After a hot, dry summer, local residents eagerly anticipate the cool temperatures and bright blue skies of autumn. For some of us, it’s not enough to enjoy the changing seasons outside. You might also want to bring that fall feeling indoors. 

To get an idea of how to transition a Panhandle home from summer to fall, we spoke with designer extraordinaire Kasey Tam, proprietor of From 6th Collective. Tam gave us six key suggestions, all of which serve to make your space cozier and cool-season ready. The process is simpler than you think, but there’s more to it than adding a few pumpkins to your usual decor.

Warm up the light. Gone are the long days and bright summer sunshine. Set the tone for a softer season by diffusing your lighting. Add multiple lamps to a single room.

Transform your textiles. Say goodbye to the lighter fabrics of summer and hello to thicker, plusher throws. Tam says the addition of layered elements like fur pillows and even horn accents can serve to soften a room.

Go natural. Seasonal transitions are a great time to transition the wall art in your home. Tam loves referencing the crisp textures of fall through natural photography and nature-focused prints.

Swap scents. Yes, it’s time for new candles. Yes, woodsy and earthy aromas are appropriate for fall. Yes, one of them can be pumpkin spice. But don’t go overboard.

Think beyond blooms. Summer may offer bright colors and beautiful floral cuttings, but many local plants bloom well into October. “Fall-ify your blooms by foraging and using interesting vases,” Tam says. Don’t be afraid to exchange your pinks and yellows for earth tones.

OK, fine, put out pumpkins. But not just pumpkins. Add decorative, natural fall touches by displaying natural, inexpensive collections of pinecones, acorns or gourds. Branches in vases or a centerpiece of apples, collected in a nice bowl, add a classy autumnal touch.

(All featured items are available from local retailers at From 6th Collective.)