Fall is officially here, and if you’re looking to embrace some of the season’s biggest home trends in your home without 1) breaking the bank and 2) purchasing the same pieces everyone else owns, secondhand pros are here to help! We tapped thrifting experts and asked them to share the biggest decor trends of 2023 and how you can bring these looks to life with preloved pieces.
Trend 1: Moody Candles
Fall is all about cozying up on the sofa with a favorite seasonal TV series (Gilmore Girls, anyone?) or hosting a horror movie marathon. Add a touch of moodiness to your family room with some taper candles that you can light as you binge watch. In particular, keep an eye out for ivories, deep oranges, rich purples, or greens when shopping secondhand for candles, says Vanessa Chaverri-Gratz of The Gratz Life. “You can typically find a Ziploc bag of these at thrift stores or estate sales in the holiday sections,” she explains.
Trend 2: Fall Wreaths and Garlands
You don’t have to wait until the winter months to start displaying wreaths and garlands when there are so many autumnal options to enjoy. When browsing for these items at thrift stores and estate sales, keep in mind the many ways they can be used. “A garland can easily be utilized on a tablescape or featured on a bookshelf, whereas I like to hang a wreath on interior walls or doors as well as above a mantel or even displayed on a TV when hosting,” Chaverri-Gratz shares.
Trend 3: Classic Wood Furniture
Sarah Gibson of Room for Tuesday is keeping her eyes peeled for classic wooden furniture this fall season. “I love anything with a turned or sculptural shape, such as barley twist,” she says.
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Trend 4: Cozy Blankets
Fall means that it’s time to bust out the cozy blankets. But why shell out for pricey pieces when you can source top brands at the thrift store? “I'm always on the hunt for wool and cashmere blankets and throws from classic brands like Pendleton or Faribault,” Gibson says.
Trend 5: Vintage Servingware
It’s never too early to start thinking about your Thanksgiving tablescape, and why not go the vintage route as you shop for servingware? “I love the way vintage items evoke a sense of tradition, adding layers of warmth and coziness to any dining room,” says Ashley Macuga of Collected Interiors. She suggests searching for vintage silverware, platters, and gravy boats in particular. “The more turkeys in the pattern, the better!”
Dijana Savic-Jambert of Maredi Design agrees. “With the coziness of fall, who doesn’t want to use decadent cocktail glasses from another era for those late night dinner parties, or dress your Thanksgiving table with vintage silverware?”
Trend 6: Vintage Vases and Baskets
Thrift stores are always filled to the brim with baskets and vessels of all kinds. Jenny Williamson of West Rose Design says that she is particularly drawn to “vintage vases and baskets in rich browns, dark umbers, and wood tones for sprinkling in fall branches or apples and pumpkins.” These will look beautiful styled on an entryway console, on a fireplace hearth, or throughout the kitchen. If you’re more of a color lover, Katharine Rhudy of Reed & Acanthus suggests looking for vases and lamps in rust, honey, and olive green.
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