Fall brings warm memories of home and family.

As soon as the air is crisp and the leaves are going from green to golden, we begin to spark-up our creativity and turn to our collectibles and fall crafts.

You don't have to turn to dark orange, brown and black until the first of November, gradually adding those dark colors to your decor. It's nice now to stay with the sage green, light orange and beige, since we are in the transition from fall's warm days to mildly cool weather.

Besides, lighter colors can be great stress and anxiety relievers.

It can be fun to decorate your porch for fall and extend your living space. Just add some patchwork quilts to the swing or rockers, pottery, dried grasses, rattan and/or wooden pumpkins or the real deal pumpkins. Don't forget some black vintage lanterns and mums.

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Don't have a porch? These items always work well on an enclosed patio or in a year-around sun room.

Each fall comes garage and estate sales, craft fairs and festivals, and shops in the area are all full of fall décor and more.

“Adding in some neutral tones, different textures and small pops of spice/sienna/ochre colors to decor, gives the fall vibe," said Melissa Klema, owner of Adorn in Chatfield. "You can add that with pillows, throws or some wall decor. You can add fall simply by adding deep rich colors and natural textures. You don’t have to add the traditional fall-Halloween patterns or colors to decorate. Keep it simple, warm and monochromatic with small additions of color.”

Found at Vintage Treasures and Home Decor in St. Charles are various simple fall items from grasswa to fabric pumpkins to ladders that have been repurposed to show off quilt. Sandy Erdman / The Post Bulletin
Found at Vintage Treasures and Home Decor in St. Charles are various simple fall items from grasswa to fabric pumpkins to ladders that have been repurposed to show off quilt. Sandy Erdman / The Post Bulletin

Cindy Rigotti, owner of The Yellow Monkey in Rochester, likes keeping it warm.

“We have a great selection of vintage fall afghans. I think they are works of art," she said.

For an added touch, "we paint some of the dressers and furniture pieces and make the pretty pillows to match the furniture pieces. We do carry chalk paint, Country Chic Paint, that we use on everything." The Yellow Monkey is a retailer for the paint.

“I tend to sell a lot of natural colored baskets, especially Longaberger, wood bowls including dough bowls this time of the year," said Laurie Rucker of Vintage Treasures and Home Decor in St. Charles. "If I'm lucky enough to find bittersweet, I usually sell out right away. Lastly, benches and ladders are huge sellers for folks looking for something to hang those quilts on. I also sell a lot of wreaths, quilts and a few pumpkins, too.”

New Generations of Harmony, Harmony, owner Joan Thilges said, “We have a lot of fun, subtle-colored items that are totally porch-worthy for fall. It's always fun to mix in crockery, an old milk carrier, McCoy pottery, rag rugs under the rocker with a fall afghan tucked aside for those cool days. Add some dried hydrangea -- real or artificial -- and light-colored pumpkins arranged on a wicker table and it's the perfect welcome for guests!”

So fall into the season with cozy layers, natural textures, and the warm and comforting shades of autumn.

Sandy Erdman is a Winona-based freelance writer and certified appraiser concentrating on vintage, antique and collectible items. Send comments and story suggestions to Sandy at life@postbulletin.com.