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September 29, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Cool details: Enhance your fall décor with small touches that make a big impact


By Allison Ellis / Special to Sunday Market

Sweep away the last grains of sand from the floorboards and stack up the outdoor furniture: It’s time to switch your focus to the great indoors.

Here are some stylish accents and little luxuries that will brighten your home during even the gloomiest of fall days.


One of the simplest ways to update a room is with new pillows and throws. They’re easy to switch out and move around, and they provide welcome pops of color and texture.

CB2’s Wing It 18” Pillow ($40 at features a finely embroidered motif of paper-airplane silhouettes on boiled wool, providing a touch of delicate whimsy against a neutral palette. For a handmade touch, check out Yakima designers Bruce and Nancy Klapmeier’s striking Light Cream Pillow With Tree Design ($35 at

Crafted from a blend of natural fibers, Garnet Hill’s Wool & Cashmere Throw ($102–$138 at drapes beautifully on the couch — or over you during an afternoon nap. Or stock up on West Elm’s Perfect Throw ($29), available in a variety of vibrant fall hues.


Add some wow to your walls with unexpected elements and bold focal points.

Inspired by color swatches and designed by Rasmus Gottliebsen for Normann Copenhagen, the Watch Me Wall Clock ($50 at takes the art of timekeeping to a chic new level.

The DENY Designs Valentina Ramos Beatriz Baroque Mirror ($99–$149 at is a show-stopping play on baroque style with a colorful high-gloss aluminum face.

For an abstract and eye-catching wall ensemble, consider Wall Tears ($200–$224 for three at Zinc Art + Interiors, Edmonds, or Designed by Portland-based artist Andi Kovel for Esque, each 4- to 6-inch glass piece is handmade.

To add fun and visual interest to a room, try wallpaper with a strong geometric print. For a groovy, retro vibe perfect for mid-century or Northwest-contemporary homes, try Graham & Brown’s Trippy Wallpaper ($50 a roll at on an accent wall or in a bathroom.


If your current handles and knobs are ho-hum, try swapping them out for something a bit more dramatic.

Motiv Satin Nickel and Vintage Green Isla Round Cabinet Knobs ($5 each at, made of zinc and acrylic, offer nostalgia and durability. Easy to install and fun to mix and match, World Market’s Bronze Leaf Drawer Pulls ($5 each) are an elegant way to upgrade your kitchen cabinets or flea-market finds.

Rejuvenation’s Mid-Century Star Doorbell Button ($35 at provides a burst of energy to an entryway. It comes in brushed chrome or on-trend lacquered brass.


When considering larger items, look for pieces that provide function as well as form.

Lightweight and sturdy, each Modern ObjectGracer Table ($525 at Zinc Art + Interiors or is handmade by Seattle husband-and-wife design team Laura Zeck and Jesse Doquilo in beautifully grained walnut. Pick it up and move it anywhere you need a chic spot to put down your drink.

Woodland Imports’ Zig-Zag Classy Metal 3 Piece Lantern Set ($81 at can shed new light on your space. The glow from real or electric candles casts chevron designs around the room.

Add extra seating or a footrest with a versatile pouf. Modern Eclectic’s Braid and Butter Pouf ($150 at comes in a go-with-anything neutral color with a braid pattern that provides subtle texture.

Rosanna Inc.’s Alphabet Studio Trays ($12 each at are decorative and food-safe, providing a personalized way to store spare change or serve appetizers.

For a modern entryway or kid’s-room piece that’s both practical and sleek, consider Room & Board’s Large Utility Coat Rack ($249), made of powder-coated steel and available in a variety of bright colors.

Finally, how can you celebrate the rainy season without an attractive place to stash your umbrella? Pier 1’s Umbrella Stand (on sale for $60), in wrought iron, is charming even when the weather isn’t.

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