Of all the sights that signal the coming of the fall season, perhaps none is as convincing or evocative as that of timeless tartan. Made of machine-washable acrylic, the easy-care Windsor Throw Blanket boasts an always-in-style pattern, rendered in a palette of warm, earthy colors that look right at home indoors and out. Rest assured that the Windsor blanket doesn't merely look the part; it also boasts soft-to-the-touch coziness, thanks to a manufacturing process that makes the relatively low-cost accessory feel more like luxe cashmere. Available at Overstock; $39.99.
In the old days, when dirt roads were a rough mix of mud and horse manure, boot scrapers were all but ubiquitous. Today, people typically rely on nothing more than a doormat. But in challenging climates, especially if you're accustomed to returning home with dirt caked on your shoes, you may want to reconsider your approach. Boot scrapers are available in all sizes, shapes, and constructions, but the Wrought Iron Powder-Coated Boot Scraper from Plow & Hearth offers perhaps the most convincing take on the original. Available at Plow & Hearth; $34.95.
Flaunt Your Foliage
During the summer and spring, our front porches abound with flowers and greenery but when temperatures dip, nature's beauty begins to fade. Why not revive your curb appeal with this handmade house number sign? It features an attached planter box—perfect for displaying colorful leaves, twigs, pinecones, and other autumnal items—and since each sign is made to order, you can choose a look and finish that's just right for your home. Available on Etsy; $70.
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A Seasonal Sign
This season, give a nod to the quintessential culinary treats of fall (apples, cider, and pumpkins!) with a decorative sign from Target. The welcoming color palette captures the warmth of the season, while the rustic wood grain makes a striking impact against every front door. What’s more, the deliciously tempting message may inspire your own home cook to bake a batch of fall treats! Available at Etsy; $36.
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Pining for Fall
The comforting sounds of fall include the rustling of dried leaves, the crackling of a fire on a crisp, cool night, and the jingling of this trio of cast-iron pine cones. This sculptural wind chime is a perfect accent to hang from the ceiling of your front porch. Festive enough for autumn but charming enough for all-season use, you'll want to keep them up long after the last leaves fall. Available on Amazon; $36.
Reinventing the Wheel
Way back when, wagons were one of the best ways to travel. Set on a wooden tricycle complete with three wagon wheels, this whimsical planter is a tribute to that simpler time. Small details like black metal banding and rustic finish add an authentic touch, and make it the perfect way to display bright fall blooms. Available on Amazon; $59.99.
Whole Grain Wreath
Evergreen wreaths may reign supreme in winter months, but in fall it's all about showcasing the harvest's bounty. Wreaths made from apples, pumpkins, and acorns are all popular at this time of year but few things can match the simple beauty of an arrangement of colorful grains, as seen in this stunning wreath. Available on Amazon; $39.99.
Greet guests and family members at the door with a cheerful sign of the season. This fall-inspired welcome mat lets you leave behind dust and dirt, while brightening your front door. Best of all, this colorful accent works well indoors and out. Available at Plow & Hearth; $39.95.
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