Our Favorite Looks From You: Fall Edition

Autumn officially arrives this weekend, and we’re welcoming the season with special help from you! Here are our favorite fall looks, each of them submitted by one of our wonderful fans.

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@farmhousestyle04

You don’t always need to incorporate the colors of changing leaves to make your home feel like fall. @farmhousestyle04 is an inspiration for anyone who appreciates a simple color palette.

 
 

@lyddiebit

Warm welcomes are always nice, and @lyddiebit’s new doormat is the ideal choice for the front door. The only way a guest can feel more at home is if a pumpkin spice latte is waiting inside.

 
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@thelarafamilyhomestead

A lot of people talk about harvest, but @thelarafamilyhomestead is living it. Just look at the lovely pumpkins her family grew! We also love how she’s celebrating in style with this festive banner.

 
 

@myfindsmylovedecor

We’re officially in love with @myfindsmylovedecor’s porch. The cozy swing + pillows, autumn accents and color choices are perfect. Can we please come over and relax?

 
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@ourroseinthedesert

We’re pretty paws-itive this is the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. Who said dogs don’t like pumpkin spice?

 
 

@fallandwintercollection

Selecting the right fall décor can be tedious, but @fallandwintercollection makes things much easier by presenting plenty of options. Here’s one of her shots featuring some of the selection at her local Kirkland’s.

 
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@erikalaurenluvs

From the hello fall pillow to the cozy shirt, every single item from @erikalaurenluvs has us ready to snuggle up for the rest of the day… and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!

 
 

@honeyandbumble

This basket of pumpkins and fall greenery is already cute by itself, but @honeyandbumble’s use of the sentimental sign makes it even more precious. We love this innovative idea to bring fall flair with fresh colors.

 
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@simplyhomeinteriorsanddesigns

Misty is making sure you feel all of the fall feelings. Her little sign almost certainly contains your favorite autumn activity, attire or food.

 
 

@jessiepack830

Fall is all about pumpkins, and @jessiepack830 is very aware! We love how she featured this monogram pumpkin in the center of these delightful autumn accents.

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Think you have a fall-inspired look to top these? We’d love to see it! Tag @kirklands for a chance to be featured.

Rae Dunn Collection: An Inside Look

Rae Dunn’s exclusive home décor designs are now available in Kirkland’s stores and online!

We’re here (with some help from Rae Dunn) to show you how the items you see in stores nationwide came to life. Find out how she got inspired and which items she is particularly proud of. Get ready for some exclusive insight on the Rae Dunn Collection!

Why home décor?

Rae Dunn is known for her beautiful, earth-inspired wares, so why venture into a different style?

Simply put, Rae Dunn loves the idea of home as much as we do and as much as you do.

I love home. I love simplicity. I love surrounding myself with a clean, calm and tranquil environment. I have always filled my home with my own hand-made designs – from pillows to tea towels, to plates, bowls, and cups.
— Rae
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Why Kirkland’s?

With products already available in plenty of stores, why the partnership between Rae Dunn and Kirkland’s? In her mind, it’s a perfect match.

Kirkland’s stores make simple and artistic design accessible to anyone and my aesthetic is a perfect fit with their style. The stores are alluring, with an abundance of variety, without a feeling of sensory overload. They make for a peaceful, inviting shopping experience.
— Rae

Inspiration for the collection

Practicality, simplicity and nature are three of the biggest inspirations for the collection. Every piece seems to celebrate a simpler side of life while performing an essential function for the home. In the sketches below, influences from Rae’s past are also on display.

My vintage-inspired enameled tin cup brings back so many dear memories of my childhood spent in my grandmother’s kitchen. This collection combines the past and the future – a chance to both reminisce and to make new memories.
— Rae

Favorites from the collection

Every piece tells its own story. Every item has its purpose. Every design is beautiful. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to choose a few favorites.

 
The tray. This piece is both functional and decorative – two fundamental qualities I love to bring together. Perfect for breakfast in bed, backyard barbeques, or just a great object to hang on your wall!
 
 
My tea towels are very representative of my creative perspective and my lifestyle. They are simple, durable, useful, and they look sweet hanging in your kitchen. They will soften with age and use, which is a trait that I love.
— Rae
 

We hope you enjoyed this special insight from Rae. If you’ve already brought home some items from the collection, show us how you’re using them with #RAEDUNNXKIRKLANDS! If you haven’t shopped this new selection, don’t wait! These items won’t last long.

Top 10 Fall Finds for Under $25

One struggle we often hear regards decorating for certain seasons without breaking the bank. Well, we’re here to tell you it *is* possible, and it’s not as overwhelming as you might think.

Pick and choose your pieces carefully, and watch your home transform before your eyes. An accent pillow can have an incredible impact. The right doormat can set the mood for the evening from the time your friends step on your front porch. A sentiment plaque can say a lot with only a few words.

With fall on the way, we’ve picked out ten of our favorite items from our Harvest Collection. We’re confident they’ll help you get in the spirit of the season. The best news about them? They’re all available for under $25!

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Metallic Gold Thankful Accent Pillow ($17.99)

Add some flair to your favorite chair with this accent pillow. The sentimental message in a bold pop of gold is the ideal way to let your friends know that fall has arrived in your home.

 
 

Gingham Flag & Pumpkin Pennant Banner ($14.99)

Show your walls some love this season with this festive banner. Plaid and pumpkin are proving once again that they’re a terrific combination.

 
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Happy Fall Y’all Truck Doormat ($12.99)

Greet every guest in style with a delightful doormat. A sweet message and an old-fashioned truck with pumpkins piled high in the back. What more can you ask for from a doormat?

 
 

Copper Pumpkin Geometric Floral Arrangement ($16.99)

Copper is one of the trends everybody is talking about for autumn. This floral arrangement is a great choice for anyone who feels overwhelmed by too much orange or too many pumpkins. Subtle is always worth celebrating.

 
 

Buffalo Check Fabric Pumpkins ($3.99 or $8.99)

What do you get when you combine fall’s favorite item with one of the most iconic patterns of the season? These pumpkins can be used throughout your home to inspire a little harvest love.

 
 

White Welcome Fall Metal Sign ($19.99)

This sign is simply delightful. The colors are perfect for any palette. The message is sweet and simple. With enamel coating to top it all off, we’re not sure there’s anything more appropriate to hang on your walls for the coming months.

 
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Cream Pumpkin and Magnolia Fall Wreath ($14.99)

A small wreath on the back of a chair makes your seating options feel a little more special. Cream pumpkins, pine cones and magnolia leaves combine here to create a simple look that inspires numerous fall feelings.

 
 

Fall Metallic Elements Filler ($10.99)

Does any part of your home just need a little “something” extra? This filler is the solution you seek. Add some shine to your space with a little bowl of gold.

 
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Pumpkin Harvest Gallery Art Print ($19.99)

There’s just something so appealing about this print. Beautiful leaves. Pumpkins. Hay. An old truck. It is possible to inspire some classic charm with affordable art.

 
 

Wood Pumpkin With Galvanized Metal Leaves ($24.99)

This pumpkin is made for the porch. Prop it up next to a plaque or a miniature wagon to make your front steps stand out from other houses on the street.

 
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5-Step Guide for the Perfect Fall Porch

It’s hard to believe cooler weather is starting to creep up on us, but September is only a month away! We anticipate autumn at Kirkland’s because we want to inspire fall feelings with our décor the moment the leaves start to change colors.

There are numerous ways to embrace the spirit of the season, but a front porch makeover is perhaps the best place to start. Here’s a five-step guide to transform a summer stoop into something special for fall.

1. Start around the door

Making the front door the focal point of a porch isn’t a new idea, and that’s okay. Start with some garland around the frame and select a mat that speaks to your soul. These two favorites will ensure all your other décor falls into place.

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2. Set up seating

Unless your home is really doing something different, your front steps might not be the most comfortable spot to sit for an extended period of time. Lucky for you, it’s easy to set up fall-themed seating. Find a comfy bench to place next to the door and make it scream fall with some fun throw pillows. When done right, house guests might not even want to go inside.

3. Work your way out

Slowly work away from the door and fill the space with décor you love. Find fall art to lean against the walls and pumpkins to set the mood. Large lanterns show off serious style and provide practical light in the evening. The porch is your canvas. Paint a picture that makes you happy!

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4. Don’t neglect the steps

Cluttering the front steps with excess décor is definitely something to avoid, but subtle additions can make a massive difference. Try setting up small lanterns, candles or planters on the outer edges of your step(s) to add an extra element to your decorations. It’s easier than you think to make the most of this underused space without blocking foot traffic.

5.  Add the finishing touches

Take a step back and look at the great work you’ve done. Note what’s missing or what seems off and correct it. Perhaps the door needs a colorful wreath, or maybe a cute pumpkin cart would complete the look you’re going for. Make these tiny tweaks to fully enjoy the fruits of your labor.

We’d love to see the looks you create this fall. Be sure to tag @kirklands on social media for a chance to be featured! If you have any other great tips for fall decorating, don’t hesitate to share. We always love learning your tricks to create a happy home!

Our Favorite Looks From You: Summer Edition

We absolutely love when you share photos and videos of how you’re styling your space. You influence us every day with your passion and creativity, and we think it would be selfish not to share your incredible work with the world. Here are 10 looks we love from some of our biggest supporters. We hope you find them inspirational and helpful as you look to refresh and renew the décor around your home or office.

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Doormats

This doormat already guarantees a warm welcome, but @rosefreshour is proving it can be even more precious depending on who is arriving.

 
 

Planters

A little greenery brings a breath of fresh air to any room, and planters are no exception. Planters don’t have to be boring, though, and @golden_touch__ is proving that by suspending them from the ceiling.

 
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Pillows

It’s possible to add comfort and pops of color to your outdoor space at the same time. The right pillows are an essential part of the look @modernchicinteriors put together for the summer. Oh, and they’re quite comfy!

 
 

Bikini Bags

Conveniently carry all your faves for beach day like @werethejoneses. These stylish bikini bags look good and serve an even greater purpose.

 
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Porch Rules

There’s nothing like spending time on the porch on a summer evening, @mamaofthewildones wants her guests to know the rules. Relaxing, making memories and soaking in the summer air are all on the list.

 
 

Outdoor Dining

It looks like @seekinglavenderlane is ready for her friends and family to gather around the table for a memorable summer night. We love how she’s putting this fun dinnerware to work.

 
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Bistro Sets

Sometimes you just need a spot to take a seat and beat the heat. Bistro sets are a great option for all ages and @cambriaexodus is making it known.

 
 

Tumblers

Keep your favorite beverage cold in this sweltering summer heat with a tumbler. Make sure to find one that shows off who you are like @jacquelyn.bender.

 
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Summer Vibes

The fun feelings of summer are contagious, and you can spread them in a number of ways. You can even opt for a sun hat like @chiclysouthern .

 
 

Summer Snacks

Little snacks are popular in every season, and it’s key to find the perfect container for storage. These jars look great on @athomewithkendra counter.

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Want to be featured in a future blog or on our social media? Start styling today and tag @kirklands for a chance to be part of a post in the coming months.

Fall Decor Trends

There’s still plenty of summertime to savor, but it’s never a bad idea to start planning or purchasing for the upcoming season. With that in mind, here’s some great news:

The Harvest Collection has arrived.

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That’s right! Everyone’s fall favorites are available in Kirkland’s stores across the country and at kirklands.com. Before taking a trip to stock up on autumn essentials, here’s a closer look at some of the season’s hottest trends you’ll see throughout the collection.

Buffalo Check

Plaid patterns are perfect for decorating during the fall, and buffalo check is hard to beat. From pumpkins to pennants (and everything in between), items with the unmistakably bold blocks of color are in high demand. It’s easy to layer in these fun fabrics due to their perfect color scheme. Whites, grays and blacks are an ideal option for a more neutral palette. Various shades of orange help add fall flair, but they’re also muted enough to suit even the most subtle look.

Enamel

Enamel items are what everyone is talking about this season. They have a more durable exterior than comparable choices, and they fit well with any style. Enamel is quickly becoming a fan favorite because black and white go well with anything.

Metallic

Metallic pieces are a great way to make a statement. Whether they feature traditional gold accents or the copper coloring brought in for fall, these accessories are a great way to ensure every corner of a home says “fall is here.”

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Velvet

Velvet is becoming a hot style throughout the year, and the Harvest Collection is no exception. This soft fabric plays a major role across a wide range of items, from pillows to decorative pumpkins and acorns. When you add velvet, you’re layering in another popular texture and giving a delightful look even more depth.

Mixing & Matching

These autumn trends are good on their own, but they’re even greater together! Fortunately, it’s not hard to create a look featuring all of these in demand styles. Simply pick a color palette and start decorating. If you have a clear color palette in mind, it’ll be much easier to mix and match your favorite pieces.

Don’t worry if decorating seems overwhelming. We’ll be back with another post in the next few weeks to help guide you along the way to a happy harvest home.

Dorm Decor Checklist

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We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but school is right around the corner. Although summer break is coming to an end, the mood doesn’t have to be doom and gloom.

The start of a new semester is always an exciting time, especially for incoming college students. We know the idea of dorm life can seem a bit dreary, so we’ve compiled a list to help you turn your (or your favorite college student’s) dorm room from drab to fab! With this list, a small living space with cold, concrete walls can become a fun place to live, work and play.

Pillows & Throws

A dorm room almost certainly spells a tiny, twin bed, which doesn’t provide much space for sprawling out to sleep. However, even a twin bed can be transformed into the premier place to crash after a long day of classes. Add some fun pillows and throws to make that little mattress feel a lot larger. Even college students can sleep like a king or queen.

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Storage Solutions

Space is limited in just about every dorm room, and making the most of that space is absolutely essential. One way to combat a potentially chaotic, claustrophobic living situation is to find versatile storage solutions. Storage towers, shelving units and bins are all your friends. Storage options that rise vertically save space, and they provide a platform for showing off style. Bins keep possessions in a compact space, and they can be slipped under a bed or desk or stored on a shelf.

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Magic Mirror

Mirror, mirror on the door, which college student has the cleanest floor? Over-the-door mirrors save so much space. They free up walls for décor. They also keep the floor clutter-free, unlike leaners or free-standing mirrors. This particular mirror is nice and tall, making it perfect for getting dressed.

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Hampers

There’s no fancy tip or trick to this one, but a hamper is absolutely necessary. Every abode needs a place to put dirty clothes and sheets. For a little more flair, try a monogram hamper or find one with a fun pattern.

Area Rugs

Forgettable floors are a staple in dorm rooms, and walking on them without socks can feel like a barefoot trek through the snow. Fortunately, an area rug can work wonders for the feelings a room inspires. It can also keep feet from freezing indoors!

Organization Essentials

College is a crazy time. Between classes, concerts, clubs, games and everything else to offer, it’s hard to keep everything straight. Getting organized (at least on some level) is crucial. An organization set like this one makes sure no task is left undone and no event is left unattended. But this is just one idea. A large dry erase board, a personal planner or an oversized calendar may do the job for some students. We encourage everyone to find what works for them and to stick with it.

Décor

Décor is the key to making a dorm room feel like home. Cover the walls with posters or plaques. Find a fun theme to tie everything together. Fill shelves with figurines or photo frames. Make the room your own! Even the smallest of spaces can be a personal slice of paradise if you maximize every inch available.

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Mix & Match Seating Guide

Gone are the days when every chair at the table had to be identical, and we couldn’t be more thankful. While there’s nothing wrong with the traditional ‘matching table and chairs’ look, we love the freedom of mixing and matching seating options at the dining table. We see it as another opportunity to get creative and let style shine through.

Going from a safe table setting to showing off your visionary spirit can seem intimidating, but when it comes to mix and match seating, it’s a lot easier than you think! Here are a few ideas to turn your dining room into the most exciting space in your home.

Don’t be afraid to mix chair styles

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Don’t stress out or overthink it. It’s okay to put a parsons chair next to a spindle chair. Feeling bold?  Pair parsons chairs and x-back chairs for an edgy look. Try experimenting with a few different settings, and eventually you’ll find one you love. If you feel like your choices are starting to clash with each other, take a step back to some more complementary pieces.  

It’s okay to mix colors and patterns

A stained wood table, black spindle chairs and a couple of cream parsons chairs walk into a dining room… Seriously, it’s all right to take a little freedom with color. It’s okay if the table and everything around it don’t have the exact same stain or shade. Try fun patterns for an additional layer of style.

Chairs are just the beginning

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There’s so much more to seating than chairs. Make a statement when guests go to sit down at the table by bringing in a bench. Running the length of the table, a bench is a bold but fun choice. Your guests will always remember dining at your house because you dared to be different.

What does your dining room look like right now? Are you going to try something new by mixing and matching the pieces in your home? We’d love to see what you can come up with! Be sure to tag @Kirklands to show off your style, and if you need any help finding the right pieces, we have so many seating options for you to shop!

8 Reasons To Stay In

We think you deserve a nice day spent in the comfort of your own home. So gather up your cozy favorites and settle in for a stay-at-home day to remember. If you’re on the fence about giving yourself some well-deserved rest and relaxation, here are eight reasons you might want to stay in.

It’s raining or snowing or there’s something else falling from the sky

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Photo by Joy Stamp on Unsplash

Whatever it is, it’s definitely not worth the risk of going outside when your home is this cozy. Wrapping yourself up in some plush throws or burying yourself in a pile of pillows sounds much safer and more pleasant.

There’s a marathon of your favorite TV show coming on

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Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

This is must-see TV, even if you’ve already seen it 20 times. The only real reason to move is if you can’t find the remote.

Your cozy apparel needs some love

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Those robes, sleep shirts and slippers are dying to be worn. All of your blankets and pillows are calling your name. It would be cruel to ignore them, right?

You and your bed need some quality time

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So what if you spend nights together? Sometimes it takes a little longer to connect. Spending the day together can work wonders for your relationship.

You can get food delivered

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If you’re not feeling up to cooking, you don’t have to go pick food up. You don’t even have to call to place an order! Someone will bring enough food to feed a small army right to your doorstep, and if you want to make your own meals, you can just get your groceries delivered. You can’t lose, and you don’t have to go any farther than your front door.

You earned it

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You’ve turned your home into your happy place, and you’re a hard worker. You deserve to treat yourself to a day off from time to time. It’s time to enjoy the space you’ve worked so hard to create.

You can have your own spa day at home

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Bath bombs and face masks? Check. Hand cream and body lotion? Check. You can store everything you need for a special spa day in one of your cabinets. 

Pollen exists

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Spring can be a serious struggle for people with allergies. Just going outside can make your nose run and your eyes start to water. If you stay inside, you can spend quality time with a face mask instead of a mask to spare you from the pollen.

The Graduation Party Checklist

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Compile a guest list

It’s hard to do anything without a guest list. Does your graduate want to invite a small group or host a huge gathering? You need to finalize your guest list before you can really start planning the party.

Pick a theme or arrange some exciting activities

What kind of party are you going to throw? Is it a pool party or a backyard barbeque? Maybe it’s a normal party with a few fun to-dos like a photo wall, a snow cone stand or a popcorn cart. Figuring out activities or a theme is crucial to the next steps.

Pick a venue

Choose the appropriate venue depending on the size of the guest list and theme. If you need to rent a space, book the neighborhood pool or borrow a friend’s backyard, make the necessary arrangements. If you can host the party in your own home, fantastic!

Don’t forget to consider parking at this stage. This is particularly important if you’re hosting the party at your house. Make sure there is ample parking for the amount of people you invite.

Send invitations

Now that you’ve gotten most of the details ironed out, send invitations. It might be the digital age, but there’s nothing quite like a paper invitation. No matter which route you go, make sure to include all the necessary details (date, time, location, parking instructions) and have the feel of the invitation match the theme or activities you decided on.

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Get the gear

There’s no going back once you’ve sent out invites, so start gathering all the essentials for the party! Beverage dispensers, cups, paper plates, napkins, tables, tablecloths, chairs, cotton candy machines and photo booths, oh my! Remember to make some phone calls and see what you can borrow before you buy.

Find the perfect playlist

You can’t have a party without music, but this one should be easy. Figure out what playlist your graduate loves to listen to and have it play the background at the party.

Prepare or order the required food & drink

You want all the food and beverage options to be fresh when guests arrive. Prepare as much as possible before the party (dips, fruit trays, etc), but hold off on things that may spoil or need to be fresh. We recommend having something catered to make life easier on you. A fajita bar or barbecue spread from a local restaurant is never a bad idea.

Enjoy the party

As guests filter in and the party gets going, soak it all in. Have people snag photos to make sure the memories last forever. This is a moment worth celebrating and a moment worth remembering.

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