Guest Picks: Autumn Colors
Find inspiration for your home in the colors of fall's crisp leaves
Lori Langille October 30, 2011
I'm a Canadian collage illustrator and the editor of automatism, a blog where I share whatever I find inspiring, interesting, or simply beautiful in interiors, design, art, illustration and other creative fields. You can visit automatism here: http://lorilangille.blogspot.com/
I'm a Canadian collage illustrator and the editor of automatism, a blog where I share... More
Where I live in Canada, the month of October is filled with rich color as the leaves change to vibrant crimsons, burnt oranges and deep golds. It's not only beautiful, but also inspiring too. Here are a few suggestions for introducing these lovely natural colors into your home decor. — Lori from automatism
The elegantly minimal Jacob Pen and Pencil Holder brings the warmth of natural oak to your office while keeping your work area organized. It could also be used to display pretty nature finds, like colorful leaves and foliage from autumn walks.
The delicate nature-inspired theme and colors of the Fairy Flower Wallpaper by Ferm Living remind me of dried seed pods collected during autumn and arranged to make pretty tabletop displays.
This set of four melamine printed coasters in a funky retro design would definitely add style to after-dinner coffee or tea by the fire — so cheerful and fun.
Kitchen storage never looked better than this stylish Salix ceramic jar with a cork lid, designed by Swedish artist Stig Lindberg in 1954. I'd be tempted to display it in the living room or bedroom too — it would be great for keeping jewelry and other odds and ends.
Made from hand-knotted New Zealand wool, the Italian-designed Gianni rug not only feels comfortable underfoot, but also lends its rich color to both traditional and modern interiors with its classic stripe design.
The clever Buffer Lamp by designer Wieki Somers looks noncommittal at first glance. But inside its delicate porcelain shell a gold-colored finish gives the emerging light a warm, rich glow that makes even the chilliest room inviting and cozy.
I love the cheerfulness of the Dipped Side Table by West Elm. It's perfect for adding a happy dash of color to any room. The contrast of the red against the natural wood is particularly nice; it's just so happy.
This is such an inspired idea: The lovely Red Fig & Rosewood Soy Candle comes in a hand-glazed, hand-crafted porcelain dish that can be reused once the candle has melted away. And it's a pretty surprise, as the inside is glazed in a lovely deep orange. I love this candle. Other scents and colors are also available.
Pillows are always a great way to update a room, and the Fauna design from Judy Ross is a gorgeous example of how a little bit of color can make a great impact.
Bring the weekly groceries home in style with the Trapp Simple Tote in mustard by designer Lotta Jansdotter. It is not only sturdy and roomy, but also perfect for cheering up gray winter days with its sunny color.
Add some retro cool to your home with this lovely vintage Dutch blanket, made of 100 percent wool. I love the pretty design and warm tones, and it's versatile enough to work well in both traditional and modern homes.
This stunning handmade flame birch French rolling pin is not only the perfect kitchen tool for making delicious sweet and savory pastries, but also a piece that is lovely enough to be displayed in the kitchen when not in use.
This wonderful Autumn Cardinal hand-pulled silkscreen print is so lovely you could build an entire room around it. The colors are just amazing.
Toast the beauty of fall with this sweet set of six vintage flower glasses in rich, seasonal colors. They'd look great displayed in your kitchen or dining room too.
Keep your gourmet coffee hot (or your iced tea cold) and ready to go with the beautifully designed Stelton Vacuum Jug. Its elegant, simple shape and warm color would be definite assets to your work space.
I love the subtle modernity of the Cubizzmo No. 3 Rug by Second Studio. The soft warm grays warmed up with a deep orange are so pretty.
Artist Ann Toebbe works in a lovely style she refers to as folk-cubism — a sophisticated version of the classic folk art form. Her piece "Burning Down the Second House," painted from childhood memories, is beautiful and truly captures the effect of afternoon light through autumn leaves.
The Industrial Pendant Light from West Elm is a great way to add a punch of bright fall color to a living, dining or kitchen area — and it's available in different sizes and options.
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