Welcome to the extended version of my weekly newsletter, House Call (and if you aren’t subscribed, what are you waiting for?). This is where I spend some time pondering a theme, answering a question, and helping you shop smarter—or at least find some new inspiration. Reach out if you ever need recommendations. I’m happy to search the internet for the most specific furnishings, decor, and knickknacks.
I’m always interested in finding out the latest home decor trends. What colors or patterns, or hobbies will fill my Instagram feed or inbox next? Sometimes the trends seem to happen subconsciously (is that another sage green kitchen or am I seeing things?), and other times it feels like you see a trend so many times that you just have to have it (hello, curvy sofa). Etsy just released its Holiday Trend Report, which is filled with ideas for festive decorations and gifts, and the trend of “off-the-grid gatherings” stuck in my mind. It also reminded me of friluftsliv—the Nordic concept of getting outdoors—especially as the weather is cooling down. If the last two years have taught me anything, it’s how to enjoy being outside no matter what.
So, today I’m daydreaming about all the wonderful activities perfect for the cooler, cozier season. Bundle yourself up and get outside.
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This product has a two-part thrill: The pattern you get is a mystery, and every option is beautiful. The authentic Mexican Falsa blankets are perfect for snuggling up on a porch, bringing to a park for a picnic, or simply wrapping up in on the couch.
Sitting around a fire, drinking wine, and eating cheese sounds like a luxury, but it’s also very attainable if you have a convenient portable fire pit like the Ranger Solo Stove. Even drinking some tea or just reading a book feels like another level experience with a roaring fire.
For some fall camping or outdoor dinner parties, this rechargeable lantern is a great addition. It provides a range of moody or helpful lighting, and you can even shake the lantern for an instant rotation of mesmerizing color.
Mix and match your way to a chic outdoor set-up with this chair and table. The dynamic duo even comes with your choice of carryall or tote.
This ultra soft cotton blanket just asks for a crisp fall day. Take your pick in tan or black.
If you ever need to splurge on a hammock, these incredibly beautiful Colombia options made in collaboration with German designer Sebastian Herkner are the way to go.
Another portable outdoor chair to have ready at all times. With a moveable cupholder, bag hooks, and bottle openers under each arm, it’s a handy seat to have.
I am a big proponent of the portable pizza oven, which is a warm welcome in the cooler months. Pizza parties are worth it year-round.
You can trust an Icelandic chocolate company to know how to make a nice s’more. This ready-to-go kit has everything you need to enjoy a high-end fireside treat.