Emily Henderson Shares How to Revamp Your Home for Fall
Recently Emily Henderson, the host and designer behind HGTV’s Secrets From a Stylist, did a gorgeous and surprisingly affordable mini home makeover for fall. We got the chance to ask the fabulous design guru about her fall must-haves and how to design beautifully on a budget.
According to Henderson, “it’s best to refresh every season.” She ditches her floral prints in favor of something masculine, like a simple plaid, while still maintaining her signature bright, airy, and sunny aesthetic. See how Henderson takes her home from white and bright for summer to dark and cozy for fall below.
MYDOMAINE: What was your method for revamping your home for fall?
EMILY HENDERSON: I use my home as a laboratory, in a way—no client to worry about (except my husband) and no approval or wait time from a third party. If I feel like taking things in a new direction, I can and do. Lately, maybe because of fall, I’ve been feeling a darker, more neutral, more masculine vibe, and I wanted to bring that into the house, but still in a happy way. For me, it was all about color. When choosing a color palette, I recommend selecting the color you love most. The easiest way to think about this is considering what you wear most. For me, that’s blue, which became my “hero” color—but this time it’s more of a dark denim, slate, indigo, and grayed-out blue tones—less bright royals, teals, or turquoises (although there are still some of them).
MD: How do you recommend our readers bring autumn into their homes?
EH: There are so many ways to subtly incorporate autumn into your home. While spring is all about light, airy, and more feminine accents, fall is the time to go a little more masculine. Add darker accents like grays and blues to add some depth to your space, and layer on lots of texture. Layer wools, plaids, denims, and soft textured textiles in pillows and throws—you can never go wrong with a soft, chunky knit throw draped over the back of a sofa. You can also bring the outside in with a wooden tray or wicker accents—one of my favorites this season are these Threshold stag heads we put up in Charlie’s playroom. We love them, and he thinks they are hilarious.
MD: Any décor ideas the kids can help put together for fall?
EH: I’m loving the resurgence of arts and crafts as home décor—this is also a great way to get the kids involved. From macramé or wool wall hangings to yarn-wrapped letters, there are a lot of fun, kid-friendly fall projects that can result in something you’re actually excited to put on display.
MD: What are the best low-cost solutions for seasonal décor?
EH: Target is my not-so-secret weapon when it comes to quality budget finds. Their fall collections combine great design with high-quality materials to create an assortment of on-trend pieces—think real marble pieces for fall, like tables and lighting. I mix these pieces throughout my house but also find that these of-the-moment pieces go well alongside vintage pieces.
MD: What are décor pieces can you save on?
EH: There are so many great options out there for finishing touches and accents, like pillows, vases, and trays. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great-looking piece that can transition different styles and different seasons.
MD: What are the hot décor colors this fall?
EH: Instead of adding oranges, burgundies, browns, and mustards, try adding warmth through finishes like wood, brass, and copper.
MD: What’s the trick to making a home as beautiful and welcoming as yours?
EH: As long as you are within your color palette, just layer and collect to your heart’s extent. Don’t worry about matching perfectly; just make sure you have a variety of sizes and textures, and then have fun. The more of your personality that is displayed through personal, storied pieces, the more welcoming and inviting it will be to you and your guests. Generic design is the enemy—personality through comfort and style is the goal.
For more tips from Emily Henderson on fall décor, visit Good Housekeeping.