Chip and Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” fame will soon release their Hearth & Hand with Magnolia line at Target on Aug. 18—and if you’re chomping at the bit to add some cozy home accoutrements to your cart now, you’re in luck! They’ve offered a sneak peek at some of the items online already for pre-order, from candles to cookware.
So if you’re ready to say goodbye to summer and usher in the splendor of autumn, here are some ways to make your home infinitely more cozy and comfortable.
1. A cozy throw blanket
Measuring 80 inches in length and 55 inches in width, this throw blanket with tassels ($39) is generous enough to share on a chilly evening. Better still, it’s machine-washable, and its neutral hues allow you to use it anywhere from the bedroom to the family room.
“When it comes to layering textiles, I think texture outweighs pattern every time,” says Drew Henry, founder of San Antonio, TX–based Design Dudes. “I love layering the same colors but with various types of fabrics and knits. I like the simplicity of this white throw, but the tassels add a little fun and drama.”
2. A cast-iron casserole dish
With the holiday season fast approaching, you can never have enough dishes. This cast-iron casserole dish ($14.99) holds up to 5 quarts. It can be used on a gas or electric stovetop and is induction-compatible. Its cream-colored enamel surface means it’ll fit right in with your other cookware regardless of color or style.
3. A Lazy Susan
This 10-inch Lazy Susan ($17.99) is an excellent way to ensure your guests have access to condiments and sides without having to reach across fellow diners. Made of wood and metal, it’s as rustic and charming as it is functional.
“Definitely thinking about this piece being incorporated into a holiday table setting,” says Henry. “Lazy Susans are really fun and practical additions to large dinner parties. I think it is simple enough to be incorporated into almost any style or design scheme.”
4. A ‘lost socks’ hanger
Who among us hasn’t had a sock (or 12) disappear into the black hole that exists between the washer and dryer? Maybe this “lost socks” sign ($24.99) will help reunite those pairs.
“This sign is so cute,” notes Henry. “I always say that if you are lucky enough to have a large laundry room, you should definitely add some style and design to it. This sign is both charming and practical—I think you could even use it to clip notes, shopping lists, and reminders.”
5. A steel-cauldron fire pit
Imagine you and the fam telling stories and making s’mores around this 28-inch steel-cauldron fire pit ($139.99). You can almost smell the wood burning, can’t you?
“This fire pit would be a great addition to any backyard or patio space,” says Henry. “I like that it comes with the mesh screen, and I think the copper metallic look on the base is great. It is also a really easy piece to add in to your patio decor without breaking the budget.”
6. A stoneware pitcher
“I really like the simplicity of this stoneware pitcher (short, $14.99; tall, $19.99),” says Henry. “The white glaze with the simple tan detailing would fit nicely into any color palette. The handmade feel looks like it would work really well in more rustic decor schemes. I think one really nice feature is that it can be used for both hot and cold beverages.”
7. Metal lanterns
Metal lanterns (small, $24.99; large, $39.99) add tons of character to the front steps or porch. Light the way for your guests and trick-or-treaters this fall with these striking accessories. The small one is 12 inches in height, while the large is 20 inches. Put ’em together for a warm welcome.
8. Soup bowl set
Fall is the perfect time to serve up your favorite soups, stews, chowders, and bisques. These piping-hot comfort foods become even more appetizing when served in this four-pack stoneware soup bowl set ($34.99), which comes with its own caddy for easy table setting. Now all you need to do is pull out your favorite recipes and you’re good to go!
9. Porcelain storage container
Whether you’re putting away leftovers or preparing your signature dish to bring to a party, this three-pack porcelain storage container set ($19.99) lets you do it in style. This attractive trio holds 10, 20, and 50 ounces. And they’re microwave-safe, perfect for cooking up a hot lunch at work or anywhere.
“With holiday season creeping up on us, we are about to start spending a lot of time cooking food and bringing it over to the houses of friends and relatives.” Henry points out. “I think presentation is everything when it comes to food. The last thing you want to do is to show up to a dinner party with a plastic tub. I think this porcelain storage set with cute detailing and lids would be a big improvement.”