It's time for a leaf motif

McClatchy Newspapers

The mornings are crisp and it feels good to slip on a light sweater or jacket before that morning run.

Everything speaks of autumn outside. The cool air. The autumn scent. The leaves that are just beginning to turn from crisp greens to ruby reds, mustard yellows and brownish ochres.

Fall weather is rejuvenating after the long, hot summer. This summer, it was all about bringing the inside out. Now let's flip that, and bring the outside in. Wonderfully graphic leaf patterns and their autumnal colors are popping up on all kinds of home furnishings and decor.

On brisk autumn days, bring foliage inside the house. Here are some ways to get the look:

A substantial green glass thistle-leaf sculpture by Amanda Brisbane reflects all the colors of the great outdoors, $700, dh collection in Fort Worth, Texas (817-877-1994).

“I've always been inspired by large-scale leaves,” says designer Angela Adams of the 8-by-10-foot fern rug she created for Design Within Reach (, $1,699. The large green leaves placed against the red background are made from 100 percent Italian wool.

Ponder the delicate leaves of a fern sandwiched between glass in a black frame, $140, Domain XCIV in Fort Worth, Texas (800-688-0605).

The Jardin chair is so autumnal in color and feel. The curvy wing back envelops you. Blooms in gold, taupe and a pop of crimson will give any room a chair to fall for, $799, Crate & Barrel (

The whimsical leaf pattern in the Brooks Slipcovered Chair makes you smile. The bright greens, blues, golds and reds look like a bright autumn day, $729, Pottery Barn (

The Astrid chair in Naive Tropical, $1,298 at Anthropologie (, has mahogany legs and a jubilant, large print.