Being born and raised on the East Coast, I still love the crisp days of autumn. It’s one of the few things that I now miss about living in Southern California, the lack of seasons.

Autumn is a wonderful time of year – the air has a little bit of a bite and depending on where you are, the scenery can take on a rustic appearance. It’s also fun to jump into in a pile of fresh leaves or savor a glass of tart apple cider from the local cider mill.

Some folks cannot understand the fascination with autumn, and as many times as I try to explain it, they often just shake their heads.

I love pulling on a big, heavy knit sweater, as well as updating my home décor for the holiday seasons. It’s always interesting to see what the new home trends are and how one goes about transitioning from the hot days of summer to the cooler days of winter.

The autumn season lends itself to adding richer colors, as well as heavier fabrics and accenting with candles or nature.

Adding nature

Even though it’s a little more difficult to give the Southern California home an autumn flair, it can be accomplished. For instance, it’s easy to warm a home just by adding a few paisley pillows on the sofa, or changing the slipcovers, or using of variety of unique accessories. It’s fun to take things that are indigenous to our surroundings, but here in Southern California, it’s hard to find pinecones or berries. But, you can take a beautiful bowl and fill it with green apples or add candlesticks throughout the home using both as table centerpieces.

Pizza at home

Another autumn trend is installing an indoor, wood-burning style pizza oven. It’s a great way to bring the family closer together to share warm moments as, well as instantly warm the home.

European influences

European wall tapestries and heavy throws or afghans are also simple ways to bring on the glorious feeling of autumn. It’s pretty much a given that when the weather starts to get cooler, people usually start thinking about making their homes feel warmer, cozier. The current trends are bolder, and darker fabrics for drapes and upholstery. In the summer months, homeowners spend a lot of time outdoors, but now that we are moving into colder months, we’re seeing more people leaning toward richer colors and solid furnishings.

Darker wood furniture and rich damask fabrics are popular, as well as intricate wall tapestries that often add color to any home. Speaking of tapestries, these usually have various themes, which often make them conversation pieces. Some of intricate tapestries have family crests, tell a story, and offer an Old World style.

Overall, just remember this is the time of year that brings families closer together and what better way to carry on that tradition than by updating your home with all of the wonderful autumn décor that is available and ready for the taking!