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Confession: mainstream fall decor makes me want to throw up. I'm baffled by the abundance of glitter and painted pumpkins that I see on Pinterest and Instagram. How did we get here? Why is it that as soon as the season changes, it is acceptable to plaster our homes with chintzy decor?

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Don't get me wrong, I LOVE fall. I to long to switch up my home decor to be in tune with the change in season. I even LIKE pumpkins! But one or two in front of the house is plenty for me.

An effort to combat this epidemic, I've rounded up 10 ways to welcome fall into your home that aren't cheesy AF.

1. MAGNOLIA LEAVES: As some of you may know, I have a thing for monstera leaves. Well, magnolia leaves are their fall/winter alternative. They last forever, they look beautiful, and they are inexpensive. I love how their dark green tops contrast with their leathery underside.

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2. SHEEPSKINS: Is there anything more inviting than a sheepskin throw? When I see a sheepskin slung on a piece of furniture, I just want to snuggle up next to it. If you're looking for ethically sourced, unique sheepskins, then head to Cowboy Kate's website.

Image credit: Cowboy Kate

Image credit: Cowboy Kate

3. WOOL BLANKETS: As soon as the temperature drops below 65, I'm reaching for my wool blanket. I love classic Pendleton or Hudson Bay blankets. You can buy them new, or you can find vintage ones on sites like Chairish or eBay. I purchased the one pictured below on our trip to New Zealand.

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4. BUFFALO CHECK & PLAID: A sure way to usher in fall is to add plaid or buffalo check. You can add these patterns in blankets, pillows, wallpaper, table cloths, or decorative objects.

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Wallpaper, similar here

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Couch, similar here

5. PAINT: Painting is probably the easiest, most inexpensive way to dramatically change the mood in a space. Trust me, you can paint on your own! You don't need to hire a professional to make this change. For paint and supplies, you shouldn't spend much more than $80. I love dark blue, green, and burgundy for fall. The best thing about paint is it is temporary. If you don't like it, you can always change it back!

Image credit: David Cleveland

Image credit & styling: Catherine Huckerby

Image credit: Mike Baker, Styling: Heather Nette King

6. SWITCH YOUR THROW PILLOW COVERS: This is a super easy way to shake things up for fall. Pick throw pillows that are made of heavier fabrics like velvet, jacquard, brocade or leather. To save money, buy covers that are the same size as your existing inserts. West Elm's pillow selection is usually on point. Here are a few of my favorite pillows in their fall collection.

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7. BASKETS. I love the look of baskets all year round, but I especially like them in fall and winter. They are great for storing blankets, pillows and firewood or hung on a wall for decoration.

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Here are a few great baskets from ZARA HOME. However, one of the best places to find baskets is your local thrift shop.

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8. SWITCH YOUR LAMP SHADES: Looking to add a moodier feel in your home? If you have white or light colored shades, consider switching them to darker ones.

Design credit: Kelly Lack

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9. WOOD: I love the way wood can warm up a home. By displaying your cutting boards, placing a wood tray on your coffee table, or bringing in branches from outside, the addition of this element will make your home feel fall ready.

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10. NATURAL OBJECTS. Ever since I was a young, my mother collected natural objects. She would find birds nests, feathers, beehives, pinecones and put them on display under a cloche. It is a graceful way to bring the outside in during the fall and winter months.

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Do you have any favorite ways to bring fall into your home? If so, I'd love to hear them!

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