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3 Easy Ways to Update Your Home for Fall

Refresh your decor with these tips from interior designer Zoe Feldman.

Local interior designer Zoe Feldman recommends layers of white and ivory bedding in lush textures, such as this look from Zara Home.

Looking for a few quick tricks to give your home a little fall refresh? We asked Georgetown-based designer Zoe Feldman to share three ways to transition your decor into autumn—without a heavy-duty redo. Read on to snag her secrets. (Spoiler: texture is key!)

1) Change out your throw pillows: “This season is all about warm pastels, so replace bright pop colors and crisp pastels with ‘muddy’ brown-based pastels like blush pink, champagne, and warm lavender. Don’t like pale tones? Opt for more traditional fall colors like chocolate brown, navy, and emerald green. And don’t forget the fabric— fall is all about getting cozy, so try plush textures like velvet, cashmere, and wool.”

Try: West Elm’s pillows combine soft, pale hues and lush velvet texture. Studded velvet pillow covers, $34-$39 at West Elm.


2) Scent your space with a woody or spicy candle: “We love Lafco’s extra-large candles, which burn for many hours and when finished make gorgeous colored glass jars that look great as vases or interesting storage pieces in the bath or kitchen.”

Lafco candle in Den Brown Redwood, which combines notes of coastal redwood, cedar, and huckleberry; or Diptyque’s Feu de Bois, meant to invoke a log fire. Lafco and Diptyque candles, $60 at Bluemercury.

3) Add a touch of texture to your bed: “Fall is all about layering. Start with down—feather beds, duvets and pillows. Add an interesting blanket, like an heirloom quilt, for color and a bit of whimsy, or a cashmere blanket for some decadence. I prefer white bedding, even for fall, but paired with warmer whites like winter white and ivory for a subtle contrast.”

: Restoration Hardware’s cashmere throws impart a super-soft bit of luxury. 555-Gram cashmere throws, $199 at Restoration Hardware.