all colorful, cute and meticulously crafted by you. Some favorites from this Riverdale-based company include the Spell Books, Boo Word and Fall Small World creations. And they’re so easy to incorporate into your fall decor: just place them on a shelf or mantelpiece, and voilà! Your room will be fall-ified.
For another celebration of fall, take a look at this patchwork quilted pumpkin table runner from The Plum Pumpkin of South Jordan. The artful quilting reminds of home, and is there anything as charming as patchwork? With squares forming the shapes of pumpkins and in harmonious shades of orange, red, yellow, purple and blue, few things could be cozier or more lovely.
5. Embrace cozy creations
Ever wanted to snuggle with a pumpkin? Probably not, but these cozy fabric pumpkins by Lehi crafter Lindsey Cannon might make you change your mind! Their quaint patterns embody that fall quirkiness we love, plus, they’re customizable! They come in a set of three, and good thing — they look too charming mixed and matched to not mix and match them.
A more subtle tribute to fall coziness is this stylish Fall Pillow Cover by Our Traditions of Salt Lake City. The nostalgia of the pickup truck, the soft linen background, the three ripe pumpkins — perfection! Place on your sofa or on your porch to let the whole street know you are ready for this wonderful season to arrive.
With all these decor ideas, you’ll never have to leave your house again! Just kidding, going outside is good for you. But you can have fall outside and inside your home by incorporating lettering, flowers, door decorations, bright colors, and cozy creations. With all that fall fabulousness, you’ll have the best season yet.
Jennifer Durrant is a 20-year journalism veteran. She loves to write about home decor, trends, Pinterest, the local music scene, theater, the fine arts and food. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @jenndurrant28 on Twitter or Instagram.