When the back door can no longer stay open past 7 p.m. without ushering in a breeze, when windows must be shut and sunlight is no longer strong enough to warm the breakfast nook, a less creative decorator might think she’s entered autumn’s prison.

When the back door can no longer stay open past 7 p.m. without ushering in a breeze, when windows must be shut and sunlight is no longer strong enough to warm the breakfast nook, a less-creative decorator might think she’s entered autumn’s prison.

Don’t fall into that trap. Open your mind to the things that make autumn auspicious: The changing leaves, the colors, the coziness. When things turn cool, these hot items will bring fall inside — without the cold air.

Oxidized bronze thatch bowl

Hand-forged pieces of metal are welded together to create a bowl that appears to be made of twigs plucked from a bare tree in fall. Part of Michael Aram’s Studio Collection, it’s available in various sizes from La Mendola in Edgebrook Center, 1651 N. Alpine Road, Rockford. Prices range from $66 to $229.

Uttermost side tables

Designed by Grace Feyock, these marble-topped tables are finished in a rich mahogany brown. The three sizes are priced at $94.95, $122.95 and $156.95. Find them at Annie’s Gifts & Home in Edgebrook Center, 1643 N. Alpine Road, Rockford. 

Hanging candle holder

This earthy brown candle holder adds intrigue to any decor. Each of the three candles it holds is reflected in a mirror on one side, as are the decorative designs on the other side of the mirrors. Priced at $245, it’s one of the many upscale home furnishing items at Porch, 3065 N. Perryville Road, Rockford.

Carter My Pod chair

This comfy double chaise is covered in luxurious microfiber and mimics the colors of changing fall leaves with its bold fabric; the chair and three pillows that come with it are available in a range of colors and fabrics. My Pod, priced at $1,737, is built to last with a hardwood frame and steel suspension, and it’s a breeze to move because it rolls along easily on hidden casters. Get it at Ingrassia Interior Elements, 7047 Newburg Road, Rockford.

Jeniece Smith, who’d rather play in the leaves than rake, may be reached at jsmith@rockfordwoman.com or 815-987-1356.