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For The Seasons, Pt. 2: We’ve Fallen for Autumn

October 5, 2016

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, already? Fall has crept in quietly, as it always seems to do. The nights become cooler, the days are shorter, and pumpkins are popping up everywhere. Many of us name fall as our favourite season. The warmth drained from the air finds new life in bold red, yellow and orange foliage, fireplaces, cozy layers, and hot apple cider. What’s not to love?

You may remember Pt. 1 of our For The Seasons series, here.

This time, we’ve asked our Design Team to select some of their fall decorating favourites.

Katherine’s Top Three Fall Picks


Have you been to the Third World Bazaar in Manotick? Spanning only seven weekends in October-November, their opening is this Thanksgiving (all four days!). TWB is cholk-full of new and interesting handcrafted goods from around the globe. Katherine has been keeping tabs on their Facebook updates, and noted these gorgeous Turkish cotton towels, blankets and robes. (Image source: Third World Bazaar Facebook Page)



With less sunlight throughout the day, perhaps it’s time to consider some new lamps! With a modern update on a classic look, this lamp from West Elm is unlikely to go out of style anytime soon. Grab a good book and a blanket, and use the tilting head to direct the light right where you want it.











Speaking of cozying up, take a look at these rich, textured accent cushions from Zone Maison and Structube. Gold metallics are a good fit for fall, and soft velvety fabrics reel in the warmth. Coincidence or not that the red, yellow and orange pillows resemble the autumnal turning of our beautiful trees here in Ottawa?structube

Miranda’s Top Three Fall Picks



Looking for an inimitable piece of furniture that pulls from nature in an authentic way? Out on Mitch Owens Rd. in Manotick, you’ll find Atmosphère & Bois and their extensive collection of salvaged wood pieces, both on display and available as custom projects.  This minimalist console is a mix of modern and rustic, and 100% unique.





Are you a proud Canadian? You’ll likely recognize Tom Thomson’s landscapes- either the paintings themselves or the places depicted. Perhaps you’re familiar with his internationally renowned work, or have seen it on display here in Ottawa at the National Gallery of Canada or at the Tom Thomson Gallery in Owen Sound. This set of prints is a celebration of rugged, unkempt Northern Ontario. A Tom Thomson print, perhaps a touch ubiquitous (think HBC striped blanket), has surely set the bar, along with the Group of Seven, for ‘Nostalgic Canadian Wilderness Art.’ It has our approval- especially this season, and especially in a set of three. Find them here at Simon’s. 



Here in Ottawa we know that once the leaves begin to turn, and the overnight frost sets in, our gardens take a pretty significant nosedive. Why not surround yourself with indoor plants? Many plants are also air-purifying, which is a total plus! And how about these gorgeous plant stands from Anthropologie? We think they would look especially nice with some English Ivy, from NASA’s list of the top air-filtering house plants!

Check back in with us in January for our winter favourites!