We’ll miss summer – but we’re loving autumn too. Hearty casseroles, homemade cakes and puddings, chestnuts, scuffling our feet through the autumn leaves and going for long walks on clear, crisp mornings are all just round the corner. We’re getting ourselves in the autumn mood with these leaves-inspired home accessories.
1. Linen cushion with red leaf design, Nutmeg and Sage
This cream linen cushion has a red wool felt leaf design finished with a crocheted border in a steel blue cotton yarn, and is also available in natural and steel blue. The strong, rich colours are perfect for adding a cosy finishing touch to chairs and sofas this autumn. £76, available from Nutmeg and Sage.
2. Autumn oak table lamp, Nick James/Hunkydory Home
We love this unusual retro lamp, handcrafted in north east England. The drum lampshade, handmade by Hunkydory Home, is paired with a hand crafted solid oak lamp base by Nick James, a furniture designer based in Newcastle. £85, available from Hunkydory Home.
3. Autumn leaves cushion cover, Free Spirit Designs
The leaf shapes on this cushion cover are hand-appliqued using a Michael Miller fabric with a postcard print. Stitching outlines the leaves in a variety of autumnal colours and these are echoed in the embroidered ‘wind swirl’ detailing. Not supplied with a cushion pad. £45.50, available from Free Spirit Design.
4. Seeded plantable leaves, Wildflower Favours
This is a great idea. This pack of 75 leaves in orange-red, gold and green in three different sizes is perfect for an autumn wedding, and when planted in compost the seeds embedded in the leaves will grow into a selection of flowers, including poppy, spurred snapdragon, catchfly, English daisy, evening primrose, gold yarrow, Roman chamomile, tussock bellflower, foxglove, fringed sagewort, white yarrow, red yarrow, monkeyflower and creeping thyme. £4.99 per pack, available from Wildflower Favours.
5. Scattered leaves doormat, Beyond the Fridge
This scattered leaves design doormat, £32, is designed by Amanda McIvor for Beyond the Fridge, and will protect wood and laminate floors and carpets from damage and dirt. Made from high quality, low profile, non slip nitrile rubber it has super absorbent tufts to trap moisture and dirt and is machine washable at 40 degrees.
6. Arbour harbour plate, Elizabeth Dunker
A 100% porcelain plate, decorated with a border of autumn leaves and a little smiley face to cheer up your afternoon tea. Dishwasher safe, it measures 22cm in diameter and costs £18 from Quince Living.
7. Chestnut leaf napkins, Nancy Straughan
A set of two organic linen napkins featuring a graphic ‘chestnut leaf’ design with a natural print in rich brown on crisp white cloth. They’re designed and made by young designer Nancy Straughan, who scans textured elements such as pebbles, leaves and bark to create eye-catching digital images. Her designs are printed in Britain onto organic linen, using eco-friendly inks. The napkins cost £18 for a set of two, available from Decorator’s Notebook.
8. Autumnal Mondrian rug, Frith rugs
This rug has been inspired by the work of the Dutch artist Mondrian, and would suit any decor. Creative and bold thanks to its use of dramatic design which is sure to become the focal point of any room. Available as a runner and circular rug, prices range from £99.00 for a 1.68m x 1.07m sized rug up to £449.00 for a 3.30m x 2.36m rug. Available from Frith Rugs.
9. Falling leaf storage bag, Berry Red
Perfect for storing bedding, clothes and laundry or for use as a toy or boot tidy, this practical bag is made from recycled plastic bottles and measures 28cm by 48cm. £5, available from Berry Red.
10. Autumnal mohair throws, Bronte
These gorgeous Bronte mohair throws are the exact colour of autumn leaves, and are perfect for snuggling up on cooler days. Made from light yet durable mohair from the fleece of the Angora goat, they cost £79.95 each from Annabel James and are available in four different colours.
By Sara Walker