It might still feel a tad toasty outside, but that’s not stopping us from dreaming about all things fall. September is the perfect time to prepare for the impending season change and gear up for the festivities ahead — from updating our wardrobes to include cooler-weather attire, to giving our homes a little refresh and ramping up our hostess toolkits for upcoming gatherings. This month we’ve selected our favorite FINDS from local shops to help you seamlessly transition into the fall season and beyond!


Candle holders

Usher some extra tranquility into your space this month with these modern candle holders in happy, mood-lifting colors like light mint and tangerine. Found at Happily Grey inside L&L Market, these beauties are handmade from casted ceramic with matte glazing and available in six pretty colors. Display them solo or mix and match them for different stunning combinations. Find them for $48 each at Happily Grey.

Color candle holders from Happily Grey, a fall gift idea
Candle holders, $48 each, at Happily Grey | Image: Happily Grey

Velvet pumpkins

We’ll admit, we have a pumpkin obsession — which is why these silk velvet versions immediately caught our eye and got us super excited to decorate for fall. Ranging in size from three to ten inches, these pretty pumpkins can be added to any fall arrangement or tablescape, adding pops of color and texture to your space. Pumpkins range from $23 to $79 each at Bella Vita.

Blue velvet pumpkins at Bella Vita Nashville
Velvet pumpkins, $23 to $79 each, at Bella Vita

Lithographs by Leo Arnak Pedersen

Nestled in their newly expanded space on 8th Avenue, Patina + Co. is undoubtedly one of our top places to find the most charming and unique antiques and accessories — and the cutest, most personable owners (Monica and Stacy) are just the cherry on top. Patina + Co. is impeccable at mixing the old with the new, which is why we love pairing these modern lithographs in bright, cheery colors over an antique furniture piece. Fun fact: there were only 200 of these produced, so grab one while you still can! You can find them unframed for $125 at Patina + C0.

Colorful Lithographs on display at Patina + Co
Lithographs (unframed), $125 each, at Patina + Co.

Throw blanket

The easiest way to cozy up your space for the cooler months is by tossing a throw blanket over your sofa or armchair — and we found the chicest style at Daphne in L&L Market. Featuring neutral browns, oranges, and blacks in modern and unique geometric prints, these throws will complement any color palette while keeping you warm in style. Find them for $173 each at Daphne.

Geometric-patterned throw blankets, a fall gift idea
Throw blankets, $173 each, at Daphne


Gear up for nights around the fireplace with this warm, welcoming armchair in a neutral ivory tone. A patterned pillow plus an aforementioned geometric throw from above will make for the perfect accessories. Find the chair for $995 at Barefoot Cottage.

White armchair with pillow and throw at Barefoot Cottage
Armchair, $995, at Barefoot Cottage


High-rise pants

Abednego is Germantown’s fashion gem when it comes to effortless style, as showcased with one of their best-selling pants from the Pistola brand. Featuring the perfect hue to cross over into fall, these pants hug you from the waist to the knee and flare out at the ankle for a figure-flattering look that’ll become the base for countless fall outfit combos. Pick up a pair for $152 at Abednego.

Model wearing copper-colored high-rise cropped pants
High-rise pants, $152, at Abednego | Image: Abednego


It’s time to trade in your straw beach hat for a more fall-friendly version, and we’ve set our sights on this hand-crafted hat from Daisy May Hat Co. Made from 100% beaver felt in a gorgeous camel color, the Las Alamos will easily become the perfect finishing touch to every ensemble. Find it for $599 at Daisy May Hat Co.

Las Alamos County 7 hat, a fall gift idea
Hat, $599, at Daisy May Hat Co | Image: Daisy May Hat Co

Maxi dress

This time of year, we are all about transitional pieces that can seamlessly get us through the last few weeks of summer and into chillier months. This cut-out maxi dress from Vinnie Louise is the epitome of a transitional piece: wear it now with sandals, and wear it later with booties and a leather jacket. Find it for $74 at Vinnie Louise.

Model wearing olive-colored Adalynn maxi dress from Vinnie Louise
Maxi dress, $74, at Vinnie Louise | Image: Vinnie Louise


Just because you’re not going back to school this month doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy the thrill of a brand-new backpack! The new “Rosa” line from Able is thoughtfully designed to accommodate a hands-free lifestyle and is made with top-grain leather. The backpack offers plenty of room for your on-the-go essentials and even boasts an additional front zippered card pocket for extra organization. Pick one up for $285 at Able.

Rosa backpack from Able
Backpack, $285, at Able | Image: Able


Stow away your sandals for the rest of the year and opt for a statement-making sneaker instead with these glitter star shoes from Elle Gray in Sylvan Park. We love these because they can be paired with literally everything in our closet, from dresses to jeans, and can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. Find a pair for $98 at Elle Gray.

Glitter star sneakers from Elle Gray, a fall gift idea
Sneakers, $98, at Elle Gray | Image: Elle Gray


Charcuterie board

Every good host needs a go-to charcuterie board, and we found our new favorite at The Kitchen in Belle Meade. Even if you can’t arrange an Instagram-worthy charcuterie board yourself, no one will notice because they’ll be too focused on this gorgeous reclaimed wooden piece. You can also use it for serving homemade pizza, or even just as decoration propped up against your backsplash when it’s not in use. Find the large option for $140 at The Kitchen.

Three pine charcuterie boards from The Kitchen
Large charcuterie board, $140, at The Kitchen | Image: The Kitchen


If you’re feeling ambitious after purchasing your charcuterie board, make it your September goal to learn how to put that board to good use! This handy, beautiful book by Kimberly Stevens tells you everything you need to know about pairing cheeses, meats, condiments, and so much more, with an added bonus of suggested drink pairings. Flip through to find over 100 recipes for breads, preserves, flavored nuts, dips, spreads, and even desserts so you can host with confidence this season. Find a copy for $24.95 at Ash Blue.

"Savor" book on display at Ash Blue, a fall gift idea
Book, $24.95, at Ash Blue

Melamine plates

Known as plastic’s prettier older sister, melamine is a heat-resistant and virtually unbreakable material. For a more laid-back occasion, this scalloped version from White’s Mercantile offers the perfect alternative to paper plates when you want something casual yet still fun and slightly elevated. Find these for $8 each at White’s Mercantile.

Blue and white patterned plate from White's Mercantile
Melamine plate, $8, at White’s Mercantile

Cookbook holder

A new season means new cozy recipes to try, and we are up to the challenge — but only if we display our cookbooks in an elegant manner. Made from 100% recycled Italian lucite, the Balsamo holder is a functional and stylish addition to any kitchen with its clear frame that holds the pages open for you while protecting them from any splatters or mess. You can find it for $44 at Newly.

Cookbook holder and beverage on kitchen counter, a fall gift idea
Cookbook holder, $44, at Newly | Image: Newly

Salad bowl and servers

Handcrafted in India from sustainably-grown mango wood, the Mango Tango Salad Bowl is the perfect serving piece for your next gathering. Featuring shades of natural brown with a colorful dyed buffalo bone inlay, this gorgeous combo will be the star of the show at your next dinner party. Find the bowl for $59.99 and the matching servers for $34.99 at Ten Thousand Villages.

Matching salad bowl and servers from Ten Thousand Villages
Salad bowl, $59.99; servers, $34.99, at Ten Thousand Villages | Image: Ten Thousand Villages



The start of a new school year means a backpack upgrade, and we found the most adorable style at Plaid Rabbit in Green Hills. Roomy and functional, these cute backpacks come in the sweetest prints like gingham and floral, with padded adjustable straps for a comfortable wear. And the best part? It’s made from coated material that is totally wipeable, making it easy to keep it looking fresh and clean no matter what the school day brings. Find it for $62 at Plaid Rabbit.

Two young girls modeling plaid backpacks
Backpacks, $62 each, at Plaid Rabbit | Image: Plaid Rabbit

Pencil case

As a kid, finding the perfect pencil case was a pretty big deal — and this one from The Getalong is pretty perfect if you ask us. It’s big enough for pencils, pens, and markers of all kinds with a sturdy zip closure so your star student can toss it into their backpack, and the cute gingham pattern is just right for the fall season. Find a case for $30 at The Getalong.

Two gingham pencil cases from The Getalong, a fall gift idea
Pencil cases, $30 each, at The Getalong | Image: The Getalong

Weekly planner

With the chaos of school events and extra-curricular activities starting back up at full speed, it’s essential to keep your family organized and on the same page. This cheerful, giant notepad helps you plan your weeks in style with 48 working weeks, seven holiday weeks, and a marble paper cover that looks super chic on your desk or kitchen counter. Pick one up for $28 at Gift Horse.

Colorful weekly planner by Risotto Studio
Weekly planner, $28, at Gift Horse | Image: Risotto Studio

Have an amazing September, Nashville! All photography courtesy of Hayley Simmons unless otherwise noted.


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