With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to add some cozy touches to your home. Swap linen throws for warmer blankets, give your guest room a refresh, and ready your table for shared meals and laughter. These thoughtfully chosen pieces from some of our favorite stores across the South will bring so much sunshine into your home, you won’t want to pack them away as soon as 2020 ends. Here are some cozy home FINDS we’re loving!

WARM WELCOMES

Welcome mat 

Looking for an easy way to edit your entryway? Start by swapping out your doormat. Instead of opting for something holiday-related, look for one that lasts more than one season. This “come in and cozy up” doormat fits the bill. Find it for $44 at Apple & Oak.

Welcome mat, $44, at Apple & Oak | Image: Apple & Oak

Custom wreath

Lousiville-based “front door decor specialist” ChicWreath offers a wide variety of custom wreaths with various colors of hydrangeas and sunflowers and lots of fonts to choose from. Have fun designing a natural, happy new welcome piece for your door or for a friend’s. Create yours starting for $40 at ChicWreath.

Custom monogrammed flower and stick wreath

Custom wreath, starting at $40, at ChicWreath | Image: Etsy

Planter

Indoor and outdoor plants deserve a bright and cheery home, too! These fabulous handmade and hand-painted planters come in few different expressions and would also make a thoughtful gift for your green-thumbed companions. Find the face for you for $65 from The Victorian Atlanta.

Southern FINDS November: Silly face ceramic planter

Face planter, $65, at The Victorian Atlanta | Image: The Victorian Atlanta

STATEMENTS FOR SHARED SPACES

Leather stool

These versatile leather stools with funky brushed gold legs could be handsome and inviting around a dining table, at the foot of the bed, or pulled up to a bathroom vanity. Find these leather stools for $365 each at Merridian Home Furnishings, with locations in Louisville or Nashville, or contact them for shipping options. They’re also available in eggshell white fabric for $295.

Southern FINDS November: Leather stools from Merridian Nashville

Leather stool, $365, at Merridian Home Furnishings | Image: Merridian Home Furnishings

Blanket

This throw-sized chunky knit blanket made of super-soft merino wool in a natural white hue will match almost any space. The jumbo knit stitching is perfectly cozy, soft, and thick — plus it’s made in the South! Find this 50-by-65-inch throw for $219.97 (there are other sizes, too) from Raleigh, NC’s Shep’s Wool.

Chunky cream white wool knit blanket over a chair with cup of coffee

Wool blanket, $219.97, at Shep’s Wool | Image: Shep’s Wool

Fresh artwork

Refresh your walls this fall with a creative new print. “Agave Leaves” — signed by artist Leah Duncan herself — boasts the autumnal colors of the season in an interesting, abstract form. Frame and hang this in the kitchen, guest bath, or kids’ room. Find it online for $38 from Birmingham’s Trove Design Shop.

Fall print, $38, from Trove Design Shop

Abstract fall print, $38, from Trove Design Shop | Image: Trove Design Shop

Poof

Designed from the artist’s love of bean bag chairs, these African mudcloth ottomans are a stylish and functional addition to any room. Made in America from vintage African fabrics, these 22-by-22-inch poofs come stuffed, so no insert needed. Find yours on sale for $124.50 (reg. $200) from Charlotte, NC’s Mackenzie Bryant Co.

Southern FINDS November: black and white pouf and indigo dyed cloth pouf around table

Ottomans, on sale for $124.50 each (reg. $200), from Mackenzie Bryant Co. | Image: Mackenzie Bryant Co.

FRESH FALL SCENTS

Dried lavender

New Nashville purveyor Saint Maide specializes in dried floral bouquets, curated bunches, and gifts meant to evoke moments in time through long-lasting scent and beauty. The Serenity Set — “for when you want to change the vibe” — contains a small bunch of preserved lavender for calming, smoky quartz to detoxify and neutralize negative energy, and Palo Santo to cleanse your physical space. Get or gift this set for $42 at Saint Maide.

Dried lavender bunch from Nashville Saint Maide

Lavender bunch, $42, at Saint Maide | Image: Saint Maide

Candle

A road trip to nowhere, the first sign of snow, a warm fire. Those are the scenes this crisp balsam fir and warm amber scents are designed to conjure. The candle is handmade in Atlanta out of pure soy wax and will burn for more than 48 hours. Find this delicious flavor and more for $28 at Brick & Morter.

Southern FINDS November: Mountain scented candle

Mountain candle, $28, at Brick & Mortar | Image: Brick & Mortar

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Diffuser

Pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, pumpkin-scented diffuser? Yes, please! With a creamy, almost coconut-like scent blended with delicious cardamom, you’ll want one of these diffusers for every room in the house. Find this for $64 at La Maison in Memphis.

Pumpkin scented diffuser

Pumpkin cardamom diffuser, $64, at La Maison | Image: La Maison

Hand soap

1818 Farms in Alabama has whipped up a deliciously apple-scented soap just in time for the holiday season. You’ll be able to find one of these in every bathroom throughout our houses and in hand as a go-to hostess gift. Stock up on this incredible scent for $8 each at 1818 Farms.

Crisp apple handcrafted soap

Crisp apple handcrafted soap, $8, from 1818 Farms | Image: 1818 Farms

THOUGHTFUL GUEST ROOM TOUCHES

Book

Offer some light bedtime reading for your houseguests with this book by Chase Reynolds Ewald. Striking photos showcase the beauty of living in a naturally beautiful place and offer hints of how to bring texture, color, coziness and originality to mountain homes. Find this book at Vignette in Brentwood, TN, for $50.

Cabin Style by Chase Reynolds Ewald

Cabin Style by Chase Reynolds Ewald, $50, at Vignette | Image: Amazon

Wine bottle chiller

As your holiday guests make themselves at home, welcome them with a bottle of wine or bubbly that will stay chilled in any room of your home! The sleek design and functionality of this Swig wine bottle chiller also make it a great gift for the holidays. Cheers! Find this for $95 at SB Shop.

Southern FINDS November: Swig wine bottle chiller, $95, from SB Shop

Swig wine bottle chiller, $95, from SB Shop

Throw blanket 

Give your guests an extra blanket to keep them cozy. The fleece-lined throws by Turkish T are super soft and make a stylish addition to your guest room. Plus, they’re machine-washable. Find them in multiple colors at White’s Mercantile for $145.

Fleece-lined throw at White's Mercantile

Fleece-lined throw, $145, at White’s Mercantile | Image: Turkish T

TABLETOP ACCESSORIES

Stick candles

Goodbye, boring candles. Replace your standard white candles with these playful, colorful ones made in Highlands, NC, from maple tree molds. With nine color options, it is hard to pick a favorite. The candles come in sets of two at The Copper Fox Gallery for $33.

Southern FINDS November: Stick candles at The Copper Fox Gallery

Set of two stick candles, $33, at The Copper Fox Gallery | Image: The Copper Fox Gallery

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Festive glassware

Toast to the new season in style with these chic, fabulously fall-colored coupe glasses. Available in pink, mint and amber, these will look perfect on your Thanksgiving table and can be used for champagne, martinis or even ice cream! Grab yours for $33 each at A’mano in Birmingham.

Colorful glassware at A'mano

Colorful glassware, $33 each, at A’mano | Image: A’mano

Bread bowl towel set 

Bread is a dinner table staple. Place this bread bowl set on your dining room table or at your kitchen island with homemade biscuits or bread. The set includes the wooden bowl and also comes with a cheeky watercolor tea towel. Find this set for $28 at Memphis shop Southern Farmhouse.

Bread bowl towel set

Bread bowl towel set, $28, at Southern Farmhouse | Image: Southern Farmhouse

Dining room centerpiece

We love velvet’s revival each fall. Mix in these rich, autumnal colors and create the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece or entryway display. Find these beautiful velvet pumpkins in an assortment of colors at Cottage Basket for $20 each.

Southern FINDS November: Velvet pumpkins at Cottage Basket

Velvet pumpkins, $20 each, at Cottage Basket | Image: Cottage Basket

Cheers to the start of the coziest, most joyful holiday season yet.

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