No matter how much you love summer, it is hard to resist fall's rich colors and nature-inspired decor.
This season, textiles are chunkier, patterns and colors are bolder, and wildlife has found a home on everything from dessert plates to wall art.
And there is plenty of shine.
Metallics and glass - often colored - are two trends to watch for. You'll see lamps with jewel-toned glass bases and rustic shades. Hammered metal shows up in many forms. You'll notice that metal mixes with wood, for that eclectic mix of shine and vintage rustic. Picture hammered aluminum food-safe serving bowls on a big, old farm table, for example.
That's not all: Blues, greens and even earth tones, including on fabrics, get a metallic sheen. Also not to miss: faux pumpkins and gourds with a metallic or antique mercury glass finish. Stunning.
As usual, fashion trends cross over to home trends.
The menswear looks so popular in women's fashion, such as tweeds and houndstooth patterns, dress up home furnishings and accessories. At the same time, bold - and we mean really bold - patterns can be found on accent rugs, pillows, wallpaper and more. Global prints, including ikat pattern textiles and fabrics printed with zebras, tigers and other wildlife - also popular in fashion right now - are hard to miss and ideal for transitioning your home into fall.
Similarly, "animal prints are never going away; they are still big - the leopard pillows or zebra prints, if you are more contemporary," said Pamela Witte, from White Orchard Home Furnishings in Orchard Park.
The Better Homes and Gardens website, bhg.com, shows zebra-print pillows in a black and white room that has been punched up with pops of pumpkin orange, mocha-brown walls and, again, metallics.
So, where to begin, once you're ready to leave summer behind?
"A lot of my customers swap their pillows out and bring in more fall colors. Some do the same with slipcovered furniture. They buy an additional slipcover to use in the fall and winter," Witte said.
Changing your mantel is another good place to start.
"You can take a wool scarf and drape it on the mantel, bring in some fall objects and add some pottery. If you have extra paintings, you can even swap out your paintings," Witte said.
Candles - used safely, of course - are an easy, inexpensive way to transition your home into fall.
"Come fall, I think of candles," Witte said.
Some other decorating ideas for fall:
. Dress up glass hurricane candle holders. Pier 1 shows double wall hurricanes, which feature an inner cylinder (with candle) inside of a larger hurricane (ideal for adding a filler of some sort). For fall, small faux pumpkins or fall-inspired gem fillers work well.
Kelly Mong, a decorative painter/artist from Amherst, uses candy corn in hurricane candle holders for a touch of fall. The filler can be changed seasonally. For Valentine's Day, she uses candy hearts. (She buys the candy in the bulk foods section of the supermarket.)
. Faux Chinese lantern plants are another one of Mong's favorite fall decorating materials. She has some she brings out year after year.
"They're colorful and pretty," she said of the reddish-orange lantern-shaped pods. She incorporates them into the grapevine swag above the doorway and in other fall decor throughout her home.
. Fill the window boxes with gourds, small pumpkins, preserved fall leaves, fall flowers and small pumpkins. And don't forget the door -the perfect spot for a fall arrangement or wreath.
. For an easy way to dress up a pot of mums at your front entrance, place them in terra-cotta or other outdoor pots and tie strands of raffia ribbon around the pots. You can find packages of raffia at craft stores.
. Apothecary-style jars continue to be popular and not only look good but are handy as well. Witte uses them in a bathroom for cotton balls and Q-tips, but the jars, available in different sizes and price ranges, can also be used in the laundry room for holding clothespins or the kitchen for storing candies or cookies. Or use them for displaying seasonal items such as gourds in the fall and ornaments at Christmas time.
Similarly, canning jars continue to show up in decor, as part of the ongoing vintage Americana look that also includes buffalo checks and burlap. The Pottery Barn catalog even shows a lighting pendant crafted from glass canning jars hanging over a kitchen table.
What would your great-grandmother say to that?