Though the calendar says autumn doesn’t officially begin until September 22, we feel it in our hearts as soon as August ends. After all, there is nothing like fall in Alabama. From incorporating your favorite fall colors and textures into your home decor to scoring the perfect transitional pieces for your wardrobe, we’ve rounded up 16 of the best local FINDS to guarantee you are ready for September in the South.
IN YOUR HOME
Cozy throw blanket
With the new season comes lower temperatures, so having cozy pieces in your home becomes incredibly important. We spotted this gorgeous gray Madurai throw at At Home Furnishings and knew it had to come home with us. It is ultra-soft and complements any design aesthetic while providing beautiful texture and functionality. Find it for $35 at At Home Furnishings.
With the kids back in school (whether in-person or online), a little extra encouragement is warmly welcomed. Proudly display your child’s works of art with this wooden wall sign. Hang it in your mudroom or kitchen so it’s seen every day. Find it for $24.95 at LJ’s Retail Therapy.
Personalized fall pillow
This personalized fall pillow is the ideal way to seamlessly incorporate your love for the season into your space. Place it on your outdoor bench or your favorite recliner for a fun touch of festive decor — and who can resist the adorable gnomes? The pillow comes in 16- and 18-inch sizes, or you can purchase just the cover. Find it starting at $16.99 at Maddie and Co. Gifts.
Let’s be honest, we’re all looking forward to 2021. Gift your friend, loved one or co-worker this new calendar by Karen Adams Designs. This beautiful desk calendar was created in Memphis, TN, and showcases a classic, clean design that’s perfect for any desktop or counter space. Find it for $34 at SB Shop.
While football season will start late and be different from years’ past, you can still show off your team spirit. To do so, look no further than these TwoStick Maps from Dorm Decor. Whether you cheer for the Tigers, the Tide or another Southern team, these maps are the perfect addition to your home this fall season. Available in two sizes, the 18-by-24-inch prints are $75, and the 24-by-36-inch prints are $115. You can find both at Dorm Decor.
Bring the smell of fall to your home with a pleasant-smelling candle. This scent, fittingly named “Camp Fire,” burns clean and smells absolutely delicious. Hand-poured right here in Birmingham, you’ll feel like you’re roasting marshmallows and curling up in your favorite blanket every time it’s lit. Find it for $26 at Bemele Candles.
IN YOUR WARDROBE
If you’re looking for the perfect wardrobe staple to transition your closet from summer to fall, then look no further than this sophisticated and trendy jumper. This piece can be easily dressed up or down for any occasion you find yourself attending this fall and even into the winter months! Find it for $215 at Shea Davis Boutique.
Dwell & Good face masks
Who would have thought that the hottest fashion trend of 2020 would be a face mask? Not us. But if we’re going to wear them, we might as well make them cute! These SB-exclusive masks are currently available for pre-sale and will ship out in approximately two to three weeks. Find this “Be Kind Do Good” mask and three other designs for $19.50 at SB Shop.
PJ Salvage robe
Let’s get comfy and cozy this fall. This super-soft lightweight robe by PJ Salvage is perfect for an Alabama fall morning! Wrap up, enjoy your coffee and relax this September. Find it for $78 at The Lingerie Shoppe.
Sneakers of the season
Sneakers are having a major moment this season, and we are here for it. We especially love these options from Moda Boutique because they’re unique, on-trend and can be styled so many different ways. Find them for $69.
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There’s nothing we love more than spotting a new staple piece we immediately have to add to our collection, and this accordion skirt is exactly that. The elastic waistband makes it super-comfortable, and the color blocking makes it a statement piece that will undoubtedly turn heads. Add this fall-inspired skirt to your cool-weather wardrobe for $198 from Manhattan South.
No outfit is complete without the perfect accessory! These festive earrings by local maker Bonnybee Designs are trendy, lightweight and the only pair of earrings you’ll need this season. Find them in two different colors for $28 at Bonnybee Designs.
IN THE KITCHEN
Mexican hot chocolate
We may have a bit more time before the temperatures truly start to dip, but you can still get into the fall mood with a cup of delicious hot chocolate. Sourced from Oaxaca, Mexico, this Villa Real chocolate is smooth, creamy and absolutely decadent. Choose between almond, vanilla or sweet dark, and kick back with your favorite mug as you observe the beauty of the colorful fall leaves. Find it for $12.99 at Sojourns Fair Trade.
Southern Fried Design Barn does it again! Made in Nashville, TN, this original, hand-illustrated kitchen towel is the perfect addition to any Southern home. Spruce up your kitchen this fall with this brand new design. It also makes for a great gift! Grab yours for $18 at SB Shop.
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Apple pie filling
Nothing says fall like a fresh, homemade apple pie. Locally sourced and handcrafted in Alabama, this apple pie filling is perfectly spiced and sinfully delicious. It will fast become your go-to ingredient for all your fall celebrations! Find this 32-ounce jar for $20 at Stone Hollow Farmstead.
Cheers to the unofficial drink of the season. This tea by Big Heart Tea is delicious, healthy and calming. Plus, it’s packed with antioxidant-rich, immune-boosting ingredients. Find this tea for $10.95 at Square One Goods Co., a women-owned company on a mission to make tea the right way with fully traceable ingredients and compostable tea bags.
Now, get out and enjoy the new season with these September FINDS!