Tapping into the Autumn Aesthetic at Home



Autumn! Yes, it's that wonderful time of year when the air turns crisp, the mornings are cooler and bright bold colors start to show up in nature. Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. The deeply saturated hues of fall will always make me happy. Maybe it's the Redhead in me or just someone who enjoys the shorter days and longer nights wrapped up in my favorite blanket by the fire sipping spiced cider.


Not surprisingly when naming my company, Autumn's glorious Amber tones and bold leaves came into play. It was fall in 2000 and after a long walk in the woods of Colorado, I sat down to start my business. What to name it....

I had sent a list of possible names to 20 friends and they almost unanimously let me know Amberleaf fit me best. 20 plus years later, dare I give away my age, I still love the name and Autumn.


A question we often get is how does one tap into the Autumn aesthetic for your home? The easy answer is decor, pumpkins, pomegranates, wreaths, floral arrangements, grapevines, candles, and linens, etc. the list is endless when it comes to the beauty fall presents. I like to integrate items that can make the transition from holiday to holiday.


Even if you are not a fan of color there are plenty of off-white fall options. There is every size and variety of cream or off-white pumpkin, additionally painting pumpkins the color you want is now the norm. Soft wheat tones blend well with the nuts and berries of fall. Dried Hydrangea is a lovely way to add a crisp feel to wreaths and table settings.

Of course, there are other more permanent options as well that you can keep year-round.


Lighting, as the days get shorter the interiors of our homes get darker, is especially important. Personally, I prefer soft warm light from various sources like table lamps, candles, and wall sconces. Lights that have a diffuse glow that not only illuminates but warm the space as the chill in the air descends.

Cool fun funky lamps like these by Imaginary Lamp Empire


Or fun colorful Eisley throw pillows from Crate & Barrel. I'm a firm believer in never having too many pillows around.

Soft fuzzy throws in fall colors to add to a chair or sofa, Mine is nicknamed "Big Brown" and very few are able to resist a long Sunday nap under its charms.



Besides, what better way to set a warm romantic mood than to light a fire for the first time and hang out sipping a glass of Fall Harvest with your loved one. A particular favorite of mine is actually a 2018 Red a blend of Bordeaux varietals from Gentleman Farmer Wines.


Pair that with their recipe for Wild Mushrooms with Crème Fraîche and Pan Fried Bread and you have the makings of a great night so yummy, warm, and tasty.

Wild Mushrooms with Crème Fraîche and Pan Fried Bread

Olive gray with coral tones is a relaxing way to easily incorporate fall colors into your space. Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog, SW 9130, works perfectly in an office setting. It can act as a neutral background to play with rust reds and dusty blue accents.

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog color of the year concept board office scene for fall inspired interior design
Office Concept Board by Amberleaf Inc.

One trend we have been seeing more of is warmer tones in bedding. The bedroom is one place you want to make restful, and cozy. Spa sage greens with luxurious velvets and linens, deep blues with sunflower yellow accents and rich deep rusty reds with golden accents.

autumn inspired bedding with rust red and golden duvet accents
Custom Bedding Created by Amberleaf Inc.

Below are just a few more of our autumn-inspired bedding ensembles. No bedroom is complete without a table lamp to provide cozy lighting and a decorative nightstand storage accessory, for unloading your cellphone and jewelry before crawling into slumberland.

Whatever you do make the most of this glorious time of year before the cold winds settle in and the snow starts to fly.

There are so many ways to bring the warmth of the seasons into your home. After the year we have had I can't wait to decorate and enjoy the season. Oh and don't forget your Pumpkin Spice Latte!


Michelle Blemel Owner and Interior Designer of Amberleaf Inc Pasadena CA
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